Date: 14 FEBRUARY 2018


Time uploaded in London- 21-39


Written by London swaminathan


Post No. 4744


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Tamil poet Thiruvalluvar has sung about Envy (jealousy) in his work Tirukkural, which was praised as Tamil Veda by his contemporaries.

Tiruvalluvar says,

‘’None has grown richer by envying

Ans no one has lost by not envying’’ (Kural 170)


In another couplet he says

‘’If an envious man accumulates wealth, and a virtuous man

Comes by misfortune, both these need scrutiny’’ – 169


‘He who is envious needs no enemies to ruin him’ – 165

‘The Goddess of Fortune shuns the envious’-  167

‘Envy destroys one’s wealth’ – Kural 168


Here is a story about envying told by C Hayavandana Rau in a book published 100 years ago. I have summarised it:


“A poor man with numerous children to support was daily begged by his wife to try his luck in a different town. At last he yielded to her request and started on a long trip. Overjoyed at his determination, his wife, who was a thoughtful woman, prepared him some dishes and packed them in a box.

Half way through his travel he wanted to take rest and so placed everything under a tree and went to wash his hands and feet in the nearby river. He suspended his meal box in a tree branch after looking around and making checks for monkeys and other animals.

Siva- Uma Rangoli by Mangalam srinivasan

Since it was evening, Parvati and Parameswar were on their usual round. The soft breeze carried the sweet smell of the dishes to the gods. Parvati, being a woman wanted to taste the food and get the recipe. Parameswar (Siva) agreed.

Before the person came back they ate the food and replaced the bronze box with a golden box with magical powers.

When the person came back from the river he was very hungry and so spread the banana leaf and tried to empty the box. Nothing was inside but he noticed the box is a golden box now. And he turned it over on the leaf before him, and his plate (leaf) was full of the tastiest food in the world. Now he realised it was a gift with magic powers sent by the gods. He returned home hurriedly to tell his wife and others the story. Just to thank the deities who gave him the magic box husband and wife arranged a big party for the villagers.


Everybody heard the story about the bronze box becoming a golden box and it gave food for everyone and it never runs out. The word about miracle spread far and wide and he had a very jealous couple in the very next door. The jealous wife asked her husband to go on travel like him. She expected a bigger golden box. She also made pack lunch for him and asked to do everything the same way his neighbour did. He went on a trip and took rest like his neighbour. At that time a Brahma Rakshas ( Ghosts) couple were travelling along that path. When the jealous man went to take a bath the ghosts took his bronze box with food and left him a lead box with evil powers. When the jealous man saw the change in the bundle ran to his wife saying the box had changed. Without checking, his wife invited all the villagers for a lunch. When she emptied the box, the ghosts (brahma rakshas) appeared before everyone and cut off the persons’ nose.


The moral of the story is ‘Jealousy brings punishment in its train’.







Story of an Envious Neighbour!


Compiled by London swaminathan

Date : 4 September  2015

Post No. 2125

Time uploaded in London : 19-18

He who is envious needs no enemy to ruin him. Envy itself is enough to bring him ruin – Tirukkural couplet 165

There were two people living next to one another in a village nearby a forest. One has a big and beautiful house and the other has an ordinary house. The person with the small house was very jealous of his neighbour. But that neighbour was very good.

One day the jealous person decided to go to the forest and do some penance for getting more money. To his surprise, an ascetic appeared before him in a short time. He asked the man what he wanted. When he told his story, the ascetic did not find much time to judge the person. But yet he gave him three boons to the jealous person on one condition:

“Look! My dear friend. I can see that you are very jealous of your neighbour. But yet I will fulfil your desire. Here is a dice. You have three chances to become rich. Because you are jealous of your neighbour whatever you get , your neighbour will get double the times. After giving the dice he went away”.

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The jealous man came home and started scheming. First he threw the dice and asked for a big and beautiful house with all the facilities. He got it at once and his neighbour got it twice the size. Now his jealousy grew more. He remembered the proverb, “Even if I lose one eye, my enemy must lose both the eyes”. So he threw the dice for the second time praying that he should lose one of his eyes. He lost it. His neighbour lost both the eyes. Now he was very happy. He was thinking about what else he can do to destroy his neighbour. Suddenly a “good” idea flashed in his mind. He threw the dice for the last time praying half of his house must go beneath the ground. And it went down immediately. His neighbour got it doubly. His whole house went under the ground. Because he became blind, he did not realise what was happening. But his servants saw the happiness on the face of the jealous neighbour and found out the mumbo jumbo he was doing. They beat him severely and took all his wealth and ran away.


This is a folk tale. Villagers spread their age old wisdom through stories.

Jealousy: Wisdom from Indian Villages


Written by London swaminathan

Date : 2 September  2015

Post No. 2118

Time uploaded in London : 19-39

None has grown richer by envying

And no one has lost by not envying –Tirukkural 170

Envy destroys one’s wealth and leads one to evil deeds – 168

The Goddess of Good Fortune (Lakshmi) cannot bear the sight of envious people

Whom she will turn over to her elder sister (Alakshmi, Jyeshtadvi) — 167


There were two Brahmins, one is an illiterate and another is a learned. Both of them visited the king in the neighbouring county. The king treated them well and gave them equal respect. He gave them a gold coin every day. But the learned Brahmin was very jealous about the illiterate getting the same respect like him. When the illiterate Brahmin was gone to his room, he told the king, “Oh, King, don’t you know the proverb that says ‘give your daughter knowing the family (Gotra) and give money knowing the person (Paatra)’? Moreover that illiterate Brahmin has got two concubines. I am very learned and yet you give me the same treatment. Then he went home.

Next day both of them came to see the king. Now the king gave three gold coins to the illiterate and only one coin to the learned Brahmin. He became very angry and waited till the other person gone. He told the king, “Even after I explained to him his characterless life and his lack of knowledge in scriptures, you gave him three gold coins and only one gold coin to me. Why are you insulting the learned like this?”

The king replied, “Look, learned Brahmin! I am paying according to the needs, not according to your knowledge. You only told me that he has a larger family. I don’t want him to suffer.”

The Brahmin went home confused!