31 more Quotations from the Pancha Tantra (Post No.3859)

Written by London swaminathan

Date: 28 APRIL 2017

Time uploaded in London:- 14- 09

Post No. 3859

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Good Thoughts Calendar, May, 2017


Festival Days: 1 May-May Day; 10 Chitra Purnima, Buddha Purnima

Full Moon-10

New Moon-25


Auspicious Days- May 7, 12, 17, 18, 29

In the March and April calendars I have given over 60 quotes from the Book of Pancha Tantra; here are 31 more quotes:

1 May Monday

Intelligence and Perseverance

What is impossible if you have intelligence?

What is unachievable if your will is firm?

Who will not fall prey to sweet and smooth tongue?

What is unattainable if you persevere?


2 May Tuesday


Not a thousand elephants,

and not 10,000 horses

can furnish kings with power

that a single fortress can.


3 May Wednesday


To rush headlong in rash impatience

before measuring one’s own strength and power

against the other’s is to court disaster

like the moth that plunges into a blazing fire


4 May Thursday


Fortune is surely his who constantly strives

it is cowards who wail, O,my fate, it is my fate.


5 May Friday


When men are determined, gods come through for them

as Vishnu, his discus and his divine mount

came at the weaver’s call to help him in his fight (Panchatantra story)

6 May Saturday

Beauty and Virtue

Where beauty is, there virtues dwell

so poets say, neither true, nor well.


7 May Sunday


Those lost in themselves – they never find happiness

blest are they who desire the happiness of others


8 May Monday


He is friend whom you can trust

as you can trust your mother

what are others but mere acquaintances


9 May Tuesday

Grief and Relief

The man who discloses his grief

to a faithful wife, a loyal servant,

a sincere friend, or sensitive master

is bound to find relief


10 May Wednesday


A daughter is born- start of world of worries

Find the fittest bridegroom – the biggest problem of all;

once wed, will she be happy, or will she weep

Father of a girl – just another name for grief.

11 May Thursday

Daughters- Disasters

No sooner born than her mother’s heart she steals;

growing up she brings pain to loving hearts

given in marriage, she can still bring dishonour

Daughters! Unavoidable disasters


12 May Friday

Love for Body

Who in the world does not love his body

however tainted by defects it might be;

once dear, a person remains always dear,

no matter what offences he is guilty of


13 May Saturday

Sage and Scoundrel

Does a scoundrel require provocation to fly into a great rage?

Or a saint need kindness to make him calm?

Isn’t it just the same with lime and sugarcane?

it is inherent nature of each

to produce its own flavour distinctive


14 May Sunday

Dog’s Tail

Try your very best to honour a rogue

he will still remain true to his nature

You may have a dog sweated,

or rubbed with musk if you choose,

his tail still remains curled


15 May Monday


Even small favours shown to men

richly blessed with a wealth of merits, look great;

The moon’s rays are enhanced, indeed

when they shine over the peaks of Snow Mountain


16 May Tuesday

Fools and Dull witted

Lost are a hundred kindness shown to the base;

Lost are a hundred wise maxims spoken to fools

Lost are a hundred words of advice on the incorrigible

Lost are a sage observations on the dull-witted


17 May Wednesday

Don’t Talk to fools

A cry in the wilderness

rubbing perfume on a corpse;

planting lotuses on dry ground

incessant rain over salt marshes

adorning the faces of the blind

like these is speaking good sense to fools


18 May Thursday


The slayer of a Brahmana, a drunkard

an impotent man, a breaker of vows

a traitor- for all these the wise prescribe

rites of atonement – for the ungrateful none.


19 May Friday

Guests are welcome

Fire is most revered by Brahmnas

Brahmanas are the most revered of all classes

the husband is the only one revered by women

a guest is most revered by the whole world


20 May Saturday



he who has no time and palace

and of what is right and proper;

who does not know a thing beyond himself

who acts without deliberation

he is fool who reaps no reward.


21 May Sunday


However angry, we must not spurn

one who has fallen at our feet;

in so doing we scorn all these gods

Brahma, Vishnu, Siva


22 May Monday

Living Death

Five endure living death

so sage Vyasa declares;

poor man, sick man, fool, exile and he

who  in perpetuity serves king


23 May Tuesday

Right Time, Right Place

Is it right time? is it right place?

Who are friends? what is he cost, and what’s the gain?

And what am I? And what my power and strength?

Time and again, one should ponder over these.


24 May Wednesday

How can one not dread a villain’s fierce hate

manifest; like a deadly snake’s venom,

it constantly drips from his lips as words

vicious, beyond all human endurance


25 May Thursday


The best of men endowed with virtue

whose rectitude remains unbroken

bear in mind only acts good and well done

and forgets offences and oversight



26 May Friday


I need your friendship; and right now and here;

with great reverence cultivate it I shall

Even what is sullied gains purity

when it touches Ganga’s holy waters


27 May Saturday

Bad Friend

A man should shun the friend

who slanders him behind his back

while flattering him to his face;

for he is a jar of poison with milk on top


28 May Sunday


Where wealth matches wealth and lineage is equal

there marriage or friendship works well


29 May Monday


The branches of the great lords of the forest

bend low from the wealth of fruit they bear;

the peacock’s gait is slow and indolent

from the proudly swelling plumage he trails;

in persons endowed with qualities most admirable

most often, those qualities themselves become their worst foes


30 May Tuesday

Safety of Life-Asylum

No gift of cows, no gift of land,

nor any gift of food holds pre-eminence;

of all the gifts in the world, say the wise,

the foremost is the gift of safety of life.


31 May Wednesday

Forbidden Food

As the breath of life struggles in the throat

even then the wise refrain from forbidden food

and what a trifling mouthful too at that –

for fear of losing both the worlds.




31 Beautiful Quotations from the Panchatantra! (Post No.3675)

March 2017 GOOD THOUGHTS Calendar


Compiled by London swaminathan


Date: 27 FEBRUARY 2017


Time uploaded in London:- 20-33


Post No. 3675


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March 11 Masi Makam; 13 Holi; 14 Karadaiyan Nonbu;  29 Telugu New Year (Yugadhi); March 8 -International Women’s Day

27– New Moon Day

12 –Full Moon Day

Auspicious Days— 9, 15, 23, 26.

March 1 Wednesday

Wealth: “Let the wealth you earn circulate (invest)

and you keep it still

Water in a full tank, lacking an outlet

spills over and go to water (Chapter 1-2)


March 2 Thursday

Wealth: “Wealth lures wealth as tame elephants the wild;

wealth cannot be earned by wishful thinking

there can be no trade without wealth (1-3)


March 3 Friday

Wealth: “The man who lets the wealth that Fortune showers on him

sit idle, finds no happiness in the world,

nor I the next. What is he then?

A confounded fool performing a watchman’s role- 1-4


March 4 Saturday

Earned by valour alone:

“No rite of consecration

no sacred ablution

do beasts of the forests perform

to crown the lion as king? (1-6)


March 5 Sunday

Poking Nose: “He who pokes his nose where it does not belong,

surely meets his end;

for that’s what happened to the monkey who meddled

with the wedge, my friend” (1-8)

March 6 Monday

Kin and kith: If a man does not hold dear the well-being

of parents, kin, dependants, and himself,

what good is his living in the world of men?

A crow too lives long eating ritual offerings (1-11)


March 7 Tuesday

Scurvy: Easily filled is a tiny stream

easily filled the cupped paws of a mouse

easily pleased a scurvy fellow;

he gives thanks for crumbs (1-14)


March 8 Wednesday

Effort and Conduct: By no man’s smile is any many raised high;

frown is any man cast down;

By no man’s up or down, a man rises or falls in life,

by the true worth of his actions and conduct 1-18


March 9 Thursday

Virtue and Vice: With greatest effort are stones carried uphill;

and with the greatest ease do they tumble down;

so too with our own self, through Virtue and Vice 1-19


March 10 Friday

Understanding: “What is left unsaid, the learned, wise, infer

The intellect sees clearly revealed

another’s true intent and purpose,

gains knowledge from expression of face and eyes

from tone of voice, gait

from gesture and deportment 1-20

March 11 Saturday

Courtier: “A courtier in the palace should act with extreme caution;

a pupil in his teacher’s house, with respect and discretion;

Those unmannerly who do not know their place

will soon meet with extinction like oil lamps

lighted at dusk in dwellings of the poor -1-25


March 12 Sunday

Women: Kings and women and slender climbing wines

cling to whatever they find close to them

such is the way of the world 1-27


March 13 Monday

Wise: “The wise do not care to serve the King

Who cannot recognise each ones individual merit

Such service is wholly barren of all fruit

Like the tillage of a salt meadow 1-31


March 14 Tuesday

He who stands in the forefront in battle

But walks behind King in the city

Waits in the palace at the Royal chamber door

He is beloved of princes 1-35

March 15 Wednesday

He who looks upon dice as Deaths messenger

And drink as Deadly Poison

Who sees other men’s wives simply as forms

He is beloved of princes 1-44


March 16 Thursday

If the master gets angry, his man bends low

Sings his praise, extols at his largesse

Hates his foes, dotes on those who he favours,

That is the sure way to win someone over

Without recourse to magical arts 1-53


March 17 Friday

Even a worthless bit of straw comes in handy

For the great ones to pick their teeth or scratch their ears

What today then of the service a person

Endowed with speech and limbs can render, O King 1-58


March 18 Saturday

A fine gem fit to grace a gold jewel,

If mounted in a cheap tin setting

Does not scream, nor refuses to gleam

It is the jeweller who is put to shame 1-63


March 19 Sunday

In a place where no difference is perceived

Between a priceless gem with eye of fire

And a fragment of pale crystal

How can a gem trade flourish there? 1-66


March 20 Monday

Shaping: A horse, a weapon, a text, a lute

A voice, a man and a woman

They perform Ill, or well

According to who master’s them 1-68


March 21 Tuesday

Birth: Silk is spun by the humble worm

gold is born of rock

the lotus from the mud

ruby from the serpent’s hood

A person of merit shines

by the light of his own rising merits

of what consequence is his birth? 1-69


March 22 Wednesday

Confiding: A man might confide some things to his wife

some to his close friends, and some to his son;

these deserve his trust; but not reveal

all matters to everyone in sight 1-73


March 23 Thursday

Relief:  true and tested friend, a faithful wife,

a loyal servant, a powerful master,

disclosing his troubles to these

a man discovers great relief 1-74


March 24 Friday

Son: Joyous in prosperity,

not cast down in adversity

steadfast in battle

rarely does a mother bear such a son

the ornament of the three worlds  1-79


March 25 Saturday

Sycophants: A blade of grass bends low, powerless,

tosses about, light, lacking inner strength

A man who lacks a sense of honour and pride,

is like a pitiful blade of grass -1-80


March 26 Sunday

King: As a man in perfect health

disdains all doctors and drugs

so, a king free of troubles

thinks little of his ministers 1-89


March 27 Monday

Lie: Even the smallest lie spoken before a king

has the gravest consequences;

the ruin of the speaker’s parent and teacher

and that of the gods as well 1-90


March 28 Tuesday

King is God: Blended of essences of all gods,

a king is formed; so sages sing

Look upon him, therefore, as a god

never speak an untruth to a king 1-91


March 29 Wednesday

Humility: A hurricane does not uproot the pliant grass

that bends low before its fury;

it snaps only proud, lordly trees;

A man might let his valour speak

only to others of equal might 1-93


March 30 Thursday

Ministers: A kingdom is held firm by ministers

who are tested and true, straight, resourceful,

accomplished and endowed with inner strength,

as a temple is well-supported by pillars

straight, strong, well polished and firmly grounded 1-95


March 31 Friday

Sweetness: Sweet as nectar is the fire’s warmth in winter;

Sweet as nectar is the sight one’s beloved;

Sweet as nectar is royal favour;

Sweet as nectar is food cooked in milk 1-97


Book used : The Pancatantra, translated by Chandra Rajan (Panchatantra was written by Vishnu Sarma before fifth century CE in Sanskrit)