READING THOUGHTS WITHOUT WORDS: TAMIL POETS’ VIEWS (Post No.4316)

Written by London Swaminathan

 

Date:19 October 2017

 

Time uploaded in London- 16-59

 

 

Post No. 4316

Pictures shown here are taken from various sources such as Facebook friends, Books, Google and newspapers; thanks.

 

We all know that face is the index of the mind. Tamil and Sanskrit poets say that eye is the index of the mid; both are nearly same, because eye is the most important organ of face; without eyes we would not call it face, but blind.

 

The Sanskrit saying is “caksuhi manobhaavam aaviskaroti” i.e. The eye is the mirror of the mind.

Tiruvalluvar, the greatest of the ancient Tamil poets and the author of Tamil Veda ‘Tirukkural’ says,

“The measuring rod of the subtle brains is nothing but the eye revealing lurking secrets” (Kural 710)

It is interesting that only the Tamils took this virtue of DIVINING or SENSING FROM APPEARANCES  as an important one for a minister. Tiruvalluvar even raises a man with this virtue to the level of God. He advises the kings that a king must appoint such a person in the ministerial cabinet at any cost. He has devoted ten couplets on this topic.

“Regard him divine, who divines without a doubt what is passing in another’s mind” – Kural 702

 

“At any cost make him a member of the cabinet, who can judge by looks the intentions of another man”- Kural 703

 

The saying ‘face is the index of the mind’ is also echoed by Tiruvalluvar in another couplet:

“The mirror reflects nearby objects; even so the face indicates emotions throbbing in the mind” – Kural couplet 706

Cicero says, “the countenance is the portrait of the soul”.

Another Tamil poet of Naladiyar, collection of Tamil poems, says ‘ hatred or love could be read off from the eyes themselves, by those familiar with the eyes and the world is under the control of such people.

Experts in criminology and criminal investigation are convinced that an offender’s guilt is most often reflected in the eyes and the face.

The 2000 year old Sanskrit book Panchatantra puts in a beautiful sloka/poem,

“The guilty man is terrified
By reason of his crime.
His pride is gone, his powers of speaking fail
His glances rove, his face is pale.

The sweat appears on his brow,
He stumbles on, he knows not how,
His face is pale, and all he utters
Is much distorted; for he stutters.
The culprit always may be found
To shake, and gaze upon the ground:
Observe the signs as best you can
And shrewdly pick the guilty man.

While on the other hand
The innocent is self reliant
His speech is clear, his glance defiant
His countenance is calm and free
His indignation makes his plea

–(Panchatantra 151- 158 The Tale of the Weaver’s Wife)

 

In Tamil there are even proverbs about the eyes of the thieves (Thiruttu Muzi). When children do some naughty things, we spot them easily by looking at their face, particularly from their eyes!

In Indian classical dance Bharatanatyam, eyes play an important role; most of the emotions can be revealed through the eyes and face.

My old articles on the appearance of the people are given below:–

Face is the Index of Mind | Tamil and Vedas

https://tamilandvedas.com/2013/11/03/face-is-the-index-of-mind/

3 Nov 2013 – Face is the Index of Mind. Mirror. Great men think alike: Quotations on Mind. 1.Manu on Examining witnesses. He shall discover the internal …

 

31 Indian Quotations on Mind! | Tamil and Vedas

https://tamilandvedas.com/2014/12/…/31-indian-quotations-on-min…

27 Dec 2014 – Face is the Index of the Mind (English Proverb). January 7 … The human mind has a tenedency to do what is forfidden — Kathasaritsagara.

–Subham–

 

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