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kamma i It will not be contemned of anyone; Who thwarts it loses, and who sees it gains; The hidden good it pays with peace and bliss, The hidden ill with pains. It knows not wrath or pardon; utter true Its measures meet, its faultless balance weighs, Times are naught, tomorrow it may judge, Or after many days. (from The Light of Asia—Edwin Arnold)


ii The Buddhas and the Arahats alone have discovered my true nature, in its very essence, and have triumphed over me. All other beings but live under my despotic rule: I put them to death and I make them to live; I am the deity who giveth them the prosperity they enjoy, and I bring about the doing of good deeds1 and of evil deeds2 among mankind. Gods, emperors, kings, rich and poor, strong and weak, noble and ignoble, brute creatures, and the happy and unhappy spirits existing in this world and in the upper and in the lower worlds—all these I elevate or cast down to their respective states. I humble the high and I exalt the low, according to their several works. Therefore am I, indeed, the God who ruleth the Universe. (from Karma’s Proclamation of His Omnipotence, tr. from Tibetan by Lama Kazi Dawa-Sandrup. Quoted in Milarepa, p. xiv.)


‘I have naught to do with homage, Någita, nor has homage aught to do with me. Whosoever cannot obtain at will, easily and without 1.  pleasure? 2.  pain?


Early Writings (Seeking the Path - Ñāṇavīra Thera)  
Early Writings (Seeking the Path - Ñāṇavīra Thera)  

Part B includes two early essays (Nibbana and Anatta and Sketch for a Proof of Rebirth) as well as notes from a Commonplace Book and Margina...