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Respected disciple

Respected disciple

जो छंदमाराहयइ स पुज्जो

One who understands and obeys the signs is respected

That disciple who fulfills the heart-felt wish of the guru not only when told but also when he understands and implements the wishes of his guru expressed through subtle signs is praiseworthy, respectable. Continue reading “Respected disciple” »

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Speak not, if asked not

Speak not, if asked not

अपुच्छिओ न भासेज्जा, भासमाणस्स अन्तरा

Without permission, one should not speak in between

Courtesy demands that the listener should keep quiet until the speech of the speaker is not completed. This principle is to be particularly borne in mind when deliberation or disputation is going on. Continue reading “Speak not, if asked not” »

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Destroyer of humility

Destroyer of humility

माणो विणयणासणो

Pride kills humility

Here pride means arrogance, not respect. As anger and love cannot survive together; similarly, arrogance and humility also cannot survive together. Continue reading “Destroyer of humility” »

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Best conduct

Best conduct

जं सेयं तं समायरे

Whatever be the best, act accordingly

Most of the living beings of this world, bereft of their vision, have become the slaves of beauty and melody. Day and night they think of sense gratification. Worldly pleasure might be momentary; still, they invest their life’s invaluable time in pursuit of those; it must be said that they waste their time. Continue reading “Best conduct” »

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Know and then speak

Know and then speak

जमट्ठं तु न जाणेज्जा, एवमेयंति नो वए

Until full information is not available on a subject, do not say,“This is this only”

Until we do not have full information on a subject, we should not say anything with surety. Otherwise, when the listener comes to know about the reality from other sources, then our position would become laughable. People will never believe us. Continue reading “Know and then speak” »

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How wicked is the evil word

How wicked is the evil word

वाया दुरुत्ताणि दुरुद्धराणि,
वेराणुबंधीणि महब्भयाणि

Evil and harshly uttered words cause enmity and fear for ages

Durrukta (harshly spoken) is a word opposite to Sukta in the maxim. Sukta (well-spoken) is beneficent, inspiring; durukta is evil, instigator of heart burn, quarrel. Continue reading “How wicked is the evil word” »

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Speak not laughingly

Speak not laughingly

न हासमाणो वि गिरं वएज्जा

One should nor speak laughingly

Speaking while laughing or laughing while speaking is a bad habit, bad manners; amongst many signs, a sign of stupidity. Continue reading “Speak not laughingly” »

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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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Destroyer of friends

Destroyer of friends

माया मित्ताणि नासेइ

Deception destroys friendship

Here deception means cunning or treachery. Like anger destroys love and pride annihilates humility, similarly deception also destroys friends. Continue reading “Destroyer of friends” »

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Wise for ever

Wise for ever

सम्मद्दिट्ठि सया अमूढे

One whose perception is right, he is ever wise

A deluded man is ignorant. His ignorance can be removed by virtuous company; but a man of right vision is wise, his wisdom cannot be vitiated by the company of the vice. Continue reading “Wise for ever” »

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