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A deceiver's own five elements remain undeceived
by his double-dealing mind and silently mock him.
Of what avail is an outer appearance of saintliness
if the mind suffers inwardly from knowledge of its iniquity?
He who has not attained the power yet wears the garb of saints
is like a cow that grazes about wearing a tiger's skin.
He who conceals himself beneath holy robes and commits sins
is like a hunter hiding in the bushes to snare unwary birds.
The day will come when those who claim dispassion
yet act deceitfully exclaim,"Alas! Alas! What have I done?"
None is so heartless as he who, without renunciation in his heart,
poses as a renunciate and lives in pretense.
Like the poisonous jequirity bean, with its red and black sides,
there are outwardly dazzling men whose insides are dark.
Many are the men who piously bathe in purifying waters,
while in their black hearts impure conduct lies concealed.
The arrow is straight but cruel; the lute is crooked but sweet.
Therefore, judge men by their acts, not their appearance.
Neither shaven head nor long matted locks are needed,
provided one casts off conduct condemned by the world.