It is the nature of asceticism to patiently endure
Hardship and not to harm living creatures.
Austerity belongs to the naturally austere.
Others may attempt it, but to no avail.
Is it because they must provide for renunciates
That others forget to do penance?
Should he but wish it, an ascetics' austerities
Will ruin his foes and reward his friends.
In this world men do austerities assiduously,
Assured of the fulfillment of desired desires.
Those who perform austerities are fulfilling their destiny. All others
Are ensnared by desire and unknowingly work their own destruction.
As the intense fire of the furnace refines gold to brilliancy, so does
The burning suffering of austerity purify the soul to resplendence.
He who has realized by himself his souls' Self
Will be worshiped by all other souls.
So potent is the power acquired through austerity
That those who attain it may even stay the moment of death.
Few people perform penance, while the majority do not.
For this reason the needy multitudes suffer deprivation.
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