LOVE ALL, TRUST A FEW, DO WRONG TO NONE! SHAKESPEARE IN TIRUKKURAL- 2 (Post No.4426)

LOVE ALL, TRUST A FEW, DO WRONG TO NONE! SHAKESPEARE IN TAMIL VEDA TIRUKKURAL- 2 (Post No.4426)


Written by London Swaminathan 

 

Date: 23 NOVEMBER 2017

 

Time uploaded in London- 20-46

 

 

Post No. 4426

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I have posted the first part yesterday with a brief introduction to Tirukkural and Shakespeare.

This is the second part. Shakespeare and Tamil poet Tiruvalluvar see eye to eye on many issues.

 

Shakespeare says,

Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.

-All’s Well that Ends Well

Al the three points are in Tirukkural, Pancha tantra, Vidura Neeti and the Hindu epics. Let us look at what Tiruvalluvar says in the Tamil Veda Tirukkural

Tiruvalluvar has done ten couplets on Love or Affection (couplets 71 to 80)

LOVE

Of what avail are all the external features to those who have no love in the depths of their heart (Kural 79)

Even as the sun scorches the boneless body, so does the god of virtue torture the loveless man (77)

TRUST

About trust Valluvar says,

Never trust a man without testing him; when the test is over

decide what you can entrust with him (Couplet 509)

Even among deep scholars of spotless hearts , it is difficult to find one perfectly free from ignorance (503)

DO WRONG TO NONE

Do not wish for another’s ruin even absent mindedly. If you do, your own rain is certain to befall (204)

The man who does not want to be consumed by evil, as by a burning disease,

Shall not ever think or do evil to others (206)

 

INGRATITUDE

This is a very big topic in Hindu scriptures. We see it all the didactic works in Tamil and Sanskrit.

Shakespeare says,

blow, blow, thou winter wind

Thou art not so unkind

as men’s ingratitude

–As You Like It

And in Julius Caesar drama Shakespeare says  Et tu Brute through the mouth of Caesar, when he was stabbed by his dearest friend Brutus.

Tiruvalluvar says,

There may be salvation for those who have killed all other virtues

But not for the one who has killed gratitude (Kural 110)

Tiruvalluvar has sung nine more couplets on the same virtue- Gratitude.

 

PERSEVERANCE

OUR REMEDIES OFT IN OURSELVES DO LIE WHICH WE ASCRIBE TO HEAVEN- says Shakespeare in All’s Well That Ends Well.

Valluvar says,

Though god of fate stands in the way, strenuous efforts yield ready fruit. Labour compensates what fate denies (Kural 619)

Effort will produce success; indolence brings poverty and disgrace (616)

–to be continued…………………..

–Subham–

 

Two Animal Anecdotes: Gratitude and Ingratitude

panchatantra

Article No.1988

Compiled by London swaminathan

Date 11th July 2015

Time uploaded in London:19-50

The benevolent man should serve society seeking no return, for,

How can the earth recompense the bounty of the rain clouds?

—Tamil Poet Tiruvalluvar, Kural 211

For help rendered, not as return for benefits already received

All the gifts of the earth and heaven cannot compensate

Kural 101 by Tiruvalluvar

There may be salvation for those who have killed all other virtues

But not for the one who has killed gratitude – Kural 110

Indians are very familiar with the stories of gratitude. We have such stories in the Panchatantra fables. But I am not going to repeat those fables. Here is a real life story:

Dr.Walter Adams, astronomer at Mount Wilson Observatory told a story of gratitude:

“A hunter in the jungle came across an elephant limping. The hunter followed it. Finally it toppled over. The hunter examined its feet. In one there was a large thorn. This he removed

Years passed and the hunter was in a cheap seat at a circus. A turn was given by a troupe of performing elephants. One of these elephants reached in its trunk, encircled his waist, and lifted from his cheap seat and set him down in a seat in a private box.

Nature-India---Snakes---Gliding-Snake

Snake and Frog

While fishing one day, said the old timer, I ran short of bait and and temporarily at loss as to what to do. Upon looking down near my feet, I noticed a small snake which held a frog in its mouth I removed the frog and cut it up for bait, feeling very fortunate that my eyes had lighted on the snake at that moment.

I did, however feel a bit guilty at relieving the poor reptile of his meal, and in order to give him a slight recompense for my supply of bait, I poured a few drops of whisky into its mouth. Fortunately for my conscience, the snake seemed to leave in a contented mood, and I turned and went on fishing.

Sometime had passed when something hitting against the leg of my boot. Looking down I saw the identical snake, laden with three more frogs.

I have given the famous stories of grateful dogs in my post, VEDIC DOG AND CHURCH DOG, posted on 18 January 2013.

hachiko

Picture of the most famous dog Hachiko  of Japan. The statue is in Tokyo. The dog went looking for his master every day for nine years and nine months.

Please read other animal stories posted earlier in this blog:

  1. Animal Einsteins (Part 1 and Part 2)
  2. Can parrots recite Vedas?
  3. Why do animals worship Gods?
  4. Mysterious Messengers for Ajanta, Angkor Wat and Sringeri
  5. Elephant Miracles

6). 45 Words for Elephant

  1. Can Birds Predict your Future?
  2. Two Little Animals That Inspired Indians
  3. Three Wise Monkeys from India
  4. Mysterious Tamil Bird Man

11.Alexander’s Dog and Horse, posted November 24, 2014

12.Vedic Sarama and Greek Hermes, posted on 24 June 2015

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