CHANAKYA’S PRAISE FOR BRAHMINS! (Post No.4771)

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Date: 21 FEBRUARY 2018

 

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Post No. 4771

 

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Chanakya, the Hindu genius, who lived 2300 years ago, praises the Brahmins; he says that the strength of the Brahmins is knowledge and the proof for their intelligence is the prediction of the solar and lunar eclipses. He also says that Brahmins are lovers of food and feeding them is great Punya (merit). He warns that  the Brahmin haters would perish with their families. But it is all about the true Brahmins who lived with character and self- less service.

Chanakya says,

“There is no emissary in the sky, neither is any talk going on, nor was it spoken about earlier, nor was there any contact. The great Brahmin who knows the eclipse of the sun and moon taking place in the sky, how come he cannot be a scholar?”

duuto na sancarati khe na caleecca vaartaa

puurvam na japitamidam na ca samsagamosti

vyomni sthitam ravi sasi grahanam prasastam

jaanaati yo dwijavaraha sa katham na vidwaan

Chanakya Niti 9-5

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Brahmin Tree

“The Brahmin is the tree, its root is the morning, noon and evening prayer, the Vedas are the branches, the spiritual activities are the leaves. Hence it is the root that needs to be protected with care. With the root gone, there will be neither branch nor the leaf.”

vipro vrukshastasya muulam na sandhyaa

vedaahaa saakhaa dharmakarmaani patram

tasmaanmuulam yatnato rakshaniiyam

chinne muulee naiva saakhaa na patram

10-13

 

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Four types go to Heaven

 

There are four marks on the body of the people in this world that go with those who have their abode in heaven: devotion/ commitment to charity, sweet speech, worship of gods and feeding the Brahmins to full.

Swarga sthitaanaam iha jiivaloke

catwaari cihnaani vasanti dehe

daanaprsango madhuraa ca vaanii

devaarcanam braahmana tarpanam

7-16

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Brahmin Haters Perish

 

Hatred to oneself leads to death;

to another person loss of wealth;

to the king to destruction and

to a Brahmin to the destruction of the family

–Chanakya Niti, chapter 10, sloka 11

 

aatmadveshaad bhavenmrtyuh paradveshaad dhanakshyah

rajadveshaad bhavennaaso brahmadveshaat kulakshayah

 

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Brahmins delight in Food

 

Brahmins get delight in meals, the peacocks in thunder of clouds, the good people in the prosperity of others and the wicked people in the adversity of others.

tushyanti bhaojane vipraa mayuuraa ghanagarjate

saadhavaha parasampattau khalaha paravipattishu

7-6

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Brahmin’s Strength

The prowess of arms is the strength of the king, that of a Brahmin versed in Veda is in knowledge, beauty, sweetness and youth are the unsurpassed strength of women.

Baahuviiryam balam raaknjobraahmano brahmavid bhalii

Ruupayauvanamaadhuryam striinaam balamanuttamam

Chapter 7, sloka 11

 

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knowledge is the strength of the Brahmins, army is that of the kings

vidhyaa balam vipraanaam, raaknjaam sainyam balam tathaa

2-16

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Contented Brahmins

Brahmins not having the sense of fulfilment, kings having the same, harlots feeling shy and high born women with no sense of shame come to naught.

 

asantushtaa dwijaa nashtaa santushtaasca mahiibujaha

salajjaa ganikaa washtaa nirlajjaasca kulaanganaahaa

8-18

 

Source Book: Canakyaniti, Translated by Satya Vrat Shastri

 

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‘I AM YOUR TREASURE, PRESERVE ME’- VEDAS SAID TO BRAHMINS (Post No.4764)

Date: 19 FEBRUARY 2018

 

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Post No. 4764

 

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The second chapter of Manu Smrti, also known as Manava Dharma Shastra, contains very interesting details on various topics; I am summarising it with my comments below:

 

What did Vedas say to the Brahmins?

2.114. Sacred Learning approached a Brahmana and said to him: ‘I am thy treasure, preserve me, deliver me not to a scorner; so (preserved) I shall become supremely strong.’

2.115. ‘But deliver me, as to the keeper of thy treasure, to a Brahmana whom thou shalt know to be pure, of subdued senses, chaste and attentive.’

2.116. But he who acquires without permission the Veda from one who recites it, incurs the guilt of stealing the Veda, and shall sink into hell.

2.113. Even in times of dire distress a teacher of the Veda should rather die with his knowledge than sow it in barren soil.

 

My comments:

The greatness of Vedas is explained here. It is a treasure to be preserved by the Brahmins; but if there is no worthy hand to receive it, beter die than to give to irreverent people.

It is also interesting that the Brahmins first refused to teach the Mlechas (foreigners like Max Muller, Wilson etc). When a few greedy Brahmins violated their code of conduct, the Mlechas got it and interpreted it to according to their whims and fancies. Like no two clocks agree, no two Mlechas/ barbarians agree!

 

Don’t Talk, Don’t Argue, Act like an Idiot!

There is very interesting advice to the students of Vedas:

2.110. Unless one be asked, one must not explain anything to anybody, nor must one answer a person who asks improperly; let a wise man, though he knows the answer, behave among men as (if he were) an idiot.

2.111. Of the two persons, him who illegally explains anything, and him who illegally asks a question, one or both will die or incur the other’s enmity.

 

Ten Types of People are fit to Learn Vedas

2.109. According to the sacred law the following ten persons, viz. the teacher’s son, one who desires to do service, one who imparts knowledge, one who is intent on fulfilling the law, one who is pure, a person connected by marriage or friendship, one who possesses (mental) ability, one who makes presents of money, one who is honest, and a relative, may be instructed in the Veda.

 

2.106. There are no forbidden days for the daily recitation, since that is declared to be a Brahmasattra (an everlasting sacrifice offered to Brahman); at that the Veda takes the place of the burnt oblations, and it is meritorious even, when natural phenomena, requiring a cessation of the Veda-study, take the place of the exclamation Vashat.

 

Three Beautiful Similes

2.99. But when one among all the organs slips away from control, thereby man’s wisdom slips away from him, even as the water flows through the one open foot of a  leather water-carrier’s skin.

2.94. Desire is never extinguished by the enjoyment of desired objects; it only grows stronger like a fire fed with clarified butter.

2.113. Even in times of dire distress a teacher of the Veda should rather die with his knowledge than sow it in barren soil.

Om and Gayatri

2.74. Let him always pronounce the syllable ‘Om’ at the beginning and at the end of a lesson in the Veda; for unless the syllable Om precede the lesson will slip away from him, and unless it follow it will fade away.

2.78. A Brahmana, learned in the Veda, who recites during both twilights that syllable and that verse, preceded by the Vyahritis, gains the whole merit which the recitation of the Vedas confers.

2.79. A twice-born man who daily repeats those three one thousand times outside the village, will be freed after a month even from great guilt, as a snake from its slough.

2.80. The Brahmana, the Kshatriya, and the Vaisya who neglect (the recitation of) that Rik-verse and the timely performance of the rites prescribed for them, will be blamed among virtuous men.

2.81. Know that the three imperishable Mahavyahritis, preceded by the syllable Om, and followed by the three-footed Savitri are the portal of the Veda and the gate leading (to union with) Brahman.

2.82. He who daily recites that (verse), untired, during three years, will enter (after death) the highest Brahman, move as free as air, and assume an ethereal form.

2.83. The monosyllable (Om) is the highest Brahman, three suppressions of the breath are the best (form of) austerity, but nothing surpasses the Savitri truthfulness is better than silence.

2.84. All rites ordained in the Veda, burnt oblations and othe) sacrifices, pass away; but know that the syllable (Om) is imperishable, and it is Brahman, and the Lord of creatures (Prajapati).

2.85. An offering, consisting of muttered prayers, is ten times more efficacious than a sacrifice performed according to the rules of the Veda; a prayer which is inaudible (to others) surpasses it a hundred times, and the mental recitation of sacred texts a thousand times.

 

–Subham–

 

Sin and Sinners Anecdotes (Post No.4759)

Date: 18 FEBRUARY 2018

 

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Post No. 4759

 

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Some religious anecdotes from an old book:-

1.Prohibitions and restrictions

A little lesson in morality was imparted to the youngster who asked his father

What is a necessary evil?

One that we like so much we don’t want to abolish it, replied his parent.

 

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2.Sin and Sinners

An old Negro preacher, wearied of the many complaints he heard about the temptations placed in the paths of the members of his congregation by Satan:

“Folks is all de time making out dat Satan is running after them fo’ to tempt them. De truth is , dere is so many people pulling at the Debil’s coattails, he ain’t got de time to chase nobody”.

 

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God can see all the Doors!

In the days of the great Edwin Booth, most ministers considered it a sin to attend theatrical performances. However, one clergyman, anxious to see the great actor  perform, sent Mr Booth a letter asking if he might be permitted to enter the theatre by a private door as he did not wish anyone to see him going into such a place.

Booths’s reply

“Sir, there is no door in my theatre through which god cannot see”.

 

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Prayers

Bion was sailing in a vessel, when great storm came on. The mariners, who were wicked and dissolute fellows, called upon the gods; but Bion said,

“Peace; let them not know you are here”.

 

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Tell God that I did it!

After the capture of Ticonderoga, Ethan Allan, the American patriot, hurried home to his family in Bennington, Vermont, and while there attended a Thanks giving service at the old First Church.  Town history says during the long prayer in which the Rev Mr Dewey was giving all the credit for the victory to the Lord, Allen interrupted:

“Parson Dewey, Parson Dewey!”

At the third call, the minister paused and opened his eyes.

“Please, said Allen, mention to the Lord about my being there”.

 

Xxxx Subham xxxx

 

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–

IF YOU DON’T FIND GOD, YOU MUST LEAVE THE COLLEGE! (Post No.4716)

Date: 8 FEBRUARY 2018

 

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Post No. 4716

 

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Agnostic and Atheist Anecdotes!

The late Dr Jowett, the famous master of Balliol College, Oxford, was met one day in the “quad” by an undergraduate who informed him that he, for his part, could find no positive evidence of the existence of God.

Well, Mr B, said Dr Jowett tartly,

“If you don’t find a god by five o clock this afternoon, you will leave this college!”

 

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Voltaire’s Fear

One day. When D’Alambert and Condorcet were dining with Voltaire, they proposed to converse of atheism, but Voltaire stopped them at once.

Wait, said he, till my servants have withdrawn. I do not wish to have my throat cut tonight.

 

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No Religion

During the riots of 1780 most persons in London, in order to save their houses from being burnt or pulled down, wrote on their doors,

No Popery!

Old Grimaldi, to avoid all mistakes, wrote on his,

‘No religion ‘

(The Gordon Riots of 1780 began as an anti-Catholic protest in London against the Papists Act of 1778, which was intended to reduce official discrimination against British Catholics. The protest evolved into riots and looting.)

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Is Christ All Powerful?

The Little Louise Napoleon did not respond with particular susceptibility to his religious education. In the course of it, he stumbled upon one of the puzzling problems which is remarked upon by many young theological students.

His instructor had portrayed with great melodrama the anguish and suffering of Christ. Louise manifested little reaction

“Aren’t you grieved ?” demanded his teacher, “to think how these wicked men behaved to our Lord.”

“Well”, objected, Louise

“If he was all powerful, why did he let them?”

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

Date: 7 FEBRUARY 2018

 

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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.

 

Xxx Subham xxxx

 

 

Christian Conversion Anecdotes (Post No.4693)

Date: 2 FEBRUARY 2018

 

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Post No. 4693

 

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I gave everything to my sister!

 

A woman was testifying of her conversion in a revival meeting She said,

I was very foolish and vain. Worldly pleasures, especially the fashions were my only thought,

I was fond of silk, satins, ribbons and laces. But my friends, when I saw they were dragging me down to perdition I gave them all to my sister.

 

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Navy of the Lord!

A young man who had formerly attended Dr Bethune’s meetings , after an absence of a few years called upon him and said,

Dr Bethune, I have become a Christian since I saw you, and have joined the army of the   Lord.

I am very glad to hear it,

said the doctor, and added, with what denomination have you become connected?

The Baptists.

“Oh, the Baptists”, said Dr Bethune,

Why they are not the army, but the Navy of the Lord.

((Baptists are Christians distinguished by baptizing professing believers only (believer’s baptism, as opposed to infant baptism), and doing so by complete immersion (as opposed to affusion or sprinkling))

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Brandy is better than Water!

A Methodist in America, bragging how well he had instructed some Indians in religion, asked one of them,

If he had not found great comfort last Sunday after receiving the sacrament.

 

“Aye, master, replied the savage, but I wished it had been brandy”.

(wine or water or bread is given during sacrament)

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Water is Good, but…

George Cruikshank having become a teetotaller, showed all the vehement zeal of a convert. Douglas Jarrold, meeting him, shortly after his conversion, exclaimed,

Now George, remember that the water is very good anywhere except upon the brain

 

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During the Civil war, the late Colonel Gabe Boucher organised a regiment which he controlled as a dictator.

I am a humble servant of the Lord, said an itinerant evangelist who had wandered into camp one day, endeavouring to save the souls of the unfortunate.  I have just left the camp of the Massachusetts, where I was instrumental in leading eight men into paths of righteousness

Adjutant, thundered Colonel Bouch, after a moment’s pause, detail ten men for baptism. Nod — D Massachusetts regiment shall beat mine for piety.”

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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–

 

 

TAMIL VALLUVAN AND WORLD PHILOSOPHERS on NUMBER EIGHT! (Post No.4665)

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Date: 26 JANUARY 2018

 

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TAMIL VALLUVAN AND WORLD PHILOSOPHERS on NUMBER EIGHT! (Post No.4665)

Number Eight stands for Stability

Tiru Valluvar (Valuvan in short) says in his monumental didactic work TIRUKKURAL ,

 

“The head that does not bow before the Lord of Eight Attributes,

In prayer, is like a body with all its senses defunct”

–Kural 9

Lord of Eight Attributes is used both in Saivism and Jainism. Buddhists and followers of Confucius also use it for eight fundamental virtues.

 

In the commentary for this Kural 9 (couplet) Eight Miraculous powers (Ashta Ma Siddhis in Sanskrit) are also attributed to God; normally they are attributed to the devotees of gods who have attained eight miraculous powers.

1.Anima :power of becoming the size of an atom and entering into smaalest life.

2.Mahima : power of becoming mighty and co-extensive with the universe.

3.Laghima : capacity to be light, though big in size

4.Garima : capacity to be heavy though seeming small in size

5.Prapthi : capacity to enter all the worlds from Brahmaloka to Pathalam

6.Prakasyam : power of disembodying and entering into other bodies and going to heaven and enjoying whatever one wants from one place

7.Isithvam :  having the creative power of God and control over the sun, the moon and the elements

8.Vasithvam : power of control over kings and Gods.

 

Chinese Philosopher Confucius

 

According to Saivite philosophy the eight qualities are 1.Self dependence 2.Immaculate body, 3.Natural Understanding, 4.omniscience, 5.nfinite Detachment, 6.Infinite mercy, 7.Omnipotence and 8.Limitless bliss

 

According to the Jains, the eight fold qualities are 1.Infinite knowledge, 2. Infinite vision, 3. Infinite energy, 4. Infinite joy, 5.Indescribability, 6.Beginninglessness, 7.Agelessness and 8.Deathlesness

Picture:Eight qualities in Confucianism

Lord Krishna’s Eight

In the Bhagavad Gita Lord Krishna says (7-4)

“Earth, water, fire, air, ether, mind and understanding and self sense- this is the eight fold division of my nature”

 

‘There is no end to My Divine Attributes’ (10-40)

 

Dutch philosopher Spinoza described God as ‘consisting of infinite and eternal attributes’.

Spinoza’s metaphysics of God is neatly summed up in a phrase that occurs in the Latin (but not the original Dutch) edition of the Ethics: “God, or Nature”, Deus, sive Natura: “That eternal and infinite being we call God, or Nature, acts from the same necessity from which he exists” (Part IV, Preface)

 

It is interesting to see Number Eight is used in all the oriental religions. Though Buddha did not talk about God, he insisted eight qualities for human beings. They are Right view,  Right resolve,  Right speech, Right conduct, Right livelihood, Right effort, Right mindfulness, and  Right concentration.

 

The Eight Confucian virtues are 1. Benevolence, 2.Righteousness, 3.Courtesy, 4.Wisdom, 5.Fidelity, 6.Loyalty, 7.Filial Piety and 8.Service to elders.

 

The Samurai warriors of Japan has a Bushido (way of warriors) code with eight virtues:

1.Rectitude or Justice, 2. Courage, 3.Benevolence or Mercy, 4.Politeness, 5.Honesty and sincerity, 6.Honour, 7.Loyalty and 8.Character, Self-Control. These 8 virtues are influenced by Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism.

 

xxx Subham xxx

WHY DOESN’T LAKSHMI LIKE THE BRAHMINS? (Post No.4636)

Written by London Swaminathan 

 

Date: 19 JANUARY 2018

 

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Post No. 4636

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Chanakya says some strange things about the Brahmins and the End of Kali Yuga

 

Chanakya says in his Chanakya Niti Sastra,

“Lakshmi’s words to Vishnu: O Lord, in disgust I avoid always the house of the Brahmins because the angry one (Agastya) drank my father (ocean), the sage Bhrgu hit with his foot my husband (Vishnu), right from childhood Brahmins carry my adversary (Sarasvati) in the cavity of their mouth, day and day out destroy my house (the lotus) for offering worship to Siva.”

 

Chapter 15, sloka 16

 

This sloka reveals two things:

1.There is a proverb in Tamil, Where is money (Panam), there is no Virtue (Gunam). In other words Lakshmi, Goddess of wealth never resides where there is Sarasvati, Goddess of Education. This is very true in Indian context. Most of the poets lived in acute poverty. Bharati, the greatest of the modern Tamil poets, suffered from poverty till his death. So the message is that Money and virtue don’t go together.

 

2.The second thing is a compliment to Brahmins, not a complaint against the Brahmins. Sarasvati lives in their tongues from their early childhood. This means they are well versed in the Vedas. Vak Devi and Sarasvati are praised in the Rig Veda, the oldest religious book in the world. And the Brahmins used the lotus flower for Siva Puja (flower offering to Lord Siva)

Fame comes from Luck!

 

In another sloka, Chanakya praises Lord Vishnu indirectly.

“A small hillock on the earth was held by you on a finger with ease. Because of this your praise is sung under the name of Govardhana both in the heaven and the earth.

Yasoda’s remark “I cary you, O Kesava,  the carrier of all the worlds, on the tips of my breasts. (Still nobody sings my praises), O Kesava, enough of words. Fame comes from luck”

Chanakya Niti, Chapter 15, sloka 19.

 

These are called Nindha Stutis. That is you criticise someone in words explicitly, but the real implicit meaning is that you praise him or her. You have to read between the lines.

 

Chanakya’s Strange Prediction

Chanakya, the greatest genius of ancient India, made a strange prediction in one of the slokas:-

 

“Hari leaves the earth with the passage of ten thousand years in Kali Yuga, in the half of that period does the Ganga water and in the half of that village deity”.

 

It is very strange that the village deity disappears first, then the River Ganges disappears and then only God leaves the earth. So we may measure  the progress of Kaliyuga  by the Ganges.

The sloka is as follows:

Kalau dasa shasreshu Harisyajati medhiniim

tadardhe jahnaviitoyam tadardhe gramadevataa

Chapter 11, sloka 4

We have already passed 5000 year limit In Kaliyuga. But Ganga is still flowing but not with its original pristine purity. So Chanakya might have mentioned Deva year and not the human year.

–Subham–