Follow the Habits of a Crow: Tamil Poets’ Advice (Post No.3878)

Written by London swaminathan

Date: 4 May 2017

Time uploaded in London: 22-07

Post No. 3878

Pictures are taken from various sources; thanks.


Tamil poets use several birds or their habits to teach certain morals to the society. Tiruvalluvar, the author of the Tamil Veda ‘Tirukkural’ send us two messages using the crow:

The crow does not hide what it has got, but cries out to is fellows, before it eats

Prosperity among men will come only to those who have this disposition (Kural 527)

The message is “Go to the crow and learn, you selfish man”.

In another couplet, he says,

“A crow may overcome a much stronger bird, the owl, during day time,

Even so, at the right opportunity, the king could succeed easily in his campaigns” (481)

It is said that in the nocturnal fight, the owl could easily beat the crow; but if the fight takes place during the day time, the crow will be the victor. There is a story to this effect in the Panchatantra. Asvattama also used this tactic to kill important Pandava family members (see below my Mahabharata article link)

Follow the Six Points

Another Tamil poet lists six points in a four-line verse:

1.Get up early in the morning

2.Do sex like the crows, unseen by anyone

3.Take a bath everyday like the crow

4.When you have food call everyone

5.Come back to ‘your house’ (don’t go to other women)

6.Socialise like crows (they sit in a line and caw)

The crying of crows when it sees food and sharing it with others have been noticed by many other poets. They also praised the crows.


My articles on Crows


What can a Crow Teach You?

Date : 5  August  2015

Strange Belief about Crows in India and Britain!!

Research Article No. 1678; Dated 26 February 2015.


Strange Bird Stories in Mahabharata!

Research Article no. 1711; dated 12 March 2015


பிரிட்டனில் கா கா ஜோதிடம்! மேலும் ஒரு அதிசயம்!!

Research Article No. 1679; Dated 27 February 2015.


கா…கா…கா…!!! கா..கா..கா..!!!

28 March 2013



Acharya’s Advice to an Angry Brahmin!

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Compiled  by London swaminathan

Date: 23 September 2015

Post No: 2183

Time uploaded in London :– 14-21

(Thanks  for the pictures) 

His Holiness Sringeri Shankaracharya Sri Sachidananda siva Abhinava Narasimha Bharati Svaminah (33rd Acharya) was staying in the bungalow of Sri P .N. Krishnamurti, the then Dewan of Mysore. He expressed to His Holiness his desire to give a rupee each to every Brahmana who came to his compound on a particular morning and requested Acharya to depute a competent person to carry it out.

(One rupee in today’s terms is equal to a Silver Coin)

His Holiness well pleased with his generous impulse asked a Sastri to attend to the proper distribution. Thereupon the Sastri entered upon the duty entrusted to him very early on that morning and went on distributing to thousands of Brahmins . Just about the noon the crowd was thinning and Sastri with aching legs and aching hands looked forward eagerly to the close and felt greatly relieved when there was none else in sight and turned about to enter the bungalow. Just then he heard someone call out Sir! Sir!. In his state of exhaustion, the Sastri naturally got vexed and shouted, “No, everything is over” and walked into the bungalow.

His holiness who was about three apartments off sent for the Sastri.

HH: I heard your voice louder than usual. Anything special?

Sastri: I have been standing at the gate from early morning distributing money and when I had finished doing so and turned back somebody called me and I waved him away.

HH: Did anybody approach you yesterday for money? You undertook to pay today and he came  when our host is so generously giving, wil we be carrying out his intention if we allow even one man to go away disappointed? The man is still at the gate. Go and pay him.

From the moment Satri was so patient that he never lost his temper.



Even when there as an occasion to chide a servant, His Holiness never used any harsh words.  Once when he went to shrine in the Mutt, he found out the lamp in the sactum was burning feebly. Without mentioning anything about it, he asked the Archaka (priest) there to bring a lighted lamp and added, “I want to see if there is light near the deity.” The Archaka immediately ran up and made the lamp burn brighter.

Source : Golden Sayings, Thenkarai, 1924.