WISDOM WORDS

  • How can there be proficiency for one who is indolent, wealth for one without proficiency, friendship for one without wealth, happiness for the friendless, merit for the unhappy, and Nibban for the unmeritorious person?
  • Wealth is not equal in value to learning. Thieves do not take away earning: it is friendship in this world, and the bearer of happiness in the next.
  • One should despise neither science nor art, saying to himself  – “ It is of little consequence.” Even one learnt to perfection is a suitable means of livelihood.
  • Learning comes by degrees, wealth little by little, climbing a mountain is done gradually, kive comes by degrees, anger little by little, – these five little by little.
  • A wise man who is not questioned is like a drum; one who is questioned is like a violent shower: a fool, where addressed or not, speaks much.
  • A man of little learning deems that little a great deal; hi is proud: a frog not seeing the water of the sea, considers it as much as the water in a well.
  • One without wealth consuming his substance, a weak person engaging in fight, and one without wisdom taking part in discussions – these are like madmen.
  • Going to a place uninvited, speaking much when not questioned, proclaiming one’s own merits: these three things are the characteristics of baseness.
  • One of little beauty speaks a great deal (of his looks) one of little understanding shows off ( a great deal ): a jar, not full, causes the water in it to shake; a cow with little milk kicks about.
  • Bees wish for flowers; good men for what is virtuous; flies for what is putrid; bad men for blemishes (in others).
  • Bad is the speed of one who has a vile other, bad the conduct of one who has a father and mother both vile, his speech as well as his conduct is bad.
  • In battle we need a warrior, in a commotion a counselor, during meals a loved one, a wise man in an emergency.
  • Do not perform nor cause actions to be performed hastily; a deed being done hastily, a foolish man suffers at length.
  • One should not serve a severe master, nor one who is niggardly; more so he should not serve one who does not commend, nor one who is as oppressor.
  • The beauty of the cuckoo is its voice; of a woman her devotedness ( to her husband): the beauty of the uncomely is knowledge; that of hermits; forbearance.
  • Hermits, if lean, are becoming; becoming are quadrupeds if corpulent; men, being learned, are becoming becoming are women having husbands.
  • A good musician is ruined in five days, an archer is seven, a good wife in a month, a pupil in half a month.
  • A woman who has had two or three husbands, a priest who has been two or three monasteries, and a bird two or three times ensnared, are so many instances of practical deceit.
  • A  King should sleep during the period of one watch, a wise man two, a householder three watches, a beggar during four.
  • A priest is ruined of discontented, and emperor if satisfied; a harlot being ashamed is ruined, and ruined is a daughter of good lineage if not ashamed.
  • The strength of birds lies in air, that of fish in water; the strength of the helpless is in a king, of children in tears.
  • One should overcome one haughty by civility, one who is bad by goodness; a niggardly person by liberality, one mendacious veracity.
  • Liberality is the subjugation of one who is not subdued; liberality is the consummation of every benefit; by liberality and loving speech men bow themselves and cause others too to bow.
  • Liberality is the medicine of love, niggardliness the medicine of hate, generosity the medicine that brings attendants, niggardliness that which keeps solitary.
  • How can there be piety in a priest who associates with a woman, compassion in a flesh eater, truth in a drunkard, shame in one greatly covetous, proficiency in one who is slothful, and wealth in one with a bad temper?
  • Although living, four persons are declared to be dead by the Niti teacher Vyasa – one in poverty, one in sickness, a fool, one in debt, and one who serves a king.
  • Kuvera always keeps watch in the centre of the betel leaf, Rakkha at the base, and Kalakanni at the tip. One should eat the leaf having broken off the upper and lower ends: his prosperity increases thereby.