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



Ananthapura Lake Temple

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



Kanchi Paramacharya Swamiji (1894-1994)

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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16 Virtues of Great Kings


Dasaratha in painting

Research paper written by London Swaminathan

Research article No.1517; Dated  25  December 2014.

Kalidasa, the greatest Indian poet of classical age, begins his Raghuvamsa, with bombastic words in Sanskrit. But he was so humble that he compared himself to a dwarf trying to reach fruits on a tall tree with his tiny arms.

But in the very next verse he said that he can do it because the old poets had already pierced the diamond through their verses. Now his job is like sending a thread through that hole.

But those who knew Sanskrit felt that he excelled all other poets in the choice of words as well as the description of sixteen great virtues of the Raghukula, the clan of Lord Rama (Rama’s forefather was Raghu).

This is not only for those who look for literary gems but also for those who want to study what Hinduism stood for.


1.Pure from their birth- Aajanma Sudhhaanaam

The kings were pure from their birth. No bad name for the family, all their forefathers were embodiments of great virtues

2.Who till they won success worked on – Aafalodaya karmaanaam

They worked very hard till they won the task.

Perseverance was one of their virtues, never stopped in the middle.

They tried like Bhageeratha, who brought Ganges from the heaven ( actually he was a great engineer and planned to divert Ganges towards Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Bengal for irrigation. With great and long effort  he succeeded in the Himalayan engineering work)

3.Ruled Earth to the Sea – Aasamudra Kshithisaanaam

They did not rule small areas. From shore to shore they ruled. Kalidasa , who lived in the first century BCE, during the reign of Vikramaditya, knew what he was talking about. He routed all the foreign forces and drove them out of the vast Indian sub continent.


4.Their Car track reached to heaven —  Aanaaka ratha varthmanaam

Their chariots had direct route to heaven; that meant they were so pure they go to heaven when the leave their bodies at will.

5.The altar fire they tended – Yathaavidhi Huthaagniinaam

They were very pious and did great Yagnas like Asvamedha, Rajasuya etc.

6.Suppliants all Most fully satisfied – Archithaarthinaam

All were satisfied; their needs were met.

7.Ill deeds they punished – Yathaaparaatha Dandaanaam

They punished according to the gravity of the crimes; neither too much nor too less.


8.Nor were slothful in their rule –Yathaakaala Prabhodhinaam

They were never lazy.

9.Wealth they amassed to scatter – Thyaagaaya sambruthaarthaanaam

They accumulated wealth only to give it back to the poor

10.Sparing words they never spoke falsely- Sathyaaya Mithbahaasinaam

They spoke a few words fearing that they may tell something wrong by the slip of the tongue.


11.Fame in war they sought- not gain – Yasasee Vijigishuunaam

They fought wars indeed, but all Dharma Yuddha, not for the booty, but for fame. This is a great concept seen nowhere in the world. Sangam Tamil literature and Sanskrit literature were crystal clear that innocents should not suffer during wars. All the old people, invalids, women, Brahmins, sick people, children were asked to vacate the place and the wars were fought outside the town.

When the king was killed or defeated they accepted the verdict. But after the foreign invasions, the picture changed completely. Since they did all the illegal and immoral things, Hindu rulers also fell in that grew.

12.Wedded  for noble seed – Prajaayai Gruhamedhinaam

They married and led a family life not for sexual pleasure, but for progeny.

13.Their children studied—Saisave abhyasthavidhyaanaam

They studied all through their life from childhood. They were lifelong students. They updated their knowledge now and then.


  1. Youth pursued its decent pleasures – Yauvane Vishayaishinaam

They followed only decent pleasures even when they were young.

15.And in ripe old age they lived as ascetics – Vardhakee Munivriththinaam

They lead ascetic life when they became old

16.Relinquished their bodies in meditation- Ante Yogena Thanuthyajaam

They did not die without any purpose. They left the body at will meditating upon God like the great Bhishma Pitamaha.

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