Original recording of The Mother’s recitations of the Dhammapada and her Explanations in French language
Music by Michel Montecrossa: ‘Love For You’ • ‘Deepest Love’
21 March 1958
We should seek the company of the sage who shows us our faults, as if he were showing us a hidden treasure; it is best to cultivate relations with such a man because he cannot be harmful to us. He will bring us only good.
One who exhorts us to good and dissuades us from doing evil is appreciated, esteemed by the just man and hated by the unjust.
Do not seek the company or friendship of men of base character, but let us consort with men of worth and let us seek friendship with the best among men.
He who drinks directly from the source of the Teaching lives happy in serenity of mind.
The sage delights always in the Teaching imparted by the noble disciples of the Buddha.
Those who build waterways lead the water where they want; those who make arrows straighten them; carpenters shape their wood; the sage controls himself.
No more than a mighty rock can be shaken by the wind, can the sage be moved by praise or blame.
The sage who has steeped himself in the Teaching, becomes perfectly peaceful like a deep lake, calm and clear.
Wherever he may be, the true sage renounces all pleasures.
Neither sorrow nor happiness can move him.
Neither for his own sake, nor for the sake of others does the sage desire children, riches or domains. He does not aim for his own success by unjust ways. Such a man is virtuous, wise and just.
Few men cross to the other shore. Most men remain and do no more than run up and down along this shore.
But those who live according to the Teaching cross beyond the realm of Death, however difficult may be the passage.
The sage will leave behind the dark ways of existence, but he will follow the way of light.
He will leave his home for the homeless life and in solitude will seek the joy which is so difficult to find.
Having renounced all desires and attachments of the senses, the sage will cleanse himself of all the taints of the mind.
One whose mind is well established in all the degrees of knowledge, who, detached from all things, delights in his renunciation, and who has mastered his appetites, he is resplendent, and even in this world he attains Nirvana.
“There is a sentence here which is particularly felicitous. It is the very first sentence we have read, ‘We should seek the company of the sage who shows our faults, as if he were showing us a hidden treasure.’ In all Scriptures meant to help mankind to progress, it is always said that you must be very grateful to those who show you your faults and so you must seek their company; but the form used here is particularly felicitous: if a fault is shown to you it is as if a treasure were shown to you; that is to say, each time that you discover in yourself a fault, incapacity, lack of understanding, weakness, insincerity, all that prevents you from making a progress, it is as if you discovered a wonderful treasure.”
Mira Alfassa – The Mother
I give you this song to tell what I feel for you.
It is more than the poem tells,
more than the image shows.
It is deepest love, deepest love.
My life is there to be lived for you,
all of me is in you forever born.
I feel and see and hear
in our souls our deep love.
I have seen the eyes of our Mother,
and her tenderness with me stays.
I feel her heart in your heartbeat
and her grace in your deep love.
Our lives have found immortality,
our road is blessed with love.
With deep love forever,
forever this deep love.
Lyrics & Music: Michel Montecrossa
- Love For You
- 21.3.1958 ‘The Sage’
- Deepest Love