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    Wink Translation of one verse

    Could anyone please help with a meaning of this very sentence:

    (Though the foolish mind is a vessel unfit to receive it [instruction]),
    Forgetfulness compels this attempt at a partial account.


    It is a part of a philosophical poem. I understand the first verse but do not undestand the second one.

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    Re: Translation of one verse

    Welcome to the forum.

    Please quote your source (the name of the poem and the poet). Why is the first line in brackets? Why is the word "instruction" in square brackets?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Translation of one verse

    Thank You Sir

    It is in a buddhist book and the verse or the source is not to be found on the internet

    First line is in the brackets because I understand this one, but not the second one. The first line implies as I understand it that there is not a possibilty - it is a negation. Thus the second one does not make sense to me.

    And the word "instruction" is not in the original verse yet I attached it to exemplify what "it" means.

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    Re: Translation of one verse

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    Thank you, sir. Unnecessary and inappropriate, as emsr2d2 is a highly respected female teacher.
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    Re: Translation of one verse

    It sounds as if the writer is being modest about their abilities, but is worried that they will forget what they have learned, so they are going to pass on what they know.

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    Re: Translation of one verse

    Thank you, that's an interesting idea.

    Actually I am trying to translate it to my mother language. So could it be something like this?:
    Forgetfulness accomplishes this attempt partially.

    or could you please somehow rewrite it in order to keep as much wording as possible yet to express it literally?

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    Re: Translation of one verse

    Could you quote a few lines on either side of this?

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