Dhammapada

Nagavagga ⧸ Gāthā 326

Idaṃ pure cittamacāri cārikaṃ
Yenicchakaṃ yatthakāmaṃ yathāsukhaṃ
Tadajjahaṃ niggahessāmi yoniso
Hatthippabhinnaṃ viya aṅkusaggaho

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The Elephant ⧸ Verse 326

Formerly this mind wandered about as it liked, where it wished and according to its pleasure, but now I shall thoroughly master it with wisdom as a mahout controls with his ankus an elephant in rut.
English translation © 1985 Buddhist Publication Society, Kandy, Sri Lanka. From The Dhammapada: The Buddha’s Path of Wisdom, translated from the Pali by Acharya Buddharakkhita.

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