[AP] The practice of all the bodhisattvas is to observe ethical restraint,
Without the slightest intention of continuing in samsaric existence.
For lacking discipline one will never secure even one’s own wellbeing,
And so any thought of bringing benefit to others would be absurd.
[KM] If you can’t tend to your needs because you have no moral discipline,
Then intending to take care of the needs of others is simply a joke.
Observe ethical behavior without concern
For conventional existence — this is the practice of a bodhisattva.
[RS] Without ethics you can’t accomplish your own well being,
So wanting to accomplish others’ is laughable.
Therefore, without worldly aspirations
Safeguard your ethical discipline—This is the practice of Bodhisattvas.
[AB] A bodhisattva’s practice is to safeguard ethical self-discipline without worldly intents, because,
if we can’t fulfill our own purposes without ethical discipline, the wish to fulfill the purposes of others is a joke.