Wednesday, April 21, 2010

पञ्चतंत्र - काकोलुकीय - प्रमत्तसचिव


लुब्धस्य नश्यति यशः पिशुनस्य मैत्री
    नष्टक्रियस्य कुलमर्थपरस्य धर्मः |
विद्याफलं व्यसनिनः कृपणस्य सौख्यं
    राज्यं प्रमत्तसचिवस्य नराधिपस्य ||


- पञ्चतंत्र, काकोलुकीय


A greedy person soon loses any shat at fame. A rumormonger loses his friends. A perpetual wrong-doer loses his family. A person whose only aim is to earn money strays from the path of dharma - the moral code of life. An addict loses any chance at getting good education. A miser loses piece of mind. A king with a bad (mad) minister loses his kingdom.

- Panchatantra, Kakolukiya

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