If he recites many teachings, but
mindless man does not do what he says,
like a cowherd counting the cattle of others,
he has no share in the contemplative life.
If he recites next to nothing
but follows the Dhamma in line with the Dhamma;
abandoning passion, aversion, delusion;
alert, his mind well-released,
not clinging either here or hereafter:
he has his share in the contemplative life.