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Be humble

Be humble

माणं मद्दवया जिणे

Overcome the pride with modesty

Storm uproots big large trees but can do no harm to the grass spread over the earth. Why is this so? Trees keep standing in their arrogance whereas grass is humble i.e. it has humility. Because of arrogance, trees are uprooted whereas due to meekness grass remain as it is. It shows the path to the conceited people as to how they should behave. Continue reading “Be humble” »

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Speak not if doubtful

Speak not if doubtful

जत्थ संका भवे तं तु,
एवमेयं ति नो वए

If you are doubtful on any subject then do not say ‘this is this only’

Doubt is such a mental tendency that makes us realize our shortcomings or ignorance. We feel ashamed and anguished at our ignorance. For acquiring the knowledge of scriptures; when we worship the Acharyas or gurus; then also we have to bear their harsh words. Continue reading “Speak not if doubtful” »

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Respected disciple

Respected disciple

जो छंदमाराहयइ स पुज्जो

One who understands and obeys the signs is respected

That disciple who fulfills the heart-felt wish of the guru not only when told but also when he understands and implements the wishes of his guru expressed through subtle signs is praiseworthy, respectable. Continue reading “Respected disciple” »

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Destroyer of humility

Destroyer of humility

माणो विणयणासणो

Pride kills humility

Here pride means arrogance, not respect. As anger and love cannot survive together; similarly, arrogance and humility also cannot survive together. Continue reading “Destroyer of humility” »

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Speak not, if asked not

Speak not, if asked not

अपुच्छिओ न भासेज्जा, भासमाणस्स अन्तरा

Without permission, one should not speak in between

Courtesy demands that the listener should keep quiet until the speech of the speaker is not completed. This principle is to be particularly borne in mind when deliberation or disputation is going on. Continue reading “Speak not, if asked not” »

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Best conduct

Best conduct

जं सेयं तं समायरे

Whatever be the best, act accordingly

Most of the living beings of this world, bereft of their vision, have become the slaves of beauty and melody. Day and night they think of sense gratification. Worldly pleasure might be momentary; still, they invest their life’s invaluable time in pursuit of those; it must be said that they waste their time. Continue reading “Best conduct” »

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Know and then speak

Know and then speak

जमट्ठं तु न जाणेज्जा, एवमेयंति नो वए

Until full information is not available on a subject, do not say,“This is this only”

Until we do not have full information on a subject, we should not say anything with surety. Otherwise, when the listener comes to know about the reality from other sources, then our position would become laughable. People will never believe us. Continue reading “Know and then speak” »

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How wicked is the evil word

How wicked is the evil word

वाया दुरुत्ताणि दुरुद्धराणि,
वेराणुबंधीणि महब्भयाणि

Evil and harshly uttered words cause enmity and fear for ages

Durrukta (harshly spoken) is a word opposite to Sukta in the maxim. Sukta (well-spoken) is beneficent, inspiring; durukta is evil, instigator of heart burn, quarrel. Continue reading “How wicked is the evil word” »

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Speak not laughingly

Speak not laughingly

न हासमाणो वि गिरं वएज्जा

One should nor speak laughingly

Speaking while laughing or laughing while speaking is a bad habit, bad manners; amongst many signs, a sign of stupidity. Continue reading “Speak not laughingly” »

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Infatuation only is accumulation

Infatuation only is accumulation

मुच्छा परिग्गहो वुत्तो

Infatuation only is called accumulation (parigraha)

Infatuation or attachment only is accumulation (parigraha). What all surrounds us from all sides is not called parigraha; but the thing, which we consider as our own means and that on which our attachment is aroused, that only is called parigraha. Continue reading “Infatuation only is accumulation” »

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