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A short biography of Karmayogin Kripasaran Mahathera
Hemendu Bikash Chowdhury, Editor of Jagajjyoti and
General Secretary of Bauddha Dharmankur Sabha (Bengal Buddhist Association)

Pub in 1990: The Bengal Buddhist Association
1 Buddhist Temple Street, Kolkata 700012, ph: 91-33-2211-7138 email: bds1892(at)

22 June 1865 - 30 April 1926


"What I have learned from the books on Buddhism -the rules and conduct of Buddhism are very high, very noble and very generous. Once there was a feeling of hatred between the Hindus and Buddhists - but that time has passed; the attitude of people is rather different in this day of reawakening. If text books be written for the students in the light of Buddhist idealism. it would do good. Everybody should accept Buddhist idealism. Buddhism is a generous religion. It is good if everybody obeys the rules and conduct of Buddhism... 
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With single-mindedness
The master quells her thoughts.
SHe ends their wandering.
Seated in the cave of the heart,
SHe finds freedom.

How can a troubled mind
Understand the way?
If a human is disturbed
SHe will never be filled with knowledge.

An untroubled mind,
No longer seeking to consider
What is right and what is wrong,
A mind beyond judgements,
Watches and understands.

Know that the body is a fragile jar,
And make a castle of your mind.
In every trial
Let understanding fight for you
To defend what you have won.
For soon the body is discarded,
Then what does it feel?
A useless log of wood, it lies on the ground,
Then what does it know?
Your worst enemy cannot harm you
As much as your own thoughts, unguarded.
But once mastered,
No one can help you as much,
Not even your father or your mother.

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That I have renedered my help in spreading the Buddhist literature - in the very root of it stands Kripasaran Mahathera's intimacy with me. It is due to his association alone I was attracted to Buddhism and Buddhist literature."  - Sir Asutosh Mukherjee.
Note: Kripasaran's close and intimate realtionship with Sir Asutosh (Vice Chancellor of University of Calcutta) and Mr. Hercourt Butler (Education Secretary, Govt. of India)  was instrumental in getting Pali introduced at higher level studies in the University of Calcutta, India and Universities in the United Kingdom. Dr. Benimadhab Barua (first D.litt holder from Asia in 1917) was selected among the three chosen by Kripasaran to be sent to London University for reasearch and study in Pali. _____________________________________________________________


We are what we think.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts we make the world.
Speak or act with an impure mind
And trouble will follow you
As the wheel follows the ox that draws the cart.
Speak or act with a pure mind
And happiness will follow you
As your shadow, unshakable.

Hate never yet dispelled hate.
Only love dispels hate.
This is the law,
Ancient and inexhaustible.
Temptation cannot touch the man
Who is awake, strong and humble,
Who masters himself and minds the dharma.
Whoever is master of his own nature,
Bright, clear and true,
He may indeed wear the yellow robe.

Mistaking the false for the true,
And the true for the false,
You overlook the heart
And fill yourself with desire.
See the false as false,
The true as true.
Look into your heart.
Follow your nature.

An unreflecting mind is a poor roof.
Passion, like the rain, floods the house.
But if the roof is strong, there is shelter.
Whoever follows impure thoughts
Suffers in this world and the next.
In both worlds he suffers
But whoever follows the dharma
Is joyful here and joyful there.

However many holy words you read,
However many you speak,
What good will they do you
If you do not act upon them?
Are you a shepherd
Who counts another man's sheep,
Never sharing the way?

Read as few words as you like,
And speak fewer.
But act upon the dharma.
Give up the old ways -
Passion, enmity, folly.
Know the truth and find peace.
Share the way.


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