31 Beautiful Quotations from the Panchatantra! (Post No.3675)

March 2017 GOOD THOUGHTS Calendar

 

Compiled by London swaminathan

 

Date: 27 FEBRUARY 2017

 

Time uploaded in London:- 20-33

 

Post No. 3675

 

Pictures are taken from various sources; thanks.

 

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March 11 Masi Makam; 13 Holi; 14 Karadaiyan Nonbu;  29 Telugu New Year (Yugadhi); March 8 -International Women’s Day

27– New Moon Day

12 –Full Moon Day

Auspicious Days— 9, 15, 23, 26.

March 1 Wednesday

Wealth: “Let the wealth you earn circulate (invest)

and you keep it still

Water in a full tank, lacking an outlet

spills over and go to water (Chapter 1-2)

 

March 2 Thursday

Wealth: “Wealth lures wealth as tame elephants the wild;

wealth cannot be earned by wishful thinking

there can be no trade without wealth (1-3)

 

March 3 Friday

Wealth: “The man who lets the wealth that Fortune showers on him

sit idle, finds no happiness in the world,

nor I the next. What is he then?

A confounded fool performing a watchman’s role- 1-4

 

March 4 Saturday

Earned by valour alone:

“No rite of consecration

no sacred ablution

do beasts of the forests perform

to crown the lion as king? (1-6)

 

March 5 Sunday

Poking Nose: “He who pokes his nose where it does not belong,

surely meets his end;

for that’s what happened to the monkey who meddled

with the wedge, my friend” (1-8)

March 6 Monday

Kin and kith: If a man does not hold dear the well-being

of parents, kin, dependants, and himself,

what good is his living in the world of men?

A crow too lives long eating ritual offerings (1-11)

 

March 7 Tuesday

Scurvy: Easily filled is a tiny stream

easily filled the cupped paws of a mouse

easily pleased a scurvy fellow;

he gives thanks for crumbs (1-14)

 

March 8 Wednesday

Effort and Conduct: By no man’s smile is any many raised high;

frown is any man cast down;

By no man’s up or down, a man rises or falls in life,

by the true worth of his actions and conduct 1-18

 

March 9 Thursday

Virtue and Vice: With greatest effort are stones carried uphill;

and with the greatest ease do they tumble down;

so too with our own self, through Virtue and Vice 1-19

 

March 10 Friday

Understanding: “What is left unsaid, the learned, wise, infer

The intellect sees clearly revealed

another’s true intent and purpose,

gains knowledge from expression of face and eyes

from tone of voice, gait

from gesture and deportment 1-20

March 11 Saturday

Courtier: “A courtier in the palace should act with extreme caution;

a pupil in his teacher’s house, with respect and discretion;

Those unmannerly who do not know their place

will soon meet with extinction like oil lamps

lighted at dusk in dwellings of the poor -1-25

 

March 12 Sunday

Women: Kings and women and slender climbing wines

cling to whatever they find close to them

such is the way of the world 1-27

 

March 13 Monday

Wise: “The wise do not care to serve the King

Who cannot recognise each ones individual merit

Such service is wholly barren of all fruit

Like the tillage of a salt meadow 1-31

 

March 14 Tuesday

He who stands in the forefront in battle

But walks behind King in the city

Waits in the palace at the Royal chamber door

He is beloved of princes 1-35

March 15 Wednesday

He who looks upon dice as Deaths messenger

And drink as Deadly Poison

Who sees other men’s wives simply as forms

He is beloved of princes 1-44

 

March 16 Thursday

If the master gets angry, his man bends low

Sings his praise, extols at his largesse

Hates his foes, dotes on those who he favours,

That is the sure way to win someone over

Without recourse to magical arts 1-53

 

March 17 Friday

Even a worthless bit of straw comes in handy

For the great ones to pick their teeth or scratch their ears

What today then of the service a person

Endowed with speech and limbs can render, O King 1-58

 

March 18 Saturday

A fine gem fit to grace a gold jewel,

If mounted in a cheap tin setting

Does not scream, nor refuses to gleam

It is the jeweller who is put to shame 1-63

 

March 19 Sunday

In a place where no difference is perceived

Between a priceless gem with eye of fire

And a fragment of pale crystal

How can a gem trade flourish there? 1-66

 

March 20 Monday

Shaping: A horse, a weapon, a text, a lute

A voice, a man and a woman

They perform Ill, or well

According to who master’s them 1-68

 

March 21 Tuesday

Birth: Silk is spun by the humble worm

gold is born of rock

the lotus from the mud

ruby from the serpent’s hood

A person of merit shines

by the light of his own rising merits

of what consequence is his birth? 1-69

 

March 22 Wednesday

Confiding: A man might confide some things to his wife

some to his close friends, and some to his son;

these deserve his trust; but not reveal

all matters to everyone in sight 1-73

 

March 23 Thursday

Relief:  true and tested friend, a faithful wife,

a loyal servant, a powerful master,

disclosing his troubles to these

a man discovers great relief 1-74

 

March 24 Friday

Son: Joyous in prosperity,

not cast down in adversity

steadfast in battle

rarely does a mother bear such a son

the ornament of the three worlds  1-79

 

March 25 Saturday

Sycophants: A blade of grass bends low, powerless,

tosses about, light, lacking inner strength

A man who lacks a sense of honour and pride,

is like a pitiful blade of grass -1-80

 

March 26 Sunday

King: As a man in perfect health

disdains all doctors and drugs

so, a king free of troubles

thinks little of his ministers 1-89

 

March 27 Monday

Lie: Even the smallest lie spoken before a king

has the gravest consequences;

the ruin of the speaker’s parent and teacher

and that of the gods as well 1-90

 

March 28 Tuesday

King is God: Blended of essences of all gods,

a king is formed; so sages sing

Look upon him, therefore, as a god

never speak an untruth to a king 1-91

 

March 29 Wednesday

Humility: A hurricane does not uproot the pliant grass

that bends low before its fury;

it snaps only proud, lordly trees;

A man might let his valour speak

only to others of equal might 1-93

 

March 30 Thursday

Ministers: A kingdom is held firm by ministers

who are tested and true, straight, resourceful,

accomplished and endowed with inner strength,

as a temple is well-supported by pillars

straight, strong, well polished and firmly grounded 1-95

 

March 31 Friday

Sweetness: Sweet as nectar is the fire’s warmth in winter;

Sweet as nectar is the sight one’s beloved;

Sweet as nectar is royal favour;

Sweet as nectar is food cooked in milk 1-97

 

Book used : The Pancatantra, translated by Chandra Rajan (Panchatantra was written by Vishnu Sarma before fifth century CE in Sanskrit)

 

–Subham–

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