TAMIL POET VALLUVAR AND WESTERN THINKERS ON RIGHT CONDUCT (Post.4914)

TAMIL POET VALLUVAR AND WESTERN THINKERS ON RIGHT CONDUCT (Post.4914)

 

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Post No. 4914

 

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The greatest of the ancient Tamil poets, Tiruvalluvar had composed ten verses on right conduct or discipline. As it is the main topic in religious scriptures, we have lot of verses in religious books. But by comparing the verses with other western poets we learn that great men think alike irrespective of the race, religion and geographical location.

 

Let us compare a few verses: –

Right conduct makes one great; hence right conduct is greater than life (Tirukkural 131).

Mathew Arnold said,

Conduct is three fourths of life and its largest concern.

Dr S M Diaz, I G of Police in Tamil Nadu says,

“And that is precisely why in the National Police Academy at Hyderabad where officers of the Indian Police Service at all levels are trained, I had prominently placed the following inscription: –

No Niagara is ever turned into light and power

Until it is tunnelled and confined

No life ever grows great until It is Focussed,

Dedicated and Disciplined

According to Plato, what is to be feared in life is disgrace and not death.

 

Tiruvalluvar, author of Tirukkural says elsewhere,

Hair lost, the yak lives not.

Honour lost, noble men leave their life (Kural 969)

 

Noble men do not outlive loss of honour. The world hails their glory (970).

 

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In another couplet, Valluvar says

Right conduct is true nobility;

The absence of it is just ignoble (Kural 133)

 

The great French dramatist Moliere said that ‘Virtue is the first title of Nobility’, while Benson and Forster would rate ‘sincerity’ and considerateness’ as the determinants of true aristocracy.

 

In Kural/couplet 134, Valluvar says,

The Brahmin who has forgotten his scriptures could read them up again;

But if he neglects right conduct he will lose his birth-right.

 

This couplet in fact is an amplification of the previous Kural 133, Moliere’s statement that ‘Birth is nothing where virtues is not” is relevant here.

S M Diaz, has given lot of comparisons from The Bible (Proverbs) for every couplet in this chapter.

 

In the couplet 140, Valluvar says

Even men of learning will be as ignorant as men,

If they do not live in tune with the world.

 

The following passage from Lord Chesterfield could be considered a felicitous alternative translation of this Kural:

“A man of the best parts and the greatest learning, if he does not know the world by his own experience and obligation, will be very absurd and consequently very unwelcome in company”.

What Indian Scholars say about conduct?

It may be sandal paste, incense or water lily or jasmine. The fragrance of good conduct has nothing superior to such perfumes – Dhammapada 4-12

 

As one acts according to one’s conduct. so does he become.

The doer of good becomes good; of evil, evil.

One become virtuous by virtuous acts.

-Brihad Aranyaka Upanishad 4.4.4

 

Do nothing to others which, if done to you , would cause you pain;  this is the sum of polity.

–Mahabharata, 5-1517

 

Forget not the good done to you;

Despise evil friends

Give not false evidence

And depart not from the truth.

Fail not to join the assembly of the learned,

Strive always to escape from the company of the lawless;

Abstain from others’ wives

Help the dying.

-Tamil Epic Silappadikaram

Conduct renders a man virtuous, a coward or her, transmuting purity into purity.

Valmiki Ramayana, Ayodhya Kanda, Chapter 108

 

Source books: Tirukkural Translation by S M Diaz

The Golden Treasury of Indian Quotations R N Saletore

–Subham–

30 Beautiful Quotations from Kalhana’s Rajatarangini( Post No.4856)

April 2018 ‘Good Thoughts’ Calendar

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Post No. 4856

 

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Kalhana was a minister in Kashmir King Harsha’s (1089-1101) Kingdom. He wrote his epic poem in Sanskrit, Rajatarangini (River of Kings). It gives the history of Kashmir

 

FESTVAL DAYS:  APRIL 14- TAMIL NEW YEAR DAY, 18-AKSHAYA THRUTHYAI, 29- CHITRA PURNIMA, BUDDHA PURNIMA

APRIL 1– EASTER DAY, 2-EASTER MONDAY

 

EKADASI/ HINDU FASTING DAYS- 12 and 26

 

AMAVASYAI/ NEW MOON- 15

 

FULL MOON DAY/ PURNIMA- 29
Auspicious Days in APRIL-  5, 20, 22,25, 27

 

In the past three years, hundreds of quotations are given in both Tamil and English monthly calendars in my blog. Please use them

 

April 1 Sunday

Opportunity
A lost opportunity is considered equivalent to the three worlds. RAJATARANGINI 8-2457
April 2 Monday
Opposition
By going against a stream, one cannot succeed in accomplishing a matter which takes away what comes in its wake like the current of a river 8-3010
April 3 Tuesday
Passion
In the cases of the hearts of a king, a crystal and an unchaste woman, in the absence of their constant companions, there enters a passion for another. 6-33
April 4 Wednesday
People
An enterprise if crowned with success is not equally condemned by the people for they  hardly think whether or not it was justified by its relevant conditions 7-1422

 

April 5 Thursday
Perversity
In the ways of the creator, perversity is shown indeed 8-1275


April 6 Friday
Pity
There is none, who has not a good plan but its execution is neglected. Every one may know how to use a dart but rare is one who has the aim for it. 8-1529
April 7 Saturday
Plot
Whoever devises a plot to harm others certainly ruins himself from that same plot. Fire produces smoke which blinds the eyes. After turning into a cloud, it extinguishes the very fire by its torrential rain 4-125

 

April 8 Sunday
Poet
If the poet didn’t perceive what he is to reveal to all men, what other proof would there be of his divinity 1-5

April 9 Monday
Polity
Every one is aware of polity but few know its practical application 8-1529

April 10 Tuesday
Possession
As possessions are controlled by fate, the pride of foolish people in their family greatness is vain and false 7-206


April 11 Wednesday
Promotion
No metals can break a diamond and stone dykes can withstand the waters, but against the wicked, nothing is proof 6-273
April 12 Thursday
Prosperity
Men of small merits hardly survive long in their good fortune 8-1999
April 13 Friday
Proximity
The heat of summer becomes severe when rains approach and nights darkness when the dawn is close. Likewise, when extraordinary good fortune of surpassing glory dawn s for a person, receding Ill-luck accelerates the violence of its woes. 7-795

April 14 Saturday
Prudence
What wrath recommended, prudence forbade. 8-1359
April 15 Sunday
Reality
Can a lion in a picture emulate the activities of the real one? 7-60

 


April 16 Monday
Refuge
When the dignity of honourable men is outraged by a slight which cannot be remedied, their minds are tormented. What other refuge can they have except death? 6-278
April 17 Tuesday
Refuge
What refuge other than death is possible now? To us, who have forsaken the battle, even that is not possible. 7-847
April 18 Wednesday
Regret
It is futile to regret what one has done, right or wrong. 7-502

 
April 19 Thursday
Remedy
Against sedition there is no remedy 7-913
April 20 Friday

Splendour
The splendour which clings to men who shine for a brief moment like stars, passes away like a short summer night.7-133

 

 
April 21 Saturday
Retribution
That the clouds send down on the trees rain as well as lightning is the consequence of retribution for good or evil actions of a former existence. 7-342

April 22 Sunday
Riches
The rivulets waxing powerful feed the earth at its roots from the heavens showers fall and from all sides through the mouths of the channels the water courses through, filling a tank during the rainy season. When good fortune smiles, why will not riches come in hundred ways? 7-505

 

April 23 Monday
Scruples
Those who long for the acquisition of wealth have truly no dislike for evil practices 8-1099
April 24 Tuesday
Self- respect
The renunciation of self -respect cannot be eradicated even by a sage. 7-238

April 25 Wednesday
Self -respect
Men of honour should never break the great word of keeping their self -respect. 7-329

April 26 Thursday

Spark
One who clasps a spark mistaking it for a gem only burns his fingers. 4-299

April 27 Friday
Servant
A servant not trusted at a critical moment, brings disaster on his master like a hand sword in a struggle. 7-1160
April 28 Saturday
Service
In truth the service of the kings is more dangerous than the raising of a demon, the leap over a precipice, the chewing of poison or fondling of a snake 8-2187

 

April 29 Sunday
Skill
Even a little mischief, if repeated without skill, breaks out again and again through a hundred openings just as an old piece of cloth as when stitched with a needle.
7-849
April 30 Monday
Sleep
Sleep ,like a sweet heart left me in a huff and went somewhere far away. The night, like land bestowed on an unworthy person, is not yet over. 3-181

–SUBHAM–

A FRIEND IN NEED IS A FRIEND INDEED-MANU AND VALLUVAR ON FRIENDSHIP (Post No.4852)

A FRIEND IN NEED IS A FRIEND INDEED-MANU AND VALLUVAR ON FRIENDSHIP (Post No.4852)


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Date: 26 MARCH 2018

 

 

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Post No. 4852

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He is a true friend who stands by one in disease, in adversity, in famine, in danger from enemies, at the royal gate and at the cremation ground.

Chanakya Niti 1-12

aature vyasane praapte durbikshe satrusankate

raajadwaare smasaane ca yasthishtati  sa bhaandhavah

 

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They are the real sons who are devoted to their father, father is one who brings the offspring, a friend is one who can be trusted, a wife is one who gives happiness.

2-4

 

One should keep away from a friend who harms the mission in one’s absence, but talks sweetly when face to face. He is a jar of poison with milk in its upper portion.

2-5

 

One should not trust a bad friend, nor should repose too much of trust even in good friend lest the friend in a fit of rage were to lay bare all the secrets.

2-6

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Compare these with the following couplets from Tamil Veda ‘Tirukkural’

 

Like the hand , that goes to the rescue when a garment slips, stepping into help

when a friend faces adversity, is true friendship – Kural 788

 

Friendship is not for pleasant laughter alone, but for harsh and ethical advice too

promptly given, when one swerves from the right path- Kural 784

 

A surface smile on the face is not friendship, genuine affection,

springs from the heart and lights up the face- Kural 786

 

The true friend keeps one away from the wrong path, and helps him follow the right path,

and also stands by him, if misfortune falls nevertheless – Kural 787

 

The throne of genuine friendship is found, without doubt, where two allied hearts beat,

under all circumstances, in unison and mutual support- Kural 789

 

It is wise to acquire and hold on to faultless friendships, and equally good,

to dispense with undependable friendships, even at a price- Kural 800

 

–subham–

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wealth Accumulated by Frauds disappears after 10 Years! – Chanakya (Post No.4795)

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Date: 28 FEBRUARY 2018

 

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Post No. 4795

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Every day we read in the newspapers that the corrupt people and fraudulent people have accumulated enormous amount of money; suddenly the government take some action against them. But Chanakya and the Tamil poet Tiruvalluvar had their own strange calculations about the wealth of the frauds. Chanakya says it would disappear after 10 years. Valluvan said that it would make the corrupt people cry and then leave them. Great men think alike. Read below in their own words:-

Wealth Accumulated by Frauds disappears after 10 Years! – Chanakya (Post No.4795)

2.Chanakya Niti and Tirukkural part 2

Fate cannot be Averted

Just as a call goes to its mother even in the midst of thousands of cows, in the same way the action done follows the doer.

Chanakya Niti,13-14

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

 

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Spring of Knowledge!

Just as one gets to subterranean water by digging with a spade, in the same way does a pupil knowledge embodied in teacher.

Chanakya Niti,13-16

The sand spring flows with water as you dig deeper. By deeper study knowledge flows – Kural 396

 

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Water is Jewel

There are three jewels on the earth –water, food and wise saying. The ignorant gives the name of jewel to pieces of stone.

Chanakya Niti,14-1

Rain is instrumental in the production of good food and is itself food -Kural 12.

Duties of life cannot be performed by any person in the absence of water -Kural 20

By the continuance of rain the world is preserved in existence; it is there fore worthy to be called ambrosia – Kural 11

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King and Fire

King, fire, teacher and women, when too close, lead to destruction, when far do not serve the purpose. So they have to be approached by the middle path.

Chanakya Niti,14-11

Even like those, who desire to warm themselves before a fire, persons in the king’s service will not go too close, nor stay away too far- Kural 691

Fire burns when it is touched; does it also have the potential to burn, when it goes far away from one?- Kural 1159.

 

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Hold back your Tongue!

If you want to bring round the whole world to you with one action,

hold back your tongue from speaking ill of others

Chanakya Niti, 14-14

 

Guard your tongue, whatever else you may not guard, otherwise you wi come to grief -Kural 127

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Sweet Speech

One who knows words that go well with the context, the sweet speech that goes well with his glory and anger that befits his strength is wise

Chanakya Niti,14-15

Pleasing speech of good effect is productive of righteousness and virtue- Kural 97

 

Let men of sagacity who understand the use of words study the assembly and address it with discretion- Kural 711

The learning of the scholar shall shine before an assembly if flawless scholars who know the art of words.- Kural 717

 

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Why no Sweet Words?

 

All beings feel happy with sweet words. So one should go for them. Why is the Parsimony in sweet words?

Chanakya Niti, 16-17

When a man knows that kind words bring joy and happiness,

why should he resort to harsh words?- Kural 99

 

If you speak at all speak profitably-Kural 200

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Wealth through Unjust means

The wealth earned through unjust means stays for ten years. With the onset of eleventh year it vanishes root and branch.

Chanakya Niti,15-6

All profits, that make others weep, depart with tears. Kural 659

Another translation of Kural 659:- Wealth amassed in the midst of other people’s tears, will also go that way causing one’s own distress;

while by good actions, even if loss is sustained, final results will be beneficial.

 

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Death better than Insults

 

It is better to die than to live under insult. In death, it is a momentary pain, in insult it is a daily affair

Chanakya Niti, 16-16

It is better to die with honour than be slaves of those that scorn you – Kural 967

Hair lost, the yaks live not; Honour lost, noble men leave their life – 969

 

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Divorce Anecdotes (Post No.4787)

Date: 26 FEBRUARY 2018

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Post No. 4787

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AMERICA- HOME OF THE BRAVE

 

A large number of divorces indicate that America is still the” land of the free”, someone observed.

‘Yes’,said his friend, “but the steady level of the marriage rate shows that it is still the home of the brave”.

 

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ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

When Mrs Pierre Riendeau,  79 years old, asked for a legal separation from her 86 year old husband, the judge asked how long they had been married,

“Sixty years”, she replied.

Why are you seeking a separation after all this time ?, the court asked.

Enough is enough, she said

 

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DIVORCE WITHOUT QUARREL!

 

After the manner of Hollywood’s “civilised” social practices, Lewis Brown, the writer, and his exwife appeared together at a party and listened to the announcement of their divorce by a radio commentator.

Leopold Stokowski was among the guests, and said to Browne

“It is very indecent of you to be having such a good time.

At least when my wife and I were divorced, we quarrelled”.

 

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SWEET REVENGE!

Ilka chase likes to tell the story of the aftermath of divorce from Louise Calhern. His next wife was Julia Hoyt. Miss Chase, going through a trunk, found a box of handsome, engraved cards , bearing simply the name, Mrs Louise Calhern . Feeling it is a shame that they should go to waste, she wrapped them up and sent them to her successor , with the little Note,

“Dear Julia, I hope these reach you in time”.

 

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ONE HEAD ONLY!

After the death of Jane Seymour, Henry VIII had some difficulty in getting another wife. His first offer was to the Duchesses Dowager of Milan, but her answer was, she had but one head, if she had two, one should have been at his service.

 

–SUBHAM–

 

31 Quotations from the Rig Veda (Post No.4778)

Date: 23 FEBRUARY 2018

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Post No. 4778

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March 2018 Good Thoughts Calendar

 

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Date: 23 February 2018

 

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Post No. 4778

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FESTVAL DAYS:  March 1-Holi and Masi Makam; 14- Karadaiyan Nonbu; 18-Ugadi/ New Year, also Vasantha Navaratri begins;22- Vasantha Panchami;  25- Sri Rama Navami and Shirdi Sai Baba Birth Day, Vasantha Navaratri finishes; 29- Mahavir Jayanthi; 30- Panguni Uththiram, Good Friday

 

EKADASI/ HINDU FASTING DAYS- 13 and 27

 

AMAVASYAI/ NEW MOON- 17

 

FULL MOON DAY/ PURNIMA- 1 and 31
Auspicious Days in MARCH:- 4, 5, 26, 30

 

31 beautiful quotations from the Rig Veda are in this month’s calendar. In the past three years, hundreds of quotations are given in both Tamil and English monthly calendars in my blog. Please use them

 

March 1 Thursday

Old Time Seers

Gone are the mortals who in the former ages

Beheld the flushing of the early morning

We living men now look upon her shining

Those will be born who shall hereafter see her.

RV 1-113-11

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March 2 Friday

Order

Firm seated are the foundations of Rita

In its lovely form are many splendid beauties

RV 4-23-9

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March 3 Saturday

Speech

Speech hath been measured out in four divisions, the brahmans who have understanding know them.

Three kept in close concealment cause no motion; of speech, men speak only the fourth division

1-164- 45

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March 4 Sunday

One God with Different Names

They call him Indra, Mitra, Varuna and Agni and he is heavenly noble winged Garutman,

To what is One, sages give many a title; they call it Agni, Yama, Matarisvan

1-164-46

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March 5 Monday

Let us Unite

One and the same be your resolve, and be your minds of one accord.

United be the thoughts of all that all may happily agree

10-190-4

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March 6 Tuesday

Achievement

The hare has swallowed the opposing razor, I have shattered with the clod the far- off mountain. The mighty ‘will’ I shall bend before the little, the calf shall grow in strength and consume the bullock.-RV 10-28(9) (power to alter the course of nature)

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March 7 Wednesday

Alertness

You cherish your might like pools of water deep and full; like milch cows going well protected to the meadow, and like water brooks which reach the lake. RV 3-46(4)

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March 8 Thursday

Variation

The hands are both alike, their labour differs. The yield of sister milch- kine is unequal; Twins even differ in their strength and vigour and two, even kinsmen, differ in their bounty -10-117-9

 

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March 9 Friday

Attraction

The horse will draw an easy car, gay hosts lure laughter and jest, the male longs for his mate’s approach and the frog is eager for the flood. RV9-113(4)

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March 10 Saturday

Benevolence

He clothes all which is nude, attends to all the sick, through Him the sightless behold and cripples move about.-RV 8-79 (2)

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March 11 Sunday

Company

One who eats with no partner (namely, alone) is all guilty-

RV 10-117

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March 12 Monday

Comparison

Their unfathomed splendour is like the glory of the sun and their unknown greatness is like the sea. RV 7-33 (8)

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March 13 Tuesday

Dice

Play not with dice, cultivate your corn land, enjoy the grain and deem that wealth sufficient. RV10-34 (13)

Others caress the wife of one whose riches the dice has coveted– RV 10-28 (4)

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March 14 Wednesday

Divinity

O beauteous one, we have established our perpetual brotherhood with harmony in mother’s womb- RV 8-13 (8)

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March 15 Thursday

Sorrow

As drivers of chariots avoid bad roads, let sorrows pass us by-

8-47-5

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March 16 Friday

Guidance

Like two winds aging not, confluent rivers, come quick vision, like two eyes before us.  Come like two hands most helpful to the limbs, and guide us, like two feet to what is precious.- RV 2-39

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March 17 Saturday

Holiness

He who is being called by us in prayer is resplendent in holiness- RV 8-44(21)

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March 18 Sunday

Inaction

Surely there will come future times when brothers and sisters will perform acts unworthy of kinsfolk. -RV 10-10

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March 19 Monday

Love

As wood-pine clings round a tree, another will cling to you, girt with a blessed alliance.-RV 10-13

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March 20 Tuesday

Offering

The milk is blended with the honey of the bee; come quickly hither and drink- RV 8-8 (4)

Be pleased, Song Lover, with this song; it flows abundant like the sea- RV 3-12 (5)

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March 21 Wednesday

One

One who is all is lord of what is fixed and moving, that walk, that flies, that multi form creation – RV 3-54 (8)

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March 22 Thursday

Plenty

With plenty for his true ally, the active man will gain the spoil – RV 7-42 (20)

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March 23 Friday

Possibility

What the teeth have encompassed ,  the tongue eats –

RV 10-68 (6)

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March 24 Saturday

Prayer

Show thy mercy on us once, O Gracious Lord, be like father to us- RV 10-33 (3)

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March 25 Sunday

Let not the wicked rule over us – RV 10-25 (7)

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March 26 Monday

May we not offend against thine holy statutes, as a kind friend, O God, best of all be gracious- RV 8-113

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March 27 Tuesday

God, place me in the ever-lasting, undecaying sphere wherein heaven’s  light is set and  eternal light shines- RV 9

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March 28 Wednesday

Relief

Raiment (clothing) is the body, food is life and healing ointment gives life.-R V 8-24

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March 29 Thursday

Request

Make me immortal in that realm, where happiness transports, where joys and facilities combine and longing wishes are fulfilled.-9-113-10

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March 30 Friday

Search

The Brahman seeks the worshipper, the wright (builder) seeks the cracked and the leech the maimed.

9-cxii-112

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March 31 Saturday

Trousseau (Bride’s clothes)

Thought was the pillow of her couch, sight, the unguent for her eyes and earth and heaven, her treasury -RV 10-85-7

 

—SUBHAM—-

 

Isavasyam Idam Sarvam Story (Post No.4752)

Date: 16 FEBRUARY 2018

 

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Post No. 4752

 

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There is a famous Upanishadic couplet saying that everything is controlled and owned by God. One should not be greedy to take other’s property.

 

There is a story to illustrate this point. There was a king who had some ego problem. He gave lot of gifts to the poets and bards and expected everyone to praise him as the Anna Data (Giver of Food). Once he called two of his beneficiaries and asked them who gave them money and everything. One of them was a sycophant and replied immediately,

Oh, My Lord, You are the one who helped me and without you people would have died of hunger.

The other person, who is a great scholar said, everything is given by God. Isavasyam Idam sarvam.

 

The king did not like this answer. He wanted to hear the praise of every one. But he did not dare to say it in public. The king wanted to teach him a lesson. He sent them home.

 

Later the king filled the inside of a big pumpkin  with costly gems and sent it to the person who praised the king. The scholar who praised god instead of the King was given two small coins. They were not of big price.

 

The person who received the pumpkin did not know what was inside and so he decided to sell the pumpkin. He was very dissatisfied with the king. At that time the scholar who got two coins was passing his house. The person with a big pumpkin told the scholar to take the pumpkin. He readily agreed and gave his two coins to him.

 

When the scholar went home, opened the pumpkin and found it was full of costly gems. Then he ran to the king and told that he got a treasure from a pumpkin. The person who sold the pumpkin was also there and he told the king that he sold it to him for two coins of lesser denomination.

 

The king realised his mistake and felt everything in the world was done by God and controlled by God. The king’s vanity was completely cured by this occurrence.

Unassisted by the hand of Providence, human endeavours are fruitless.

 

He remembered the famous first couplet of Isavasyopanishad:

 

Isavaasyamidam sarvam yathkinchajagathyaam jagath
Thena thyakthena bhunjeethaah, maa gridhah kasyaswid-dhanam

“All things of this world, the transitory, the evanescent, are enveloped by the Lord who is the real Reality of each. Therefore, they have to be used with reverent renunciation, without covetousness or greed for they belong to the Lord and not to any one person”.

 

–Subham–

Stories based on two Tamil Proverbs (Post No.4730)

Date:11 FEBRUARY 2018

 

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Post No. 4730

 

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In a town in South India there was a wealthy Brahmin lady who was living alone. In those days, robbers enter the town and loot the houses. But they followed certain rules. They will only rob rich people, that too only after informing them!

 

One day this Brahmin lady also received a note saying on such and such day the house will be robbed. This lady was a clever lady. She knew that she can’t prevent them and any attempt to stop them will result in bloodshed. So she prepared the best food on the day for the robbers. The flavour of the food items travelled far away in the air in the streets. Since the town people knew about the robbers’ visit all of them shut the doors and switched off the lights.

 

This lonely lady left the door slightly open. The robbers came beating big drums and entered the house. This lady welcomed them with a smile and asked them to eat first and then continue their work. They couldn’t say no because of the excellent smell of the food. They ate to their full stomach. Before they finished eating this clever lady spread a silk saree on the floor and placed all her jewels and silk sarees on it signalling to them to take them. The juniors in the group were waiting for the orders from the chief of the robbers. When he kept quiet the junior robbers asked him whether they can lay their hands on them.

 

No, he said firmly.

There are proverbs in Tamil that you should never harm a house where you ate. They say that you should ever think about the people who gave you salt ( food). Never ever steal in the house wo gave you food. So don’t touch anything; let us go.

 

He not only left the house intact, later he gave his plundered property to that family. This is a true story, but the author who wrote it in 1916 in a bout about Bhartruhari’s Niti Sataka, did not give the place and the name of the person.

 

Black Bag floating in the River!

River Godavari in South India was in floods. Two friends Ramappan and Thimmappan went to see the floods. They were enjoying watching lot of furniture, house hold utensils and trees and animals that were washed away and floating. Suddelny Ramappan noticed a big black bag floating in the middle of the river. He pointed it out to Thinnappan and said,

“Thinnappa, go and get that black bag. It is big. It must contain something valuable; Let us share it”.

 

Thinnappan jumped into the floods without hesitating and swam towards the black bag. He grabbed it and pulled it towards him. But the bag was not a bag; it was a bear washed away by the flood. That was struggling to get a grip and so it caught hold of him. Thinnappan tried to get out but couldn’t.

 

Ramappan still thought that the floating bag was a treasure and his friend was trying hard. But at one stage he shouted to Thinnappan,

“Please come back if you can’t get hold of the bag. Come back safe”

 

Thinnappan said: No Ramappan; it is not a bag; it is a bear.

He shouted back: Leave it and come back.

I am ready to come back. But it wouldn’t allow me. I have left the bear; but the bear is not ready to leave me”.

Both of them went along the floods; Ramappan was helpless.

 

Desire is like the bear; once you catch hold of it, even if you want to get out, it wouldn’t leave you. So strong is the grip of desire!

There are lot of proverbs in Indian languages about desire.

–subham–

 

 

 

‘SHOCKING’ BLESSING OF LIVING BUDDHA! (Post No.4713)

Date: 7 FEBRUARY 2018

 

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Post No. 4713

 

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Pagan Gods

According to a story told by Roy Chapman Andrews, the famous explorer, the Living Buddha of Mongolia, a personage only a stage less exalted than the Great Lama of Tibet, was a man of original ideas. One of the regular ceremonies of his office was the laying on of hands to many worshippers and lesser priests who came daily for his blessings. The Buddha conceived a mass blessing. He had a small American Delco generator in his palace. This he rigged up with a wire stretching down a long area way. The many pilgrims would line up clutching the wire and each received a memorable blessing as the Living Buddha threw the switch by his throne.

Dr Andrews was invited to partake of the blessing, which courtesy he could not refuse. He reports that the shock nearly knocked him over.

 

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Atheists and Agnostics Anecdotes

The noted agnostic Colonel Robert Ingersoll, during a visit with Henry Ward Beecher, noted a beautiful globe portraying the constellations and stars of the heavens.

This is just what I have been looking for, he said after examining it. Who made it?

Repeated Beecher in simulated astonishment,

Why Colonel, nobody made it; it just happened.

 

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Doubtful Agnostic!!

Someone once charged David Hume , the agnostic, being inconsistent because he went to hear the orthodox, Scotch minister, John Brown.

Hume replied, “I don’t believe all that he says, but he does. And once a week I like to hear a man who believes what he says”.

 

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Sculptor Recognised his God!

A Portuguese SCULPTOR, upon his death bed, had a crucifix placed before his eyes by a confessor, who said,

“Behold the god whom you have so much offended.”

“Do you recollect him now?”

“Alas! Yes, Father”, replied the dying man.

“It was I who made him”.

 

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Permission only to Ingersoll!

When Philips brooks was recovering from an illness, and was denying himself for all visitors, Robert G Ingersoll , the agnostic called. The bishop called him at once.

I appreciate this very much, said Mr Ingersoll, but why do you see me when you deny yourself to your friends?

 

It is this way, said the bishop, I feel confident of seeing my friends in the next world, but this may be my last chance of seeing you

 

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Did a whale swallow Jonah?

Once while addressing an open air meeting, an atheist asked Bishop Carpenter f he believed that Jonah was swallowed by the whale.

When I get to heaven, I will ask Jonah , said his lordship.

But supposing, the other persisted, he is not there?

Then you will have to ask him,was the quick retort.

 

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CHRISTIAN FANATICS DISAPPOINTED (Post No.4684)

Date: 31 JANUARY 2018

 

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Post No. 4684

 

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Bigotry Anecdotes

 

BURN THE LIBRARY!

In connection with the destruction of the 700 000 manuscript volumes of the Alexandrian library, the Caliph Omar said

Either these books conform to the Koran or they do not. If they do, they are not needed; if they do not, they are positively harmful. Therefore, let them be destroyed.

 

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WHAT DID CHRISTIANS DO?

 

What did Puritans come to this country for?

Asked a teacher in a class of American history.

 

To worship in their own way, and make other people do not same, was the reply

 

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FANATICS DISAPPOINTED!

 

The Young Men’s Christian Association appointed a committee to go to President Lincoln to protest his appointment of the Rev Mr Shrigley as hospital chaplain in the army. When they first approached, the president mentioning Mr Shrigleys name, he misunderstood them and thought they had come to praise his choice and said,

“Oh yes, I have sent it to the Senate. His testimonials are highly satisfactory, and the appointment will no doubt be confirmed at an early date”.

Hastily the committee spokesman protested,

“But sir, we have come not to ask for the appointment, but to solicit to withdraw the nomination, on the ground that Mr Shrigley is not evangelical in his sentiments”.

“Ah! Said the president, that alters the case. On what point of doctrine is the gentleman unsound? “

“He doesn’t believe in endless punishment”, was the reply.

“Yes, added another member of the committee, he believes that even the rebels themselves will finally be saved; and it will never do to have a man with such views as hospital chaplain”.

 

The president was silent for a moment. Then, regarding the expectant faces about him, he said with emphasis,

“If that be so, gentlemen, and there be any way under heaven where by the rebels can be saved, then let the man be appointed!”

 

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TRAGIC GALILEO

 

There are few more tragic records of the struggle of the human mind and spirit against bigotry than this text of Galileo”s recantation before the Holy Inquisition

 

“But because I have been enjoined by this Holy Office altogether to abandon the false opinion which maintains that the sun is the centre and immovable, and forbidden to hold, defend or teach the said false doctrine in any manner and after it had been signified to me that the aid doctrine is repugnant with the Holy Scripture.

 

I abjure, curse and detest the sad heresies and errors…….. and I swear that I will never or assert anymore in future say or more anything verbally  or in writing , which may give rise to a  similar suspicion of me”.

–SUBHAM–