Written by London Swaminathan
Date: 13 October 2018


Time uploaded in London – 14-19 (British Summer Time)


Post No. 5536



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Bhartruhari Nitisataka Slokas 16,17,18,19,20


हर्तुर्याति न गोचरं किम् अपि शं पुष्णाति यत्सर्वदा‌உप्य्
अर्थिभ्यः प्रतिपाद्यमानम् अनिशं प्राप्नोति वृद्धिं पराम् ।
कल्पान्तेष्वपि न प्रयाति निधनं विद्याख्यम् अन्तर्धनं
येषां तान्प्रति मानम् उज्झत नृपाः कस्तैः सह स्पर्धते ॥ 1.16 ॥




16.Kings! Cast off your pride before those who have the inward treasure wisdom; they are not despoiled by robbers, but their treasure, always increasing, grows greater when it is shared with the needy; not even at the end of the world does it perish. Who indeed may compare with them.


Many didactic Tamil poets have also sung about it. They said

Education can’t be washed away in floods, cannot be burnt, it cannot be taken by the rulers. It increases more when you give it to others. Thieves can’t touch it and guarding it is very easy.


Another Tamil poet described what is beauty and described education adds beauty to a person.

17.Despise not wise men who have attained to knowledge of the truth. They are not held bound by riches, for they count wealth even as grass. The stalk of a water lily will not bind an elephant infuriated by passion.


तृणम् इव लघु लक्ष्मीर्नैव तान्संरुणद्धि ।
न भवति बिसतन्तुर्वारणं वारणानाम् ॥ 1.17 ॥


`18.The Creator in his anger may hinder the swan from sporting in the lotus bed, his dwelling: but he cannot take away his faculty of separating milk from water.

अम्भोजिनीवनविहारविलासम् एव
हंसस्य हन्ति नितरां कुपितो विधाता ।
न त्वस्य दुग्धजलभेदविधौ प्रसिद्धां
वैदग्धीकीर्तिम् अपहर्तुम् असौ समर्थः ॥ 1.18 ॥


19.Bracelets are no ornament to a man nor strings of pearls shining like moon; nor yet bathing, nor perfumes, nor flowers, nor decorated hair. Perfect eloquence alone adorns a man. Adornments may perish but the ornament of eloquence abides for ever.

केयूराणि न भूषयन्ति पुरुषं हारा न चन्द्रोज्ज्वला
न स्नानं न विलेपनं न कुसुमं नालङ्कृता मूर्धजाः ।
वाण्येका समलङ्करोति पुरुषं या संस्कृता धार्यते
क्षीयन्ते खलु भूषणानि सततं वाग्भूषणं भूषणम् ॥ 1.19 ॥

Tamil poet Tiruvalluvar in his Tamil Veda Tirukkural says ,



Those who cannot express their thought acquired after deep study

Are like a bunch of flowers without fragrance—Kural 650


The pomp of a person without deep and subtle learning is like the fine painting on a clay doll– Kural 407


20.Wisdom is indeed the highest ornament that a man possesses. It is a valuable to be carefully guarded, for wisdom gains food, glory and blessing. It is the Lord.

विद्या नाम नरस्य रूपम् अधिकं प्रच्छन्नगुप्तं धनं
विद्या भोगकरी यशःसुखकरी विद्या गुरूणां गुरुः ।
विद्या बन्धुजनो विदेशगमने विद्या परा देवता
विद्या राजसु पूज्यते न तु धनं विद्याविहीनः पशुः ॥ 1.20 ॥


In relation to them that have studied noble books, others are like beasts in relation to men — 410


Men without learning are like worthless barren lands. Kural 407





Teacher teaches you only 25%- Hindu concept of Education (Post No. 3099)

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Written by London Swaminathan


Date: 28 August 2016


Time uploaded in London: 8-45 AM


Post No.3099


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I came to know about the beautiful concept of teaching in ancient India when I interviewed Mayuram Sri A V Swaminatha Sivachariar in London on Friday. He is running a Vedic School in Mayuram.


When I asked about the courses available at his school, he told me that they teach certain portions of Vedas and Agama for five years; the course is recognised by Tamil Nadu Government; and the successful students can be employed as priests in Hindu temples.


When I asked about the general education they get, he told me Mr Sankaran, a philanthropist from Australia, teaches English to Veda Patasala students. He is doing this charity work even in the villages helping all the communities.


Asked about the general knowledge to survive in the world, Sri Sivachariar told me that he knew very well the need for such things because of increasing demand of qualified Hindu priests overseas. So the students are taught general knowledge as well.

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But when I expressed my unhappiness that the students are not even getting a qualification like SSLC (school final exam in Tamil Nadu), and their survival in the world would be difficult, Sivachariar gave me some amazing details about the Hindu concept of teaching:-

He quoted the following couplet: –


one fourth from the teacher, one fourth from own intelligence,
one fourth from classmates, and one fourth only with time.



AchAryAt pAdamAdatte, pAdam shiShyaH swamedhayA |
sa-brahmachAribhyaH pAdam, pAdam kAlakrameNa cha ||


When I heard it, I felt very happy and fully satisfied. I compared it with what my children did in London. Yesterday I gave the details from his interview that Hindus were pioneers in introducing eight-day holiday in schools, revision in classes, introducing finger calculators and introducing new memory techniques.


Many jobs are learnt in the field and on the job. In the olden days many of the artists and artistes never went to school, but learnt them on the job under the tutorship of elders or parents. But Veda Patasalas (Vedic Schools) had a mixture of old and modern elements. Only 25 % of education comes from the teachers and the rest comes from experience, maturity, discussion and self-efforts.


Even the Bhagavad Gita says,

“Let a man lift himself by himself; let him not degrade himself; for the Self alone is the friend of the self and Self alone is the enemy of the self. (BG 6-5)


And Buddha also said,

“The Self is the Lord of the Self” – Dhammapada 160

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Like in Western schools, the students are asked to discuss among themselves what they have learnt, they are asked to learn on their own and rest came from experience and maturity.


It is very interesting to know that they have been following it in Vedic schools for thousands of years. A teacher teaches the same subject to all the students, but one or two students stand out; they become scientists or scholars or leaders. Why? It is because they learn 75% on their own.


If we create an awareness about this 25%+ 75% learning and follow it, it will help the students a great deal. In places like London, the students are asked by the teachers to come with points for discussion on a topic. One group will support and another group will oppose it. Students prepare most of the materials with the help of parents and computers.




Manu Smrti on Low Caste Women (Post No.2946)


Written by London swaminathan

Date: 5 July 2016

Post No. 2946

Time uploaded in London :– 19-15

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The oldest law book in the world ‘Manu Smrti’ has very interesting couplets on women who were born in low caste.


A man who has faith may receive good learning even from a man who is lower, the ultimate law even from a man of lowest caste, and a jewel of a woman even from a bad family.

Manu 2-238


Ambrosia may be extracted even from poison;

And good advice even from a child;

Good conduct even from an enemy;

And gold even from impure ore.

Manu 2-239

Women, jewels, learning, law, purity, good advice and various crafts may be acquired from anybody


Manu 2-240

In extremity, one is permitted to learn even the vedas from someone who is not a Brahmin and to walk behind him and obey him like a guru as long as the instruction lasts

Manu 2-241

It is interesting that Tamil king Nedunchezian who lived 2000 years ago also said the same about education in verse 183 of Purananuru. Tamil poet Tiruvalluvar who lived 1500 years ago also said the same:-

Though high born, an unlettered man is lower than a learned man of lower birth. Kural – 409


Low Caste Woman Arundhati

When a woman is joined with a husband in accordance with the rules, she takes on the very same qualities that he has, just like a river flowing down into the ocean (River=wife, Ocean = husband).

Manu 9-22

When Akshamala (Arundhati), who was born of the lowest, united with Vasishta, and Sarangi, the hunter woman with Mandapala, they became worthy of honour.

Manu 9-23

Six acts banned for women


Associating with bad people

Being separated from their husbands

Wandering about

Sleeping alone in other places

And living in other peoples’ houses

Are the six things that corrupt women.

Manu 10-13


Respect Women! Or else you will be destroyed!!


Manu’s severe warning:–


Fathers, brothers, husbands, and brothers-in-laws who wish for great good fortune should revere women and adorn them Manu 3-55

The gods delight in places where women are respected, but where women are not honoured all rites are fruitless

Manu 3-56


Where the women of the family feel miserable, that family is soon destroyed, but the family where the women are happy thrives well

Manu 3-57

Homes that are cursed by the women who have not treated with reverence are completely destroyed, as if struck down by magic



Therefore, men who wish to prosper should always revere those women with ornaments, clothes and food at celebrations and festivals

Manu 3-59

There is unwavering good fortune in a family where the husband is always satisfied by the wife, and the wife by the husband

Manu – 3-60

Nowhere else in the world we can see such support for women. Manu was the greatest supporter of women’s rights.