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Speak not what provokes quarrel

Speak not what provokes quarrel

न य विग्गहियं कहं कहिज्जा

Quarrel provoking speech should not be used

Many people have a habit of creating strife based on hearsay. Sometimes, they add their own spicy opinions and present a small happening as big, make a mountain of a mole etc. Continue reading “Speak not what provokes quarrel” »

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Cannot be free of bondage

Cannot be free of bondage

न यावि मोक्खो गुरुहीलणाए

One who neglects guru can never get liberated

Dependence is bondage; independence salvation. Happiness is in being free, not in captivity. It is said that a dependent person can never be happy even in dream. Continue reading “Cannot be free of bondage” »

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Humility towards Guru

Humility towards Guru

जस्संतिए धम्मपयाइं सिक्खे,
तस्संतिए वेणइयं पउंजे

From whomsoever one would have learnt religious lessons (pada); towards them, he should behave humbly

Pada means words. Religious pada means such words from which religious education is acquired. Such words are found in scriptures; hence, those who, explain scriptures are called religious gurus. Continue reading “Humility towards Guru” »

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Exterminate anger

Exterminate anger

उवसमेण हणे कोहं

Exterminate anger by peace

Anger cannot be exterminated with anger. Fire cannot be extinguished with fire. To extinguish fire, water is needed. Similarly, to pacify anger peace is required. Anger can be won over if we keep away from causes of anger. An angry man cannot do any harm to a man of peaceful mind. Continue reading “Exterminate anger” »

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Renunciation

Renunciation

वंतं इच्छसि आवेउं, सेयं ते मरणं भवे

Want to drink the vomited? It is better for you to die

Who likes to lick the spitted? Who would like to drink the vomited? No one. Everyone hates the spitted and the vomited. Instead, they would prefer to die. Continue reading “Renunciation” »

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Keep away from misconduct

Keep away from misconduct

कुसीलवड्ढणं ठाणं, दूरओ परिवज्जए

All causes promoting misconduct must be avoided

Sheel means one’s nature. One whose nature is good, praiseworthy, he is called good-natured. One who wants that people should love him, admire him, he will always try to become and remain amiable. Continue reading “Keep away from misconduct” »

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Do not talk ill behind someone’s back

Do not talk ill behind someone’s back

पिट्ठिमंसं न खाएज्जा

One should not talk ill of others in their absence

To talk ill of someone behind his back is a sign of cowardice. If our intention is to remove the fault of a man, then we should tell his faults in his presence only so that he can reflect on them and eliminate the same. Continue reading “Do not talk ill behind someone’s back” »

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Association with the sadhu

Association with the sadhu

कुज्जा साहूहिं संथवं

Contacts must be maintained with the Sadhus

Eulogy means to know, contact or association. Association influences the whole life. It opens the door of progress. An insect is able to reach the head of the idol because of its association with the flowers. One small river or canal can reach far beyond its power by associating with Gangas, into the gem-filled sea. On the other hand, association with the crooked opens the door of failures. Living with evil men, one adopts evil ways of life, enjoys evil – his all round downfall starts. Continue reading “Association with the sadhu” »

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Who is not an Ascetic?

Who is not an Ascetic?

अच्छंदा जे न भुंजंति, न से चाइ त्ति वुच्चई

They cannot be called ascetics who cannot enjoy because of dependence

Just imagine – two people having hundred rupees each. Out of who one donates fifty rupees and the other loses, somewhere. This way money remaining with both of them is fifty rupees only. However, the first will be called a donor, not the second. Why so? Because, the first parted intentionally; for the second it was unintentional. Continue reading “Who is not an Ascetic?” »

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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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