Go Higher and Higher- Buddha and Valluvar Think Alike! -Part 5 (Post No.3931)

Valluvar coins in the British Museum

Research article written by London Swaminathan

 

Date: 22 May 2017

 

Time uploaded in London: 14-52

 

Post No. 3931

 

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Lofty Thoughts

Valluvar:

Think lofty thoughts always; even if you fail your aspirations keep you on a higher plane (Kural 596)

 

Those who have high thoughts are ever striving; they are not happy to remain in the same place. Like swans that leave their lake and rise into the air, they leave their home for a higher home ( Dhammapada verse 91).

Buddha:

Swans follow the path of the sun by the miracle of flying through the air. Men who are strong conquer evil and its armies; and then they arise far above the world ( Dhammapada verse 175).

Aim high is one of the concepts or ideas that Hindu saints put forth before their disciples. First we found it in the great scripture Bhagavad Gita and then in a Sangam Tamil verse. Later Tamil poet Tiruvalluvar also repeated this.

Lord Krishna

Let a man lift himself by himself; let him not degrade himself, said Lord Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita (6-5)

Buddha also said the same in the Dhammapada: The Self is the Lord of the Self (verse 380)

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Who is a Brahmin?

Valluvar:

It is the virtuous that are called Brahmins; for it is they that scatter kindness towards all living beings (Kural 30)

Buddha:

Because he has put away, he is called a Brahmin, because he lives in peace, he is called a samana; because he leaves all the sins behind he is called a pilgrim (Dhama. verse388)

He who hurts not with his thoughts or words or deeds, who keeps these three under control – him I call a Brahmin ( Dhamma.391)

Dhammapada chapter 26: verses from 383 -423 are about Brahmins

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Don’t Postpone Good Things

Valluvar:

Do the deeds of charity now without postponing them to your old age; for they will be an unfailing help to you in the hour of death (Kural 36)

Buddha:

Make haste and do what is good; keep your mind away from evil. If a man is slow in doing good, his mind finds pleasure in evil (Dhammapada 116)

 

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Evil Thoughts destroy you!

Valluvar:

Do not wish for another’s ruin even absentmindedly. If you do, your own ruin is certain to befall (Kural 204)

There is a way of escape from the wrath of every other foe; but the evil deeds of a wicked man relentlessly pursue him down to utter ruin (kural 207)

If a man cares for the well- being of his own self he should do no harm whatever to others (209)

 

Buddha:

The fool who does an evil to a man who is good, to a man who is pure and free from sin, the evil returns to him like the dust thrown against the wind (Dhamma.125)

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Harsh Words

Valluvar:

A burn caused by fire may heal; but a scar caused by a fiery tongue will never heal (Kural 129)

Buddha:

Never speak harsh words, for once spoken they may return to you. Angry words are painful and there may be blows for blows (Dhammapada 133)

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Don’t Invite Yama-God of Death

Valluvar:

The weak who insult and offend mighty men of wisdom only invite death with their own hands (Kural 894)

Should they who stand (as high) as the hills look with disfavour, even men of firm standing in the world perish with all race (Kural 898)

Buddha:

The fool because of his view scorns the teaching of the holy, those whose soul is great and righteous, gathers fruits of his destruction, like the kashta reeds whose fruits mean its death (Dhamma 164)

 

–Subham–

 

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