Long is the night for the sleepless, long is a journey of several miles for the exhausted.
For a long time the fool is bound to samsara, for they are ignorant of the true reality.
While travelling one does not find their better or equal.
Be firm in your solitary wandering, as there is no friendship to be had with a fool.
Their children & wealth, this is what a fool concerns themselves with.
Indeed they are not their own, how then the children & wealth?
A fool who thinks they are a fool, they have that much wisdom because of that knowledge.
A fool who is proud of their wisdom, they can truly be called “a fool.”
If all their lives a fool associates with wise people
they will not recognise the truth, like a spoon will not taste the curry.
And then even for a moment the wise associates with those of wisdom.
They will recognise the truth, like a tongue will taste the curry.
A fool acts foolishly, as though an enemy to themselves.
Doing unskilled acts that lead to severe consequences.
That act is not done well when one regrets doing it.
They will lament & cry with the consequences following that act.
That act is done well when one does not regrets doing it.
They will be pleased & gladdened with the consequences following that act.
The fool thinks of it as honey, as long as the crime does not cause them to suffer.
Now when that crime does cause them to suffer, the fool finds it hard to bare.
Month after month the fool eats only the amount of food that fits on the tip of a blade of kusa grass.
They are not worth one sixteenth of the one who has aligned with the truth.
An unskilled act when done, doesn't instantly bare consequences; just as milk is not ready until it is released from the udder.
These acts follow the fool like a fire covered in the ashes ready to burn.
Only for their harm can any knowledge a fool gains be used.
A fool destroys part of their good qualities, and tears open their head.
The fool seeks an unwarranted good reputation, honour among mendicants,
To rule over the dwelling places, and honour among other families.
Let both householders & mendicants think “this was done by me alone.”
May I alone be depended upon in every duty.
This is the thoughts of a fool with their desires & pride increasing.
One thing is the use of knowledge for gaining possessions, quite another thing is the knowledge leading to Nibbana.
Having fully understood this, a mendicant who is a disciple of the Buddha
should not rejoice at honour, rather they should develop the pleasure found in solitude.