No one saves us but ourselves…

No one saves us but ourselves.
No one can and no one may.
We ourselves must walk the path:
Buddhas only show the way.

An loose interpretation of the Dhammapada, Verse 165 found in “Karma: A Story of Buddhist Ethics” (1894), by Paul Carus. The more literal translation of the verse is slightly different, this one being adapted for poetic verse in English.

Untranslated Text:
Attana hi katam pipam
attana samkilissati
attana akatam papam
attanava visujjhati
suddhi asuddhi paccattam
nanno annanam visodhaye.

Literal translation:
By oneself indeed is evil done and by oneself is one defiled; by oneself is evil not done and by oneself is one purified. Purity and impurity depend entirely on oneself; no one can purify another.


1. Fake Buddha Quotes, “No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.”

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