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The clever fox – 2

Read the previous part here… The pearl is smooth, beautiful and unbroken…yet gets bound in a thread when a hole is pieced in it’s centre.…
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The clever fox

Read the previous part here… How is your goodness worthy, if you only good to people who are good to you? He who is good…
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Of camels and bells -2

Read the previous part here… He who is arrogant and foolish enough to disobey the words of the wise and his well-wishers, perishes quickly, much…
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Of camels and bells…

Read the previous part here… You have double the intelligence that I have. Your lover is gone. You lost your husband as well. Oh naked…
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The Brahmin couple – Part 2

Read the previous part here… She then said “You have no one to help you, once we reach the new village. I also wouldn’t have…
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The Brahmin couple…

Read the previous part here… I left my family for her, and gave her half my life, she left me now without a second thought,…
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Yudhishtira the potter…

Read the previous part here… The fool who forgoes his greed and selfishness and instead attempts to speak the truth, does not get what he…
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To trust, or not to trust…

Read the previous part here… “But he has already seen me”, protested KarālaKesha. “Even though it was dark…I don’t think he will come here again.…
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The lion and LambaKarna…

Read the previous part here… “And that is why, o wicked crocodile”, concluded RaktaMukha. “Just like GangaDatta, I will never enter your house!” KarālaMukha heard…
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Shubh Deepawali!

Deepawali is known as the Festival of lights. Arguably the most well-known festival from India, Deepawali (or Diwali) is celebrated around the world, even in…
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Dhanatrayodashi…

धनत्रयोदशी (Dhanatrayodashi) is the Sanskrit name of Dhanteras, which is celebrated on Ashwin Krishna Trayodashi, or the thirteenth day of the Krishna Paksha in Ashwin…
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Celebrating your janma tithi…

Read the previous part here… What does a birthday mean to you? When you are born…you aren’t aware of it, and so it really doesn’t…
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The great escape…

Read the previous part here… A person wearing dirty clothes sits anywhere, he doesn’t think much about soiling his clothes since they are already dirty,…
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Best laid plans…

Read the previous part here… If one wishes to be well, he should only eat what suits his body, and get’s digested properly, and also…
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Of births and positions…

Someone makes a wonderful dish. It is right up there with the best you’ve ever tasted, and you can’t have enough of it. “Give me…
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of quick thinking and close shaves…

Read the previous part here… As they moved towards deeper waters, RaktaMukha got frightened, held the crocodile tightly, and said “KarālaMukha, please swim slowly. These…
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of pots and fourth days…

Read the Navratri series here… There are rituals, and there are customs. Rituals are usually a set of rites, usually performed in an exact sequence,…
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A dilemma and deception…

Read the previous part here… You are not answering me joyfully, and you are not giving me what I want. At nights, you snore heavily,…
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Of friendship and suspicion…

समुत्पन्नेषु कार्येषु बुद्धिर् यस्य न हीयते ।स एव दुर्गं तरति जलस्थो वानरो यथा ॥ १ ॥ samutpanneṣu kāryeṣu buddhir yasya na hīyate |sa eva durgaṃ tarati…
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Losing what we have…

To have gained and lost, is worse than not to have gained at all… Human life is all about striving towards something. Some work towards…
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On heeding advice…

Read the previous part here… ” And so oh mighty MeghaVarna, my advice to you is this. Rule well, rule justly, and do not get…
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Time is the greatest leveler…

Read the previous part here… Even though one can attain victory through violent means, one should always seek peaceful methods at first. Because, it is…
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Final words of wisdom…

Read the previous part here… And so being aggressive and engaging an enemy in a fierce battle can only result in his defeat, not his…
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The frog and the serpent…

Read the previous part here… MeghaVarna said “What you say is true, oh Sthirajeevin. Also, staying with the enemy would have been very hard for…
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An experience of fasting…

Read the Navratri series here… I fasted the whole nine days of Navratri. Fruits during the day when hungry, and a simple sābudana khichdi or…
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The granting of blessings…

Read the previous part here… Suratha said “Oh revered Rishi! we are grieving. I lost my kingdom, yet I feel attached to everything that is…
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Victory over Āvarana…

Read the previous part here… They fought in the skies, toe to toe, until the Devi lifted him, whirled him around and threw him to…
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Śumba and Niśumba…

Read the previous part here… The Devi then struck Raktabīja with her spear, and the fierce Kālī drank up all his blood before it could…
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The terror of Raktabija…

Read the previous part here… Seeing Chanda and Munda vanquished, the remaining asura army panicked and fled in all directions. And Kāli, holding the heads…
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The coming of Chamunda…

Read the previous part here… The Devi smiled again. “Yes, it is true. They are very strong. But what can I do since I took…
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Victory of Vikshepa…

Read the previous part here… Seeing Mahishasura fall, the entire legions of the asura armies perished. The devas celebrated and showered flowers on Devi Chandika,…
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Mahishasuramardini…

Read the previous part here… The armies of the devas were mesmerised. They chanted in unison as their spirits rose after witnessing this huge spectacle.…
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The tyranny of Mahishasura…

Read the previous part here… But when you get rid of kāma, krodha and lobhā, that is just the first step. A celebration is not…
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Victory over Mala…

Read the previous part here… “This is because of the boon that Devi granted these asuras”, thought Sri Vishnu as he continued to battle them.…
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Madhu and Kaitabha

Read the previous part here… Suratha said “Oh revered Rishi! we are grieving. I lost my kingdom, yet I feel attached to everything that is…
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Welcoming changes…

या देवी सर्वभूतेषु विष्णुमायेति शब्दिता । नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमो नमः ॥  yā devī sarvabhūteṣu viṣṇumāyeti śabditā ।namastasyai namastasyai namastasyai namo namaḥ ॥ The number nine holds…
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Achieving goals…

Read the previous part here… Those who are righteous prefer to enter the fire and give up their lives, rather than stay in the company…
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The attack and it’s aftermath…

Read the previous part here… Work that is not completed fast, especially when it’s end is near, loses it’s essence to time. It becomes meaningless…
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Sthirajeevin prepares…

Read the previous part here… “And so, heed my words. It is time to leave”, said Raktāksha. They set out immediately, flying northwards, far from…
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An assembly of fools…

Read the previous part here… The minister who advised that I should be killed was the only person actually concerned about the welfare of this…
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The marriage of the rat – Part 2

Read the previous part here… The wise should only consider seven factors when offering the girl in marriage – family status, character, family support, education,…
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The marriage of the rat…

Read the previous part here… No one heeded to his words. The owls all lifted Sthirajeevin on their shoulders and started to carry him towards…
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The charioteer and his wife…

Read the previous part here… AriMardana had heard all his ministers speak. He now made a decision. He called all of them together… “I have…
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Of Brahmins, thieves and demons…

Read the previous part here… AriMardana now looked at VakraNāsa and said “Tell me, oh wise one, what should we do in this situation?” VakraNāsa…
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Of thieves and old merchants…

Read the previous part here… It is heard that the pigeon not only welcomed his enemy who sought shelter, but also offered his own flesh as…
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The pigeon and the hunter…

Read the previous part here… It is heard that the pigeon not only welcomed his enemy who sought shelter, but also offered his own flesh as…
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Of swans and pigeons…

Read the previous part here… If one does not help those who come to him seeking shelter, his prosperity vanishes, much like the swans in…
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Kill the enemy!

Read the previous part here… He first addressed Raktāksha. “Oh learned minister! As you are aware, I have the enemy’s minister under my control. What…
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AriMardana and his ministers…

Read the previous part here… The first sign of intelligence is to not begin any task. The second sign of intelligence is to always finish…
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The art of deception…

Read the previous part here… A single person should not fight a group. People who are united cannot be conquered. Even the fearful and powerful…
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The rabbit and the sparrow

Read the previous part here… Keen on getting justice from a worthless leader, both the rabbit and the Kapinjala the sparrow lost their lives. The…
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Of rabbits and elephants…

Read the previous part here… “This is so funny! Of all the peacocks, swans, cuckoos, parrots, pigeons, ducks and cranes of this world – you…
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A history of enmity…

Read the previous part here… MeghaVarna thought for a while, and then said “Oh revered Sthirajeevin, I understand what you have said. But I have…
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Dvaidhibhava…

Read the previous part here… Sthirajeevin looked at MeghaVarna and smiled. “My son, your ministers are capable, and have given you the proper advice –…
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Stay put, or seek help?

Read the previous part here… “My king, निज-स्थान-स्थितो ऽप्य् एकः शतं योद्धुं सहेन् नरः शक्तानाम् अपि शत्रूणां – a warrior, if he is at his secure…
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Hide, or stay put?

Read the previous part here… Anujeevin replied “My dear king, our enemy is very strong, and very wicked. He is also untruthful and uncultured. Seeking…
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War? Or flee?

Read the previous part here… “My dear king”, said Sanjeevin, “I don’t think that seeking an alliance with a stronger enemy is a good idea.”…
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Alliance? Or war?

That owl has always won when fighting us, and hence fighting him again is futile. We should seek an alliance with him… It is said……
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Considering options…

“According to Manusmiriti, there are six policies of dealing with such an issue – Sandhi (peace treaty), Vigraha (war), Yaana (preparation for war), Asana (neutrality),…
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Of crows and owls…

न विश्वसेत् पूर्व-विरोधितस्य शत्रोश् च मित्रत्वम् उपागतस्य ।दग्धां गुहां पश्य उलूक-पूर्णां काक-प्रणीतेन हुताशनेन ॥ १ ॥ na viśvaset pūrva-virodhitasya śatroś ca mitratvam upāgatasya |dagdhāṃ guhāṃ paśya…
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The fabulous four…

Read the previous part here… The hunter arrived at the scene as Mantharaka was speaking. He strung an arrow on his bow, pulled the bowstring…
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Chitraanga trapped

Read the previous part here… After waiting for more than two hours, Mantharaka told LaghuPatanaka “My dear friend, Hiranyaka and me are too slow and…
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Chitraanga

Read the previous part here… As they were deeply engrossed in conversation, a deer named Chitraanga (the one with a beautiful spotted body) came running…
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The fourth friend…

Read the previous part here… “There is no greater wealth than happiness”, explained Mantharaka. What follows are some points of wisdom on satisfaction and happiness,…
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The unlucky Somilaka

Read the previous part here… What can be burdensome for an able man? What task is far-fetched for one who is hard-working? What place is…
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The three friends discuss…

Read the previous part here… “And so, after experiencing all the good and the bad that the world had to offer, I felt disillusioned with…
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What is destined…

Read the previous part here… After a while, a second person questioned him, and Bhagyadatta had the same response. In fact, whenever anyone asked him…
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Fighting destiny…mouse style

Read the previous part here… Dejected, I slowly walked back home, and reached early in the morning. As I was entering what was left of…
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A troubled mouse…

Read the previous part here… In what place, or time, or age, or manner, one performs his actions, in that place, at that time, at…
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To tackle a mouse…

Read the previous part here… One day TaamraChooda decided to catch me and beat me up. He bought an old bamboo stick, and kept hitting…
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And then there were three…

Read the previous part here… LaghuPatanaka set Hiranyaka down at the side of the lake, climbed onto a branch, and yelled out “Hey Mantharaka! Look,…
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Meeting new friends…

Read the previous part here… And so Hiranyaka and LaghuPatanaka become as inseparable as the nail and the finger. Forget not stepping out of his…
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The beauty of friendship…

Read the previous part here… Hearing Hiranyaka’s arguments, Laghpatanaka was at a loss of words. He didn’t know how to give an answer to these…
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Ganapati Atharvashirsha

श्री गणेशाय नमः! Shri Ganesha is among the most popular deities in the Hindu Pantheon. He is worshipped in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bali,…
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Developing a friendship…

Read the previous part here… And so, to make friends with me, at least come out once and meet me. I feel what I ask…
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Convincing new friends…

Read the previous part here… And having thought this, LaghuPatanaka climbed down from the tree and stood near the entrance of the fortress where Hiranyaka…
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Making new friends…

Read the previous part here… “And this is why, as a consequence of my greed, we all got caught in this web. I need your…
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Meeting old friends…

Read the previous part here… The Sun is red at the time of rising, and red at the time of setting too. Likewise, great men…
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The pigeons and the hunter…

असाधना अपि प्राज्ञा बुद्धिमनोत् बहु-श्रुताः ।साधयन्त्य् आशु कार्याणि काकाखु-मृग-कूर्मवत् ॥ १ ॥ asādhanā api prājñā buddhimanot bahu-śrutāḥ |sādhayanty āśu kāryāṇi kākākhu-mṛga-kūrmavat || 1 || The wise and…
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Tirukkural – on giving

கைம்மாறு வேண்டா கடப்பாடு மாரிமாட்டுஎன்ஆற்றுங் கொல்லோ உலகு.   Kaimmaaru Ventaa Katappaatu MaarimaattuEnAatrung Kollo Ulaku (211) The benevolent expect no return for their dutiful giving. How can the…
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Tirukkural – on not coveting

வேண்டற்க வெஃகியாம் ஆக்கம் விளைவயின்மாண்டற் கரிதாம் பயன்.  Ventarka Veqkiyaam Aakkam VilaivayinMaantar Karidhaam Payan (177) Do not seek the fortune that greed gathers, for its fruit is…
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Tirukkural – on jealousy

விழுப்பேற்றின் அஃதொப்பது இல்லையார் மாட்டும்அழுக்காற்றின் அன்மை பெறின்.  Vizhuppetrin Aqdhoppadhu Illaiyaar MaattumAzhukkaatrin Anmai Perin (162) No blessing is so great as a nature that is free from…
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Tirukkural – on patience and forbearance

அகழ்வாரைத் தாங்கும் நிலம்போலத் தம்மைஇகழ்வார்ப் பொறுத்தல் தலை.  Akazhvaaraith Thaangum Nilampolath ThammaiIkazhvaarp Poruththal Thalai (151) To bear with those who revile us, just as the earth bears…
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Rang de chunariya…

श्याम पिया मोरी रंग दे चुनरिया । ऐसी रंग दे, के रंग नहीं छुटे ।धोभिया धोये चाहे सारी उमरिया ॥ लाल ना रंगाऊं मैं, हरी…
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जय श्री कृष्ण!

Krishna, Kishan, Madhav, Banke Bihari, Gopala, Kanhaiya, Ranchhod, Parthasarathy, Ishvara…the many names and the many facets of the personality of the most loved God in…
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Tirukkural – on good conduct

மறப்பினும் ஓத்துக் கொளலாகும் பார்ப்பான்பிறப்பொழுக்கங் குன்றக் கெடும்.  Marappinum Oththuk Kolalaakum PaarppaanPirappozhukkang Kundrak Ketum (134) If a learned man forgets the scriptures, he can relearn them. But if he…
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Tirukkural – on self-restraint

செறிவறிந்து சீர்மை பயக்கும் அறிவறிந்துஆற்றின் அடங்கப் பெறின்.  Serivarindhu Seermai Payakkum ArivarindhuAatrin Atangap Perin (123) If one exercises self-restraint with knowledge and intent, he will be counted…
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Tirukkural – on justice and impartiality

தக்கார் தகவிலர் என்பது அவரவர்எச்சத்தாற் காணப்ப படும்.   Thakkaar Thakavilar Enpadhu AvaravarEchchaththaar Kaanap Patum (114) The just and unjust shall be known by the reputation that they…
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Tirukkural – on gratefulness

செய்யாமல் செய்த உதவிக்கு வையகமும்வானகமும் ஆற்றல் அரிது.   Seyyaamal Seydha Udhavikku VaiyakamumVaanakamum Aatral Aridhu (101) The gift of heaven and earth is not an equivalent for help…
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Tirukkural – on pleasant speech

பணிவுடையன் இன்சொலன் ஆதல் ஒருவற்குஅணியல்ல மற்றுப் பிற.   Panivutaiyan Insolan Aadhal OruvarkuAniyalla Matrup Pira (95) Humility and sweetness of speech are the ornaments of man; everything else…
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Tirukkural – on serving guests

விருந்து புறத்ததாத் தானுண்டல் சாவாமருந்தெனினும் வேண்டற்பாற் றன்று.  Virundhu Puraththadhaath Thaanuntal SaavaaMarundheninum Ventarpaar Randru (82) It is not fit that one should wish his guests to be…
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Tirukkural – the virtues of love

அன்பிற்கும் உண்டோ அடைக்குந்தாழ் ஆர்வலர்புன்கணீர் பூசல் தரும்.  Anpirkum Unto Ataikkundhaazh AarvalarPunkaneer Poosal Tharum (71) Can love be hidden? It will reveal itself in the tiny teardrop…
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Tirukkural – on the role of children

தந்தை மகற்காற்று நன்றி அவையத்துமுந்தி இருப்பச் செயல்.   Thandhai Makarkaatrum Nandri AvaiyaththuMundhi Iruppach Cheyal (67) The best thing parents can do for their children is to prepare…
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Tirukkural – the virtues of a spouse

மனைக்தக்க மாண்புடையள் ஆகித்தற் கொண்டான்வளத்தக்காள் வாழ்க்கைத் துணை.  Manaikdhakka Maanputaiyal Aakiththar KontaanValaththakkaal Vaazhkkaith Thunai (51) She is the helpful wife who possesses the fullness of domestic virtues…
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Tirukkural – on the householder

தென்புலத்தார் தெய்வம் விருந்தொக்கல் தானென்றாங்குஐம்புலத்தாறு ஓம்பல் தலை. Thenpulaththaar Theyvam Virundhokkal ThaanendraanguAimpulaththaaru Ompal Thalai (43) A good householder has five duties to perform – towards God, his…
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Tirukkural – On virtue

மனத்துக்கண் மாசிலன் ஆதல் அனைத்தறன்ஆகுல நீர பிற.  Manaththukkan Maasilan Aadhal AnaiththuAranAakula Neera Pira (34) A mind free of impurity, is the basis of all virtue. Everything…
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Tirukkural – on control of the senses

உரனென்னும் தோட்டியான் ஓரைந்தும் காப்பான்வரனென்னும் வைப்பிற்கோர் வித்தது.  Uranennum Thottiyaan Oraindhum KaappaanVaranennum Vaippirkor Viththu (24) One who has the strength to control his five senses, paves the…
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Tirukkural – In praise of rain

துப்பார்க்குத் துப்பாய துப்பாக்கித் துப்பார்க்குத்துப்பாய தூஉம் மழை.  Thuppaarkkuth Thuppaaya Thuppaakkith ThuppaarkkuthThuppaaya Thooum Mazhai (12) All food is produced because of rain, which itself is food again.…
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Tirukkural – on non-attachment

இருள்சேர் இருவினையும் சேரா இறைவன்பொருள்சேர் புகழ்புரிந்தார் மாட்டு. Irulser Iruvinaiyum Seraa IraivanPorulser Pukazhpurindhaar Maattu (5) Those who are content in God’s praise, are not affected by the…
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Tirukkural – In praise of God

அகர முதல எழுத்தெல்லாம் ஆதிபகவன் முதற்றே உலகு.  Akara Mudhala Ezhuththellaam AadhiPakavan Mudhatre Ulaku (1) The alphabet begins with the “A” sound, so does the Universe begin…
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The wisdom of Tirukkural

எண்ணித் துணிகக் கருமம் துணிந்தபின்எண்ணுவம் என்பது இழுக்கு enni thuniga karumam thuninthapinennuvam enbathu izhukku (467) कार्यनिर्वहणोपायमादौ ज्ञात्वा क्रियां कुरु ।प्रविश्य कार्ये नोपायचिन्तनं कार्यसाधकम् ॥ (४६७) होना प्रवृत्त…
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Ivu mūru tannannē kollavuvu Sarvajña…

Read Part 1 here… ಕೊಟ್ಟು ಹುಟ್ಟಲಿಲ್ಲ, ಮುಟ್ಟಿ ಪೂಜಿಸಲಿಲ್ಲ, ಸಿಟ್ಟಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಶಿವನ ಬೈದರೆ  ಶಿವ ತಾನು ರೊಟ್ಟಿ, ಕೊಡುವನೆ Koṭṭu huṭṭalilla, muṭṭi pūjisalilla, Siṭṭinalli śivana baidare Śiva tānu roṭṭi,…
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If I am not for myself…

If I am not for myself…who will be? If I am for myself alone…who am I? If not now…when? And if not you…who? Four phrases…
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Vidyea parvathave aadha Sarvajña…

ಒಲೆಗುಂಡನೊಬ್ಬನೇ ಮೆಲಬಹುದು ಎಂದಿಹರೆ ಮೆಲಬಹುದು ಎಂಬವನೆ  ಜಾಣ  , ಮೂರ್ಖನ ಗೆಲುವಾಗದಯ್ಯ  Olegundanobbanaee maelabahudhu yendhihare Maelabahudhu yembavane jaana, Murkhana geluvaagadheyaa, Sarvagna Arguing with a fool is a foolish act in…
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What is the point of the Panchatantra?

उदीरितोऽर्थःपशुनापिगृहतेहयाश्चनागाश्चवहन्तिचोदिताः।अनुक्तम्अप्य्ऊहतिपण्डितोजनःपरेङ्गित–ज्ञान–फ्जलाहिबुद्धयः॥४४॥ udīrito ‘rthaḥ paśunāpi gṛhate hayāś ca nāgāś ca vahanti coditāḥ |anuktam apy ūhati paṇḍito janaḥ pareṅgita-jñāna-phjalā hi buddhayaḥ || 44 || Even animals can sort of…
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The introduction…

कथामुखं The introduction In a city called Mahilaropya, very far away from here, lived a king named Amarashakti (the ever-powerful). He took very good care…
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The conclusion…

Read the previous part here… चौरब्राह्मणकथा The story of the Brahmin thief  In a city not so far away, lived a highly-learned Brahmin. Unfortunately, due…
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Dharma-Buddhi and Paapa-Buddhi

Read the previous part here… I know both Dharma-Buddhi and Paapa-Buddhi. It is due to the stupidity of the son that the father nearly died…
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Of advice, and stupidity…

Read the previous part here… Advice should not be offered to anybody and everybody. Learn from that incident where a person with such a nice…
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Soocheemukha and the monkeys

Read the previous part here… A crooked and mean person only knows how to cause ruin; he cannot resolve anything. A rat is strong enough to…
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Karataka scolds Damanaka

Read the previous part here… Seeing them fight from a distance, Karataka looked at Damanaka angrily and said ” You fool! Look at what you…
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The final fight!

Read the previous part here… A wise man who hides his intentions can get away without being noticed, even after harming his enemy, much like…
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The lion and the jackal- part 2

Read the previous part here… Shanku-karna immediately replied “Please go ahead Chaturaka. Tell me what needs to be done so that I can get it…
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The lion and the jackal…

Read the previous part here… Prosperity always favours men who are brave, and who work diligently. “Whatever happens is due to fate”, so say the…
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Damanaka rests his case

Read the previous part here… “And that is why”, concluded Damanaka, “If one starts a fight, without knowing the strength of his enemy, he will…
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The sparrows and the elephant

Read the previous part here… The sparrow joined the woodpecker; the bee joined the frog; and they all got together and killed the elephant.” “And…
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गुरु पूर्णिमा – Guru Purnima

गुरुरेव परा काष्ठा गुरुरेव परं धनं । यस्मात्तदुपदेष्टाऽसौ तस्माद्गुरुतरो गुरुरिति ॥ १८॥ gurureva parā kāṣṭhā gurureva paraṁ dhanaṁ | yasmāttadupadeṣṭā’sau tasmādgurutaro gururiti || 18|| Advaya…
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The three fishes…

Read the previous part here… “Far-sighted” and “Quick-witted” both survived and lived happily, while “Whatever happens is inevitable” died. Her husband asked “How did that…
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The foolish turtle…

Read the previous part here… The Tittibha flies with it’s feet spread out, thinking that it will hold back the falling sky with its feet!…
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The bird and the ocean…

Read the previous part here… If the king is like a vulture, but is surrounded by swan-like courtiers, he should be served well. But, if…
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The camel and the crow

Read the previous part here… When those who scheme, who are mean, and who cheat, all get together, they are capable of anything, however proper…
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The lament of Sanjeevaka

Read the previous part here… Damanaka lowered his voice. “Sanjeevaka…Pingalaka is conspiring against you. He spoke to me privately today, and said “I will kill…
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The conspiracy continues!

Read the previous part here… “And as far as proof goes, know this- in the morning when he comes to see you, his face and…
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The blue jackal…

Read the previous part here… He who rejects his own people, and makes friends with outsiders, definitely perishes like the foolish Chandarava.” Pingalaka said “How…
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The louse and the bug…

Read the previous part here… One should not offer shelter to a person,whose character is not known. It was due to the Matkuna’s fault, that…
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The conspiracy…

Read the previous part here… “If you give your permission, I will go and break their friendship.” said Damanaka as he rested his case. Karataka…
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The lion and the hare

Read the previous part here… Only he who has intelligence is strong; a foolish person can never be strong. Because, the arrogant lion, king of…
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The weaver and the princess..

Read the previous part here… The secret of a well-thought-of conspiracy is not even known to the Gods. It is due to his well-hatched plan…
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Gunākshara Nyāya

Read the previous part here… “And that is why I said”, concluded Damanaka, “that sometimes we have ourselves to blame for our misfortunes, much like…
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of judgements…

Read the previous part here… Some soldiers, who were close by, saw this, and rushed to her side. They beat the barber and tied him…
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Of broken noses…

Read the previous part here… The weaver’s wife gladly agreed, and her friend untied her. After tying the barber’s wife in her place, the weaver’s…
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Of illicit affairs…

Read the previous part here… The wife started walking towards her house along with Devaśharman. She was very pleased, and as she walked, her thoughts…
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The lament of Devaśharman

Read the previous part here… Hearing this, Āshādabhooti held Devaśharman’s feet tightly and begged him” Oh great saint! Please accept me as your humble disciple!”…
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Āshādabhooti and Devaśharman

Read the previous part here… The difficulties encountered by the fox which went in between the fighting rams, and by Āshādabhooti, and by the messenger…
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Who is to blame?

Read the previous part here… In time, since Pingalaka had stopped hunting, the other animals, Karataka and Damanaka included, started to starve, and fall sick…
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A budding friendship…

Read the previous part here… Due to his arrogance, he who disrespects persons who occupy the highest, the lowest and mid-level positions in the employment of…
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Dantila and Gorambha – Part 2

Read the previous part here… Gorambha, who was sweeping the floor next to the bed of the king, muttered casually. “How insolent is Dantila, he…
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Dantila and Gorambha

Read the previous part here… Due to his arrogance, he who disrespects persons who occupy the highest, the lowest and mid-level positions in the employment of…
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of negotiations…

Read the previous part here… “And so, you remain here for now; let me go back and wait for the right moment to take you…
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Step one…complete!

Read the previous part here… Damanaka took a deep breath, and said – “Yes, I saw it by the grace of your highness.” Pingalaka wasn’t’t…
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Of dilemmas and confidence…

Read the previous part here… Damanaka saluted him and started towards the place where Sanjeevaka, the bull was making the sounds that had startled Pingalaka. …
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The fox and the drum…

Read the previous part here… I thought so in the beginning that this was filled with flesh, but after entering it I understood it to…
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Of good servants…

Read the previous part here… Just as the sun, despite being lustrous, cannot shine without its rays, similarly, a king, even though he may be…
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Damanaka presents his case…

Read the previous part here… Karataka seemed convinced. “If that is your intention, then let auspiciousness accompany you. You can go ahead. But remember –…
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The debate continues…

Read the previous part here… Karataka said- “Then, what do you want to do now?” Damanaka said- “At present, our king Pingalaka is very scared,…
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The debate…

Read the previous part here… “Sounds interesting. Why don’t you tell me what happened to the monkey,” pleaded Damanaka. “Now, listen,” said Karataka and began…
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Introducing…Karataka and Damanaka!

वर्धमानो महान् स्नेहः सिंह-गो-वृषयोर् वने ।पिशुनेनातिलुब्धेन जम्बुकेन विनाशितः ॥ १ ॥ vardhamāno mahān snehaḥ siṃha-go-vṛṣayor vane |piśunenātilubdhena jambukena vināśitaḥ || 1 || The increasing true friendship between…
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The road ahead

It’s been a long series – I don’t know when I started and how many posts I made since then. I don’t like to count.…
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Preparing for rebirth

Exercise 21 Discovering your swara Difficulty level – 1 (easy) Time commitment : As indicated throughout the day We spoke about knowing the breath, through…
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Preparing for death

Exercise 20 शवासन – Śavāsana Difficulty level -3 (very difficult) Time commitment : 10-15 minutes, after every yogic practice The standing joke in yoga classes,…
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Udyana Avagāhan

Exercise 19 उद्यान अवगाहन – Forest bathing Difficulty level – 1 (easy) Time commitment : One hour every week We spoke about connecting with nature…
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The masculine and the feminine

Exercise 18 Chandra-bhedana pranayama Difficulty level – 2 (moderately difficult) Time commitment – 10 minutes, thrice a week in Week 3 This is the first…
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Two fishes and a frog

We had some good exercises this week. We deserve a story! As the frog said, “the one with thousand tricks sat on the head of…
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Freeing up your time

Exercise 17 Freeing up your time – Part 2 Difficulty level – 3 (difficult) Time commitment : (-45) minutes everyday A few days back, I…
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You are what you eat

Exercise 16 Rediscovering food Difficulty level – 3 (difficult) Time commitment : At every meal and throughout the day We have spoken about perspectives, basic…
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Melt with the universe

Exercise 15 Jñāna Mudra and Chin Mudra Difficulty level – 1 (easy) Time commitment : 5 minutes everyday Today, we will practice our second mudra…
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Seeking peace

Exercise 14 Sukhāsana Difficulty level – 1 (easy) Time commitment : 10 minutes thrice a week This is a meditative āsanā, and among the easiest…
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The wedding of the mouse

Today, let me tell you another story. There was a beautiful hermitage on the bank of river Gangā, where a group of hermits lived in…
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I respect the divinity in you

Exercise 12 Anjali Mudra Difficulty level – 1 (easy) Time commitment : 5 minutes everyday Today, we will practice an introductory mudra – the Anjali…
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I am He

Exercise 11 Soham Meditation Difficulty level – 1 (easy) Time commitment : 10 minutes thrice a week As we enter the second phase of our…
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Cultivating steadfastness

Exercise 10 Tāḍāsana Difficulty level – 1 (easy) Time commitment : 10 minutes thrice a week We are nearly halfway through the course, and it’s…
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Celebrate small achievements

Exercise 9 Tracking accomplishments Difficulty level – 1 (easy) Time commitment : 10 minutes everyday This exercise will help you reflect upon your daily tasks,…
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Rediscovering eating

Exercise 8 Rediscovering Eating Difficulty level – 2 (moderately difficult) Time commitment : 15 minutes per day – week 1, 30 minutes per day –…
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Freeing up your time

Exercise 6 Freeing up your time – Part 1 Difficulty level – 3 (difficult) Time commitment : (-45) minutes everyday Till now, we discussed 5…
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Amani-bhava – the bliss of no-mind

Exercise 5 No-Mind Difficulty level – 3 (difficult) Time commitment – 10 minutes every alternate day From observing, to observation. From total involvement, to no…
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Know your breath, know your self

Exercise 4 Breathing Difficulty level – 1 (easy) Time commitment – 10 minutes everyday Breathing is a fundamental life process. Our life is a collection…
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Connect with Nature

Exercise 3 Connect with nature Difficulty level – 1 (easy) Time commitment – 10 minutes everyday – ideal. Else every alternate day. Chances are that…
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A small step towards tapasya

Exercise 2 Wake and sleep Difficulty level – 2 (moderately difficult) Time commitment – 10 minutes everyday This exercise is simple – after all, we…
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Aparigraha through writing

Exercise 1 Write for 3-5 minutes everyday Difficulty level – 1 (easy to execute) Time commitment – 10 minutes everyday This exercise is simple. All…
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Who am I?

मनोबुद्ध्यहङ्कार चित्तानि नाहं न च श्रोत्रजिह्वे न च घ्राणनेत्रे । न च व्योम भूमिर्न तेजो न वायुः चिदानन्दरूपः शिवोऽहम् शिवोऽहम् ।। manOBuddhyahankAra cittAni nAham, na ca SrOtrajihvE na ca ghrANanEtrE | na ca vyOma bhoomirna tEjO na vAyu:, cidAnandaroopa: ShivOham ShivOham…
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On Satisfaction

भोगा न भुक्ता वयमेव भुक्ताः, तपो न तप्तं वयमेव तप्ताः । कालो न यातो वयमेव याताः तृष्णा न जीर्णा वयमेव जीर्णाः ॥ bhogā na bhuktā  vayameva…
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Knowledge and contentment

विद्या ददाति विनयं विनयाद्याति पात्रताम् । पात्रत्वाद्धनमाप्नोति धनाद्धर्मं ततः सुखम् ॥ vidyā dadāti vinayam, vinayādyāti pātratām | pātratvāddhanamāpnoti, dhanāddharmam tatah sukham || Hitopadeśa Knowledge makes…
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Life isn’t about just being serious

निद्रा–प्रियो य: खलु कुम्भकर्णो हतस् समीके स रघूत्तमेन | वैधव्यम् आपद्यत तस्य कान्ता श्रोतुं समायाति कथां पुराणम् || Nidra priyo yah khalu Kumbhakarno hatas samike…
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The discipline involved in learning

आदौ नित्यानित्यवस्तुविवेकः परिगम्यते । इहामुत्रफलभोगविरागस्तदनन्तरम्शमादिषट्कसम्पत्तिर्मुमुक्षुत्वमिति स्फुटम् ॥ १९ ॥ ādau nityānityavastuvivekaḥ parigamyate | ihāmutraphalabhogavirāgastadanantaramśamādiṣaṭkasampattirmumukṣutvamiti sphuṭam  from Vivekacūḍāmaṇi, written by Jagadguru Adi Śaṅkarācārya First is enumerated discrimination between the…
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The importance of good company

सत्संगत्वे निस्संगत्वं, निस्संगत्वे निर्मोहत्वं। निर्मोहत्वे निश्चलतत्त्वं, निश्चलतत्त्वे जीवन्मुक्तिः ॥९॥ Satsaṅgatve nissaṅgatvaṃ, niḥsaṅgatve nīrmohatvam  nirmohatve niścalitatvam, niścalitatve jīvanmuktiḥ from Bhaja Gōvindam, written by Jagadguru Adi Śaṅkarācārya Through good…
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We are all worthy

अमन्त्रमक्षरं नास्ति नास्ति मूलमनौषधम् ।अयोग्यः पुरुषो नास्ति योजकस्तत्र दुर्लभः ॥ amantramakṣaraṃ nāsti nāsti mūlamanauṣadham ।ayogyaḥ puruṣo nāsti yojakastatra durlabhaḥ ॥ Samayocitapadyamālikā There is not a syllable…
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We are in everything, and everything is in us

आत्मौपम्येन सर्वत्र समं पश्यति योऽर्जुन | सुखं वा यदि वा दु:खं स योगी परमो मत: || ātmaupamyena sarvatra samaṁ paśhyati yo ’rjuna sukhaṁ vā yadi…
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In good times and bad

उदेति सविता ताम्रस्ताम्र एवास्तमेतिच।  सम्पतौ च विपत्तौ च महतामेकरूपता॥ udeti savitā tāmras tāmra evāstameti ca |  saṃpattau ca vipattau ca mahatāmekarūpatā || Kavya Prakash 7.245…
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Action and meditation

द्विविधो हि वेदोक्तो धर्म: प्रवृत्ति लक्षणो निवृत्ति च | जगत: स्तिथि कारणम् प्राणिनाम् साक्षादभ्युदयनिश्रेयशहेतुः || dvividho hi vedokto dharmah; pravíttilaksano nivritti-laksanah ca| jagatah sthiti karanam…
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Let’s celebrate the planet

ईशावास्यमिदं सर्वं यत्किञ्च जगत्यां जगत् । तेन त्यक्तेन भुञ्जीथा मा गृधः कस्यस्विद्धनम् ॥ īśāvāsyamidaṃ sarvaṃ yatkiñca jagatyāṃ jagat | tena tyaktena bhuñjīthā mā gṛdhaḥ kasyasviddhanam || Īśopaniṣad…
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The best time to do anything

यदपि स्यादसमये यातो वनमसाविति ।अकालो नास्ति धर्मस्य जीविते चञ्चले सति ॥ yadapi syādasamaye yāto vanamasāviti |akālo nāsti dharmasya jīvite cañcale sati|| Buddhacarita 6.21, by Aśvaghoṣa Though…
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The importance of time and effort

क्षणशः कणशश्चैव  विद्यामर्थं च  साधयेत्  |क्षणत्यागे कुतो विद्या कणत्यागे कुतो धनम् || kṣaṇaśaḥ kaṇaśaḥ ca eva vidyām arthaṃ ca sādhayet । kṣaṇa-tyāge kutaḥ vidyā kaṇa-tyāge kutaḥ…
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What makes us happy?

सर्वं परवशं दुःखं सर्वमात्मवशं सुखम् ।एतद् विद्यात् समासेन लक्षणं सुखदुःखयोः ॥ sarvaṃ paravaśaṃ duḥkhaṃ sarvamātmavaśaṃ sukham |etad vidyāt samāsena lakṣaṇaṃ sukhaduḥkhayoḥ ||  Manusmriti 4.160 All that is…
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What is the recipe for success?

यशोधिगन्तुं सुखलिप्सया वा मनुष्यसंख्यामतिवर्तितुं वा |  निरुत्सकानामभियोगभाजां समुत्सुके वाङ्कमुपैति सिद्धिः || yashodhigantum sukhalipsayā vā manuśyasamkhyāmativartitum vā nirutsakānāmabhiyogabhājām samutsuke vānkmupaiti siddhih Kavya Prakasha Success itself is…
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Possessions and contentment

यश्चेमां वसुधां कृत्स्नां प्रशासेदखिलां नृपः ।तुल्याश्मकाञ्चनो यश्च स कृतार्थो न पार्थिवः ॥ yaścemāṃ vasudhāṃ kṛtsnāṃ praśāsedakhilāṃ nṛpaḥ ।tulyāśmakāñcano yaśca sa kṛtārtho na pārthivaḥ ॥ Mahabharata…
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Gaining true knowledge

तद्विद्धि प्रणिपातेन परिप्रश्नेन सेवया |उपदेक्ष्यन्ति ते ज्ञानं ज्ञानिनस्तत्त्वदर्शिन: || tad viddhi praṇipātena paripraśhnena sevayāupadekṣhyanti te jñānaṁ jñāninas tattva-darśhinaḥ Srimad Bhagavad Gīta 4.34 Learn the Truth…
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What is my duty in life?

श्रेयान्स्वधर्मो विगुण: परधर्मात्स्वनुष्ठितात् |स्वधर्मे निधनं श्रेय: परधर्मो भयावह: || śhreyān swa-dharmo viguṇaḥ para-dharmāt sv-anuṣhṭhitātswa-dharme nidhanaṁ śhreyaḥ para-dharmo bhayāvahaḥ Srimad Bhagavad Gīta 3.35 It is far…
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What do we truly believe in?

सत्त्वानुरूपा सर्वस्य श्रद्धा भवति भारत |श्रद्धामयोऽयं पुरुषो यो यच्छ्रद्ध: स एव स: || sattvānurūpā sarvasya śhraddhā bhavati bhārataśhraddhā-mayo ‘yaṁ puruṣho yo yach-chhraddhaḥ sa eva saḥ…
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Is desire for wealth harmful?

मूढ जहीहि धनागमतृष्णाम्कुरु सद्बुद्धिं मनसि वितृष्णाम् ।यल्लभसे निजकर्मोपात्तम्वित्तं तेन विनोदय चित्तम् ॥ mūḍha jahīhi dhanāgamatṛṣṇāmkuru sadbuddhiṃ manasi vitṛṣṇām |yallabhase nijakarmopāttamvittaṃ tena vinodaya cittam || from…
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And what do we take with us?

नामुत्र हि सहायार्थं पिता माता च तिष्ठतः । न पुत्रदारं न ज्ञातिर्धर्मस्तिष्ठति केवलः ॥ २३९ ॥ nāmutra hi sahāyārthaṃ pitā mātā ca tiṣṭhataḥ | na putradāraṃ na jñātirdharmastiṣṭhati…
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