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Hindu Vedas are unique. The seers/ rishis believed in auto suggestion. By repeating the Dos and Don’ts every day, they set a good path for them. For instance, a Brahmin repeats ‘Kamo Karsheet Manyura Karsheet’ mantra ten times each in prayer, three times a day. This 30 times (3X10) repeated Mantra says, God  forgive me; it is the desire and anger (Kama and Manyur) that cause  problems to me. I salute you. English words amorous and anger are derived from Sanskrit words Kama and Manyur!

By remembering these two evils, they get better guidance from their conscience or God. This is called autosuggestion.

You instruct to your mind: Don’t do it; Stop it.

If you repeat good things, you will get them. But there are more straight forward mantras through out the Atharvana Veda. It is fascinating to see mantras about all subjects such as Dream, Sleep, Mind, Enemies (inside and outside), herbs, Sun, germs, 100 year life, healthy life, friendship and magical talismans and amulets.

Whenever I go to prisons in England to see Hindu prisoners, prisoners from other religions also say ‘Namaste’ to me. Hindus are very few compared to  Christians and disproportionately high number of Muslims. When I hear the stories and the reason for their imprisonment, I used to wonder how Lord Krishna knew this thousands of years ago! He says THREE GATEWAYS TO HELL ARE LUST,ANGER AND GREED (Bhagavad Gita 16-21 Kama, Krodha, Lobha). You will be amazed to see all the punishments in courts come under these 3 categories only. Take the news papers of past ten days and mark all the crime news or court news and categorise them; all will fall under these categories.

If you remember every morning what you should not do in family or office or friends circle, then you will be a better person.

Here are two mantras against Anger and Jealousy, followed by my comments:-

18. Against jealousy; AV Book 6

1. The first blast of jealousy, and the one after the first, the fire, the heat of the heart—this we extinguish for thee.

2. As the earth [is] dead-minded, more dead-minded than a dead man, and as [is] the mind of one who has died, so of the jealous man the mind [be] dead.

3. That fluttering mind (manaská) that has found place in (çritá) thy heart—from it I set free thy jealousy, like the hot vapor from a bag of skin.

(hot vapour from leather bag- it is a common scene in small foundries where the blacksmiths use leather bag to pump air to make fire brighter and hotter)



A charm to reconcile estranged friends

1I loose the anger from thy heart as ’twere the bowstring from a
  That we, one-minded now, may walk together as familiar

2Together let us walk as friends: thy wrathful feeling I remove.
  Beneath a heavy stone we cast thy wrath away and bury it.

3I trample on thine anger thus, I tread it down with heel and toe:
  So dost thou yield thee to my will, to speak no more rebelliously.


My Comments:

Even in subjects like anger and jealousy, the poets use relevant and beautiful similes.

The second thing, Brahmins have passed the Vedas by world of mouth for thousands of years. We have to thank them and support them to keep it going.

The third point is even Bharatiyar and Tiru Valluvar have composed Anti Anger and Anti Jealousy verses, though very much later than the Vedas.

We will bury the hatchet is an American expression; though encyclopaedias say it is derived from native Americans of Eastern United States. But Hindus have been saying it from time immemorial.

 I will give the Tamil equivalents in my Tamil article.


Tags – Vedic verses, on anger, on jealousy, Atharvana Veda, Book 6,




Written by London Swaminathan 


Date: 24 NOVEMBER 2017


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This is part 3 where I compare Shakespeare’s sayings with Tiruvalluvar’s Tirukkural, which is praised as Tamil Veda by his contemporaries.




Shakespeare in his play Titus Andronicus (Act 1, Scene 1) says ‘Sweet mercy is nobility’s true badge:’


Tam.  Stay, Roman brethren! Gracious conqueror,
Victorious Titus, rue the tears I shed,         110
A mother’s tears in passion for her son:
And if thy sons were ever dear to thee,
O! think my son to be as dear to me.
Sufficeth not that we are brought to Rome,
To beautify thy triumphs and return,         115
Captive to thee and to thy Roman yoke;
But must my sons be slaughter’d in the streets
For valiant doings in their country’s cause?
O! if to fight for king and commonweal
Were piety in thine, it is in these.         120
Andronicus, stain not thy tomb with blood:
Wilt thou draw near the nature of the gods?
Draw near them then in being merciful;
Sweet mercy is nobility’s true badge:
Thrice-noble Titus, spare my first-born son.



Tiruvalluvar has a whole chapter with ten couplets on Compassion

Temple of Tiruvalluvar in Chennai

Tiruvalluvar in Tirukkural says,


“Even as happiness in the world wholly depends on material possessions

Happiness in the world beyond will surley depend on compassion” (Kural 247)


“Men with hearts, overflowing with gentle compassion, will never

Have to go to the nether-world of darkness” (Kural 243)


“The vast and flourishing wind-blown earth is witness to the fact,

That those who practise compassion will never be subjected to suffering” (Kural 245)




William Shakespeare says in Cymbeline

I cannot sing: I’ll weep, and word it with thee;
For notes of sorrow out of tune are worse
Than priests and fanes that lie.
[IV, 2]
Richard du Champ.
If I do lie and do
No harm by it, though the gods hear, I hope
They’ll pardon it.—Say you, sir?
[V, 5]
Posthumus Leonatus
Shall’s have a play of this? Thou scornful page,
There lie thy part.


In All’s Well That Ends Well
[IV, 3]
He will steal, sir, an egg out of a cloister: for
rapes and ravishments he parallels Nessus: he
professes not keeping of oaths; in breaking ’em he
is stronger than Hercules: he will lie, sir, with
such volubility, that you would think truth were a
drunkenness is his best virtue, for he will
be swine-drunk; and in his sleep he does little
harm, save to his bed-clothes about him; but they
know his conditions and lay him in straw. I have but
little more to say, sir, of his honesty: he has
every thing that an honest man should not have; what
an honest man should have, he has nothing.

Statue of Tiruvalluvar in London University (SOAS)

Tiruvalluvar has a whole chapter on Truthfulness; here are some parallel couplets:


If a man should utter a lie consciously, his own mind would torture him for the lie he uttered. (Kural 293)

If it will produce pure, unmixed good, even falsehood may be considered truth (Kural 292)


If one lives true to one’s inner mind

That person lives in the hearts of all mankind (Kural 294)




Shakespeare says,

Wrath makes him deaf.
3 Henry VI (1.4.54), Queen Margaret, speaking of Clifford



Never till this day
Saw I him touch’d with anger so distemper’d.
The Tempest (4.1.159-60), Miranda speaking of Prospero



But men are men, the best sometimes forget.

Though Cassio did some little wrong to him,

As men in rage strike those that wish them best,

Yet surely Cassio, I believe, received

From him that fled some strange indignity

Which patience could not pass. (Iago in Othello, Act 2, Scene 3)



This tiger-footed rage.
Coriolanus (3.1.311), Menenius to Brutus


And Valluvar says in Tirukkural,


Anger not only destroys those whom it affects, like fire, but it will also burn

Those kindred souls, who step in to help (Kural 306)


If you would protect yourself, guard against your own anger;

For anger not controlled would lead to self-destruction (305)


Even where it cannot hurt others, anger is bad;

But where does it hurt, there is nothing worse. ( Kural 302)


to be continued………………….