[AP] The practice of all the bodhisattvas is to strive with enthusiastic diligence—
The source of all good qualities—when working for the sake of all who live;
Seeing that even shravakas and pratyekabuddhas, who labour for themselves alone,
Exert themselves as if urgently trying to extinguish fires upon their heads.
[KM] Listeners and solitary buddhas, working only for their own welfare,
Are seen to practice as if their heads were on fire.
To help all beings, pour your energy into practice:
It’s the source of all abilities — this is the practice of a bodhisattva.
[RS] Seeing even Hearers and Solitary Realizers, who accomplish
Only their own good, strive as if to put out a fire on their head,
For the sake of all beings make enthusiastic effort,
The source of all good qualities—This is the practice of Bodhisattvas.
[AB] A bodhisattva’s practice is to exert perseverance, the source of good qualities for the purposes of all wandering beings,
since we can see that even shravakas and pratyekabuddhas, who would accomplish only their own purposes,
have such perseverance they would turn away from a fire that has broken out on their heads.