Kalidasa’s Famous Quotations


Indian Postal Stamps on Kalidasa’s works

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Article No.1921; Dated 9 June 2015.

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I give power and knowledge to him I love;

In invest him with Holy Power;

I make him a sage, a seer— Rig Veda 10-125-5

Kalidasa is one of the greatest poets of India. He is the most famous poet of ancient India. He has used over 1000 apt similes in his seven works. And there are quotations in his works which are used by the Sanskrit knowing general public in their every day conversations; his seven works are


1)Meghadutam (MES)

2)Rtusamharam (RTS)

3)Kumarasambhavam (KS)


4)Malavikagnimitram (MA)

5)Vikramorvasiyam (VU)

6)Abhijnana sakuntalam (AS)


7)Raghuvamsam (RV)

He is a dramatist, a writer of epic and a lyric poet of extraordinary scope. In his hands the language attained a remarkable flexibility, becoming an instrument capable sounding any moods and nuances of feeling – says Chandra Rajan in her book Kalidasa- The Loom of Time.

Here are twenty five of his quotations (source Suktisudha published by Chinmaya International Foundation):


Excess Affection

Deep affection often hits upon the specific remedy (VU)

Ati snehah khalu kaaryadarsi

Excessive affection suspects that evil will happen (to loved ones)

Ati snehah paapasanki (AS 4)

Authority / Power

The office of the government knows no rest (AS.5)

Avisramoyam lokatantraadhikaarah


Which heartless soul will sprinkle scalding water on the tender Navamallika creeper? (AS.4)

Ka idaaniimsnodakena Navamaalikaam sincati


Misfortune enters through a miniscule loophole in an uncompromising truth (AS.6)

Randhropanipaatinonarthaa iti yaducyate tadavyabhicaari



Hope makes bearable even the intense sorrow of separation (AS.4)

Gurvapi virahaduhkhamaasaabandhah saahayati


The senses toe the line of fate (VU3)

Bhavitavyataanuvidhaayin indriyaani


None has understood the real nature of Lord Siva (KS 5-77)

Na santi yathaarthyavidah pinaakinah

Nectar turns into poison, and poison into nectar, if the Lord so choses (RV 8-46)

Visamapyamrtam kvacid bhavedamrtam vaa visamiisvarecchayaa

Daughter/ unmarried girl

A daughter is another’s wealth (AS 4-22)

Artho hi kanyaa parakiiya eva

The daughter wedded to a virtuous groom will never be a source of grief to her father (KS 6-79)

The girl should be given to a virtuous man (AS 4)

Gunavate kanyakaa pratipaadaniiyaa

Action/ work/ deed

Will not he who undertakes a futile task become a butt of ridicule? (MES 1-54)

Ke vaa na syuh paribhavapadam nisphalaarambhayatnaah

Efforts, when directed towards a meaningful end, bear fruit (RV 3-29)

Kriyaa hi vastupahitaa prasiidati

A spirit tired by toil gets refreshed by reward (KS 5-86)

Klesah phalena hi punarnavataam vidhatte


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Love/ desire

The desirous are self-centred (AS 2-2)

Kami svataam pasyati


Requests submitted to bosses by the proficient at the opportune time will surely be granted (KS 7-93)

Kaalaprayuktaa khalu kaarya vidbhir vijnaapanaa bhartrsu siddhimeti


What else can scorch better than fire? (AS 4)

Ko nyo hutavhaaddagdhum prabavati

Warrior caste

All the exertion of warriors is to safeguard dharma (RV 15-4)

Dharmasamraksanaayaiva pravrttirbhuvi saarnginah


Virtues are set foot everywhere (RV 3-62)

Padam hi sarvatra gunairnidhiiyate

The creator is averse to bringing together a totality of positives in a single soul – (KS 3-28)

Praayena saamagryavidhau gunaanaam paraanmukhi visvasrjah pravrttih

Guru /spiritual teacher

Question not the preceptor’s precepts (RV 14-46)

Aajnaa guruunaam hyavicaaraniiyaa



The numb at heart do not recognise virtue (AS 6-13)

Acetanam naama gunam na laksayet

Factual knowledge

Fie on the transience of the lives of men (RV 8-51)

Dhigimaam dehabhrtaamasaarataam


Place a wreath on a blind man’s brows and he tears it off, fearing it to be a snake (AS 7-24).

31 Beautiful Quotes on Virtue and Excellence

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Post No. 1834; Dated 28 April 2015.


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Calendar of Golden Sayings, May 2015

Important Days: May 1- May Day, May 4 & 25 Bank Holidays (UK),

5- Sri Annamacharya Jayanthi, 13: Sri Dattareya Jayanthi, Hanuman Jayanthi, Auspicious days: May 1, 6, 8, 10, 14, 15, 20, 22, 29


Ekathasi- May 14, 29; Amavasya – May 17; Pournami-  May 3 Chitra pournami



May 1 Friday

Of what use is beauty sans virtue. – Subhasitaratnabhandagara-3-260

Agunasya hatam ruupam


May 2 Saturday


It is impossible to recognise virtue. — Kahavatratnakar p29

Asakyaiva gunajnataa


May 3 Sunday

Virtues reside in the forthright.—Granthasthagathagaku

Rjuhrdayamadhivasanti gunaah



May 4 Monday

The lotus stem is high according to water depth. A man’s merit is the measure of his mental strength -Tirukkural in Tamil, couplet 595


May 5 Tuesday

Difficult to find one endowed with all virtues. —  Carudatta 2

Ekasmin durlabho guna vibhavah


May 6 Wednesday

Will the wicked ever have an inkling of what virtue is?

Kim jaanaatyaguno gunam



May 7 Thursday

There is not a single soul in whom all good qualities come together  –Hanumannataka 9

Kva nu punasvekatra sarve gnaah


May 8 Friday

All thought should be the thought of rising high though it fails; your aspirations keep you on higher plane -Tirukkural, couplet 596


May 9 Saturday

Goodness is the ornament of beauty. – Canakyaniti 3-4

Guno bhuusayate ruupam



May 10 Sunday

Virtues and wealth are hard to come by. Mrccakatika 2

Durlabhaa gunaa vibhavaasca



May 11 Monday

Can vices ever stir men whose hearts are stolen by virtues  –Subhasitavali

Dosaah kim naama kurvanti gunaapahrtaccetasah



May 12 Tuesday

The merits, even of foes are acceptable, and the demerits, even of friends, are contemptible.

Dvisatopi gunaah kaamyaah suhrdopi na durgunaah



May 13 Wednesday

The many merits of the virtuous do not get diminished by his silence.

Na maunena nyuuno  bhavanti gunabhaajaam gunagana


May 14 Thursday

Though wounded with arrows, the elephant stands firm in his greatness; he who has spirit never loses heart when he fails-Tirukkural in Tamil, couplet 597



May 15 Friday

The merit which destroys capability is no merit. –Hitopadesa

Na yogyataahaaryamapeksate gunam

Rarely does one find a person endowed with all good qualities



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May 16 Saturday

Good looks glow not without goodness.  Jatakamala

Na ruupasobhaa ramate vinaa hunaih



May 17 Sunday

A man’s deeds are the touchstone of his greatness and littleness —Tirukkural in Tamil, couplet 505



May 18 Monday

There is neither happiness nor good fortune in self glorification  –2-2 Subhasitaratnabhandagara

Na sukham na ca saubhaagyam svayam svagunavarnane



May 19 Tuesday

Where does one find the virtuous, devoid of even a single blemish –


Niskalankaah kva vaa gunaah



May 20 Wednesday

Virtues set foot everywhere — Raguvamsa 3-62

Padam hi sarvatra gunairnidhiiyate



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May 21 Thursday

The excellence of merit depends on receptacle – Kiratarjuniya 3-18

Prakarsamaadhaaravasam gunaanaam



May 22 Friday


Why go after form when merits abound –Brhatkathamanjari 1-14-674

Prakarsasced gunesvasti kimaakaarapariiksayaa


May 23 Saturday

Do not despise men for their forms; there are men like the axle of pin of a big rolling car (charit) –Tirukkural in Tamil, couplet 667

May 24 Sunday

The creator is averse to bringing together a totality of positives in a single soul —  Kumarasambhava 3-28

Praayena saamaryavidhau gunaanaam paraanmukhi visvasrjah pravrttih



May 25 Monday

The noble attain fame by virtue of their virtues. What has birth got to do with it Pancatantra 1-94

Praakaasyam svagunodayena gunino gaccanti kim janmanaa



May 26 Tuesday

Everyone is respectable on the basis of some merit  – sisupalavadha 15-1

Sarva eva samaveksya kamapi gunameti puujyataam



May 27 Wednesday

The world abounds in prettiness; goodness indeed is rare -Kiratarjuniya 11-11

Sulabhaa ramyataa loke durlabham hi gunaarjanam



May 28 Thursday


Merits outlive death  –Karnabhara 1.s17

Hartesu dehesu gunaa dharante



May 29 Friday

Pure speech and noble associations are the hallmark of the virtuous

Sphitaa vaacah sataam sangha laksanam  hi gunaisinaam

May 30 Saturday

Not appearance, but morality indeed leads one to nobility .

Prayaanti gurutaam hi gunaa na caakrtih



May 31 Sunday

All merits do not accumulate in one person. — Subhasitavali 3 – 847

Naikatra sarvo gunasannipaatah

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ARAJAKA in Indian History


Research Article written by london swaminathan

Research paper No. 1570;    Dated 13th January 2015


Very often Indian opposition parties blame the ruling party for all the violence against their party workers as ‘’Arajaka’’. The Sanskrit word simply means “Kingless”. What they mean is that the condition in the country is like a kingless land. In Indian literature kingless means “lawless” and “anarchy”. Ramayana and Mahabharata have several quotations on kingless country.


Kautilya (Chanakya) describes anarchy as the Maitsya Nyaya ( the Rule of the Fish), where the stronger swallows up the weaker. the same idea of fish is found in the graphic description of ararchy in the Ramayana (2-67) and Mahabharata (12-67-16)


Valmiki says in his Ramayana,


In a land bereft of a king, rain no longer waters the earth. In a rulerless land not even a handfull of grain is harvested; the head of the family receives no obedience from his son or wife! Where there is no king, there is no wealth; where there is no king, there are no soldiers, there is only lawlessness; how should there be any good where there is no king? In a rulerless land, people do not build assembly halls or enchanting gardens or resplendent buildings, as in times of prosperity! In a rulerless land , the Twice born (Brahmins) in charge of the sacrifices and the self controlled Brahmins of rigid vows do not perform the Sattras (i.e. ceremonies that last thirteen to hundred days). In a rulerless land the officiating Brahmins are not dismissed after the sacrifices loaded with gifts and abundant alms by the Brahmins. There are no merry singers and and dancers and the festivals  and assemblies that mark the welfare of the empire are not crowned with success.


“In a rulerless land merchants fail in their commercial enterprises, and those who are accustomed to listening to  the recitation of holy traditions find no charm in them as formerly. In a rulerless land, youthful women adorned with golden ornaments no longer meet  in the evening in the pleasure gardens to divert themselves.


“In a rulerless land, no wealthy man can sleep in security with open doors nor can he live on the produce of his fields and herds. Youngmen do not drive in the woods with women in their chariots.No elephants of sixty years or more, bells hung round their necks, furnished with wonderful trucks, are seen travelling on the highways. One cannot hear the sound of the cord and the bows of the archers continually loosing their arrows. Merchants no longer travel afar in safety  on the roads with their merchandise.


“In a rulerless land, the self controlled ascetic, merged in meditation on the higher Self , no longer wanders about alone, resting where evening overtakes him. One may not enjoy the fruits of one’s labours in peace. Without a king the army is unable to overcome its enemy in combat.


“In a rulerless land,men, richly apparelled no longer drive their mettlesome and handsome steeds or their chariots abroad. Those versed in the spiritual traditions  do not withdraw to the woods and groves to debate together.


“In a rulerless land, no alms or garlands or confections are offered  in homage to the gods by pious people. Princes anointed with sandal and aloe paste no longer present a brilliant spectacle like blossoming trees in springtime.


As rivers without water or forests without vegetation or herds without a keeper, such is an empire without a king. A charit is known by its penant, a fire by its smoke, but our figurehead the king , has rejoined the Gods. “In a rulerless land, none owns anything and people, like unto fishes, devour one another. The wicked overstepping all bounds, their fears dispelled , become all powerfull  when there is no king to exercise control over them throgh the sceptre.


The king is the truth, the king is righteousness, he represents family where those who have no family, he is the father and the mother of the people and the author of all good. Yama, Vaishravana (Kubera), Shakra (Indra) and Varuna of immense power, are all surpassed by a virtuous monarch.


Oh, Best of the Twice born, install the youthfull descendent of Ikshvaku, Bharata, or some other as king”


-Valmiki Ramayana , Translation by Hari Prasda Shastri.


The above passages give a beautiful description of just rule. This repated through out Sangam Tamil literature and the Vedas. Ther are innumerable references to kings and in Sanskrit literature. Atharva Veda has lot of hymns on the Kingship.


Rajatarangini of Kalhana says,

some of the weak were slain, some were plundered while others had their houses burnt down by the enemy  in the which was without a king (8-841)


Tiruvalluvar, author of the Tamil Veda Tirukkural says


The world looks up to the sky for its life; the subjects look up to their leaders for their welfare ( 542)


Rains and harvests are rich in the land ruled by the righteous sceptre of an able leader (545)


Cows yield less and Brahmins forget their Vedas, if the king does not guard justice (560)


If the king rules in unjust ways, seasonal rains will fail as the clouds withhold their showers  (559)


All that is said in the epics and the Vedas are found verbatim in Sangam Tamil literature. They have the same beliefs. For anything that went wrong, the rulers were blamed. They beleived that if there is just rule, the harvests will be bounty. Tamils looked at the kings as father and mother. The Pandya with a Golden Hand story explains this beautifully well.

Please read my post  — How did a Pandya King get a Golden Hand?  — posted on 18th November 2011.

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31 Good Quotations on Wife!


Good Thoughts Calendar — December 2014
Post No. 1439; Date: 26 November 2014.
Compiled by London Swaminathan ©

31 quotations from Sanskrit & Tamil texts are given in this calendar.
Important Dates: December 2 Gita Jayanti; 5 Tiru Karthikai, 6 Sarvalaya Deepam; 21 Hanumath Jayanthi; 25 Christmas, 26 boxing day.
Auspicious Days: December 1, Full Moon day- 6, New Moon (Amavasya)-22, Ekadasi –2,18

Quotes are taken from Suktisudha, Chinmya International Foundation and Tamil book Tirukkural.

December 1 Monday
Wife is dearer than life — Kata sarit sagara
Bharyaa praanébhyó pyadhikapriyaa

December 2 Tuesday
Just as you protect your wife, the wives of others are too deserve protection Valmiki Ramayana 5-21-8
Yathaa tava tathaanyésaam daaraa rakshyaa

December 3 Wednesday
The minds of noble women are as soft as flowers — Uttara Rama Carita 4s2
Purandhriinaam cittam kusuma sukumaaram hi bhavati

December 4 Thursday
A wife of excellent virtues who is capable of managing the household within the means of her husband is a real household help in home life -Tirukkural 51

December 5 Friday
Other’s wives are not to be minutely observed – Kalidasa in Shakuntala, Act 5
Anirvarnaniiyam parakalatram

பெண்கள் ஓவியம்

December 6 Saturday
If a wife does not possess the virtues for household life, that home will have no happiness, however splendid it may be in other respects -Tirukkural 52

December 7 Sunday
Talking about another’s wife is un gentlemanly – Kalidasa in Shakuntala, Act 7
Anaaryah Pradhara vyavahaarah

December 8 Monday
She who gains the affection of her husband by her faithful devotion to him is honoured among the Gods-Tirukkural 58

December 9 Tuesday
The householder’s home is bare without his wife – Katha sarit sagara
Abhaarya hi suunyam grhapatérgrham

December 10 Wednesday
He who does not possess an ideal wife, who values the reputation of chastity, cannot hold his head up among his friends-Tirukkural 59

pavadai sattai malayalam

December 11 Thursday
The wife is one half of man
Ardham bhaarayaa manusyasya

December 12 Friday
A virtuous wife is a blessing and good children are its adornment -Tirukkural 60

December 13 Saturday
It is impossible to stop a woman on her way to meet her beloved Mrchakatika 5- 31
Na sakyaa hi striyó róddhum prasthitaa dyitam prati

December 14 Sunday
Of what avail is watch and ward? A woman’s will is the best safeguard-Tirukkural 57

December 15 Monday
Wives of the gallant do not lament — Valmiki Ramayana 4-24-43
Na suurapatnyah paridévayanti


December 16 Tuesday
What greater treasure can there be than a woman, who has the abiding strength of chastity? -Tirukkural 54

December 17 Wednesday
Good wives are at the root of all righteous deeds — Kumara sambhavam of Kalidasa 6-13
Kriyaanaam khalu dharmyaanaam satpatnyó muulakaaranam

December 18 Thursday
A wife who may not worship god but wakes up with worshipful devotion to her husband has to make the rain fall at her bidding -Tirukkural 55

December 19 Friday
A disobedient wife is an enemy – Canakyaniti 9-12
Aviniitaa ripurbhaaryaa

December 20 Saturday
The wife is a fetter not made of metal – Canakyanitisastra
Alóhamayam nigadam kalatram

women are illusions

December 21 Sunday
She, who guards her virtue, tenderly cares for her husband and maintains the reputation of both, is a good wife-Tirukkural 56

December 22 Monday
Women spurn her relatives due to the love of their husbands – Bharatamanjari 1- 17- 774
Trnam bhaandhavapakso hi bhartrusnéhéna yósitaam

December 23 Tuesday
A house is not said to be a home, it is the housewife that makes that makes it one. Pachatantra 6-85
Na grham grham iti ityaahuh grhinii grham ucyaté

December 24 Wednesday
A human woman cannot be a demon’s wife – Valmiki Ramayana 5-24-28
Na maanusii raaksasasya bhaaryaa bhavitumarhati

December 25 Thursday
It is un ethical to ogle at another’s wife — Mrchakatika 1-158
Na yuktam paralkalatra darsanam

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December 26 Friday
It is very hard for a wife to live without her husband Valmiki Ramayana 2-29-7
Patihiinaa tu yaa naarii na saa saksyati jiivitum

December 27 Saturday
Who will forsake his wife even in utter failure – Bharatamanjari 2-11-396
Paraabhavépi daaraanaamupéksam ksamaté ne kah

December 28 Sunday
For a woman the death of her husband is but the first catastrophe Valmiki Ramayana 6-32-9
Prathamam maranam naaryaa bharturvaigunyamucyaté

December 29 Monday
Householders look through the eyes of their wives in matters relating to their daughters –Kumara sambhavam of Kalidasa 6-85
Praayéna grhinii nétraah kanyaarthésu kutumbinah

December 30 Tuesday
A husband blinded by love sees not the wickedness of his wife – Kata sarit sagara
Praayéna bhaaryaadausilyam snéhaandhó néksaté janah

December 31 Wednesday
A beautiful wife is a foe — Cankyaniti 9-12
Bharyaa ruupavatii satruh

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Good Thoughts Calendar (September 2014)
Post No. 1257; Date: 28th August 2014
Compiled by London Swaminathan ©

Important Dates: September 6 Onam; 9 Mahalaya Paksham; 11 Bharati Day; 25 Navaratri begins; 30 Half Yearly accounts closing.
Auspicious Days: 4, 8, 11, 15. Full Moon day- 9, New Moon-23 (Amavasya). Ekadasi – 5, 19.

September 1 Monday
Ahimsaa paramo dharma: Bharat manjari
Non violence is the abode of righteousness.

September 2 Tuesday
Aatmanah pratikuulaani paresaam na samaacaret- Pancha Tantra 3-103
Do not unto others what you would not do to yourself.

September 3 Wednesday
Aanrsamsyam paro dharma: –Valmiki Ramayana 5-38-39
Compassion is the supreme doctrine.

September 4 Thursday
Aapadi praanaraksaa hi dharmasya prathamannkura: Bharat Manjari
Saving a life in jeopardy is the origin of morality.

September 5 Friday
Aartatraanaaya vah sastram na prahartum anaagasi – Shakuntalam 1-11
Your weapon is meant to protect the distressed, not punish the innocent.

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September 6 Saturday
Istam dharmena yojayet –Panchatantra 4-74
Desire should be in consonance with dharma.

September 7 Sunday
Eka eva suhrud dharma: nidhane pyanusyaati ya: MS 8-17 Hitopadesa 1-66
Dharma is the only constant companion who comes along in death.

September 8 Monday
Esa loke sataam dharmo yaj jyesthavasago bhavet –Valmiki Ramayana 2-40-6
Being respectful to elders is the path of the noble.

September 9 Tuesday
Krte ca pratikartavyam esa dharma: sanatana:
Returning one good turn for another is an eternal doctrine.

September 10 Wednesday
Ghoramapi svam cared dharmam – sup
Though appalling one’s own duty ought to be performed.


September 11 Thursday
Jayasyaayatanam dharma: paapam varthma kshayasya ca rm 6-11-371
Dharma is the abode of victory; sin, the path of doom.

September 12 Friday
Tirthoparodho hi dharmavadaha: — kas 202-38
It is criminal to impede the flow of a river.

September 13 Saturday
Dharma eva plava: pumsaam samsaaramakaraakare — bkm
Righteousness is man’s singular ship across the ocean of transmigration.

September 14 Sunday
Yató dharma: tató jaya: Vidura Niti 7-9; Susasita Ratna Bhandaagaara 3-35
Where there is Dharma, there lies Victory.

September 15 Monday
Dharmamuulaa hi sampada: – Kathaa Sarit Saagaram
Prosperity is rooted in virtue.


September 16 Tuesday
Dharmaratnena yo hiina: sa hiino sarvavastusu – Vikrama carita 3-832
He who lacks the jewel of righteousness lacks everything.

September 17 Wednesday
Dharmasca arthasca kaamasca kaala karma samaahitaa: — Valmiki Ramayana 4-25-8
Religious merit, worldly prosperity, and sense gratification are accumulated gradually.

September 18 Thursday
Dharmasthita: ko marana adhbibhiiyaat –Jataka Mala
Where is the fear of death for one who is steadfast in dharma?

September 19 Friday
Dharmasya tattvam nihitam guhaayaam—— Mahabharata 3-117-313
The secrets of dharma are hidden in the heart’s cave.

September 20 Saturday
Dharmasya susuuksmo hi gatikrama: Bharat manjari 1-25-1114
The path of righteousness is subtle indeed !

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September 21 Sunday
Dharmena carataam satye naastyanabhyudaya: kvacit —-Katha Sarit Sagaram
He knows no failure who righteously treads the path of truth.

September 22 Monday
Dharmena hiinaa: pasubih samaanaa: — Hitopadesam 1-25
They are animals who lack dharma.

September 23 Tuesday
Dharmo raksati raksita: — Manu Smrti 8-15
If righteousness is upheld, it will protect us.

September 24 Wednesday
Dharmo vigrahavaan nrpa: Valmiki Ramayana 7-59-22
The king is the embodiment of dharma.

September 25 Thursday
Dharmo ha vai raksati dharmacaarinam – Jatakamala
The practitioners of dharma are protected by it.

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September 26 Friday
Dharmo hi paramaa gati: — Valmiki Ramayana 7-3-10
Dharma alone is the ultimate goal

September 27 Saturday
Dharmo hi saanidhyam kurute sataam –Katha Sarit Sagaram
Dharma ensures its proximity with the noble.

September 28 Sunday
Vedókiló dharma muulam – Manu Smrti 2-6
The entire Vedas form the foundation of Dharma.

September 29 Monday
Na hi dharma adbhavét kincid duspraapam iti mé mati: – Valmiki Ramayana 7-60-9
This is my opinion: nothing is unattainable with Dharma.

September 30 Tuesday
Swadharmé nidhanam sréya: paradharmó bhayaavaha: -Bhagavad Gita 3-35
Better is death in one’s own duty; the duty of another is fraught with fear.

Quotations are taken from Suktisudha, Chinmaya International Foundation.
N.B. — Please read calendar posts of earlier months where there are at least 30 important quotations!

31 Quotations from Valmiki Ramayana

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31 Quotations from Valmiki Ramayana

Good Thoughts Calendar 2014 (August)

Post No. 1204; Date: 30 July 2014
Prepared by London swaminathan (copyright)

31 important Quotes from the Valmiki Ramayana are given in this month’s calendar; Source for quotes: Valmiki Ramayana Quotes from Suktisudha, Chinmaya International Foundation, Ernakulam, India

Important Dates: August 8 Friday Varalakshmi Vrata; 10 Sunday Upakarma, Raksha Bandan; 11 Gayatri Japa; 15 Friday Indian Independence Day; 17 Sunday Janmashtami; 19 Krishna Jayanthi (Tamil Nadu); 29 Friday Ganesh Chathurthy.

Auspicious Days: August 20, 22, 29, 31; Full Moon day August 10
New Moon (Amavasya) August 24; Ekadasi August 7 & 21

August 1 Friday
Like a flowing river, what has gone will never come back 5-20-12
Yadatitam punarnaiti srotah srotasvinaam iva

August 2 Saturday
Surely, destiny is hard to supersede 2-24-33
Nuunam kaalo duratyayah

August 3 Sunday
There is no deity powerful than time 2-88-11
Na nuunam daivatam kincit kaalena balavattaram

August 4 Monday
At the time of doom, one seized by fate disregards good advice 4-15-31
Na rocate tadvacanam hi tasya kaalaabhipannasya vinaasakaale

August 5 Tuesday
He who does not repay a favour is a stigma to humanity 4-38-26
Krtam na pratikuryaadhyah purusaanaam hi duusanah

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August 6 Wednesday
Never make fun of the cruel and ignoble 3-18-19
Kuurairanaayarino kaaryah parihaasanah kathaancana

August 7 Thursday
Duties not performed, invite the wrath even of the good 5-1-97
Kartavyam akrtam kaaryam sataam manyum udiirayet

August 8 Friday
No life is expunged before the appointed hour 2-39-5
Na tvevaanaagate kaaledehaaccyavati jivitam

August 9 Saturday
No burden is too heavy for Providence; not even death 6-48-19
Na kalasyaatibhaarosti kraantasca sudurjayah

August 10 Sunday
Bygones are gone forever 6-63-15
Gatantu gatameva hi

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August 11 Monday
Time is indeed inviolable 3-68-21
Kaalo hi duratikramah

August 12 Tuesday
A night lost cannot be regained. 2-105-19
Atyeti rajani yaatu saa na pratinivartate

August 13 Wednesday
It is my confirmed conviction that desire grips one more than wealth or righteousness 2-53-9
Kaama evaartha dharmaabhyaam gariyaa niti me matih

August 14 Thursday
The doings of the wise should never ever harm the world 7-83-20
Lokapiidaakaram karma na kartavyam vicaksanaih

August 15 Friday
The inspired do not shirk work 4-1-122
Utsaahavantah purusaa naavasiidanti karmasu

ram viswamitra

August 16 Saturday
How can a bird, shorn of its wings, accomplish anything?
Apakso hi katham paksii karma kincitsamaarabhet

August 17 Sunday
The discerning should not give away their daughters to warriors 4-23-8
Suuraaya na pradaatavyaa kanyaa khalu vipascitaa

August 18 Monday
Those whose endeavour has been foiled and purpose thwarted cannot gain their object of pursuit without exertion 4-1-120
Artho hi nastakaaryaarthair ayatnenaadhigamyate

August 19 Tuesday
Without danger knocking on the door of one’s benefactors, where arises the chance to reciprocate ? 7-40-24
Narah pratyupakaaraanaam aapatsvaayaati paatraanaam

August 20 Wednesday
All the worlds are cast by the Creator 4-24-41
Loko hi sarvo vihito vidhaatraa

August 21 Thursday
Where there is Rama , there is neither fear nor failure 4-49-15
Yatra raamo bhayam naatra naasti tatra paraa bhavah

August 22 Friday
Which living being is free from danger? 3-66-6
Praaniah kasya naapadah

August 23 Saturday
People are as repelled by a liar, as they are of serpents 2-109-12
Udvijante yathaa sarpaannaraad anrta vaadinah

August 24 Sunday
Deities happily partake of the very food that a man eats 2-103-30
Yadannah puruso bhavati tadannaastasya devataah

August 25 Monday
Having hewed a mango tree, will anyone nourish a neem tree instead? 2-35-16
Aamram chitvaa kuthaarena nimbam paricarettu kah

ram ahalya

August 26 Tuesday
Despise not others in haste 6-9-12
Paresaam sahasaavajnaa na kartavyaa katanchana

August 27 Wednesday
Show no disrespect even when impelled by desire or anger 1-13-15
Na caavanjnaa prayoktavyaa kaamakrodhavasaadapi

August 28 Thursday
No one is ever infallible
Na kascinnaaparaadhyati

August 29 Friday
To retaliate against him, who has earlier inflicted harm, is no sin 2-96-24
Puurvaapakaarinam hatvaa na hyadharmena yujyate

August 30 Saturday
A guest, though he be ill mannered, deserves to be welcomed by the discerning 5-1-119
Atithih kila puujaarhah praakrtopi vijaanataa

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August 31 Sunday
O, good one! Overdoing anything leads to sorrow 5-24-21
Saravatraatikrtam bhadre vysanaayopa kalpate.

Good Thoughts Calendar 2014 (May)


Post No. 1012; Date: 30th April 2014

Prepared by London swaminathan (copyright)

31 important Quotes from Hitopadesa, A Sanskrit work of fables, are given in this month’s calendar:

Important Dates: May 2 Friday- Akshaya Truthiyai; 4 Sunday –Shankara Jayanthy; 14 Wednesday- Buddha Purnima; 10 to 14: Madurai Chitra Festival. Auspicious Days: 5, 11, 25.
Full Moon day 14th May; New Moon (Amavasya) 28th May;
Ekadasi 10 & 24

May 1 Thursday
The wise spend their time diverting themselves with poetry and learned treatises, while fools succumb to vice, sleep and quarrels (1-1)

May 2 Friday
A man will not prosper if he takes no risks. But if he does take a risk, and survives, he will prosper (1-15)

May 3 Saturday
Ritual offerings, the study of the Vedas, alms giving and asceticism, truthfulness, patience, forgiveness and lack of greed – this is known as the eight fold path of righteousness (1-24)

May 4 Sunday
It is a wise man who regards the wife of another man as his own mother, the wealth of others as a clod of earth, and all creatures as himself 1-30

May 5 Monday
A gift ought to be given in a generous spirit to someone unable to repay it, at the right place and time, and to a man of merit – that is the best kind of charity 1 -35

May 6 Tuesday
The actions of people with uncontrolled minds and senses are as useless as bathing an elephant. But knowledge without action is just a burden, like jewellery on an ugly woman 1-40


May 7 Wednesday
One should never trust rivers, men holding weapons, beasts with claws or horns, women and royal families 1-45

May 8 Thursday
Well digested food, a well-educated son, a well-controlled wife, a well-served king, speaking after thinking and acting after reflecting –these things never cause harm, not even in the long run 1-50

May 9 Friday
He who is envious, he who criticizes everything, he who is never satisfied, the angry man and the ever fearful, and he who lives on someone else’s fortune – these six have a miserable fate 1-59

May 10 Saturday
A golden deer cannot exist – yet Rama coveted such a deer. People’s judgement generally turns faulty under the threat of a great calamity 1- 60

May 11 Sunday
One should never lead a crowd, since all shares equally in its success; but in the event of failure, it is the leader who is killed 1-69

May 12 Monday
A friend is someone who can save the unfortunate in an emergency, not some pundit who criticizes things done badly or left undone 1-70

May 13 Tuesday
Courage in calamity, patience in prosperity, eloquence in assembly, valour in battle, delight in glory, diligence in one’s studies – these are naturally present in eminent people 1-73

May 14 Wednesday
A man who wants to prosper in this world should avoid six faults: drowsiness, exhaustion, fear, anger, laziness and procrastination 1-75

May 15 Thursday
Even the weak can succeed if they unite; if you tie blades of grass together to form a rope they can tether an elephant in rut. Solidarity with his own people is best for a man 1-78


May 16 Friday
One’s mother, father, true friend – these three are naturally good to us. Others may be well-disposed towards us because they have some cause or reason to be so inclined 1- 83

May 17 Saturday
No one in the world is more fortunate than the person who can talk to his friend, stay with his friend, chat with his friend 1- 86

May 18 Sunday
For whatever reason , by whatever means, in whatever manner, of whatever kind, to whatever extent, whenever and wherever one performs a good or bad act, one bears its consequences accordingly, under the sway of fate. Disease, grief, pain, captivity, and calamity – these are the fruits growing on the tree of men’s own offences 1-90

May 19 Monday
A wise man should give up his wealth and life for another’s sake. It is better to sacrifice them for a good cause, since their destruction is inevitable anyway 1-99

May 20 Tuesday
If immaculate and eternal fame can be attained with a perishable, tainted body, then what else could not be attained? 1- 106

May 21 Wednesday
One should never invite home someone whose family and nature are unknown 1- 134

May 22 Thursday
Even if one’s enemy pays a visit, he should be hospitably received. A tree does not withdraw its shade even from the person felling it 1 -149

May 23 Friday
A straw mat and a place to sit down, water and, fourthly, kind words – these are never refused in the house of the good 1 -151

May 24 Saturday
Good people pity all creatures, even those without virtues. Indeed the moon does not withhold its light even from an outcast’s hut 1-154

May 25 Sunday
Men who refrain from all forms of violence, who can endure anything, and to whom anybody can turn for help – such men go to heaven 1 -162

May 26 Monday
Where nobody is learned, even a half wit can be praised 1- 173

May 27 Tuesday
‘This is mine, but that belongs to someone else’ – only the small minded argue this way; but those who act nobly consider the whole world to be their family 1- 174


May 28 Wednesday
Nobody is a friend of anybody; nobody is an enemy of anybody. A friend or enemy is recognised as such by his deeds 1- 176

May 29 Thursday
One knows one’s true friends in calamitous times, heroes are known in battle, an honest man when in debt, a true wife when one’s wealth is lost and true relatives in difficult situations 1- 184

May 30 Friday
O Goddess of Earth! How can you bear on your surface those who break their promises, who harm helpful, trusting and honest people? 1-198

May 31 Saturday
Friendship with a bad person is like a clay pot – easy to break but difficult to put back together. Friendship with a good person is like a golden vase – difficult to break but easy to put back together 1-223

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We have given quotations from Bhagavad Gita in January, Buddha’s Dhammapada in February, Adi Shankara’s hymns in March and Upanishads in April calendars.