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Violence is the basis of Karma

Violence is the basis of Karma

कम्ममूलं च जं छणं

‘Chana’ word is made of those roots, which mean violence. As it is this word has many meanings – fourth part of blinking act, festival, opportunity etc; but in this verse, its appropriate meaning seems to be violence. Continue reading “Violence is the basis of Karma” »

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The ignorant

The ignorant

अं जणं खिंसइ बालपे

Ignorant teases others

Self crying is artta (mournful) dhyana. To make others cry is raudra (wrathful) dhyana. Much of the time of most of the living beings is squandered in either self-crying or making others cry. Continue reading “The ignorant” »

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Knowledge and conduct

Knowledge and conduct

आहसु विज्जाचरणं पमोक्खं

Through knowledge and conduct only, one can get moksha (liberation)

As the eyes and legs – both are necessary to walk, so are both the knowledge and conduct important to attain moksha. Without the conduct, knowledge is lame; and without the knowledge, conduct is blind. A lame man is not able to move but he can see. Opposed to this, a blind man can walk but because of wrong direction, he can reach a wrong place. Therefore, an intelligent man needs to conduct himself as much as the man of good conduct needs to acquire knowledge. Continue reading “Knowledge and conduct” »

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Life of an Elephant and a Kunthu (insect)

Life of an Elephant and a Kunthu (insect)

हत्थिस्स य कुन्थुस्स य समे चेव जीवे

Soul is same as in an elephant and a kunthu

Animate and inanimate, with conscience and without conscience, self and other are different entities. They support each other, but are not converted into one another. An animate will remain an animate and an inanimate will remain an inanimate only. Continue reading “Life of an Elephant and a Kunthu (insect)” »

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Study of Vedas

Study of Vedas

वेया अहीया न भवन्ति ताणं

Study of vedas cannot protect

To believe that a particular person who has studied Vedas is respected, venerable and pure is a delusion. Why? I am saying this because respectability, regard and venerability is associated with good conduct, renunciation, benevolence, good conduct and other virtues; not with the study of Vedas. Continue reading “Study of Vedas” »

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Tiny thorn

Tiny thorn

सुहुमे सल्ले दुरुद्धरे

A tiny thorn is picked with great difficulty

What do those people do who walk on foot on the road and if thorns were to prick them? They take them out with the help of either another thorn or a needle. Though the pain still lingers but gets subsided after sometime and after some days even the hole gets healed. Skin is covered with new skin. Continue reading “Tiny thorn” »

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Dutiful and sweet tongued

Dutiful and sweet tongued

पियंकरे पियंवाइ, से सिक्खं लद्धुमरिहइ

Dutiful and sweet tongued is able to learn

If an animal or bird were thirsty, then he would have to go to a pond. Similarly, an inquisitive disciple also would have to go to a guru; but this itself is not sufficient for learning. Continue reading “Dutiful and sweet tongued” »

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Karma influx (asrava), stopping (samvara)

Karma influx (asrava), stopping (samvara)

समुप्पायमजाणंता, कहं नायंति संवरं|

How can an ignorant understand stopping of karma (Samvara) without knowing its influx (asrava)

Imagine a big lake and a floating boat in which many people are sitting. Slowly the boat starts sinking. Water starts entering the boat. Out of fear, people on the boat start yelling, “Stop this incoming water anyway; plug this incoming of water anyhow.” Continue reading “Karma influx (asrava), stopping (samvara)” »

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Neither love, nor hate

Neither love, nor hate

सव्वं जगं तु समयाणुपेही,
पियमप्पियं कस्स वि नो करेज्जा

One who sees the entire world with equanimity, he neither favors nor disfavors anyone

Feelings are the inspiring agents of all our actions. If they are pure, then all our actions will be pure and if they are impure then our actions will be impure. Continue reading “Neither love, nor hate” »

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Be friendly

Be friendly

मेत्तिं भूएसु कप्पए

Be friendly with all living beings

Anger, pride, deceit and greed – these four passions make the soul sulky, restless; not only this, but against whom these are used they also become sullen and restive. They become our enemy because of show of our passions and keep the enmity alive. In response, we also nurture hostility against them and thus, this antagonism becomes stronger and stronger. Continue reading “Be friendly” »

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