(1) Patient like that, I need to embrace joyful perseverance,
Since (based) on perseverance, enlightenment takes place.
After all, without joyful perseverance, there’s no arising of positive force,
Just as, without wind, there’s no motion.
(2) What’s joyful perseverance?
It’s zestful vigor for being constructive.
Its opposing factors are explained as lethargy,
clinging to what’s negative (or petty),
And, from being discouraged, disparaging oneself.
(13) Dreamer of results without any effort!
Weakling! Waster of plenitude!
Seized by death and having the airs of an (immortal) god!
Oh dear! With these miserable ways, you’re destroying yourself!
(from Bodhisattvacharyāvatāra, chapter 7: “The Practice of Joyous Effort”)