An Auspicious Day

Atītaṁ nānvāgameyya

Nappaṭikaṅkhe anāgataṁ


Appattañ-ca anāgataṁ

You shouldn’t chase after the past, or place expectations on the future.

What is past is left behind. The future is as yet unreached.

Paccuppannañ-ca yo dhammaṁ

Tattha tattha vipassati

Asaṁhiraṁ asaṅkuppaṁ

Taṁ viddhā manubrūhaye

Whatever phenomenon is present, you clearly see right there, right there.

Unvanquished, unshaken, that’s you you develop the mind.

Ajjeva kiccam-ātappaṁ

Ko jaññā maraṇaṁ suve

Na hi no saṅgarantena

Mahāsenena maccunā

Doing your duty ardently today, for—who knows?—tomorrow: death.

There is no bargaining with Death & his mighty horde.

Evaṁ virim-ātāpiṁ


Taṁ ve bhaddeka-ratto’ti

Santo ācikkhate munīti.

Whoever lives thus ardently, relentlessly both day & night,

has truly had an auspicious day: So says the Peaceful Sage.