Hindu Quotations on Food (Post No.3394)

Compiled by london swminathan


Date: 27 November 2016


Time uploaded in London: 17-11


Post No.3394


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December 2016  ‘Good Thoughts’ Calendar

Important days

December 12 :Tiruvannamalai Kartikai Deepa, 13-Sarvalaya Deepa/Pancharatra Deepa, 13- Miladinabi, 25-Christmas

Ekadasi- 10, 24/25;Full moon-13;New moon-28;

Auspicious day-1, 4, 5, 9




December 1 Thursday

The purer the food, the better the mettle; the purer the mettle, the better the memory – Chandogya Upanishad 7-26-2

December 2 Friday

Relish not a sweet alone -Pachatantra 5-95

December 3 Saturday

The lone eater is a rank sinner – kevalaagho bhavati kevalaadii

December 4 Sunday

Who can indeed enjoy food without defiling it with his touch– Avimaraka 5 p 123

December 5 Monday

The really famished find even putrefied food very sumptuous– Subhasitavali 150


December 6 Tuesday

The whole world is a slave to belly- Sanskrit saying

December 7 Wednesday

None can worship the Lord on an empty stomach –Kahavatratnakar

December 8 Thursday

how can a man be compassionate who, for the purpose of increasing his own flesh, eats the flesh of other animals? – Tirukkural 251

December 9 Friday

one who eats like a goat, shrivels up like a TB patient –  Kahavatratnakar


December 10 Saturday

Heated oil is poison; FRIED PULSES ARE Nutritious -Tamil saying



December 11 Sunday

After digestion let one eat with moderation; for that is the way for one to live for a long time – Tirukkural 943

December 12 Monday

Starving is the best medicine (for stomach ailments) -Langanam Parama Aushadam


December 13 Tuesday

The butcher with knife in hand, cannot have compassion in his heart

it is just the same with those who relish taste of flesh  – Tirukkural 253


December 14 Wednesday

The foods that are bitter, sour, saltish, very hot, pungent, harsh and burning, producing pain, grief, and disease are liked by the passionate/raajasik – Bhagavad Gita 17-9

December 15 Thursday

the food that which is spoiled, tasteless, putrid, stale, refuse and clean is the food dear to the dull/taamasik- Bhagavad Gita 17-10



December 16 Friday

The person who eats once a day is a Yogi, one who eats twice a day is a Bhogi (enjoyer); three times a day is a Rogi (afflicted with diseases); four times is a gone case –Tamil Verse

December 17 Saturday

Eating less is the virtue of a woman (Tamil proverb)

December 18 Sunday

If the world will not kill for the sake of eating, then there will be none who will sell meat -– Tirukkural 256

December 19 Monday

The foods which promote life, vitality, strength, health, joy and cheerfulness, which ae sweet, soft, nourishing and agreeable are dear to the good/ saatviks- Bhagavad Gita  17-8

December 20 Tuesday

food cooked in ghee and honey is delicious; enhance its appeal by adding condiments –Padmaprabhrka 6-6, Canakyaniti


December 21 Wednesday

he will be afflicted with diseases who eats immoderately in ignorance of the rules of health – Tirukkural 947


December 22 Thursday

Indeed the tiger breaks its fast by devouring an animal

December 23 Friday

A glutton eyes food everywhere –Vikrama Urvasiya of Kalidas

December 24 Saturday

no medicine is needed for him who eats after well knowing that what he has already eaten has been digested – Tirukkural 924

December 25 Sunday

for one suffering from indigestion, food is verily poison – Hitopadesa 2-57, Canakya Niti 9-1


December 26 Monday

All living beings will raise their hands in worship to him who has never taken a living being’s life and has abstained from eating meat – Tirukkural 260

December 27 Tuesday

untimely eating nourishes not –Kahavatratnakar, p 126

December 28 Wednesday

With food entering the belly, even the weak become strong –Kahavatratnakar


December 29 Thursday

If a man eats that which will not disagree with him, there will be no suffering for him – – Tirukkural 945

December 30 Friday

Even a spirit/ghost is pacified on being fed -Vikramorvasiya, 2 p 46


December 31 Saturday

the wise will not eat flesh from which life has departed – Tirukkural 258



31 Beautiful Quotations from Mahatma Gandhi (Post No.3192)




Written by London swaminathan

Date: 26 September 2016

Time uploaded in London:13-25

Post No.3192

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Important days

Navaratri begins – Oct.1; Gandhi Jayanti-Oct.2; Sarasvati Puja- Oct.10; Vijaya dasami/Dasara- Oct.11; Deepavali-29/30;

Kanda Shashti fasting begins -Oct.31


Ekadasi-12, 26;Full moon-15;New moon-30; Auspicious day-28



October 1 Saturday

God has no religion.


October 2 Sunday

The greatness of humanity is not in being human, but in being humane

October 3 Monday

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong

October 4 Tuesday

“I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet

October 5 Wednesday

Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth.


October 6 Thursday

“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.”

October 7 Friday

“Love is the strongest force the world possesses.”



October 8 Saturday

 “A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes.”

October 9 Sunday

One can measure the greatness and the moral progress of a nation by looking at how it treats its animals.


October 10 Monday

I worship it (COW) and I shall defend its worship against the whole world. (Young India, 1-1-1925, p. 8)

October 11 Tuesday

My religion teaches me that I should by personal conduct instil into the minds of those who might hold different views, the conviction that cow-killing is a sin and that, therefore, it ought to be abandoned.
(YI, 29-1-1925, p. 38)

October 12 Wednesday

I had practiced Hinduism from early childhood. My nurse had taught me to invoke Rama when I feared evil spirits. Later on I came in contact with Christians, Muslims and others, and after making a fair study of other religions, had stuck to Hinduism. I am as firm in my faith today as in my early childhood.


October 13 Thursday

I want you to bear in mind what Tulsidas has said:

“Good and bad, all men are the creation of god. The man of god picks up the good and discards the bad like the proverbial swan which is able to drink the milk and leave behind water, when a mixture of water and milk is placed before it.”


October 14 Friday

Hinduism is not an exclusive religion. In it there is room for the worship of all prophets in the world. It is not a missionary religion in the ordinary sense of the term. It has no doubt absorbed many tribes in its fold, but this absorption has been an evolutionary, imperceptible character. Hinduism tells everyone to worship god according to his own faith or dharma and so it lives at peace with all religions.


October 15 Saturday

To believe in something, and not to live it, is dishonest.


October 16 Sunday

Have faith in humanity. Humanity is like an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the whole ocean doesn’t become dirty.


October 17 Monday

An ounce of practice is worth a thousand words.


October 18 Tuesday

Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.


October 19 Wednesday

If you want real peace in the world, start with children.


October 20 Thursday

An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind.


October 21 Friday

You can chain me, you can torture me, you can even destroy this body, but you will never imprison my mind.


October 22 Saturday

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.

October 23 Sunday

FOR ME Hinduism is all-sufficing. Every variety of belief finds protection under its ample folk. (SW, p329)

October 24 Monday

Faith is put to the test when the situation is most difficult.


October 25 Tuesday

In matters of conscience, the law of the majority has no place.


October 26 Wednesday

Religion is a matter of the heart. No physical inconvenience can warrant abandonment of one’s own religion.


October 27 Thursday

Ashram means a community of men of religion. I feel that an ashram was a necessity of life for me.


October 28 Friday

As long as you derive inner help and comfort from anything, keep it.


October 29 Saturday

Prayer is the key of the morning and the bolt of the evening.


October 30 Sunday

Faith becomes lame, when it ventures into matters pertaining to reason!


October 31 Monday

Nonviolence is a weapon of the strong





30 Quotations on Desire from Indian Literature (Post No.3100)


Written by London Swaminathan


Date: 28 August 2016


Time uploaded in London: 18-29


Post No.3100


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September 2016 Good Thoughts Calendar

Festivals in September:

4-Sama Veda Upakarma

5-Ganesh Chathurthy

13- Tiru Onam and Bakrid

17- Mahalaya Paksha begins

30-Mahalaya Amavasai


Auspicious Days- 4, 5, 8, 14, 15

Full Moon/Purnima- 16

New Moon/Amavasya- 1, 30

Ekadasi Fasting Days- 12/13, 26/27

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September 1 Thursday

Acting out of desire is not approved of, but here on earth there is no such thing as no desire; for even studying the Veda and engage in the rituals enjoined in the Veda are based upon desire – Manu 2-2


September 2 Friday

Desire is the very root of the conception of a definite intention, and sacrifices are the result of that intention; all the vows and duties are traditionally said to come from the conception of a definite intention – Manu 2-3


September 3 Saturday

Not a single rite is ever performed here on earth by a man without desire; for each and everything that he does is motivated by the desire for precisely that thing- Manu 2-4


September 4 Sunday


The man who is properly occupied in these desires goes to the world of the immortals, and here on earth he achieves all the desires for which he has conceived an intention. Manu 2-5


September 5 Monday

He whose soul is not in union with the Divine is impelled by desire, and is attached to the fruit of action and is therefore bound — Bhagavad Gita 5-12

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September 6 Tuesday


Only those who do penance could be considered as doing their duty;

The others who give way to their desires, fall a prey to blighting vice – Tirukkural 266


September 7 Wednesday

It is not right to forsake what is at hand anticipating distant happiness -Padmapraabhdraka


September 8 Thursday

Don’t leave your husband desiring the King- Tamil proverb


September 9 Friday

Impossible desires will never be fulfilled; in fact they may turn into obstacles –Subhasitavali


September 10 Saturday


Desire  invites misery – aasaa duhkhasya kaaranam

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September 11 Sunday

Weeds harm the fields, desire harms human nature; offerings given to those free from desire bring a great reward- — Dhammapada 359


September 12 Monday

I have conquered all; I know all, and my life is pure; I have left all, and I am free from desires. — Dhammapada 353


September 13 Tuesday

Those who are slaves of desires run into the stream of desires, even as a spider runs into the web that it made– Dhammapada 347



September 14 Wednesday

The man who free from desires finds joy in solitude, but when free he then returns to his life of old desires, people can say of that man: He was free and he ran back to his prison! — Dhammapada 344


September 15 Thursday

When the thirty six streams of desire that run towards  pleasurers are strong, their powerful waves carry away that man without vision whose imaginings are lustful desires. — Dhammapada 339

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September 16 Friday


Once desire grips, patience flees-Aasaapare na dhairyam


September 17 Saturday

Acute desire is painful; lack of it is bliss – aasaa blavatii kastam mairaasyam paramam sukham –Subhasitavali


September 18 Sunday

Those who are slaves to desire are indeed slaves of the world – aasaayah khalu ye daasaaste daasaa  jagataamapi


September 19 Monday


Has anyone seen the shores of desire? – Kahavatratnakar


September 20 Tuesday


Just as a tree, though cut down, can grow again and again if its roots are undamaged and strong, in the same way if the roots of craving/desire are not wholly uprooted sorrows will come again and again. — Dhammapada 338

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September 21 Wednesday

Therefore in love I tell you, to you all who have come here; cut off the bonds of desires, as the surface grass creeper birana is cut for its fragrant root called usira – — Dhammapada 337


September 22 Thursday


But whoever in this world overcomes his selfish desire, his sorrows fall away from him, like drops of water from a lotus flower. — Dhammapada 336


September 23 Friday

A wild jackal longs for ‘elephanthood’! – Kahavatratnakar


September 24 Saturday

Desire does not diminish though the body withers – Ramayanamanjari 1-10-465


September 25 Sunday

If a man watches not for Nirvana, his cravings grow like a creeper and he jumps from death to death like a monkey in the forest from one tree without fruit to another – Dhammapada 334

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September 26 Monday

Even if the moustache turns grey, desire never becomes grey — Tamil proverb


September 27 Tuesday

Time teases, age advances, yet the grip of desire loosens not! – Mohamudgara


September 28 Wednesday



And when his cravings overcome him, his sorrows increase more and more, like the entangling creeper called ‘birana’ — Dhammapada 335


September 29 Thursday

Hope sustains life – aasaa lokasya jiivanam


September 30 Friday

Hope makes bearable even the intense sorrow of separation – Sakuntalam 4-16

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A whip for a fool, and a rod for a school (Post No.2590)

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31 Golden Sayings on DISCIPLINE in this month’s calendar


March, 2016 Good Thoughts Calendar


Compiled by london swaminathan

Date: 2 March,2016


Post No. 2590


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Festivals in March, 2016: 7- Mahasivaratri, 9- Solar Eclipse, 14- Karadaiyan Nonbu, 22-Holi, 23- Panguni Uttaram, 25- Good Friday,27- Easter Sunday, 28- Easter Monday




Auspicious Days: 6, 10, 11, 18, 25


Full Moon/Purnima- 22/23


New Moon/Amavasya- 8/9


Ekadasi Fasting Days: 5, 19




March 1 Tuesday

Corn is cleansed with wind, and soul with chastenings.


March 2 Wednesday

Reward and punishment are the walls of a city.


March 3 Thursday

He that corrects not small faults, will not control great ones.


March 4 Friday

The best horse needs breaking, and the aptest child needs teaching.


March 5 Saturday

It is the bridle and spur that makes a good horse.


March 6 Sunday

A boisterous horse must have a rough bridle


March 7 Monday

The plough goes not well if the ploughman hold it not.



March 8 Tuesday

Rule youth well, and age will rule itself


March 9 Wednesday

Give me a child for seven years, and you may do what you like with him afterwards.


March 10 Thursday

Time is the rider that breaks youth.


March 11 Friday

A (spoilt) child may have too much of his mother’s blessing.


March 12 Saturday

Give a child while he craves and a dog while his tail doth wave

And you will have a fair dog, but a foul knave.


March 13 Sunday

A pitiful mother makes scabby (nasty) daughter.


March 14 Monday

Dawted (spoilt) daughters make daidling (lazy) wives.


March 15 Tuesday

A blate (bashful) cat makes a proud mouse.



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March 16 Wednesday

Spare the rod and spoil the child.


March 17 Thursday

A whip for a fool, and a rod for a school, is always in good season.


March 18 Friday

A woman, a dog and a walnut tree, the more you beat them the better they be – English proverb.


March 19 Saturday

He that is sick of a fever lurden (laziness), must be cured by hazel gelding.


March 20 Sunday

You may ding (beat) the devil into a wife, but you will never ding (beat) him out of her.



March 21 Monday

Happy is he that chastens himself.


March 22 Tuesday

He that is master of himself, will soon be master of others.


March 23 Wednesday

He is not fit to command others that cannot command himself.


March 24 Thursday

He gets a double victory, who conquers himself.


March 25 Friday

One eye of the master sees more than ten of the servants.




March 26 Saturday

The master’s footsteps fatten the soil, and his foot the ground.


March 27 Sunday

A sleepy master makes his servant a lout.



March 28 Monday

The rod breaks no bones.


March 29 Tuesday

Spaniels that fawn when beaten, will never forsake their masters.


March 30 Wednesday

Never take the tawse (Scottish leather strap used to punish people) when a word will do the turn.


March 31 Thursday

He that cockers (spoils) his child provides for his enemy.

 sivaya nama




November 2015 Good Thoughts Calendar


Compiled by London swaminathan

Date: 29 October 2015

Post No: 2284

Time uploaded in London :– 19-45

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WE ARE GIVING 30 BEAUTIFUL QUOTATIONS FROM  Suktisudha, Chinmya International Foundation Publication. These quotations  are on the qualities of Good persons.

Every month Quotations from Hindu sources are given in the Good Thoughts Calendar.

Important Days: (Two Important Festivals: Deepavali and Kartika Deepam)



12- Skanda Sashti Fasting begins, 14- Children’s Day in India; 17-Skanda sashti & Sura Samharam, also First of Kartika Month-Ayyappa devotees fasting starts, 25- Kartikai Deepam at Tiruvannamalai Temple, 26- Pancharatra Deepam.

EKADASI  -November 7, 22


PURNIMA /FULL MOON- 25 (Krittika Full Moon Day)

AUSPICIOUS DAYS:  November 2, 8, 13, 15,18, 22, 27, 29, 30


November 1 Sunday

Aajnaa caranamevaahuh mukhyamaaradhanam sataam YV(Yogavasishta) 6-23-4

Following the instructions of the noble is the best way to adore them.

November 2 Monday

Aatmalajjayaiva satpurusaa naacaaravelaam langhayanti JM (Jatakamala)

Noble men do not cross the boundaries of good conduct due to the sense of shame.

November 3 Tuesday

Adau cite tatah kaaye sataam sampadyate jaraa PT (Pancha tantra) 1-167

In the case of the noble,old age sets in the mind and then in the body.

November 4 Wednesday

Araksyo raksyate cauro pupakaariiti sajjanaih KSS (Katha Sarit Sagar)

Even an undeserving thief will be protected by the good, like a kindred soul.

November 5 Thursday

Astasamayepi sataamucitam khaluuccatarameva pad am SV (Sisupalavadha) 9.5

The noble remain on the high pedestal even at the time of death.


November 6 Friday

Aapatsvapi na siidanti sataam satparikrayaah kriyaah BM (Bharatamanjari)1-12-455

The good deeds of the noble do not beat a retreat during hardships

November 7 Saturday

Aapannnarti prasamanaphalaa sampado hyuttamaanaam MES (Megasandesa) 1-53

The wealth of the great is meant to dispel the distress of the afflicted

November 8 Sunday

Asthire jiivite hyaasthaa Kaza dhanesu manasvinah KSS

When life itself is fickle, what regard the noble will the noble repose in wealth?

November 9 Monday

Upakaaraparah svabhaavatah satatam sarvajanasya sajjanah SV 16-22

It is inborn in noble people to help all always.

November 10 Tuesday

Upacaritavyaah santo yadyapi kathayanti naikamupadesam KR (kahavatratnakar)

The saints deserve to be served though a single instruction may not escape their lips.


November 11 Wednesday

Kadaapi satpurusaa ssokapaatraatmaano na bhavAnti AS (Abijnana Sakuntala)6

Never do the noble give way to despondency.

November 12 Thursday

Karunaardraa hi sarvajanasya santokaranabaandhavah – KS (Kumarasambhava ) 12-34-20

Compassionate saints are the selfless friends of all beings.

November 13 Friday

Kartavyam hi sataam vacah KSS

Adhere to the words of the noble.

November 14 Saturday

Gunameva vakti sadhur dosamasaadhuh prakasaayati SRB (Subasita ratna Bhandakara)2-117

The noble extols virtues, the ignoble highlight vices alone.

November 15 Sunday

Gunaadhyasya satah pumsah stutau lajjaiva bhuusanam

Embarrassment is the ornament of the noble when they are eulogised

November 16 Monday

Gunaadhyo Aadhya ucyate BP (Bhagavatapurana) 11-19-43

The virtuous are verily venerable.


November 17 Tuesday

Gunaanaameva daurgunyam sajjano yairvisiidati

It is the merits that are faulted when the virtuous are distressed.

November 18 Wednesday

Channaa bhavAnti bhuvi satpurusaah kathanchit AM(Avimaraka)1-6

Good men somehow remain obscured in this world

November 19 Thursday

Disatyapaayam how sataamatikramah KA (Kiratarjuniya) 14-9

Disregarding the noble portends danger.

November 20 Friday

Prasaadasaumyaani sataam suhrjjane pat anti caksuumsi na daarunaah AS 6-29

The good reserve only soft affectionate looks for their friends, and not lethal arrows.

November 21 Saturday

Dvisataamapi maanasaanyaavarjayanti sadvrttaanuvartinah JM

Those who perform good deeds conquer even the minds of their opponents.


November 22 Sunday

Na katthanaatsatpurusaa bhavanti VR (Valmiki Ramayana) 6-71-58

Mere bragging does not make one noble.

November 23 Monday

Na kalyanaasayaah paapaprataaranaamanudhiiyante JM

The virtuous never indulge in sin.

November 24 Tuesday

Nirgunesvapi satvesu dayaam kurvanti saadhavah HU (Hitopadesa)  1-61

The noble are merciful even to those worthless ones.

November 25 Wednesday

Pranaamaantah sataam kopah SRB 3-190

The ire of the noble abates by surrender.


November 26 Thursday

Margamaaryam prapannasya naanumanyeta kah puma an VR 2-115-6

Who will not honour the man who treads the noble path?

November 27 Friday

Raksanti santah p ratios namartam

The good safeguard the wealth earned.

November 28 Saturday

Ripumapyupakaarena vasikurvanti saadhavah RM (Ramayana manjari)5-3-79

The noble win over their foes by helping them.

November 29 Sunday

Vaagekaa vaagminah satah SV 2-109

The eloquent wise speak but one word

November 30 Monday

Prahvesvanirbandharuso hi santah RV (Raghuvamsa)16-80

The noble surely have no lasting ire towards the humble.