On Women, Wine & Vices -31 Quotations from Jataka Tales (Post No.7626)

WRITTEN BY LONDON SWAMINATHAN

Post No.7626

Date uploaded in London – 27 February 2020

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March 2020 Good Thoughts Calendar

FESTIVALS – MARCH 8- MASI MAKAM;  9 HOLI, KAMA DAHANAM; 14-KARADAIYAN NONBU; 25 UGADI NEW YEAR.

AUSPICIOUS DAYS – 5, 6, 12, 13, 22, 30

NEW MOON DAY/AMAVASYAI-24; FULL MOON DAY/PURNIMA- 9;

EKADASI/FASTING DAYS- 5/6, 20

Following quotations are taken from Buddhist Jataka Tales.

MARCH 1 SUNDAY

SECRET

His secret no man should disclose, but guard like treasure trove

Disclosure of a secret thing no wise man would approve

Xxx

MARCH 2 MONDAY

Wisemen to woman or a foe their secrets never betray

Trust not slaves by appetite; creatures of impulse they.

Xxx

MARCH 3 TUESDAY

No comrade ought thy innermost thoughts to share

The best of friends ofttimes most foolish are

And if too wise, of treachery beware

Xxx

MARCH 4 WEDNESDAY

FRIENDS

May good be with you all that here I see.

Betray ye not your friends. how vile is he

That sins against a friend with treachery

Xxx

MARCH 5 THURSDAY

All who on earth to friends have proved untrue,

As lepers here their sin must ever rue

And when the body falls, in hell are born anew

Xxx

MARCH 6 FRIDAY

DRINKING

Even modest folk, intoxicate

With wine, will most indecent be,

And wisest men, when drunk, will prate

And babble very foolishly

Xxx

MARCH 7 SATURDAY

This jar nor oil nor ghee doth hold

no honey or molasses here,

but vices more than can be told

are stored within its round sphere

xxx

MARCH 8 SUNDAY

Who dinks will fall, poor silly fool,

into some hole or pit impure

or headlong sink in loathsome pool

and eat what he would fain abjure.

Xxx

MARCH 9 MONDAY

The man that drinks is filled with pride

And his own parents will revile,

Or ties of blood and kin defied

Will dare the marriage bed defile.

Xxx

MARCH 10 TUESDAY

The man that drinks will dare to slay

A righteous priest or brahmin true

And then in suffering worlds for aye

The sinful deed will have to rue

Xxx

MARCH 11 WEDNESDAY

Who drink will sin in triple wise,

In word, in action, and in thought

Then sink to hell, to agonize

For all the evil they have wrought.

Xxx

MARCH 12 THURSDAY

Silver and gold and household gear

Oxen and fields and stores of grain

All, all is lost; strong drink, I fear

Has proved of wealthy home the bane

Xxx

MARCH 13 FRIDAY

GLUTTON

The slave to appetite no other pleasure knows

Poor careless fool, so blind is he to coming woes

Xxx

MARCH 14 SATURDAY

WOMEN

Four things can never sated be – list well to these my words—

Ocean, kings, brahmins, womenkind these four, O King of birds

All streams in earth that find their home will not the ocean fill

Though all may with its waters mix, something is lacking still

Xxx

MARCH 15 SUNDAY

BRAHMIN

A brahmin cons his Vedas and his legendary lore,

Yet still he sacred knowledge lacks and craves for more and more

Xxx

MARCH 16 MONDAY

KING

A king by conquest he holds the world, its mountains, seas and all

The endless treasures it contains his very own may call,

Yet sights for worlds beyond the sea, for this count too small.

Xxx

MARCH 17 TUESDAY

WOMAN

One woman may have husbands eight, compliant to her will,

All heroes bold, well competent love’s duties fulfil,

Yet on a ninth her love she sets, for something lacks still.

Xxxx

MARCH 18 WEDNESDAY

Women like flames devour their prey,

Women like floods sweep all away,

Women are pests, like thorns are they,

Women for gold oft go astray.

Xxx

MARCH 19 THURSDAY

That man with net might catch the breeze

Or single-handed bale out sea

Clap with one hand, who once should dare,

His thoughts let range on woman fair

Xxx

MARCH 20 FRIDAY

With women, clever jades , Truth aye is found a rarity

Their ways as much perplex as those of fishes in the sea

Xxx

MARCH 21 SATURDAY

Soft-speaking, ill to satisfy, as rivers hard to fill,

Down – down they sink; who women know should flee far from them still

Xxx

MARCH 22 SUNDAY

And whomsoever they may serve for gold or for desire

They burn him up like fuel burns cast in a blazing fire

Xxx

MARCH 23 MONDAY

Even a wise man may dare to exchange a word,

With goblin foe armed with sharp whetted sword,

Fierce snake he may assail, but never too bold

Alone with woman should he converse hold.

XXX

MARCH 24 TUESDAY

MURDER

One who knows how frail our life is, and how transient things of sense

Never thinks to slay another, but abides in innocence

Xxx

MARCH 25 WEDNESDAY

No king should conquer one who aye inviolate should be

No friend should get the better of a friend by treachery;

She of her lord that stands in fear is no true wife, I hold,

Nor children they noursh not a father when he is old

Xxx

MARCH 26 THURSDAY

No council hall is that wherein the wise do not appear

Nor wise are they that do not preach the Truth both far and near

The wise are they lust and hate and error lay aside 

And never fail to preach the Truth to mortals far and wide.

Xxx

MARCH 27 FRIDAY

Preach, glorify Truth, and lift the sages flag on high

Emblem of saints is goodly speech, Truth is the flag they fly.

Xxx

MARCH 28 SATURDAY

Right is like the high road

Wrong is but a bye-road

Right to heaven aye wins its way

Wrong to hell leads men astray

Xxx

MARCH 29 SUNDAY

From pride’s root cometh sloth; from sloth cometh loss and decay;

Decay is the parent of sin.  All sloth, O great king, put away.

Xxx

MARCH 30 MONDAY

Great king, ever open thine ears, and list to what people may say,

That seeing and hearing the truth, thou mayst win to good fortune thy way.

Xxx

MARCH 31 TUESDAY

I have true men to counsel me, free from all stain or blame

Ready to die, if need there be, for my good cause and name

I have a wife of equal birth, obedient, kind in word,

With children blest, good  looks, fair name, compliant with her lord

—Subham—

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