Buddha and Valluvar: Great Men Think Alike! (Post No.3905)

Written by London Swaminathan

 

Date: 13 May 2017

 

Time uploaded in London: 20-30

 

Post No. 3905

 

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Buddha and Thiru valluvar were great men Dammapada of Buddha and Tirukkural of Thiru Valluvar have amazing similarities in several couplets.

 

SAINT

He who controls his five senses by his will gain heavenly bliss (Kural 24)

They take trained elephants to battle, kings ride on royal trained elephants. The best of men are self trained men , those who can endure abuse in peace. (Dhamma 321)

 

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KNOWLEDGE

It is folly not to fear what should be feared;

to fear that which should be feared is the way of the wise (Kural -428)

Better to do nothing than to do what is wrong, for wrong doing brings burning sorrow. Do therefore what is right, for good deeds never bring pain (Dhamma 314)

 

Lord Krishna also said,

For never does any one who does good, tread the path of woe (Bhagavad Gita 6-40)

 

CONSIDERATION

It is ruinous to do what should not be done.

and ruinous also to omit what should be done (Kural -466).

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PURITY and ADULTERY

The man who commits adultery can never escape enmity, sin, fear in infamy (Kural -146) .

Four things happen to the thoughtless men who takes another man’s wife: he lowers himself, his mind is restless, he is blamed by others, he goes to hell (Dhamma 309)

Yes. The degradation of the soul, a frightened pleasure, the danger of the law, the path of hell. Considering these four let not a man go after another man’s wife(Dhamma 310)

 

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IMPARTIALITY

Like scales that always remain just and fair, wise men remain impartial and do not take sides (Kural -118).

If a man is silent because he is ignorant or a fool, he is not a silent thinker, a Muni/sanit who considers and think. But as one who taking a pair of scales, puts in what is good and rejects what is bad, if a man considers the two worlds, then he is called a Muni/saint of silence, a man who considers and thinks (Dhamma 268, 269)

Lord Krishna also said the same,

Sages see with an equal eye a learned and humble Brahmin, a cow, an elephant or even a dog  o an outcast ( Bhagavad Gita 5-18)

 

to be continued…………………..

 

–Subham–

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