(1) The reason we have written this rule is that, by observing monasteries, we can show that we have some degree of virtue and the beginnings of monastic life.
(2) But for anyone hastening on to the perfection of monastic life, there are the teachings of the holy Fathers, the observance of which will lead him to the very heights of perfection.
(3) What page, what passage of the inspired books of the Old and New Testaments is not the truest of guides for human life?
(4) What book of the holy catholic Fathers does not resoundingly summon us along the true way to reach the Creator?
(5) Then, besides the Conferences of the fathers, their Institutes and their Lives, there is also the rule of our holy father Basil.
(6) For observant and obedient monks, all these are nothing less than tools for the cultivation of virtues;
(7) but as for us, they make us blush for shame at being so slothful, so unobservant, so negligent.
(8) Are you hastening toward your heavenly home? Then with Christ's help, keep this little rule that we have written for beginners.
(9) Afer that, you can set out for the loftier summits of the teaching and virtues we mentioned above, and under God's protection you will reach them.