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Knowledge first, compassion later

Knowledge first, compassion later

पढमं नाणं तओ दया

Knowledge first, compassion later

Compassion is the mother of religion and knowledge is the father. Through the combination of knowledge and compassion only religion can take birth, not otherwise. Continue reading “Knowledge first, compassion later” »

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Criticizer wanders

Criticizer wanders

जो परिभवइ परं जणं,
संसारे परिवत्तई महं

One who criticizes, wanders in the world

All are great – one more than another. Someone is better than the other, and other is better than someone else. Someone is great because of one reason, someone else because of some particular reason. Therefore, we should not commit the mistake of underestimating anyone. Continue reading “Criticizer wanders” »

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Clearing of the Karma dust

Clearing of the Karma dust

विहुणाहि रयं पुरे कडं

Clear the karma-dust accumulated in the past

Before sitting at any place, even a dog cleans it. This tendency teaches us that living beings like cleanliness. If we do not wash our clothes, then how dirty they become? How much dirty the dress looks? We do not like to even sit along with a person wearing dirty dress. Similarly, we dislike dirty body, dirty home, and dirty things. We want that everything, which comes into our contact, must be clean. Continue reading “Clearing of the Karma dust” »

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Life and body

Life and body

जीवियं चेव रूवं च, विज्जुसंपाय चंचलं

Life and body are fickle like lightening

Life is momentary. It is not sure that the breath, which is being exhaled, will also come back or not. This life is as fickle as lightening. As it shines for a moment and then vanishes, so also is the life that stays for sometime and then ends. Therefore, until life is there we should use the same for benevolence. Continue reading “Life and body” »

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Attachment and distrees

Attachment and distrees

लुप्पंति बहुसो मूढा, संसारम्मि अणंतए

Usually, ignorant perish in the everlasting world

‘Ignorant’ means attached. In this world, those whose mind is full of attachment, such people suffer in many ways. Continue reading “Attachment and distrees” »

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In this life only

In this life only

इहलोगे सुचिण्णा कम्मा
इहलोगे सुहफल विवाग संजुत्ता भवन्ति

In this world, good deeds done here, yield good results here only

One who donates and does not boasts, he gets fame; people call him benevolent. His magnanimity is praised everywhere. Continue reading “In this life only” »

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Command of the truth

Command of the truth

सच्चस्स आणाए उवट्ठिए मेहावी मारं तरइ

The intelligent who obeys the command of truth, he is able to swim over the waves of death

In life, we experience the necessity of discipline at every step. Bereft of humility or discipline, immodest and undisciplined man increases own and others pain only. In such a position, how can betterment of self and others be expected from him? Continue reading “Command of the truth” »

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Beginning End

Beginning End

सरीरं सादियं सनिधणं

Body has a beginning as well as an end

In this world, all substances can be divided into four categories:
1. Beginningless infinite
2. Beginningless with an end
3. With beginning and infinite
4. With beginning and an end
Continue reading “Beginning End” »

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One better than another

One better than another

सूरं मण्णइ अप्पाणं,
जाव जेयं न पस्सति

Man believes himself brave until he does not see the conqueror

This world is full of people all around, who are one better than the other. Someone is better in beauty, someone in education, someone in wealth and someone in power. Continue reading “One better than another” »

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True learning

True learning

अट्ठजुत्ताणि सिक्खिज्जा,
निरट्ठाणि उवज्जए

Refrain from wasteful learning, learn only what is useful

Some thinkers believe that art is for arts sake only and some believe that art is for benevolence. According to the first type of thinkers art will die, if its object is something else; and for other type of thinkers if the object is not good then that art will kill others. Continue reading “True learning” »

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