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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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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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Who is ignorant ?

Who is ignorant ?

बालो पापेहिं मिज्जति

Ignorant boasts of his sins

Deeds are of two kinds – good and bad. Good deeds are called ‘punya’ and the bad deeds are called ‘papa’. Continue reading “Who is ignorant ?” »

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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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