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Date: 28 April 2019

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Post No. 6318

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Auspicious Days – May 2, 8,10,16,17,23,29
Festival Days- 1 May Day, 7 Akshaya Trutyai, 18 Vaikasi Visakam, May 23- Indian Election Results

New moon- 4, Full moon-18 , Ekadasi fasting days 15, 30

May 1 Wednesday

He who sees all beings as oneself is the truly learned –

–Chanakya Niti 6-2

May 2 Thursday

Wisdom is the weapon which defends against destruction; it is the inner fortress that baffles the enemy’s entry- Tirukkural 421 (Tamil Veda)

May 3 Friday 

Self – knowledge is the ultimate knowledge

–Sanskrit saying

May 4 Saturday 

Not to let the mind roam where it will, to withdraw it from evil and direct it to that which is good- that is wisdom –Tirukkural 422 (Tamil Veda)

May 5 Sunday 

Knowledge is shrouded in ignorance and all beings deluded thereby

–Bhagavad Gita 5-15

May 6 Monday 

To discern the truth in everything, from whomsoever it may be heard, is wisdom -Tirukkural 423 (Tamil Veda)

May 7 Tuesday 
The blind man is better than the ignorant


May 8 Wednesday

The wise express even profound thoughts in simple terms,

But would grasp the subtlities of all what others say –Tirukkural 424 (Tamil Veda)

May 9 Thursday

Nothing is gained by the holy gab when the truth remains unknown. –Kahavatratnakar

May 10 Friday

The wise are universal friends, equal minded without too much blooming or glooming – Tirukkural 425 (Tamil Veda)

May 11 Saturday

How can a hunter ever know the value of a priceless pearl?


May 12 Sunday

To live in conformity with the world is wisdom- Tirukkural 426 (Tamil Veda)

May 13 Monday

Does a donkey know ( can smell) the fragrance of camphor?

–Tamil proverb

May 14 Tuesday

The wise have foresight of events; the ignorant do not forsee- Tirukkural 427 (Tamil Veda)

May 15 Wednesday

If one knows oneself, all harms can be avoided

Tamil saint Tirumular in Tiru manthiram

May 16 Thursday

It is folly not to fear what should be feared; to fear that which should be feared is the way of the wise- Tirukkural 428 (Tamil Veda)

May 17 Friday

Seeing One (god in everything) is the true vision – Tamil poetess Avvaiyar

May 18 Saturday

The wise, who coming ills foresee,

From future dreaded shocks are free

– Tirukkural 429 (Tamil Veda)

May 19 Sunday

What is the use of enlightening the enlightened? –Kahavatratnakar

May 20 Monday

Wisdom is the fruit of penance


May 21 Tuesday

Those who possess wisdom, possees everything; those who have not wisdom, whatever else they possess, have nothing- Tirukkural 430 (Tamil Veda)

May 22 Wednesday

Knowledge alone is the greatest strength

–Subhasita ratna khanda manjusa

May 23 Thursday

Listening and learning from the wise is the treasure of treasures- Tirukkural 411 (Tamil Veda)

May 24 Friday

Buddhiman balavan- Sanskrit saying (Intellectuals are stronger than musclemen)

May 25 Saturday

Even the creator fails to please the dull- witted dunce

–Niti satakam -2,Hitopadesam 1-56

May 26 Sunday

When there is no food for the ear, a little food will be given to the stomach too- Tirukkural 412 (Tamil Veda)

May 27 Monday

No eye greater than knowledge – –Subhasita ratna khanda manjusa

May 28 Tuesday

Listen to whatever is good, however little; little as it may be, it will bring you much greatness- Tirukkural 416 (Tamil Veda)

May 29 Wednesday

Numeracy and literacy are two eyes – Kondrai venthan

May 30 Thursday

Nothing in this world is as sacred as wisdom —

Bhagavad Gita 4-38

May 31 Friday

Everyone does not know everything


Words hurt more than Swords (Post No.5043)


June 2018 “Good Thoughts” Calendar

COMPILED by London Swaminathan 


Date: 24 May 2018


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Post No. 5043


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FESTVAL DAYS:  June-20 Ani Thirumanjanam in Tamil temples; 15-Ramadan






Auspicious Days in June -3, 4, 17


Proverbs and Golden sayings in English language are compared with Indian Wisdom; I tried to get the nearest in meaning. Some may not agree at all

June 1 Friday

No sooner said than done

A person of resolute will and efficient action achieves his objective

In the manner in which he has designed (Tirukkural 666)


June 2 Saturday

Actions speak louder than words

Easy to make a plan and speak about it, but a rarer achievement is

To accomplish the plan as stated and then speak (Tirukkural 664)


June 3 Sunday

Saying is one thing, doing is another thing

All is achieved through silence – ‘Pancatantra’

June 4 Monday

From words to deeds is a great space 

If telling the truth causes anguish, better be silent – is the saying in ‘Vishnu Purana’ 3-12-3

June 5 Tuesday

The greatest talkers are the least doers

Modes of Speech (Manu Smrti)

1.Paarushyam = harsh, 2.An rtam = untruth, 3.Paisuunyam = tale bearing

4.Asambaddha pralaapah = talking of unrelated things.


June 6 Wednesday

Fair words and foul deeds

To be unrighteous and do evil is bad, but to indulge in slander

Behind a false smile, is worse (Tirukkural 182)

June 7 Thursday

Good words and ill deeds deceive wise and fools

The learned, who explore worthy thoughts, will not utter

Anything but words of deep import – Tirukkural 198


June 8 Friday

It is one thing to promise and another to perform

If you must speak, speak purposefully;

Eschew all vain and profitless words (Tirukkural 200)


June 9 Saturday

He that promises too much means nothing

Pure speech and noble associations are the hallmark of the virtuous

Sphitaa vaacah sataam sangha laksanam  hi gunaisinaam- KALIDASA


June 10 Sunday

Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh

Men’s perceptions are of their own mind

Nut their nature is known by their kind – Tirukkural 453


June 11 Monday

First think and then speak

All meanings, ideas, intentions, desires, emotions, items of knowledge are embodied in speech, are rooted in it and branch out of it. He who misappropriates, misapplies and mismanages speech, mismanages everything –Manu


June 12 Tuesday

More have repented speech than silence

A burn caused by fire may heal; but a scar caused by a fiery tongue will never heal. ( Tirukkural 129)


June 13 Wednesday

No wisdom like silence

One who has meals for a full year in silence gets respect in heaven for a thousand crore Yugas- Chanakya

Yastu samvatsaram purnam nityam maunena bhunchati

yugakotisahasram tu svargaloke mahiyate- Chakkaya


June 14 Thursday

Hear much, speak little

Even if it is just a little, listen and assimilate good instruction,

It will be productive of great benefit (Tirukkural 416)


June 15 Friday

Speech is silvern, silence is golden

The wise should observe silence –  says ‘Subhasitaratna bhandakara’

A Swiss inscription says, “Sprehfien ist silbern, Schweigen ist golden’


June 16 Saturday

Silence does seldom harm

One harm resulting from one foul utterance is enough to nullify all the good done by a man (Tirukkural 128)


June 17 Sunday

Silence gives consent

No answer itself is the answer – says ‘Ratnasamuccaya’


June 18 Monday

Kind words go a long way

Using harsh words instead of kind ones, is like going in

For raw fruits, when ripe ones are available (Tirukkural 100)


June 19 Tuesday

The lame tongue gets nothing

When a man knows that kinds words bring joy and happiness

Why should he resort to harsh words? (99)



June 20 Wednesday


Better the foot slip than the tongue

Guard your tongue, whatever else you may not guard, otherwise you will come to grief through wrong utterance– Kural 127


June 21 Thursday

Speak fitly, or be silence wisely

The many merits of the virtuous do not get diminished by his silence.

Na maunena nyuuno  bhavanti gunabhaajaam gunagana- KALIDASA


June 22 Friday

Lip-honour costs little, you may bring in much

Kind words, free from meanness, confer blessings

In this world as well as the next (Tirukkural 98)


June 23 Saturday

An ox is taken by the horns, and a man by the tongue


If one answers harshly, for instance a father, or a mother, or a brother, or a sister, or a teacher, or a Brahman, people say to him:’ Shame on you’––Chandogya Upanishad


June 24 Sunday

The bird is known by his note, the man by his words

The world will lose no time seeking performance from the able counsellors

Who can express profound ideas in orderly and pleasing language (648)


June 25 Monday

Fair words fill not the belly

When food for thought is not available through instructions from the learned

The stomach too may be provided some food – Tirukkural412


June 26 Tuesday

A honey tongue, a heart of gall

Men of clear vision, who have overcome human follies, will not speak

Meaningless and idle words, even by lapse of memory (199)


June 27 Wednesday

He who says what he likes shall hear what he does not like

A vengeful harm done even on an unprovoked wrong

will bring endless evil in its trail – Tirukkural 313


June 28 Thursday

Words hurt more than swords


Darts, barbed arrow, iron-headed spears,

However deep they may penetrate the flesh,

May be extracted, but a cutting speech,

That pierces, like a javelin, to the heart

None can remove; it lies and rankles thee- Mahabharata


June 29 Friday

There is a time to speak, and a time to be silent

He who speaks vain and graceless words in public assembly

Will expose his want of essential goodness and moral rectitude – Tirukkural 194


June 30 Saturday

Fine words butter no parsnips

The purposeless and profitless meandering talk of a man before gathering

Will proclaim to the world his own worthlessness- Tirukkural 193




Written by London Swaminathan


Date: 29 October 2017


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Post No. 4348

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November 2017 ‘Good Thoughts’ Calendar

FESTIVALS IN NOVEMBER: 4- Guru Nanak birthday; 6 Kanakadasa Jayanti; 23-Sathya Saibaba Jayanti





November  1 WEDNESADY


O Indra, you join this couple like the ChaKravak (BIRD) and his male. May they attain to their full old age with children in their happy homes. AV 14-2-64 (ALSO RV)


November 2   THURSDAY


I am this man, you are the dame

I am the psalm, you are the verse

I am the heaven, you are the earth

So will we dwell together here

Parents of children yet to be AV 14-2-71


November 3 FRIDAY


Sweet are the glances of our eyes,

Our faces are as smooth as balms

Within your bosom harbour me

On spirit dwell in both of us -AV 7-36 (ALSO RV)


November 4 SATURDAY


With this my robe, inherited from Manu, I envelop you, so that you may be all my own and give no thought to other dames- AV 7-37


November 5 SUNDAY


This dame has come as a corn field; there you sow the seed of future harvest; she from her teeming side shall bear you children and feed them from the fountain of her bosom AV 14-2-14

November 6 MONDAY


Take your stand; you are a queen like Vishnu, here Sarasvati—AV 14-2-15


November 7 TUESDAY


I am the speaker here, not you; you speak where the assembly meet; you shall be mine, only mine and never mention other dames -AV7-38-4


November 8 WEDNESADY


Bliss bringer, furthering your household welfare, dear gladdening your husband and her father, enter this home, mild to your husband’s mother AV 14-2-26


November 9   THURSDAY


Be pleasant to your husband’s father, sweet to your husband and lord. To all their family be gentle and favour these men’s prosperity AV 14-2-27


November 10 FRIDAY


Watchful and understanding like Indrani wake you before he earliest light of morning –AV 14-2-31


November 11 SATURDAY


If she is widowed find her a second husband- AV 9-5-27


November 12 SUNDAY


The man who offers food follows in the footsteps of Prajapati – AV 9-6-29


November 13 MONDAY

Verily when a host looks at his guests, he looks at the place of sacrifice, when he salutes them reverently, he undergoes Diksha.- AV 9-6-3/5


November 14 TUESDAY


This man whose food the guests eat, hath all his wickedness blotted out. All that man’s sin whose food they do not eat remains unblotted out. –AV 9-6-25/26


November 15 WEDNESADY


The man should not eat before the guest who is versed in holy lore. When the guest had eaten he should eat—AV 9-6-31

November 16   THURSDAY


Leaving the world behind and making choice of Divine World, gird up your loins with all your friends to lean on and guide mankind – AV 7-105


November 17 FRIDAY


Freedom from hate I bring to you, concord and unanimity. Love one another as the cow loves the calf that she has borne AV 3-30-1


November 18 SATURDAY


One minded with his mother let the son be loyal to his father. Let the wife, calm and gentle, speak words sweet as honey to her lord -AV 3-30-2


November 19 SUNDAY


No brother hats his brother, no sister to sister be unkind; Unanimous with one content, you speak in friendliness. AV 3-30-3


November 20 MONDAY


Intelligent, submissive, rest united, friendly and kind, sharing each other’s labours. Come, speaking sweetly each one to the other. I make you one intentioned and one minded.—AV 3-30-5


November 21 TUESDAY


Let what you drink, your share of food be common, together with one common bond I bind you. Serve Agni, gathered round him like the spokes about the Chariots nave.


November 22 WEDNESADY


with the biding charm, I make you all united, obeying one sole leader and one minded AV 3-30-7


November 23   THURSDAY


gather him to his ancestors, O Agni, who goes over with oblations offered in you. Let him approach his survivors with renewed life and invested with a splendid body AV 18-2-10


November 24 FRIDAY


November 25 SATURDAY


I wrap you up in sacred vesture of our Mother Earth- AV 18-2-52


Cover him as a mother draws her skirt about her child, O Earth – AV 18-3-50

November 26 SUNDAY


If a hundred other Brahmins beg the cow of the owner, the sages have said that out of them she belongs to him who knows the Truth AV 12-4-22

November 27 MONDAY


Whoever regarding the cow as fruitless, cooks her flesh at home, god makes beggars of his sons and grandsons. —AV 12-4-38

November 28 TUESDAY

If one cooks the cow in his house, in sacrifice or otherwise, an offender of saints and Brahmins he, unrighteous fellow, hastens his departure from the world – AV 12-4-53


November 29 WEDNESADY


Come hither, stand upon this stone. Your body shall become a stone. The all-pervading god shall make your life a hundred years long – AV2-13-4


November 30  THURSDAY


Truth, eternal order, dedication—these uphold the earth. The home of cattle, horses, birds, may she give us lustre………….. whatever I dig from you, may it be speedily regenerated!O purifier, may we not injure their heart! Earth, My Mother, set me securely with bliss in full accord with the heaven- AV 12-1-1



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30 Quotations on Chaste women

written by London Swaminathan


Date: 30 August 2017


Time uploaded in London- 19-27


Post No. 4174



FESTIVE DAYS : Sep.4- Onam, Sep 6- Yajur Upakarma, September 11- Bharati Memorial Day,  21- Navaratri begins,, 28- Sarasvati Puka, Durga Ashtami, 29- Sarasvati Puja, Maha Navami, 30- Dusserah, Vijaya Dasami

Sep 6- Malaya Paksham begins





NEW MOON- Mahalaya Amavasai 19




Chaste women are by nature truthful- Bharat Katha Manjari


The mind of chaste women finds happiness in the glorious tales of virtuous women- Bharat Katha Manjari (BKM)



Universally, virtuous women are desireless- Katha Sarit Sagara (KSS)


Women of great calibre committed to their husbands are glorified in Heavens too- Valmiki Ramayana 2-118-12


Which chaste women  will defy her husbands instructions?- KSS


A chaste woman has no independent happiness, but her husband’s happiness is hers. -KSS


Noble women do not oppose the  desires of their husbands- KSS



It is sheer cruelty  on the part of a woman to desert her husband- Valmiki Ramayana 2-24-12



A woman attains supreme heaven by serving her husband – Valmiki Ramayana 2-24-36



Noble women are single pointedly focussed on the welfare of their husbands- BKM


For women their husband’s desires are  paramount, not crores of sons- Valmiki Ramayana 2-35-8


The wife alone enjoys the fortunes of her husband- Valmiki Ramarayana 2-27-5


Women have their husbands as their Lords (PN)



Chaste women are protected by the strength of their character alone- KSS




Modesty is the insignia of  chaste women -KSS


Chastity is a very challenging vow (Proverb)


Noble women do not visit their residence of their husband’s friend – (Proverb).


Invincible indeed is the power of chaste women- BKM


For the chaste women husbands is GOD- BM



Following the path tread by their husbands is the ultimate vow of women- KSS


Women have their husbands as GODS – PN



Noble wives, ever engaged in the welfare of their husbands, endure all sorrows – BKM


Though the husband be ruthless, the minds of chaste women will not stray- KSS


When my husband is blnd why shy should I deck myself?-KR



Gods alone protect women of moral integrity in their hour of danger KSS


For women husband himself is the lord- V Ramayana, 7-95


Good women, desirous of the welfare of their husbands , pay no heed to the malice of the others KSS


Tears of chaste women do not  wet the earth esaily- Valmiki Ramarayana 6-14-67



There is no vow ordained for women other than serving their husbands- Valmiki Ramarayana 2-118.9



The mind of a chaste woman is tender-KSS




28 Beautiful Quotations of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa—Post No. 3587

Compiled by London swaminathan


Date: 29th January 2017


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Post No.3587



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February 2017 Good Thoughts Calendar


Festival Days and Holidays:- February 3-Rata Saptami; 9-Thai Pusam;  24-Maha Shivaratri


Ekadasi- 7,22

New Moon Day-26

Full moon Day- 10

Auspicious Days-1, 2, 6, 9, 16, 17, 23.

February 1 Wednesday

There are pearls in the deep sea, but you must hazard all the perils to get them. If you fail to get at them  by a single dive, do not conclude that the sea is without them. So also in the quest for the Lord, if your first attempt to see him proves fruitless, do not lose heart. Persevere in the attempt, and you are sure to realise Him at last.


February 2 Thursday

As a lamp, does not burn without oil, so a man cannot live without God.


February 3 Friday

As the water of the ocean is now calm and next agitated into waves, so are Brahman and Maya. Th e ocean in the tranquil state is Brahman, and in the turbulent state, Maya.

February 4 Saturday

The snake itself is not affected by the poison in its fangs; but when it bites, the poison kills the creature bitten. Likewise, Maya is in the Lord but does not affect Him, while the same Maya deludes the whole world.

February 5 Sunday

Women and gold keep men immersed in worldliness. Woman is disarmed when you view her as the manifestation of the Divine Mother.


February 6 Monday

Snakes are venomous reptiles. But the man who has learnt the art of snake charming can play even with seven snakes coiled around his snake. Similarly a man of realisation is immune from the dangers of worldly life.

February 7 Tuesday

A Brahmana’s son is no doubt a Brahmana by birth; but some of these born Brahmanas grow up into great scholars, some become priests, others turn out cooks, and still others roll themselves in the dust before courtesans’ doors.


February 8 Wednesday

There are some who boast of their wealth and power, of their name and fame, and high status in society; but all these are for some time only. None of these will follow them after death.

February 9 Thursday

If  I hold this cloth before me you cannot see me anymore, though I am still as near you as ever. So also though God is nearer to you than anything else, because of the screen of egotism, you cannot see Him.

February 10 Friday

Hanuman was blessed with the vision of God both with form and without it. But he retained the ego of servant of a God.  Such was also the case of Narada, Sanaka, Sanandana and Sanatkumara.


February 11 Saturday

In the Kingdom of God, reason, intellect and learning are of no avail. There the dumb speak, the blind see, and the deaf hear.

February 12 Sunday

To explain God merely after reading the scriptures is explaining to a person the city of Banaras after seeing it only in a map.


February 13 Monday

Utter the word Gita, in quick succession, several times. It is then virtually pronounced as Tagi, Tagi, which means one who has renounced the world for the sake of God. Thus, in one word, Gita teaches, RENOUNCE. Renounce everything, and fix the mind on Lord.

February 14 Tuesday

As the water under a bridge enters from one side and passes out at the other, so religious advice given to the worldlings enters the mind thorough one ear and goes out by the other, without leaving any impression.


February 15Wednesday

Iron appears as red hot in the furnace, but becomes black soon after it is taken out. In the same way, worldly men are full of religious emotion if they are in a temple or in the society of the pious; but no sooner do they leave these associations the flood of devotion in them subsides.


February 16 Thursday

Out of the myriads of paper kites that are seen flying in the air, one or two get free by snapping of the string. So out of hundreds of aspirants practising spiritual disciples only one or two get free from worldly bondage.


February 17 Friday

When a certain quantity of milk is mixed with double the quantity of water it requires good deal of time and labour to condense it. The mind of a worldly man is diluted with the filthy water of impure thoughts and he has to work long and hard to purify it.


February 18 Saturday

Butter churned early in the morning is the best; that churned after sunrise is not so good. Addressing his young disciples, Master used to say, “You are like butter churned in the early morning; my householder disciples are like butter churned late in the day.

February 19 Sunday

The young bamboo can be bent easily , but the full-grown bamboo breaks when it is bent with force. It is easy to bend the young heart towards God.

February 20 Monday

The love in the heart of a boy is whole and undivided. When he gets married in time, half of his heart or more, is given away to his wife, and when children are born to him, he loses another quarter there off, while the remaining quarter is divided among father, mother, honour, fame, pride, dress and the rest; therefore, he has no love left to offer to God.


February 21 Tuesday

It is the nature of the winnowing basket to reject whatever is light and useless, and whatever is weighty and good. Such is the nature of all pious souls.

February 22 Wednesday

Wherein is the strength of a devotee? He is a child of God, and his devotional tears are his mightiest weapon.

February 23 Thursday

The man whose hair stands on end at the mere mention of the name of God, and from whose eyes flow tears of love – he has indeed reached his last birth.

February 24 Friday

A boat may stay in the water, but water should not stay in the boat. An aspirant may live in the world, but the world should not live within him.

February 25 Saturday

When you are engaged in devotional practices, keep aloof from those who scoff at them, and from those who ridicule the piety and the pious.


February 26 Sunday

If a white cloth is stained even with a small spot, the stain appears very ugly indeed. So the smallest fault of a holy man becomes painfully prominent.

February 27 Monday

Trust not a Sanyasin (ascetic) who practises medicine, uses spells and incantations, receives money and displays his piety with sign boards of elaborate external marks.

February 28 Tuesday

The oyster that contains the precious pearl is of very little value, but it is essential for the growth of the pearl. The shell is of no use after securing the pearl. So, ceremonies and rites may not be necessary for him who has attained the highest truth, namely, God.




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

Pictures are taken from various sources; thanks.

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


Pictures are taken from various sources; thanks for the pictures.


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


Time uploaded in London :–  9-10 AM


( Thanks for the Pictures  ) 




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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

(Thanks for the pictures) 

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.