Twin Verses

by Aryan Shalone

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This is an album of songs about the Dhammapada. More specifically Chapter 1; The Twin Verses.

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released July 2, 2011

The Buddha. The Dharma. The Sangha.

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Aryan Shalone Virginia Beach, Virginia

I love music, and Buddhism, and I hope for worldwide interpersonal acceptance. That is a phrase I'm coining. It is a state of world affairs where everyone everywhere is accepted exactly as they are. How could peace not prevail in such a state? My music is geared toward this goal, and if you wish to support my endeavor be my guest & thank you. May you be healthy, happy and peaceful! ... more

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Track Name: Twin Verses 1 & 2
All that we are is the result of our thoughts
We are founded on our thoughts
We are made up of our thoughts

If we speak or act with an evil thought
Evil will follow us, like a shadow never leaving us

If we speak or act with a good thought
Good will follow us, like a shadow never leaving us
Track Name: Twin Verses 3 & 4
He abused me, he beat me
He defeated me, he robbed me
For those who harbor such thoughts
Hatred will never cease

He abused me, he beat me
He defeated me, he robbed me
For those who forget such thoughts
Hatred will cease to be
Track Name: Twin Verses 5
Hatred does not cease by hatred at any time
Hatred only ceases by love
And that's a very old rule
Track Name: Twin Verses 6
The world does not know that we all must come to an end here
But those who know it, their troubles cease at once
Track Name: Twin Verses 7 & 8
You who lives only looking for pleasure
Your senses uncontrolled
You're not moderate in your food
Your senses uncontrolled
The tempter will certainly overthrow you
Just as the wind throws down a weak tree

You who lives without looking for pleasure
Your senses well controlled
You're moderate in your food
Faithful and strong
The tempter will certainly not overthrow you
Anymore than the wind throws down a rocky mountain
Track Name: Twin Verses 11 & 12
Those who imagine truth in untruth
And see untruth in the truth
Never arrive at truth
But follow vain desires

Those who know truth in truth
And untruth in untruth
Arrive at the truth
And follow true desires
Track Name: Twin Verses 13 & 14
As the rain breaks through a leaky roof
Passion breaks through an un-reflecting mind

As the rain won't break through a solid roof
Passion won't break through a well reflecting mind
Track Name: Twin Verses 15 & 16
Evil doers mourn in this world
They mourn in the next
They mourn and suffer when they see the evil they have done

The virtuous delight in this world
They delight in the next
They delight and rejoice when they see the good things they have done
Track Name: Twin Verses 17 & 18
Evil doers
They suffer in this world and they suffer in the next
They suffer when they think of the evil they have done
They suffer more when they go the evil path

The Virtuous
They're happy in this world and they're happy in the next
They're happy when they think of the good they have done
They're happy when going on the good path.
Track Name: Twin Verses 19 & 20
The thoughtless one, even if they can recite a large portion of the dharma
If they don't practice what they preach, its as if they're counting the money of others

The thoughtful one, even if they can't recite a small portion of the dharma
If they have forsaken passion and hatred and foolishness
If they possess true knowledge and serenity of mind
Indeed, they practice what they preach
Track Name: Heart Sutra
The Heart Sutra
Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva of Compassion, meditating deeply on Perfection of Wisdom, saw clearly that the five aspects of human existence are empty, and so released herself from suffering. Answering the monk Sariputra, she said this:
Body is nothing more than emptiness,
emptiness is nothing more than body.
The body is exactly empty,
and emptiness is exactly body.
The other four aspects of human existence --
feeling, thought, will, and consciousness --
are likewise nothing more than emptiness,
and emptiness nothing more than they.
All things are empty:
Nothing is born, nothing dies,
nothing is pure, nothing is stained,
nothing increases and nothing decreases.
So, in emptiness, there is no body,
no feeling, no thought,
no will, no consciousness.
There are no eyes, no ears,
no nose, no tongue,
no body, no mind.
There is no seeing, no hearing,
no smelling, no tasting,
no touching, no imagining.
There is nothing seen, nor heard,
nor smelled, nor tasted,
nor touched, nor imagined.
There is no ignorance,
and no end to ignorance.
There is no old age and death,
and no end to old age and death.
There is no suffering, no cause of suffering,
no end to suffering, no path to follow.
There is no attainment of wisdom,
and no wisdom to attain.
The Bodhisattvas rely on the Perfection of Wisdom,
and so with no delusions,
they feel no fear,
and have Nirvana here and now.
All the Buddhas,
past, present, and future,
rely on the Perfection of Wisdom,
and live in full enlightenment.
The Perfection of Wisdom is the greatest mantra.
It is the clearest mantra,
the highest mantra,
the mantra that removes all suffering.
This is truth that cannot be doubted.
Say it so:
Gaté,gaté, paragaté, parasamgaté. Bodhi! Svaha!
Which means…Gone, gone, gone over, gone fully over. Awakened! So be it!
Track Name: Twin Verses 13 & 14 [Dance Version]
As the rain breaks through a leaky roof
Passion breaks through an un-reflecting mind

As the rain won't break through a solid roof
Passion won't break through a well reflecting mind