Self-Esteem ~ Hindu Scriptures. First Century B.C
Oh, let the self exalt itself,
Not sink itself below;
Self is the only friend of self,
And self self's only foe.
For self, when it subdues itself
befriends itself. And so
When it eludes self-conquest, is
Its own and only foe.
So calm, so self-subdued, the self
Has an unshaken base
Through pain and pleasure, cold and heat
Through honour and disgrace