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Neither satisfaction, nor contentment

Neither satisfaction, nor contentment

देवावि सइंदगा न तित्तिं न तुट्ठिं उवलभन्ति

Gods (devatas including Indras, their chief, who live in the heavens) also are neither satisfied nor contented with sense gratification

There are five organs of senses and their objects are different. Throughout life, man runs after acquisition of these objects. Having satisfied one sense, he struggles to satisfy the second sense and after that the third and the fourth and the fifth respectively. Continue reading “Neither satisfaction, nor contentment” »

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Pain and desire

Pain and desire

दुक्खं हयं जस्स न होइ मोहो,
मोहो हओ जस्स न होइ तण्हा

Who is detached, his pain is destroyed; who has no desire, his attachment is extinct

Desires vanquish even men of exemplary fortitude they make men of vision blind. As a man with eyesight cannot see things around him in the darkness of night; likewise, a covetous man does not see the wealth he possesses instead he desires for getting more and more – throughout the life, he struggles like a bull. Continue reading “Pain and desire” »

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Avoid un-vigilance

Avoid un vigilance

अलं कुसलस्स पमाएणं

Wisemen should not be un-vigilant

Fools are lethargic only; but those who are not, who are intelligent, wise, who understand, it is not expected from them that they be un-vigilant and waste their life. Continue reading “Avoid un-vigilance” »

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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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Scriptural discipline – penance

Scriptural discipline   penance

कसाया अग्गिणो वुत्ता,
सुयसीलतवो जलं

If passions are fire, then scriptures, celibacy and austerity are called water

Anger, pride, deceit and greed – they are four passions. Like fire, they burn the soul – are the cause of its being restless and annoying. How to escape from them? This has been told through this maxim. If the house is on fire, then it is extinguished by water. Similarly, to pacify the burning soul, use of water of scriptures, good conduct and penance has been recommended. Continue reading “Scriptural discipline – penance” »

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Faith is rare

Faith is rare

श्रद्धा परमदुल्लहा

Faith is very rare

If one were to have faith on the religion then without even thinking of selfishness he can perform his duties. However, how can one cultivate such faith? What should be one’s conduct? Continue reading “Faith is rare” »

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From one verse only

From one verse only

सित्थेण दोणपागं, कविं च एक्काए गाहाए

From a granule, the completely cooked food and from a single verse a poet can be judged

A thing can be judged looking at its part also. By pressing a single granule of cooked rice, it can be judged whether the entire quantity has been properly cooked. For this, one need not press all the rice granules. Continue reading “From one verse only” »

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Do not have enmity, opposition

Do not have enmity, opposition

न विरुज्झेज्ज केण वि

Do not nurture enmity or opposition against anyone

Favorable and unfavorable circumstances are obtained depending on the Karma done in the previous birth. Deluded, people think a particular man as their adversary, enemy and responsible for all the ills, and originator for all their adverse circumstances. Nevertheless, the fact is not this. We are responsible for all our ills – our karma of the previous birth. If good karma are evolved then favorable conditions would emerge and if bad karma are evolved then adverse conditions would surround us from all sides. Continue reading “Do not have enmity, opposition” »

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Weapon or weaponless ?

Weapon or weaponless ?

अत्थि सत्थं परेण परं|
नत्थि असत्थं परेण परं||

There are weapons, which are one better than another, but there is nothing greater than weaponless ahimsa

In this world, there are many instruments of violence and they are one better than another. Sword, lance, arrow, gun, canon, bomb and atom bomb (hydrogen bomb) are progressively horrible weapons of destruction. If selfishness is not removed from the consideration of nations, then manufacture of more deadly weapons is possible in the future. World has seen the horrifying results of the world war 1914 and 1936; still the preparations of the third world war is on -what foolishness is this? Continue reading “Weapon or weaponless ?” »

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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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