Wednesday, March 12, 2008

The Elephant

Viendo (por n-esima vez) Ghost in the Shell y Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence volví a escuchar una frase que siempre me ha llamado la atención y es presentada 2 veces en GITS2:

"...Let a person walk alone with few wishes, committing no wrong, like an elephant in the forest..."

Intrigado por la frase decidí preguntarle a dios (Google) y a su profeta (Wikipedia) y resulta que es un verso de un poema del "Dhammapada" (Path of Truth). La sección del poema que más me gusta es:

"...This mind of mine used to wander
as it liked, as it desired, as it pleased.
I shall now control it thoroughly,
as the rider holding the hook controls the elephant in rut.

Do not be thoughtless; watch your thoughts.
Extricate yourself from the wrong path,
like an elephant sunk in the mud.

If you find an intelligent companion
who will walk with you,
who lives wisely, soberly, overcoming all dangers,
walk with that person in joy and thoughtfulness.

If you find no intelligent companion
who will walk with you,
who lives wisely and soberly,
walk alone like a king who has renounced a conquered kingdom
or like an elephant in the forest.

It is better to live alone;
there is no companionship with a fool.
Let a person walk alone with few wishes, committing no wrong,
like an elephant in the forest.

Companions are pleasant when an occasion arises;
sharing enjoyment is pleasant.
At the hour of death it is pleasant to have done good.
The giving up of all sorrow is pleasant..."

Ahora que he leído el poema completo más me gusta (y más sentido hace la estrofa que aparece en GITS2, :P) y por eso quise compartirlo. Aquí el link al poema completo: The Elephant

Enjoy!

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