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You should live life as a child,
Seeing the whole world
With heart open and mild.
Be careful though.
Don’t take this too far,
Lest your heart become
Hippiedom’s unkempt wilds.

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You should live life as an old man,
Able to pick out memories
Like grains of sand.
Be careful though.
Don’t take this too far,
Lest your mind become
A stiff and stuffy can.

You should live life as a nurse,
Gentle to all beings
Under Samsara’s curse.
Be careful though.
Don’t take this too far,
Lest your largess become
A bulging money purse.

You should live life as a warrior,
Bravely conquering all
The blocks and barriers.
Be careful though.
Don’t take this too far,
Lest your courage become
Hatred’s jagged spear.

You should live life as a seeker,
Transmuting pain
Into brick and paver,
Careful to lay them
Down to achieve
The final release
Of Nibbana.

 

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