king raja

Compiled by London swaminathan
Date: 22 December 2015

Post No. 2415

Time uploaded in London:- காலை 10-31
( Thanks for the Pictures  )



In a town there was a thief. He used to go to ‘his work’ after worshipping in a temple praying for a good ‘harvest’. Every day he saw a big crowd listening to a saint. The saint was giving religious discourses. Sometimes he used to listen to it because of some jokes or stories told by the saint.


Suddenly wisdom dawned upon him. One day he visited the saint in the day time.

Thief: Guruji, Namaste!

Guru/saint: My son! Blessings! What brought you here?

Thief: I want to learn some Mantras. Please teach me some mantras.

Guru: Good. What do you do every day for living?

Thief: I am a thief. I have been doing it for the past thirty years.

Guru: What? You have been doing it for 30 years and you want to learn Mantras!

Thief: I want to shine in my life.

Guru: Since you boldly told me the truth that you are a thief, I see something good in you. So here is my Upadesa/teaching. From today onwards ‘Satyam Vada’ i.e. Speak the truth. This is enough for today.


Thief: Yes, Guruji! Thanks. I will follow it.

The same night he wanted to try his hand at the palace with the help of powerful mantra ‘Satyam Vada’.


At the dead of night, he went round the place with all the tools of his trade: Measuring thread, spade, chisel, ladder and hammer. At the same time the king came out of the palace to find the pulse of the country. Hindu kings always go out in disguise to know what the people think about his rule.


King: Hey! Who is it there?

Thief: I am a thief. Today I am going to rob the treasury.

King: Good. I come from outside. I need money. Can I help you? Just give me half of what you get.

Thief: Fine by me. Come on, let us climb the wall.

Since the king know his own palace, he took him straight to the treasury in the pitch darkness.

When they reached the treasury they came across a box. When they opened it they found three big, valuable ruby stones.

King: We are lucky. The very first found itself is valuable.

Thief: Right. Here is one for you and one for me. Let us leave the third stone for the owner.

King: I am surprised. We came to steal. Why do you leave one for the owner/King?

Thief: Look, man. I told you that I would give you half of what I get. If I take the second stone it would not be 50 – 50. If you take the second stone, then again it wouldn’t be half – half. But that is not the only reason. The owner of the stones will be happy to find at least one of his valuables is left out.

The king appreciated his opinion and both of them left the place. The king followed the thief without him knowing. King found out where exactly he lived in the town.



Next day the royal court began its daily session.

King: An important announcement! Spies told me that there was one robbery in the treasury. Did the finance minister who is in charge of treasury know it?

Finance Minister: Oh, King! None of us knew about the theft. We had even our ministerial meeting earlier in the day. I will quickly run to the treasury and give you a report.

When the finance minister went there he saw two gems were stolen and one left out. Greediness blinded him and he took one and put it in his inside pocket.


He came straight to the king and reported:

FM: King! Our spies are very efficient and correct. Three valuable gems- all rubies—were missing.

King: Are you sure that all the three gems missing? Nothing was left by the thief?

F M : Which foolish thief in the world will leave one gem?

King: Right. I have got one more bit of information. Guards, Go and get this man from this address. Don’t harm him.


The king gave the thief’s address to the royal guards who fetched him in no time.

Thief (shivering): Namaste, Maharaj.

King: What did you do last night?

Thief: I came to your palace with another thief and took two gems from your treasury. I kept one and gave the other to my partner. There was one more gem and I left it for the owner.

King: That is right. I was your partner last night. I came in disguise. Now the third gem is missing. FM, put it on the table at once.

FM: King, how dare you accuse me of theft? I and my forefathers have been serving you for generations.

King: If you don’t place it in front of me, I am going to order body search and your house search.

FM: Pardon me, King. My greediness blinded my eyes. He placed the ruby at the king’s feet.

As soon as he confessed, he was taken to the prison at the order of the king.


King: One more important announcement: This thief is appointed as the Finance Minister from today on wards. He is more truthful and more loyal to my kingdom than any one of you.

All the ministers congratulated the newly appointed FM.

The new FM went and met his Guru next day and told him what happened

In the past few days.

Guru: One Vedic command “Satyam Vada” is enough for you to shine in life. I will teach you more next week.



28 Beautiful Quotes on Truth!


Calendar of Golden Sayings – February 2015


Post No. 1606; Dated 27th January 2015.

Compiled by london swaminathan


Important Dates: Feb. 3 Thai Pusam, 17 Maha Shivaratri

Full Moon day- Fe3; New Moon (Amavasya)- Feb.18

Ekadasi –Feb.15.Auspicious Days:2, 5,8,9, 11, 15, 22.

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

February  1 Sunday


Truthfulness supercedes a thousand horse sacrifices – Hitopadesa 4-136; Padma Purana 5-18-43

asvamedha sahasraaddhi satyameva atiricyate


February 2 Monday


Experts on the science of righteousness aver that truth is the ultimate Dharma — Valmiki Ramayana 2-14-3

Aahuh satyam hi paramam dharmam dharmavido janah

February 3 Tuesday


It is not praiseworthy to adopt wrong means ever for accomplishing good things- Jataka Mala

Kaaryaarthamapi na sreyah saatyaapanayah kramah

batu caves

Thai Pusam is a big festival in Malysia (in praise of Lord Skanda)

February 4 Wednesday


One can’t determine truth from falsehood sans enquiry Kahavat Ratnakar p164

gavesanaam vinaa naiva satya asatya vinirnayah

February 5 Thursday


Righteousness flourishes with truth Manu Smrti 8-83

Dharmah satyena vardhate


February 6 Friday


Though difficult, the upright do not like to forsake truth – Jataka Mala

na hi krcchrepi santyaktum satyamicchanti saadhavah


February 7 Saturday


Speech which causes no harm whatsoever to anyone is what is called truth — Tamil Couplet from Tirukkural, 291


February  8 Sunday


It it will produce pure, unmixed good, even falsehood may be considered truth — Tirukkural, 292


February 9 Monday

If a man should utter a lie consciously, his own mind would torture him for the lie uttered -Tirukkural, 293

February 10 Tuesday

One who is true in thought and word is greater  even those who perform Tapas (penance) and do charity — Tirukkural, 295

February 11 Wednesday


If a man could conduct himself true  to his own self  he would be in the heart of all in the world –Tirukkural, 294

February 12 Thursday

Those, whose lives are based on truth, remain immortal – Pancharatra 3-25

mrte api naraah sarve satye tisthanti tisthati


February 13 Friday

who is apable of overpowering truth? Katha Sarit Sagara

satyam kascaativartate


Thai Pusam (full moon day) in Singapore

February 14 Saturday

Tell the truth, practise Dharma Taiitiriyopanishad


satyma vada, dharmam cara


February  15 Sunday


Outward purity may be secured by the use of wateer. Inward purity of the heart comes from truthfulness.- Tirukkural, 298


February16  Monday


Utter words anointed by truth Manu Smrti 6-46

satyapuutaam vadedvaaniim


February 17 Tuesday


Truth alone triumphs, never falsehood — Mundaka Upanishad 3-1-6

Satyameva jayate naanrtam


February 18 Wednesday

In Kaliyuga, the truthful suffer and the hypocritical flourish– Kahavat Ratnakar,  p 2204

satyavaktaa kalau duhkhi  mithyaavaadii pramodate


February 19 Thursday


The celestials are truth bound Brhat Katha Manjari

satyavaaco hi khecaraah


February 20 Friday


Everything is established in truth – Canakya Niti 2-28

sarvam satye pratisthitam


February 21  Saturday

The noble prefer death to falsehood – Bharata Manjari 1-12-463

saadhuunaammaranam sreyah na satyaviplavah


Batu Caves, Skanda-Kartikeya- Murugan Temple, Malaysia

February  22 Sunday


No fear for one who lives truth – Kahavat Ratnakar, p 208

satye nassti bhayam kvacit


February 23 Monday


Truth is the tresure of the honourable Ramayana Manjari 6-26-816

satyam vittam hi maaninaam


February 24 Tuesday


All lamps are of no avail. The light of truth is the only is the only lamp which the wise cherish- Tirukkural, 299

February 25 Wednesday


In all true scriptures we have known, nothing is  praised so highly as truthfulness– Tirukkural, 300

February 26 Thursday


If one could safeguard oneself agaist flinching from truth one need  practise no other virtue — Tirukkural, 297


February 27 Friday

Utter the truth, yet utter it pleasantly, and utter not an unpleasant truth Manu Smrti 4-138

satyam bruuyaat priyam bruuyaat na bruuyaat satyam apriyam


February 28 Saturday


Truth is the supreme Dharma – Sanskrit saying

satyam hi paramo dharmah


March 1 Sunday

(From January 2013, Every monthly sheet carries quotes from Tamil and Sanskrit Literature. So far 800 quotations are published. They are arranged subject wise —

Lord Shri Rama – The World’s Best PR Man!

By S Swaminathan

Lord Shri Rama

Valmiki praised the way Sri Rama spoke to people. The way Valmiki described him showed Sri Rama was the best PR Man. The best company would have hired him as a Public Relations Officer with the highest pay. Why? He was Srutha Bhashi, Hitha Bhashi, Mitha Bhashi and Purva Bhashi according the Adi Kavi Valmiki.

  • Srutha Bhashi: Rama always spoke truth
  • Hitha Bhashi: He spoke whatever was pleasant to hear.
  • Mitha Bhashi: He spoke very little.
  • Purva Bhashi: He did not wait for others to open a dialogue. He opened the conversation.

Let us analyse it for a minute. Many a times we speak the truth and get caught in a trap. Why? Though we spoke truth, it was bitter. One example is a wife’s cooking. Under the pressures of work and modern living a man may shout at her saying that she put too much salt in the dishes. It may be true – but the way we spoke was wrong.

If we were Rama we would have passed the message in the gentlest way with the kindest words.  Rama would probably have said “Darling, your cooking is usually wonderful. What happened to you today? Aren’t you feeling well? The food you prepared was a bit salty today which is unusual.” Speaking truth is good but it should not harm or upset any one. That is why Valmiki called him a Srutha Bhashi and Hitha Bhashi.

When people attend weddings or birthday parties they often wait for others to come and talk to them. Their arrogance and ego stop them going up to others, who they consider their rivals, to enquire about their welfare. They pretend to look at other people and wait for their ‘rivals’ to approach them. When they go home they boast to their friends that they snubbed those arrogant rivals. The other people would probably have told their friends the same thing. But look at Rama. He was the son of a great emperor and crown prince of a kingdom. He went up to people and voluntarily spoke to them and enquired about their welfare. He was called a Purva Bhashi.

Mitha Bhashi: Many people suffer from verbal diarrhoea. They can never stop blabbering. We meet them with their mobile phones on 24/7 – on the bus, in the office and of course, at our political meetings! Rama spoke only very little, but made everyone happy. When he met a hunter Guhan he declared him as the fifth brother. When Ravana lost all his weapons in the final phase of the war he told him: “Go home today. Come back tomorrow” and gave him a last chance for survival. These words were meaningful and powerful.  (Guhan and Ravana references are from a version of the Ramayana written by Kamban in Tamil).

If you were running a business today, wouldn’t you hire Rama as your PRO with the highest pay?

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