FORTUNE, FATE, FEAR, FATALITY- VALLUVAR AND KALHANA AGREE! (Post No.5263)

Compiled by London swaminathan

Date: 27 JULY 2018

 

Time uploaded in London – 13-41  (British Summer Time)

 

Post No. 5263

 

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COMPARISION BETWEEN KASHMIR POET KALHANA AND TAMIL POET TIRUVALLUVAR

 

Fortune
Fortune which merchants obtain by misappropriation of deposits, which courtesans get by deceiving their lovers, or princes through treason, is after all impermanent– Raja Tarangini of Kalhana 4-181

 

All profits, that makes others weep, depart with tears. Even if lost, blessings flow from good deeds-– Tiruk Kural 659 of Tiruvalluvar

 

Fortune moving about unsteadily, like the lightning playing in the sky, always follows the cloud of destiny. With whom does it abide permanently? Rajatarangini of Kalhana 8-1896

An adverse destiny blunts a man’s intelligence  and makes him lose his wealth, whereas when he gets good luck it quickens his intelligence and promotes prosperity- Tirukkural of Tiruvalluvar 372

When extraordinary good fortune of overwhelming glory comes to a man, retreating misfortune increases the power of its sorrows – Rajatarangini 7-795

Through the influence of fate all good means of acquiring wealth may prove disastrous, and all foul means prove helpful- Tirukkural couplet 375

Fate grants fortune to that person whom those who think themselves wise, persist in considering as unfit –Rajatarangini 8-491

 

Fortune like a prostitute daubed with a magic powder conquers even the strong minded, making them unlawful- 8-189

It is one thing to be wealthy, but to attain wisdom is quite another. This is the two fold nature of this world- Tirukkural 374

 

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Destiny
Destiny can be opposite if and when jackals victoriously control a lion- Rajatarangini 8-1470

Except as ordained by the Lord, who measures out each man’s meet,

Even the millionaire cannot enjoy his hoards- Tirukkural 377
The mighty are cheated by the infirm and those who hold all might in their control, are deluded by the power less- Rajatarangini –Rajatarangini 7-959

 

The constructive industry that produces wealth, and the destructive indolence

That brings about adversity in life, are both the outcome of fate- Tirukkural 371

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Death
A man will not be slain even by a stroke of lightning before his time but one who has reached his allotted span might die even from a flower –Rajatarangini of Kalhana 8-531

 

The characteristic feature of the world is the transitoriness of the life. The disappearance today of one who existed yesterday is a common occurrence – Tiruk Kural 336 of Tiruvalluvar

 

What is there more potent than fate? It forestalls every expedient one may resort to for averting it- Tirukkural 380

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Devotion to king
Devotion to one’s sovereign does not change in honest men till they die –RAJATARANGINI OF KALAHANA 7-1322

 

Men of clear vision do nothing base and displeasing or take undue advantage of the leader’s (king’s) favour- Tirukkural 699

One should behave towards the leader/king as befitting his splendour, never making light of him on the score of youth or kinship- Tirukkural 698

The minister whose mind plots treason against the ruler is worse than millions of open enemies- Tirukkural 639

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Diamond; Great people help
The diamond is not cut by any other precious stone but on the contrary it cuts them. Rajatarangini 4-51

The great for a few favours give much of their own. Rajatarangini 3-276

Valour, honour, a great tradition and loyalty- these are the four defences of an army- Tirukkural 766

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Earth/ Heroism
The earth has been preordained for enjoyment of the valiant. 7 Rajatarangini -1288

Courage
The heroic think an object attainable by courage, the timid by caution; otherwise between them there could be little difference. Rajatarangini 6-363

 

Brave traditional heroes do not quail before a crisis; they hold the field; risking life – Tirukkural 762

That alone is an army which has the courage even to meet death advancing in anger and to confront him in a body- Tirukkural 765

 

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FEAR

If the banks of rivers will only smell of a lion, to elephants they will seem as though they are on fire –Rajatarangini 8-3013

It is folly not to fear what should be feared; to fear that which should be feared is the way of the wise- Tirukkural 428

The mean follow the law for fear, and sometimes, when there is hope of profit- Tirukkural 1075

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Followers
The lightning of prosperity, the crane of celebrity, the thunder of boldness, and the rainbow of prowess, follow the cloud of prudence. Rajatarangini 7-1455

 

The world clings to the feet of the great leader who  wields his sceptre with love for his subjects- Tirukkural 544

 

Whatsoever a great man does, the same is done by others as well; whatever standard he sets, the world follows- Bhagavad Gita 3-21

To esteem men who are greater than oneself and follow in their footsteps is the highest of all powers- Tirukkural 444

–subham–

 

 

 

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