(407) Fancying that one is lower than the lowly,
Or equal with the equal,
Or greater than or equal to the lowly —
All these are called the pride of selfhood.
(408) Boasting that one is equal to those
Who by some good quality are superior to oneself
Is called exceeding pride.
Fancying that one is superior to the superior,
(409) Thinking that one is higher than the very high,
Is pride beyond pride;
Like sores on an abscess
It is very vicious.
(410) Conceiving an I through obscuration
In the five empty [aggregates]
Which are called the appropriation
Is said to be the pride of thinking I.
(411) Thinking one has won fruits [of the spiritual path]
Not yet attained is the pride of conceit,
Praising onself for faulty deeds
Is know by the wise as erroneous pride.
(412) Deriding onself, thinking
“I am useless” is called
The pride of inferiority.
Such is a brief description of the seven prides.
~ Nagarjuna’s Precious Garland. Jeffrey Hopkins Snow Lion, 2007.