Monday, May 31, 2010

सुभाषितसुधानिधि - कृपणः उदारः

उभयोर्नास्ति भोगेच्छा परार्थं धनसंचयः ।
कृपणोदारयोः पश्य तथापि महदंतरम् ॥

- सुभाषितसुधानिधि

Both the miser and the generous do not accumulate wealth with the idea of enjoying it themselves. They always leave it for others. But what a difference between them.

- Subhashitasudhanidhi

Sunday, May 30, 2010

हितोपदेश - मित्रलाभ - अर्थ

उपार्जितानामर्थानां त्याग एव हि रक्षणम् ।
तडागोदरसंस्थानां परीवाह इवांभसाम् ॥

- हितोपदेश, मित्रलाभ

The only way one must protect the wealth accumulated is by donating a part of it to the needy. That way those who have no money will not be antagonistic towards him. A water in the tank is protected (during rainy seasons) by creating small channels that lead water out of the tank.

- Hitopadesha, Mitralabha

Saturday, May 29, 2010

महाभारत - उद्योग - मुनिः

उत्पाद्य पुत्राननृणांश्च कृत्वा
    वृत्तिं च तेभ्योऽनुविधाय कांचित् ।
स्थाने कुमारीः प्रतिपाद्य सर्वाः
    अरण्यसंस्थोऽथ मुनिर्बुभूषेत् ॥

- महाभारत, उद्योग

One must beget children. He must make his son free from any debt. Teach him something using which he can earn some money. He must get all his daughters married and settled in good. After all that he must go to a forest and desire to become a saint.

- Mahabharata, Udyoga

Friday, May 28, 2010

हितोपदेश - मित्रलाभ - धर्म मार्ग

इज्याध्ययनदानानि तपः सत्यं धृतिः क्षमा ।
अलोभ इति मार्गोऽयं धर्मस्याष्टविधः स्मृतः ॥

- हितोपदेश, मित्रलाभ

The following are the eight ways to lead your life following Dharma (moral code of life): holy rituals, study, charity, penance, truth, courage, forgiveness, lack of greed.

- Hitopadesha, Mitralabha

Thursday, May 27, 2010

मनुस्मृति - धर्मिष्टः

आर्षं धर्मोपदेशं च वेदशास्त्राविरोधिना ।
यस्तर्केणानुसंधत्ते स धर्मं वेद नेतारः ॥

- मनुस्मृति

The preachings of sages regarding the moral code of conduct are on one side. The ancient scriptures are the other side. Both supplement each other. But only the person who reconciles both of them with sound logic can be called as "righteous". If not, he would just be another blind follower.

- Manu Smriti

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

सुभाषितसुधानिधि - दान

आयासशतलब्धस्य प्राणेभ्योऽपि गरीयसः ।
गतिरेकैव वित्तस्य दानं शेषा विपत्तयः ॥

- सुभाषितसुधानिधि

Wealth is hard-earned (by hundred difficult ways) and dearer than life. There is only one way it must be spent - by donating to the needy and worthy. All other ways are only inviting trouble.

- Subhashitasudhanidhi

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

महाभारत - आदि - धर्म

आदित्यचन्द्रावनिलौ च
    द्यौर्भूमिरापो हृदयं यमश्च ।
अहश्च रात्रिश्च उभे च सन्ध्ये
    धर्मश्च जानाति नरस्य वृत्तम् ॥

- महाभारत, आदि

The following are the witness to man's every action - the Sun, the Moon, air, fire, sky, earth, water, heart, Lord of Death, times (morning, night, dawn and dusk), the Lord of Dharma. One must never assume that he can get away with wrong doings just because there is nobody around.

- Mahabharata, Adi

Monday, May 24, 2010

हितोपदेश - सन्धि - आत्मशुद्धि

आत्मा नदी भारत पुण्यतीर्था
    सत्योदका शीलतट दयोर्मिः ।
अत्राभिषेकं कुरु पाण्डुपुत्र
    न वारिणा शुध्यति चान्तरात्मा ॥

- हितोपदेश, सन्धि

The soul is a river. Good karma that one accumulates is the steps on the banks of the river. Truth is the water that flows in it. Character is the banks of that river. Compassion is a wave in it. Oh son of Pandu, take a bath in such a river. The inner mind is cleansed by such introspection but not by water.

- Hitopadesha, Sandhi

Sunday, May 23, 2010

मनुस्मृति - अहिंसा

आचार्यं च प्रवक्तारं पितरं मातरं गुरुम् ।
न हिंस्यात्सज्जनान् गाश्च सर्वांश्चैव तपस्विनः ॥

- मनुस्मृति

One must never hurt a teacher, an advisor, father, mother, virtuous people and any sage.

- Manu Smriti

Saturday, May 22, 2010

मनुस्मृति - आचारः

आचारः परमो धर्मः श्रुत्युक्तः स्मार्त एव च ।
तस्मादस्मिन् सदा युक्तः नित्यं स्यादात्मवान्नरः ॥

- मनुस्मृति

The code of life as described in the scriptures (otherwise known as dharma) is the way one must lead his life. A man must try to attain salvation by living so.

- Manu Smriti

Friday, May 21, 2010

हितोपदेश - सन्धि - सत्य

अश्वमेधसहस्राणि सत्यं च तुलया धृतम् ।
अश्वमेधसहस्रस्य सत्यमेवातिरिच्यते ॥

- हितोपदेश, सन्धि

If a thousand Ashvamedha yajna (where a king defeats all kingdoms to which his horse goes to) are weighed against the power of truth, truth it self will prove worthier.

- Hitopadesha, Sandhi

Thursday, May 20, 2010

भागवत - वरं जन्म तरूणाम्

अहो एषां वरं जन्म सर्वप्राण्युपजीवनम् ।
सुजनस्येव येषां वै विमुखा यान्ति नार्थिनः ॥

- भागवत

Oh!! these (trees) have a very noble life by supporting life of many beings (birds and animals). Like a virtuous person, they never disappoint any one who seeks their help.

- Bhagavata

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

याज्ञवल्क्य - धर्मसाधनम्

अहिंसा सत्यमस्तेयं शौचमिंद्रियनिग्रहः ।
दानं दमो दया क्षान्तिः सर्वेषां धर्मसाधनम् ॥

- याज्ञवल्क्य

Non violence, truth, refraining from any stealing, cleanliness (morally as well as physically), control over senses, charity, self restraint, compassion, patience (and forgiveness) are the ways one can adopt to follow Dharma.

- Yajnavalkya

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

मनु स्मृति - श्रेयोऽनुशासनम्

अहिंसयैव भूतानां कार्यं श्रेयोऽनुशासनम् ।
वाक्चैव मधुराश्लक्ष्णा प्रयोज्या धर्ममिच्छता ॥

- मनु स्मृति

When you are training (animals or students), one must not use physical force (or hurt them). They must be won over by nice words and not by a cane.

- Manu Smriti

Monday, May 17, 2010

अत्रिसंहिता - दान

अहन्यहनि दातव्यं अदीनेनांतरात्मना ।
स्तोकादपि प्रयत्नेन दानमित्यभिधीयते ॥

- अत्रिसंहिता

It should not matter if you are poor. If you do not feel self-pity and help others even with the little that you have, then it is called real donation. [There is nothing great in donating excess money. It is one's duty to do so]

- Atrisamhita

Sunday, May 16, 2010

महाभारत - उद्योग - अभिवादनशील

अभिवादनशीलस्य नित्यं वृद्धोपसेविनः ।
चत्वारि संप्रवर्धन्ते कीर्तिरायुर्यशो बलम् ॥

- महाभारत, उद्योग

For a person who respects and takes good care of elders will see his prospects grow - fame, longevity, success and strength

- Mahabharata, Udyoga

Saturday, May 15, 2010

अत्रिसंहिता - शौच्य

अभक्ष्यपरिहारश्च संसर्गश्चाप्यनिन्दितैः ।
आचारेषु व्यवस्थानं शौचमित्यभिधीयते ॥

- अत्रिसंहिता

One must not eat bad food. One must befriend virtuous people. One must always follow the rules of moral conduct. These three habits constitute moral cleanliness.

- Atrisamhita

Friday, May 14, 2010

मनु स्मृति - अतिथि

अप्रणोद्योऽतिथिः सायं सूर्योढो गृहमेधिना |
काले प्राप्तस्त्वकाले वा नास्यानश्नन् गृहे वसेत् ||

- मनु स्मृति

When a guest arrives in the evening, one must insist they spend the night in their house. When a guest arrives during lunch (dinner) time or any odd time, he must be served food.

- Manu Smriti

Thursday, May 13, 2010

प्रतिमा नाटक - भर्तृनाथा हि नार्यः

अनुचरति शशांकं राहुदोषेऽपि तारा
    पतति च वनवृक्षे याति भूमि लता च |
त्यजति न च करेणुः पंकलग्नं गजेन्द्रं
    व्रजतु चरतु धर्मं भर्तृनाथा हि नार्यः ||

- प्रतिमा नाटक

The stars follow the moon even when Rahu engulfs him (eclipse). When a tree falls down in a forest, the creepers fall along with it. When the tusker gets its foot entangled with lotus plants, the female elephants do not abandon it. It is in the nature of a virtuous wife to follow her husband in glory or misery alike.

- Pratima Nataka

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

स्मयोचित पद्यमालिका - धर्मसंग्रहः

अनित्यानि शरीराणि विभवो नैव शाश्वतः |
नित्यं संनिहितो मृत्युः कर्तव्यो धर्मसंग्रहः ||

- स्मयोचित पद्यमालिका

This body does not last for ever. Wealth is temporary. Death is approaching you every day. Hence get involved in following Dharma as if there is no tomorrow. Do not put off noble duties to tomorrow

- Samyochitapadyamalika

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

चतुर्वर्गसंग्रह - श्रुतवर्जितो यः

अन्धः स एव श्रुतवर्जितो यः
    शठः स एवार्थिनिरर्थको यः |
मृतः स एवास्ति यशो न यस्य
    धर्मे न धीर्यस्य स एव शोच्यः ||

- चतुर्वर्गसंग्रह

He who gives up education is blind. He is a cheater who does not give alms to a beggar. He is dead who has not done enough good deeds in his life to give him fame. He is pitiable who does not spare a thought about Dharma (moral code of life).

- Chaturvargasangraha

Monday, May 10, 2010

सुभाषितसुधानिधि - न ददाति स वित्तलेशमपि

अतिसाहसमतिदुष्करमत्याश्चर्यं च दानमर्थानाम् |
यो हि ददाति शरीरं न ददाति स वित्तलेशमपि ||

- सुभाषितसुधानिधि

It is a very surprising, difficult and huge deal to see people donating money. It is so unnatural. People are rather to give up their body than part with a little money.

- Subhashitasudhanidhi

Sunday, May 9, 2010

मनुस्मृति - न वैरं कुर्वीत केनचित्

अतिवादांस्तितिक्षेत नावमन्येत कंचन |
न चेमं देहमाश्रित्य वैरं कुर्वीत केनचित् ||

- मनुस्मॄति

One must be patient even when some one provokes you with harsh words. One must never humiliate any one. There is no reason why one must beget enmity with any one for the sake of this impermanent body.
- Manu Smriti

Saturday, May 8, 2010

मनुस्मॄति - द्वितीयं न समाचरेत्

अज्ञानाद्यदि वा ज्ञानात्कृत्वा कर्म विगर्हितम् |
तस्माद्विमुक्तिमिन्विच्छन् द्वितीयं न समाचरेत् ||

- मनुस्मॄति

One may have committed a sin by chance or intentionally. If he wants redemption from it, then he must never repeat it.

- Manu Smriti

Friday, May 7, 2010

समयोचित पद्यमालिका - धर्माचरण

अजरामरवत् प्राज्ञो विद्यामर्थं च साधयेत् |
गृहीत इव केशेषु मृत्युना धर्ममाचरेत् ||

- समयोचित पद्यमालिका

Virtuous men go about collecting knowledge and wealth as if they will live for ever. When it comes to following Dharma, they never procrastinate. They perform their duties as if death is holding them by their hair.

- Samayochita Padyamalika

Thursday, May 6, 2010

महाभारत - उद्योग - जयेत् सत्येन चानृतम्

अक्रोधेन जयेत् क्रोधमसाधुं साधुना जयेत् |
जयेत् कदर्यं दानेन जयेत् सत्येन चानृतम् ||

- महाभारत, उद्योग

One must show patience to win over anger, virtue to win over the ignoble, benevolence to win over the miserly and truth over deceit.

- Mahabharata, Udyoga

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

मनुस्मृति - प्रायश्चित्तीयते नरः

अकुर्वन् विहितं कर्म निन्दितं च समाचरन् |
प्रसक्तश्चेंद्रियार्थेषु प्रायश्चित्तीयते नरः ||

- मनुस्मृति

If a man does not do his duties and follows a condemned path being a slave to sensory pleasures, then he is bound to spend the last day of his life in regret. He will long for atonement of wrong doings.

- Manu Smriti

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

पञ्चतंत्र - मित्रभेद - युद्ध

होमार्थैर्विधिवत्प्रदानविधिना सद्विप्रवृंदार्चनैः
    यज्ञैर्भूरिसुदक्षिणैः सुविहितैः संप्राप्यते यत्फलम् |
सत्तीर्थाश्रमवास होमनियमैश्चान्द्रायणाद्यैः कृतैः
    पुंभिस्तत्फलमाहवे एनिहतैः संप्राप्यते तत्क्षणात् ||

- पञ्चतंत्र, मित्रभेद

Soldiers who die in a war get the same credit of good karma as any of the below - religious rituals being performed by very learned brahmins, rituals that have been performed by generously giving money, visiting many holy places (temples and ashrams), performing various ritualistic penances. All these are comparable to a person being ready to lay down his life to protect other people of his state.

- Panchatantra, Mitrabheda

Monday, May 3, 2010

सुभाषितसुधानिधि - निर्भयः यदा रक्षति भूमिपः

स्त्रियः सपुरुषाः मार्गं सर्वालंकारसंयुताः |
निर्भयः प्रतिपद्यन्ते यदा रक्षति भूमिपः ||

- सुभाषितसुधानिधि

If the king performs his duty of protecting his subjects very well, only then will the women of the state roam freely (and fearlessly) with their men on the streets of the city.

- Subhashitasudhanidhi

Sunday, May 2, 2010

पञ्चतंत्र - मित्रभेद - साम दण्ड

साम्नैव यत्र सिद्धिः न तत्र दण्डो बुधेन विनियोज्यः |
पित्तं यदि शर्करया शाम्यति कोऽर्थः पटोलेन ||

- पञ्चतंत्र, मित्रभेद

What can be got by exercising reasonable patience must never be escalated to a full fledged conflict. The wise men know this. Sour sensation in the mouth can be mitigated by eating sugar. Why would one resort to bitter-gourd instead?

- Panchatantra, Mitrabheda

Saturday, May 1, 2010

मनुस्मृति - न युद्धेन कदाचन

साम्ना दानेन भेदेन समस्तैरथवा पृथक् |
विजेतुं प्रयतेतारीन् न युद्धेन कदाचन ||

- मनुस्मृति

First one must exercise reasonable patience. Then We must try to concede some ground - compromise. Then we must try to penetrate the adversary's thinking and try to change it. All these are the methods are to be employed separately or together to win over an enemy. Waging a war is never a solution.

- Manu Smriti