31 Beautiful Quotes on Virtue and Excellence

Compiled by London Swaminathan

 

Post No. 1834; Dated 28 April 2015.

 

Uploaded at London time  16-37

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 –

Brhatkathamanjari

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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31 Good Quotations on Wife!

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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

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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

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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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Quotations from Tamil Epic Silappadikaram

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Compiled by London Swaminathan
Post No.1198; dated 27th July 2014.

One of the great classics of Indian culture is Silappadikaram, a Tamil Epic. Silappadikaram means ‘The Story of Anklet’. It was composed by Ilango. The incidents mentioned in the epic took place around second century CE in Tamil Nadu. This is the most popular story of the five Tamil epics. This book gives us a vivid picture of early Indian life in all its aspects.

(Translations by V R Ramachandra Dishitar, Cilappadikaram, 1939; my comments are given within brackets: swami)

1.So we shall write a poem, with songs, illustrating the three truths that
a) Dharma will become the God of Death to kings who swerve from the path of righteousness
b) That it is natural for great men to adore a chaste lady of great fame
c) And that destiny will manifest itself and be fulfilled — (Patikam)

2.Praised be the Moon! Praised be the Moon, for, like the cool white umbrella of the king who wears the pollen spreading garland, He blesses our beautiful world.
Praised be the Sun! Praised be the Sun, for, like the commands of the Lord of the Kaveri lands, He revolves round the Golden peaked Meru — (Mangala Vazthu)

(This prayer in the very beginning of the book shows that Sangam Age Tamils followed the same Hindu culture that was practised in the North. White Umbrella and Meru circled by the Sun are in very ancient Sanskrit works)

3.That was the day on which the Moon moving in the sky approached the star Rohini, when Kovalan who walked round the holy fire in accordance with the scriptural injunctions as directed by the revered Brahmin priest, approached his bride, divinely fair, resembling the Star Arundhati — (Mangala Vazthu)

(Tamils believed in astrology and they got married on the day when moon approached Rohini (Aldebaran). It is in two more verses in Akananuru. This and marrying with circumambulation of Fire God (Agni) are typical Hindu customs followed until today. The same culture existed in the North and the South of India).
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Image of Ilango, author of the Epic.

4. The port city Pumpukar resembled Uttarakuru, the residence of great penance performers — (Mangala Vazthu)
(The reference to Uttarakuru, Arundhati, Mount Meru, Fire Worhip in the very first chapter shows that the Tamils were out and out followers of Vedic culture 2000 years ago).

5. Hero of the epic Kovalan praised his wife Kannaki:
O purest gold! O conch white pearl!
O faultless fragrance! O sugar-cane, honey!
Unattainable beauty, life giving nectar!
O noble child of nobly-born merchants! – (Maniyaram patutta Katai)
(Hero Kovalan and heroine Kannaki belonged to the wealthy merchant community of ancient Tamil Nadu. Kovalan is the Tamilized form of Gopala in Sanskrit and Kannaki is the Tamil translation of Meenakshi in Sanskrit. Author Ilango himself called Kannaki in several places ‘lady with fish like eyes’= Meenakshi)

6.They (Kovalan and Kannaki) resembled Kama and Rati – God and Goddess of Love —, enjoyed close embraces like smoke coloured serpents – (Maniyaram patutta Katai)

7.The great sage (Agastya) of the divine Potiyil hill once cursed Indra’s son (along with Urvaci), and the latter obtained redemption by displaying her skill on the stage — (Aranketru Katai)

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8. When Kovalan, the hero of the epic fell for a dancing girl, his wife did not do certain things:
Her anklet was no more on her charming feet (Kannaki did no wear the anklet);
The girdle no longer graced her soft waists cloth;
Her breasts were no more painted with vermillion paste;
No jewel other than her sacred Tali – yellow thread – did she wear
No earrings were visible on her ears;
No perspiration adorned her shining moon like face;
Nor was there collyrium on her long fish like eyes;
No more was there tilak on her beaming fore head;
Her milk white teeth were not revealed to Kovalan in a loving smile;
Nor was her dark hair softened by oil (Anti Malai Sirappusey Katai)

(This is the same in Valmiki Ramayana and Megaduta. Wives won’t decorate themselves when their husbands are away; when they are fasting also, they do the same; which is confirmed by Andal a Tamil poetess of Seventh Century CE)

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9.Then the auspicious drum was removed from the temple called Vajra Temple, placed on the nape of the elephant, and conveyed to the temple where the young white (Airavata) elephant stood. After this the auspicious tall flag (bearing the ensign of the white elephant) which stood in the Temple of Kalpaka Tree was hoisted aloft in the sky.

(The epic described Indra Festival in detail in this section. Indra Dwajam that was hoisted for 28 days is referred to in Valmiki Ramayana and other Sanskrit books. Indra Festival is celebrated even today throughout South East Asia as Water Festival. Airavata and Karpaka Tree are used in the flags of South East Asian Countries. Indra statues are found everywhere in South East Asian countries now)

10. Temples in Pumpukar:
Joy prevailed everywhere on account of Indra’s Festival in the
Temple of the Great Lord who was never born (Siva)
In the Temple of Six Faced Red Lord (Subramanya/Muruga)
In the Temple of Valiyon (Baladeva) whose complexion was like white conch shell
In the Temple of Netiyon – Vishnu – of the dark colour
And in the Temple of Indra of the victorious umbrella and the pearl garland.
On one side the Vedic sacrifices as ordained by Brahma, were faultlessly performed, and on another the festivals pertaining to the fur classes of the Devas (Vaus, Adityas,Rudras and Maruts) and the Eighteen Ganas and different gods, were separately and correctly conducted — (Indira Viazvu Etutta Katai)

(Foreign “scholars” divided Indians in to Aryas, Dravidas and Mundas. But Sangam Tamil (Pura Nanuru and Tiru Murukatru Padai) books and Sanskrit literature divided the living beings in to 18 groups. They never knew anything about Aryas, Dravidas and Mundas!!! The Eighteen divisions according to Tamils: Apsaras, Devas/celestials, Nagas, Siddhas, Gandharvas, Vidyadharas, Picasas, Tarakas, Bhogabumiyar, Kimpurusas, Senas, Asuas, Bhutas, Munis, Garudas, Raksasas, Yakshas and Caranas.

Author of the epic, Ilango, gives the list of temples in three more chapters in the epic. He has included the Buddhist Vikaras and Jain Shelters along with Hindu Mutts).
The above quotes are from the first five chapters of the epic. There are thirty chapters (Kaathai) in the epic.
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Picture of students enacting Silappadikaram.

Silappadikaram is a Tamil Hindu Encyclopaedia with lot of information about the ancient music and dance. I have written about the “11 types of dances performed by Matavi”, the dancing girl, separately. All the dances performed by her at Pumpukar 2000 years ago were from the Puranas!! One full commentary and one incomplete commentary for the epic are available today. Even with those ancient commentaries, we could not understand the terms fully. No wonder we are not able to understand the Vedas which were composed (heard by the seers) several thousand years before the Tamil epic!

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Great Men Think Alike about Wealth

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Queen Elizabeth viewing the Gold in the vault of Bank of England in London.

1.Wealth never remains stable with anyone but changes like the cart wheel—Tamil Book Naladiyar verse 2 about the instability of wealth.

2.Those who readily gave alms will escape the dreary desert path of  Yama- Angel of Death— Naladiyar in Tamil

3.Fortune coming to one and its departure are likened to the assembling of a crowd to witness a drama and its dispersal respectively—Tirukkural by Tiruvalluvar couplet 332

4.This is a world where a  variety of actors come and go; be happy—Uraiyur Mudukannan Sathanar in Tamil Purananuru verse 29

5. If there were no poor seeking charity, this world of beauty and variety,  will be like the stage of a marionette show—Tirukkural 1058

 

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6. Wealth is like sand dunes or sand piles in the river made by floods. They appear and disappear; they are not stable (Nalvazi by Tamil poetess Avvaiyar)

7. Money can fetch you bread alone. Do not consider it as your sole end and aim (Great Hindu Saint Ramakrishna Paramahamsa)

8. Water always flows out under a bridge but never stagnates so money passes through the hands of the free, and is never hoarded by them (Ramakrishna)

9.Brains and wealth don’t go together: A certain man won million dollars on number 14. When asked how he figured it out, he said: ‘I had a dream. One night I saw in my dream a great big 9, and next I saw a 6, so I used my brains and figured that 9 and 6 is 14.’—Chicago multi millionaire Julius Rosenwald

10. The man who is always full of energy,

Who overcomes others easily,

Who in his speech scornful and haughty,

Is what he is, owing to the power born of wealth—Panchatantra by Vishnusarman in Sanskrit; Story of Winning of Friends, sloka 67.

Gold bars ingots in the Gold vault under the Bank of England in Threadneedle Street London England

 

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