- yathāmayo 'ṅge samupekṣito nṛbhir
- na śakyate rūḍha-padaś cikitsitum
- yathendriya-grāma upekṣitas tathā
- ripur mahān baddha-balo na cālyate
yathā—as; āmayaḥ—a disease; aṅge—in the body; samupekṣitaḥ—being neglected; nṛbhiḥ—by men; na—not; śakyate—is able; rūḍha-padaḥ—when it is acute; cikitsitum—to be treated; yathā—and as; indriya-grāmaḥ—the senses; upekṣitaḥ—not controlled in the beginning; tathā—similarly; ripuḥ mahān—a great enemy; baddha-balaḥ—if he becomes strong; na—not; cālyate—can be controlled.
As a disease, if initially neglected, becomes acute and impossible to cure, or as the senses, if not controlled at first, are impossible to control later, an enemy, if neglected in the beginning, later becomes insurmountable.