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voluntary disclosure

श्महाहाण श्े षदजाधगृ पनादणृजाधगृ्�ादण््र ाातपशच४०-२च र mahāntamapyadharmayuktaṁ ya santyajatyanupākṛṣṭa eva| sukham sa duḥkhānavamucya śete jīrṇāṁ tvacaṁ sarpa ivāvamucya|| śrīmahābhārate udyogaparvaṇi prajāgaraṇaparvani viduranītivākye ||40-2|| Vidura's parting advice to his vacillating elder brother who is maniacally holding on to the wealth that is the rightful share of the Pandavas. "A person, if he has to live with a peaceful mind should be able to give up even immense wealth which he knows has come to his possession through unfair means, and this should be done without any regret. If such complete surrender of illegally earned riches is effected the man can live with great ease like a snake who was struggling with its slough for sometime but had ultimately managed to wriggle out of it". We have seen and heard about many voluntary disclosure schemes of unaccounted Income and Wealth put forth by Income-taxmen as also by the law enforcers of other wings of the government to enable tax dodgers give up booty illegally earned with least punitive consequences . Yes, if one is rid of the ill gotten booty he can live peacefully. One has to really watch in person how a snake struggles to just wriggle out of its slough but then how it acquires a glow with a new shiny outer skin. Long live Vidura for his support to VDIS . It is surprising how such catchy slogans elude the tax administrators of the present.. especially the guidelines chalked out by Vidura, Chanakya and their like ....
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खम ्् ्दःखा्ामचप् श श न्ृा�् ावय् जध््ााामचपच र र र र

महान ममप्मधपर््प् न पन प्रजारीन्पा। य

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devoted conjugal bliss ्है ा्स य्मा �ा्पौनय

क्रन ष जरतैण््मतर्हण् ् ऋगाशदय्१०-८५-३७ ihaiva staṁ mā vi yauṣṭaṁ viśvaṁ āyur vyaśnutam| krīḻanto putrair naptrubhir modamāno sve gṛhe ṛgvedaṁ 10-85-37 This is a very sweet and beautiful mantra of benediction to the newlyweds..found in the Rigvedam.. This I remember to have quoted earlier along with a large number of vivaahamanthras and in that process the unique greatness of this simple couplet got omitted to be highlighted. The married couple are blessed by the elders that they should live in this earth perfectly wedded together for long period (for the whole of the lifetime), never should they get separated either in body or mind, they should live the whole of the life as prescribed in the Vedas, and their life should be a saga of fun and frolic, enjoying themselves playing with their own sons (children) and grandchildren all living together in a household which is their own. The lofty idea of the strong fabric of family forged together is unique for us...first the couple should not separate for a lifetime, and they should live in extreme joy with blessed longevity (implying perfect health.) They should be in the happy company of sons and grandsons all living under one roof. What a beautiful picture...The primordial Veda is capable of blessing all the people, and being the godheads of eternal truth, such best wishes would be enjoyed naturally by all. The Indian psyche cannot conceive multiple marriages and flirting in the simple vedic life.(may be the situation was not exactly same in the later puranic times, where the Kshatriyas would marry as many times as possible...example are Dasaratha and Arjuna and even that god in cowherd form, Krishna) but even in these modern days of nuclear families we can feel
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�ा�य्आपण्वपयर म ्। र ् मषदमा्ष्साश्दहश ी

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the safety and security in the company of a thatha or paatti, appa and ammai, self and wife, brothers and their families, and the sons and daughters. If one's life is full of step-parents, step grandparents, half-siblings etc..at least for the Indians till date life would look very odd.

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my friend shri Cobra ््दन्ः हापः्सपा ््हरनजदपरीर पध ः। र ध च्ािस ्खछसप््मतयच वाृतप सतयच४२४च na durjanaḥ sahāyaḥ syāt bhujaṅgaprakṛtiryataḥ| uapakāracchalenaiva paścād duḥkhaṁ pradāsyati|| (|ṁāsti khalasya mitraṁ|| cāṇakyasūtraṁ ||424|| There can be no real friendship for the nasty evil-minded person, says Chankya in his 424th aphorism. This is further explained in the couplet attached which reads as " The evil person can never be of any help to you at any time because he is like a poisonous snake by nature. In the guise of offering help (which may seem bona fide to start with) he can lead you only to permanent grief in the long run. We encounter people who may pretend as well-wishers. Even the faint thought of some such beings can bring us misfortune. Hearing their voice over some media can do the trick in some unfortunate cases. And if they give us a darshan, visit our house or cast their eyes on something valuable, we are doomed. Verily, even the earth they cover with their ominous feet would become barren forever. If Mr. Cobra is my friend and he gives me a friendly visit and offers me all the help, I can be sure that my ticket for the next world is confirmed in no uncertain terms. We have to marvel at God's creations. There are many creations like a venomous snake which can only wreak destruction even if their intentions may be, in theory, philanthropic. But it is heartening to note that we human beings are all created with the inherent nature of benevolence and unless we forcibly inject venom to our psyche, we are created and remain to be noble and helpful to one another. Let friendship prevail. ेजराणच्छश्ैा ज�ाद्दःखय्पदासपर च र

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the baton of fate is merciless ता्न्र ्पा्ता्णामनापा अरप्खछर्�ाषमः जरणारी ा्ाय

ता्व द सरन्मिनदणश ्र्ाा ःच हार ्�ह नन रषर्रमधृाय्�ाजारःच३०५च

बलछाछदश ारी ा ् हषनपबन्ा ् kva janakatanayā kva rāmajāyā kva ca daśaskandhamandire nivāsaḥ|| ayi khalu viṣamaḥ purākṛtānāṁ bhavati hi jantuṣu karmaṇām vipākaḥ ||305|| bhallāladevakṛtāt bhojaprabandhāt The inimitable and pure Devi Seetha, the daughter of the greatest philosopher king Janaka and the consort of the most valorous and perfect human being ever born, Sri Rama, had to undergo a period of virtual imprisonment in the country of the ten-headed Ravana. What can explain this quirk of fate otherwise than by attributing the result of one's own acts of commissions or omissions in the long past? The theory of Karma is the foundation of Hinduism. Even the noble Devi Mata Jaanaki could not escape it. Yes, the Almighty Godhead, never makes any exception even to itself. That is the eternal rule of righteousness. By defeating the eleven-headed team from Srilanka, we have perhaps avenged the slur on our Mother Seetha once again. You are free to say that to speak like this is not Cricket

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the proud mother पर्ा�ज् जरतृ्् हं्सा�जर ्र्हधपय। श य र श वाृतप्् पाय ekenāpi suputreṇa siṁhī svapiti nirbhayaṁ| sahaiva daśabhiḥ putraiḥ bhāram sahati gardabhī|| cāṇakyanītyāṁ ഏേകനാപി സുപുേ്രത സിിംഹ സസപിരി നിിര്ാ സൈംവ ദശരി പു്രത രാഭി സംരി ി ഗരഹ : ചാതക�ന It is not the number but the quality and valour that counts. Usually a lioness gives birth to a single son(cub) and when the cub is reasonably grown up, the mother is relieved of all her anxieties about her safety and food. She can have a pleasant sleep. It is not the case with a female donkey. All her life she suffers as a beast of burden. Her litter may contain ten foals. But when these off-springs grow up they also become cowards and join their mother in carrying load and receiving whippings from their master. Only those who are bold and inherently valorous can live holding their heads in pride. Others just plod on along the earth just like the donkeys है ा द ्हः्जरतैः्हाणम ्् हर ्ददध ह्च

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proper spending नपापाद सप्यवपसप्बषसवपष दाार कमौ। श्महहाण श्े षदजा�्पनादणृजाधगृ �ादण््र ाातपशच३३--५४च र nyāyāgatasya dravyasya boddhavyo dvāvatikramau| apātre pratipattiśca pātre cāpratipādanam|| śrīmahabhārate udhyogaparve prajāgaraṇaparvaṇi viduranītivākye ||33--54|| ന�ാ്ാിരസ� ്ദവ�സ� േോാധ േവ�ാ ദസാവരി്കകമ അപാെ്ര ്പരിപിിത പാേ്ര ചാ്പരിപാദനി വിദുഭനഹരി Vidura, the great statesman is explaining the nuances of proper administration to his elder brother Dritaraashtra in the celebrated viduraneethi of Mahabharatam. Two unfortunate, unwarranted and detrimental drains can happen even to the wealth which is earned through righteous means by a ruler. The bounty and patronage bestowed upon those who do not deserve it in anyway is not only self-defeating but also dangerous. Similar is the case where the king or the government is not giving proper attention to the persons who eminently deserve such attention. This is the art of budgeting explained in a nutshell. The administration collects taxes and other levies through proper means. But when allocating the funds for various purposes utmost care is to be taken. If money is frittered away for ostentatious expenditure and amassing arms and the development themes and welfare measures like education are ignored, the administration is heading for sure failure dragging the citizens also to ruin in turn. At individual level, if we patronize the wrong person, like a snake injecting venom on the hand which fed it milk, we can only get ingratitude. And if we ignore spending money for the right purposes, our own interest will be in jeopardy अजातश्पर ज���्जातश वापर जाद्म ्च

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eminent company ाणय ्जाध ्दद�षर् ान य्ा्वणै ः् ह। र

ह हणश ः्््र धी रा ् १४ varaṁ parvata durgeṣu bhrāntaṁ vanacaraiḥ saha| na mūrkhajanasamparkaḥ surendra bhavaneṣvapi|| bhartṛhareḥ nītiaśatakāt 14 വഭി പ വര േ‍േു്രാുി വനചഭത സം ദു ന കൂ ്‍നസന മ സുേഭ്ര രവേനേസപി : ര ര‍ംഭി നഹരിശരകി It is better to be roaming around in the obscure caves in the deeper parts of a mountain range in the company of aborigines, than to have the company of arrogant idiots even while staying in the ornate abodes of the gods or the like. This is a terse statement by the great statesman king Bharthruhari. If one is wandering in obscure places, he may at least gain some experience and insights which if he is able to come out of obscurity at a later date, could share with the world. But there is no similar fortune for persons who are perforce doomed to the company of arrogant idiots in ornate abodes. Nothing good can happen to them at any time. The ornate buildings may include palaces, legislative houses and most important, offices of the Government. Everyone knows that once he secures an employment in the Government service, he is invariably in the eminent company of people whose identity has been highlighted by the poet. And when the cohabitation extends to more than half his lifetime only god can save him.
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््मखन् सजरः् णशनय्हा्शका�जच ध स ध र

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eternal vow of silence. मसख�षर्�ााादष्््र वपः ध

वाृतप सतयच२३०च mūrkheṣu vivādo na kartavyaḥ cāṇakyasūtraṁ ||230|| the terse aphorism of chanakya, though simple is pregnant with meaning. So let me leave long winded sentences in Sanskrit for the day and settle for this. Chankya simply says... "It is futile to argue with and arrogant and idiotic person". For the great political scientist this is the essence of his experience of a lifetime. It is dangerous to engage in a conversation of friendly nature with an idiot. He will talk back garbage to you and your day will be ruined. If this conversation is by way of advice backed by reasoning and rhetoric you are sure to get serious backlash. There will be verbal insult, physical attack and enmity for a lifetime or even more. The age old dictum that "silence is golden" should guide us. This action of avoiding controversy becomes very difficult when we are at the receiving end of some trouble. We may then follow the path of one age-old master....this action is attributed to tenali rama, thiruvaazhithaan and some other funny geniuses also. Once our hero was going along the street. The son of the local village chief threw a small stone at him. The stone hit him on the back and it was painful. But the hero could not protest. He knew that if he scolded they boy, his arrogant father would come the boy's rescue and our hero cannot win. So with a lot of show affection he called the boy and congratulated him on the accuracy of the throw and also presented with him a dampidi....the smallest coin available at that time. The boy was wonder-struck and asked if he could get money for pelting stone at others. Our man replied that the stone was small and he himself was very poor. This was the reason for the frugal present. He advised the boy to select a huge man with strong body and ensure that he used
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a bigger stone which would hit at least the back of his head. The naughty boy followed the advice to the last word and the results are unnecessary to describe. Indeed it is a difficult proposition not to argue with idiots when the surface of earth is proliferated with such great men.. Many will have to go for eternal vow of silence.

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just wait and see मर मािना्पपमारम्ः् मरजशोश ् मरन्र य �दषः। हाणाशः्�रणा नर््पमहरावपश च२-४२च ध matimānvinayapramāthinaḥ samupekṣeta samunnatiṁ dviṣaḥ| sujayaḥ khalu tādrugantare vipadantāhyavinītasaṁpadaḥ|| bhāraveḥ kirātarjunīyamahakāvye ||2-42|| Dharmaputra continues with his advice to his kin... “For a wise person, it is indeed futile to get overly concerned about the temporary and apparent growth of the arrogant enemy. It will not be necessary to rally great forces to defeat such enemies. The arrogance of such enemies who have come into sudden affluence and power will ruin them in due course. The eminence and popularity of the supremely arrogant is just a temporary glow before complete destruction. The wise king is convinced that evil fellows like Duryodhana will try to enhance their image, wealth etc by pretending to be very generous, friendly, learned and committed to friends and subjects, but the inherent arrogance and selfishness would reveal themselves given reasonable time. And once the real nature is exposed sooner or later, they will fall into abysmal disgrace, without any prodding from the enemies. If we are worrying about such arrogant adversaries, we are only wasting our time. They have the knack of destroying themselves. "�ाजदन ाा�ा्् यजदः the wealth of the arrogant lands him in ultimate danger" this dictum is one of the most appropriate proverbs ever penned नपः्खछ् ायदन णश �ाजदन ाा�ा्् र र र यजदःच

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Slow and steady wins the race ेजराणरमाप शहध ी य्प ाः्रमधकछसप्हस्णृः।

हाणाशः्�रण ानर््पश्२---४३ ध upakārakamāyaterbhṛśaṁ prasavaḥ karmaphalasya bhūriṇaḥ| anapāyi nibarhaṇaṁ dviṣāṁ na titikṣāsamamasti sādhanaṁ|| bhāraveḥ kiratārjunīye 2---43 Bharavi is making another statement of eternal value in life through Yudhistira, the epitome of wisdom. "The most effective art and science to be applied by people who desire for permanent welfare, is patience. Patience will be of immense help in achieving and maintaining forever the advantages one acquires. It is only through patience that one can realize fully the favourable results of one's incessant toil. Patience can never cause one any danger. On the face of patience, the enemies get annihilated by their own actions without much initiative on our part. There is no better weapon to vie with patience." In our day to day life, we are encountering the ills of impulsive and impatient actions too often. We sow a seed and in time it germinates, grows and through spontaneous and varied acts of nature it becomes a tree and gives us sweet fruits. But if one is just plucking the seed or sapling every day and seeing whether the roots are getting stronger, the plant can never grow. This is the result of impatience. In every act of nature and the will of the Creator, there is a rhythm which is based on timing. If we try to rush through against the universal law, it is the worst manifestation of impatience. When rushed out of the natural rhythm, the divine forces get disturbed with disastrous consequences. Kamadeva tried to disturb the eternal Lord Sankara from his penance to satisfy the impatience of the Gods and the results were tragic beyond words. By enriching the radioactive contents of an element, we created atomic and subatomic explosions and what is the result? We speed up particles through cyclotrons and other accelerators to bombard hard and break the heart of a nucleus...uncontrollable energy comes out and the environment is infested with poisonous rays which in turn cause mutation in our own genetic cells and endangers not only our own existence but signals doom for all the future generations to come.. Impatience at an individual level will cause serious setbacks, but at macro level, it will annihilate everything.

अ्जारप्र्बहधृय्�दषाय्््र र ोा ममिस ् ा््यच

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no deviation from the path trodden by the great सजहृ्पदरृैमहा म्ह�्ण श्ा मधर् पच् ाय्म्ः। ध ी हाणाशः्�रणा ानर््पश महारावपश २---३४ ध spṛhaṇīyaguṇairmahātmabhiścarite vartmani yacchatāṁ manaḥ| vidhiheturaheturāgasāṁ vinipāto'pi samaḥ samunnateḥ|| bhāraveḥ kirātārjunīye mahākāvye 2---34 The talk of Dharmaputra to Bhiimasena and others continues. " For those who follow the footprints of great predecessors of sterling character even temporary setbacks caused by act of fate or otherwise would transform themselves to future advantage" The wise king is a stickler to tradition and precedents. The functions and duties of the ruler are chalked out by such traditions and precedents. The evolution of such law is very methodical. If one follows the wisdom of the ancestors in word and spirit, ultimate success is ensured and even temporary hiccups can be only indicators for introspection and correction of the path through such evaluation. This idea is germane in every civilized governance. If the present constitution of our Nation is very fair and enlightened, the credit should go to the times of Mahabharatha and Manusmriti, chanakya and mitakshari, the ideas of liberty, equality and fraternity canvassed by the French Revolution, Jefferson's United States Declaration of Independence adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776 and the American Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Man, the laws of England of the Westminster school developed through tradition alone and other gems culled out from our past. As Neville Cardus once put it, if Halsbury's Laws of England (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halsbury%27s_Laws_of_England) are lost for ever we can rebuild the traditions from the laws of the game of cricket (the noble game is a strict votary of discipline.). Hierarchical discipline and respect for precedents is the hallmark of any judicial system worth its name in the civilized world. �ार्हश रणहश रणाद ाय �ार्जा षऽ�ज् मः् मन् शःच र

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anger saps the strength ररव्हसषपर ्शर य्ाजरः्प मस सप हा पछज�कपा। हाणाशः �रणा ानर््पश्२---३२ ध śuci bhūṣayati śrutaṁ vapuḥ praśamastasya bhavatylaṅkriyā| praśamābharaṇaṁ parākramaḥ sa nayāpāditasiddhibhūṣaṇaḥ|| bhāraveḥ kirātārjunīye 2---32 Yudhistira extols the virtue of learned and well thought of action bereft of anger "The time-tested and thoughtful study of scriptures and traditions and action following such study becomes an adornment and a talisman to the body (meaning existence) of a person. Victory over anger and thoughtful execution of the properly conceived plan of action is the crowning glory for such studies. When a ruler's valour is beautifully embellished by self control and victory over anger, he becomes the ultimate victor reaching zenith of popularity because of the proper mapping and dexterous execution of his policies." Here the king signals a note of caution to his brother. Mere girth of the body and possession of raw power is not enough. The raw power should be tempered by study of scriptures and traditions. And rushing through life just prodded by uncontrolled rage and arrogance will only lead to one's downfall. If the really strong and well advised leader is in full control of his emotions and proceeds to execute his plans in the most meticulous manner. The final crowning glory seeks him out. प माहणृय जणाकमः् ््पाजा�द ् �सहषृःच स

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qualities of a good speech सकु ा्््जदै णजारी ा्््व्् सा्री ममधदौणाय। र

हाण�ामहार�ारी श �रणा ान््पश्महारावपश २---२७ रध sphuṭatā na padairapākṛtā na ca na svīkṛtamarthagauravaṁ| rācitā pṛthagarthatā girām na ca sāmarthyamapohitaṁ kvacit|| bhāravimahākavikṛte kirātārjunīye mahākāvye 2---27 Bheemasena is simmering with rage at the state of affairs caused by the stoic attitude of his elder brother. He has made a speech canvassing frontal attack on the enemies. Dharmaputra is disturbed by the spurt of words from the giant of a younger brother and the impulsiveness reflected therein. But the king is a past-master in facing any verbal charade by confronting it with soft and conciliatory replies. So in a bid to calm down Bheema, the king praised the former's words .. " The words spoken by you were very clear, and such clarity was not marred by excessive verbosity, at no point have you veered away from the paramount importance of the subject matter of the speech, the words spoken by you, though brief, were capable of conveying rich and deep insights, and the dexterity in composition and formation of words was not overlooked at any point". Such learned analysis of the qualities of a good speech is a crowning example of Bharavi's astuteness. The occasion in the Kaavyam is not very relevant. But what is important to a student is the depth of thought that has gone into the condensed definition of a good speech, being explained. Clarity of thoughts is given the most important place. Such clarity should not be obliterated by verbosity. And any speech should reflect purposefulness. The words used should be as few as possible but should convey great meanings. Dexterity in presentation of the subject through cogent use of words should never be overlooked. Bharavi himself is a master in such word-craft. The literary world praises the simplicity of words of Dandi ( the author of Dasakumaracharitam), the depth of meaning of Bharavi and the great similes of Kalidasa ( दिण््ः्जदछा्र पम ्् हाणाशणमधदौणाम ् ेजमा रा्छदा सप..्daṇḍinaḥ padalāḻityam bhāraverarthagauravam upamā kāalidāsasya....)

णरव ा्जमदमध ा्रदणाम ््््व ामथपधमजष�ह य्तारव ्च ी

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the brave thrives by valour मद् ्मरखैमदार्जः्र्ण्हाध प श्सापय्ह ैः। धी ध हाणाशः्�रण ान््पश २---१८ रध

छघपनखछर् शन ानदन््महार्च्र ्हसर मनप ःच
madasiktamukhairmṛgādhipaḥ karibhirvartayate svayaṁ hataiḥ| laghayankhalu tejasājaganna mahānicchati bhūtimanyataḥ|| bhāraveḥ kiratārjunīye 2---18 The king Yudhistira is in conference with his brothers and wife draupadi. Even though Yudhistira is just taking the sojourn in the forest as a consequence of his own action and is reconciled to it, but the others are not. When informed about the success of the arch rival Duryodhana their anger and eagerness for revenge are doubly kindled. They are simply tied down by their respect for the elder brother. Draupadi is now addressing the valourous Vrikodhara...the bheemasena, prodding him to belligerent action against Duryodhana. Frist she ridicules the stoic nature of the king and his four valorous brother. She is all contempt for the ways of reconciliation sought by the exiled king. She says " The king of forests, lion, always likes to exist in glory among the dead bodies of the rogue elephants which were on rut and were annihilated by him by striking their foreheads with his strong arms and not otherwise. A true hero would always want to vanquish the whole world with his own valour and enjoy the glory and wealth coming by his way through such action. It is not through patient waiting and negotiations that the really brave person established his superiority." Draupadi's talk under the circumstances is laudable. Yudhistira is getting unnecessarily bogged down by his own exaggerated sense of propriety. This attitude may be ideal for philosophers or ascetics..But it is ridiculous for a strong man that the king is, and is having for his support four younger brothers, who are all capable of vanquishing the world individually on their own right. Here the Kshaatra Dharma is explained with all passion by a brave lady of the Kshatriya clan. The sum and substance of the arguments is that an attitude or action which can be praiseworthy in one set of circumstances can be termed as cowardice in a different situation

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is it always right cricket to "walk"? वनिन ् श्मस र्पः्जणाहाय्हािन ्मापा�ाषर पश्््मारप्ः। ठास ्ा�ा्ा् या ी ाजदािन््

हाण�ारी श �रणा ानर््पश्महारवपश्१---३० ध vrajanti te mūḍhadhiyaḥ parābhavaṁ bhavanti māyāviṣu ye na māyinaḥ| praviśya hi ghnanti śaṭhāstadhāvidhānasaṁvṛtāṅgānniśitā iveṣavaḥ|| bhāravikṛte kirātārjunīye mahākavye 1---30 Yudhistira had been forced to abdicate his kingdom and take shelter to a life in forest for 12 years as a result of an unjust bid in a game of chess with his cousin. The same fate has overtaken his four younger brothers and also Draupadi. The honest and noble king has accepted this imposition as a matter of propriety. But his brothers and wife are not that magnanimous. They had accepted the decision only with a view not to disobey their leader and the king. They are not in any way reconciled to this state of affairs. The dissent is most strong on the part of Draupadi because even her womanhood was challenged during the altercation that followed the game of chess and she was publicly humiliated by Dussasana. The four younger brothers and the king himself had the strength and popularity, and if they chose they could have spurned such unjust imposition cast on them. So when Yudhistira reports the outcome of his discussion with the spy Draupadi and the four brothers could not conceal their indignation over the state of affairs and the stoic approach of the king on the issue. Draupadi is the first to speak out . She says, " The idiotic persons who are not deceitful while dealing with treacherous people will only be led from defeat to further defeat. They will be torn asunder by the obstinate and cruel adversaries just as the sharp and poisoned arrows punctures the uncovered bosom of a warrior without armour or other protection. While it will give one an aura of nobility to accept even unjust decision with peaceful acceptance and calm resignation, such attitude is fatal to human beings in their existence in terra firma. There will be always people who use unfair means to take advantage of others. Even if the argument that a noble and decent person should not resort to such methods himself is a valid one, he cannot afford to remain without offering any resistance if and when such practices are directed against him. Noble declarations and stark realities of life could be placed at opposite poles in our day to day life. With the power and popularity and resources in one's favour if a powerful man remains
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wedded to empty platitudes in the name of propriety when the adversary is using foul means he is inviting annihilation for himself and others dependent on him. The question whether it is right to just walk in cricket without seeing the umpire's hands up when the opposite team bowls underarm is relevant here.

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enmity with the noble is the harbinger of tragedy. -पछं्हजाछम�ज्िसमणापर ्प ा दाा्णर् मण्छय्हाः। स र

हाण�ापृ् श �रणा ानर््पश्महारवपश १---२३ ध pralīnabhūpālamapi sthirāyati praśasadāvaridhi maṇḍalaṁ bhuvaḥ| sa cintayatyeva bhiyastvdeṣyatīraho durantā balavadvirodhitā|| bhāravipraṇīte kirātārjunīye mahākavye 1---23 The entire kingdom with its people and resources has been brought under the absolute control of Duryodhana, engaging all means fair or foul. There is ostensible stability and lack of challenge from any foes. But his mind is paranoid...Day and night he is only thinking of an attack from the legitimate ruler, Yudhistira and defeat at his hand. Miserable indeed is the state of affairs of a person who has incurred the enmity very strong persons. In the poets own words.." he had made the whole earth with the oceans as her borders filled with subdued and subjugated rulers under his strong grip and was wielding suzerain powers, but he is indeed obsessed eternally with the fear of attack from you (Yudistira, being addressed by the spy). Tragedy awaits people who have incurred the enmity of the great." Here we can sense what happens to persons who have usurped into places of eminence when they do not have the legitimacy to reach that station. We can see millions of individual examples in day to day life today. Illegitimacy is rather a rule than an exception these days. Positions of power are attained either through crafty means or ridiculous legislation by brute pressure groups. The legitimacy by way of mental and physical eligibility and merit are overlooked somewhere in the route. The banished suffers and the usurper tries to convince himself that he is now the master. But a corner of his own mind always raises the question mark... If the usurper is cruel enough, he annihilates his competitor by any means to avoid backlash.. This is what Macbeth did, or Lady Macbeth did for him. But she became insane. In a minor way the manager who has climbed the ladder after delivering unfair kicks just gets his competitors eliminated by means of scandalizing or intrigue... The history of mankind is overflowing with such incidents. However the mind which is honest in comparison sees through the brave face, and crumbles. Indeed, enmity with the noble is the harbinger of tragedy.

्रवन प पशा ्हपस वदश कप ्णहष्दणन ा्बछा�दणषर् ाच र

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even the stone will melt when it is honoured र्ण पपय् ाम्््दा्ािनध म ््््हस्ण्दा्य �ाणहयप् ि कपाय। हाणाशः्�रणा ानर््प्महारावपा ््१---१२ ध niratyayaṁ sāma na dānavarjitam na bhūri dānaṁ virahayya satkriyāṁ| pravartate tasya viśeṣaśālinī gunānurodhena vinā na satkriyā||| bhāraveḥ kirātārjunīya mahākāvyāt 1---12 To retain the goodwill of the people around him the clever king Duryodhana was apllying the two very effective modes of befriending... unlimited praise and friendly accommodation of ideas which were accompanied by generous gifts. But the honours and gifts were handed out by the astute ruler taking into account the good qualities and the eminent eligibility of the recipient of such honours. " His habitual and friendly treatment of the near and dear was not without generous gifts and honours and the honours were bestowed by him on the appropriate and deserving recipients." Mere verbal praise of people, however sweet and flattering it is will not attract the people to a person for long. People rally around a person basically expecting material benefits This desire was usually satisfied by generous gifts. And people in general are vain. They want recognition and praise and hierarchical honours. In the present day context such cravings of the people are satisfied by awards and decorations by the state and prestigious organisations. The most important message conveyed by the philosopher poet is that adulations and honours should go only to people who are eminently eligible for such exalted treatment. A state honour should never be bestowed on an undeserving individual. The history of awards and honours these days have a different background. Personal, political and selfish considerations gain the upper stage. The tragedy is that the deserving persons with little clout miss the bus in the process. The hollow nature of misplaced honours are exposed with their ugly face exposed by history in posterity. पा ध श् सप्�ा शष ा्छ्््दर्ा्णष्श् �ा्ा््् ि कपाच। र

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modesty of convenience ख्र्ा्प्र परनषऽ्रन्�ा्ः मा्मा्ान रुद�्बन्र्हः।

हाणाशः �रणा ान््पश्महारावपश १-----१० रध sakhīniva prītiyujo'nujīvinaḥ samānamānānsuhṛdaśca bandhubhiḥ| sa santataṁ darśayate gatasmayaḥ kṛtādhipatyāmiva sādhu bandhutāṁ|| bhāraveḥ kirātārjunīye mahākāvye 1-----10 In an all out to bid to keep people around him absolutely faithful in spite of the fact that Duryodhana was rather an impostor to the kingdom which rightly belonged to his cousin Dharmaputra, the former has embarked himself on a course of unabashed appeasement and show of excessive love and affection towards all around him. " He is treating mere acquaintances who were marginally favourable to him as if they were his bosom friends. Friends were close relatives to him in his perception under the changed circumstances. And apparently bereft of all arrogance, his ostensible attitude towards his relatives , was that such people were his lords and masters." Showing of excessive cordiality attracts all people towards the ruler. We have heard vultures of politicians address their voters as " my uternine brothers, sharing my own blood" etc., but it would only reinforce the ageold dictum, " vachane kaa daridrataa....why should one be miserly when dishing out mere words?". The trait exhibited by Duryodhana would be found in everyone who is not sure of himself and the legitimacy of his position. He is always governed by the fear that what he has acquired by foul means would be challenged by the support group, and in his bid to keep them in good humour, he is showing excessive magnanimity towards them. It is a sort of clowning engaged in by any ruler who has many skeletons in his cupboard. But when the going is fairly good, the recipients of the favours would pretend to believe in the bounty.. They have nothing to lose. But when the opposition to the tyrant gets crystallized, the bluff will be called and the goody-goody atmosphere will vanish into thin air. However, it has to be remarked by way of an ad lib that if an affectionate and able ruler can develop this attitude towards his fellow beings, he could gain immortality..But Mahatmas are too rare in the real world.

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य्द प श द समपः्री ार्ज पा्मा् ा्र्बन्र ायच ध

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idiot

It is a story of almost hundred years ago. A timid, but principled brahmin was serving as a clerk in the service of the British Malabar, in some obscure place in Malappuram district. The clerks, if they had to survive had to receive the bribes offered to them in small coins and in kind, because their salaries was paltry. But this man will not do it. But so long as he was a clerk, he was left alone.. because it never affected the people or the employer if he did his job reasonably well. But one day he was awarded a promotion to some post equal to a Deputy Tehsildar and this man was afraid that he would not be allowed not to take bribes any more. With eight children, mostly young and no expectation of any income he retired for a small pension and returned to his agraharam. There, from the morning many children would be sitting around him on the thinnai of his house studying the alphabets of malayalam language. In his spare time unnoticed by all he would visit the village pond and clean the old steps around it and remove grass and other growths, before he took his bath. He studied sanskrit at an advanced age and would recite bagavat gita and vishnu sahasranamam. I learnt these mostly by heart hearing him chant it...I was seven years at that time.

Another brahmin was there. He was engaged as a cook and a small time hotelier. He failed completely and at about the age of fifty he was offered the job of a priest in a small ganapathy temple for a paltry monthy wage of less than five rupees. He would go as a loukeeka for sraadham meals etc. The ganapathy had to be offered rice at least twice a day, and his lamps had to be hit. This man would take the cooked rice from home and offer it to Ganapathy. The nephews and nieces in his house were the wageless sweepers of the temple. Till every morning he would pour nice gingely oil pilfered from the home on the idol and would remark, "let the Lord sit like this for ten minutes, so that he will be cool and happy". He lived in the service of the ganapthy for forty years and the ganapathy was indigent, and the priests salary would not have reached even fifty rupees. He was childless but his relatives had prospered reasonable by the time he retired.. The ganapthy also prospered after his exit The fellows who did menial jobs for the temple did that out of love more for this man, and without any wages.

Another impractical man I have seen. In his retired life and with none of his children settled in life, even food was scarce at home. But every night before completing his second course of meals he would ask for some more rice, and say if fresh rice is not there it can be pazhaya saatham at least. All in the family knew this food was not for himself. A stray orphan dog was waiting in the backyards. Once the man was given the extra rice, sometimes even on the face of murmur from others, he would say he was not
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hungry, take away the plate and give the food to the dog. He was not sure that others in the family would give anything to the dog, given the circumstances.

There was yet another lean ugly man whose only pleasure in life was ostensibly to take purgatives every day so that his intestines would be clean in the night. But for about 35 years he was a teacher of the first standard in a primary school, at Kalpathy. He never desired even to teach in the second class. ( No nusery or KG classes those days. Every morning he would go to school at 7-30 AM, even clean his classroom and be waiting for his children. The pleasures and pains of each child was his own. No child cried or complained when they occupied his classroom. When any child was sick, he would care of him. if the child passed urine or stools while in class he would not hesitate to clean the class and the child. He was the Sir for many youngsters of two generations. His educational achievements would not have been much more than that of his students of the class.

The above persons, prima facie were idiots. Nobody asked them to do these things. If my guess is correct, they did not even know that they were doing something out of the way Many of us in our family have grown up into idiots emulating them. Nothing strange about it. The first was my mother's father, second my mothers uncle, third my own father and last but not the least, my own uncle, my mothers brother.

I am an idiot and impractical fool.. I cannot be otherwise. But secretly I am proud of it... because I am in good company. Dozens of siblings and cousins of mine who may chance to read this will be idiots of similar mind bend.. but I do hope they will be also proud of their idiotic elder relatives.

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no sweat, no sweets
�ाहजप्््�दामस य री ा्णषडादधनपश् मा्ा्मदसपयजाय्जदा्य्प�ज हाण�ारी श्�रण ानर््पश महारावपश्१---९ ध िनयृा्�ा नप श् श्््पश््जौयषम ्च र्ा।

kṛtāriṣaḍvargajayena mānavīmagamyarūapāṁ padavīṁ prapitsunā| vibhajya naktaṁdivamastatandrina vitanyate tena nayena pauruṣam|| bhāravikṛte kiratārjunīye mahākāvye 1---9 The spy employed by Dharmaputra describles how the exiled king's arch rival and cousin Duryodhana is exerting himself to the ultimate and increasing his valour and prosperity. " The positions occupied is very difficult for him to sustain by mere human efforts as prescribed by manu. So he has managed to conquer the six worst enemies one can have, namely, Kama (Lust), Krodha (Rage), Lobha ( stinginess), Moha (avarice), madha (arrogance) and maatsarya ( unhealthy competiton), and setting out an effective action plan without any place for rest or laxity either during day or night, through astute diplomacy, he is enhancing his influence over the subjects and vassals and is also conquering himself." The most important principles of management are given in a capsule form once again. The poet acknowledges that the more successful the manager, stiffer targets will be thrown up for his achievement. Living up to such targets is not an easy task by normal human standards. However, the achievement can be made a sure possibility through some great effort. The first precondition is to win over the inherent six enemies we are born with. Lust simply derails us from action affects our unswerving concentration. Rage dissipates our energy and puts to nought all our achievements till then. Stinginess and meanness become mental blocks for ourselves and our associates and pulls us back. Unrealistic craving for anything is another drain for concerted action.(one should act and achieve, can dream reasonably, but dreams without action can only bring us disaster). Arrogance is the achiever's worst enemy... this trait makes one mad, quarrelsome and blind to realities and finishes him once for all. Unhealthy and unethical competition, at the end of the day, will be only a harbinger of disaster. One should not lose sight of the progress of the competitor, but getting obsessed with the rival operator can only affect ones on achievements. Once has to allow his own brand quality and achievement speak for itself.
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Then the manager should have a well defined action plan...if the targets are sky high, one has no time to relax... every target becomes achievable when it is divided and the achievement is expected to fructify within clearly defined time-slots within a longer span of time fixed for achieving the target. Losing out at each time slot makes a dent on the final results. And finally the never say die attitude is the vital quality that really makes the difference. In cricket we say the game is not over till the last ball is bowled. The same idea would appear with greater force in the pursuit of our targets. To be precise, the great poet is just giving us a lesson in proper management of our resources and time. just taking the storyline of Duryodhana as a medium. The dramatis personae are not very material, but the ideas are worth their weight in gold.

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mere sweet words can kill you �कपा र्पर््ज्वाणवोर ष्््ानव््पाः पहाषऽ्रन्�ा्हः। ै धी

हाण�ारी श �रणा ान््पश्महारावपश १-----४ रध kriyāsu yuktairnṛpa cāracakṣuso na vañcanīyāḥ prabhavo'nujīvibhiḥ| atorhasi kṣanthumasādhu sādhu vā hitaṁ manohāri ca durlabhaṁ vacaḥ|| bhāravikṛte kirātārjunīye mahākāvye 1-----4 This is another gem from Bhaaravi. The king Yudhistira had employed a spy to evaluate the state of affairs in his kingdom from which he has been unjustly banished. The spy in the disguise of a young brahmin had roamed around the kingdom and gathered all information he could and he is about to give a status report to his king. The dutiful employee is not interested in dishing out false and comfortable tidings and curry the temporary favour of his employer. (See what our IB in India did in pre 1977 election scenario) . Through a declaration by the rustic menial employee, Bharavi brings out a great truth which the manager as well as the employee should stick to at any cost. " Lord, the masters when they employ the spies, consider them as their own eyes. Such employees should never betray the trust placed on them at any cost. So now the Lord must pardon me irrespective of the fact that my report is favourable and palatable to Him or not. It is indeed very difficult to receive words which are meant for you welfare and at the same time which are pleasing to the ears and mind." Yesterday I read as the days quote in a respected site..." a little inaccuracy in reports is better if accuracy would cause inconveniences.." or something to this effect. Once managers and employers have migrated to this mindset, the organisation is doomed. An employee should have the guts and character to report facts to the boss, even though a public confession may not be mandatory. It is equally essential on the part of the manager to evaluate the facts and circumstances after giving weightage to all the facts of the case and the impossible parameters. It is meaningless to be hawkish only to find scapegoats. When we find especially in hierarchical setups like government where the subjective consideration of a man even one place above in seniority can make or mar the career of an employee it is really difficult to follow this dictum. Here, the boss shouts at you that your are an imbecile, idiot, nincompoop and some harsher fellows may even pass remarks on your parentage.....but the subordinates reply is only "sir", yes Sir, "you are correct
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अ षहध् ्ोन रम ा्र् ा्र्ाा �ह य्म्षहा्ण्व्दछहय्ावःच र ध

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sir", "i will take care of it sir" Why..? Yes, Bharavi's gem..." words which are for your benefit may not pass the test of being nectar to the ear and mind " is to be exhibited in golden letter for all people to read wherever human transactions are taking place.

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even enmity with the noble has its own benefits दा�ज्िन�ः् ्हािजनद्षपा् ्षर ् र य्दरृ सजदा्प ः। महार�ाहाण�ारी श्�रणा ानर््पश्महारवपश १ -----८ ध tadāpi jihmaḥ sa bhavajjigīṣayā tanoti śubhraṁ guṇasampadā yaśaḥ| samunnayanbhūmimanāryasaṅgamādvaraṁ virodho'pi samaṁ mahātmabhiḥ| mahākavibhāravikṛte kirātārjunīye mahākavye 1 -----8 The context in the Mahakaavya is as follows:- The Pandavas were challenged by Duryodhana for a game of chess by their cousins Kauravaas whose eldest is Duryodana. As per the practice among Kshatriyas of the day the elder Pandava accepted that challenge and what happened later was a game fixing by the Crafty uncle Sakuni the King of Gandhara. The wily Sakuni through words and action managed to rig the game and Dharmaputra, having staked his kingdom as well as the persona of himself , his four brothers and Draupadi was completely defeated and humiliated and finally it was ordered that the five pandavas with their wife draupadi would withdraw to forest for 12 years of forest life and one year of living incognito and if their identity got revealed during the days in disguise, they will again have to repeat the life in exile again, subject to the same conditions. Thus the pervert of Duryodhana had come by the great Kingdom of his cousins through foul means. But the man was really intelligent. He started his policy of endearment of the subjects of the annexed country through fair rule exhibiting abundance of personal virtues..This is narrated in the Mahakavya as a report from a spy of Dharmaputra submitted to the latter. "The crafty Duryodhana is aware of the popularity of his elder cousin as an ideal ruler..The only way available to him is to emulate the welfare policies of Dharmaputra and this he does effectively. Even though he has gained the ownership of the land by foul means, he becomes an ideal ruler. The point to be highlighted here is that even enmity with the noble is far better and beneficial that the friendly association with characterless people. The enmity with Dharmaputra has transformed Duryodhana into a very just and popular ruler... and the indication is that his association with the likes of Sakuni is going to result in his future downfall. मन्पनह्मम्ापध जदमादणय ्�ाणष्षऽ�ज् मय्महा म्हः। र स

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give trust and a patient hearing to the subordinate ्�रय् खा् ा्र््् ािस ्पऽर्जय्�ह ान््पः य ृर श् ्�रय्पहरः। ी हाण�ारी श �रणा ानर््पश्महारवपश १----५ ध sa kiṁ sakhā sādhu na śāsti ya'dhipaṁ hitānna yaḥ saṁśṛṇute sa kiṁ prabhuḥ| sadānukūleṣu hi kurvate ratim nṛpeṣvamātyesṣu ca sarvasampadaḥ|| bhāravikṛte kirātārjunīye mahākavye 1----5 The great poet Bharavi extols the relationship between a good master(ruler/manager ) and his minister of subordinate How can one call a person a good friend or faithful subordinate if he is not able to aid and advise his master efficiently? And how can one call a person a worthy ruler or manager if he is incapable of lending a favourable ear to the advise of a subordinate who should be always interested in the welfare of the boss? The power, wealth and welfare resides only in the country where the king and his ministers and subordinates are all capable of keeping confidence inter se and the subordinates are ready to speak out without fear and the ruler is ready to hear things irrespective of whether the statements are sweet to the ears or not. This is true in any hierarchical organisation or even in government departments. It is the worker at the lower operative level who first senses the chinks in the Armour when the system is running out of step. If they are loyal to the organisation and if they have the confidence that they would be heard, they will surely report the aberrations to the higher-ups truthfully, and if the middle lever or top management are sincere they would try to understand and try to find solution to save the system as a whole. On the other hand if the manager at every level is sitting on his own imagined insulated paradise and trying to find scapegoats when the chips are down, the death of the organisation as a whole is assured. दा्रछशषर्�ह्राध श्णर म ््जशकामा पशसषर्व् ाध सजदःच र स र ी

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test of indigence is in shameless begging

दा्ण�पसपाजणा मसर पाचचा्््य�ाृालज ा। ध बलछाछदश ासप्हषनपबन्ा ् dāridryasyāparā mūrtiyācñā na draviṇālpatā| api kaupīnavānśambhuḥ tadā'pi parameśvaraḥ|| ballāladevasya bhojaprabandhāt
Absence of wealth or money cannot be called poverty.The indigent and miserable nature of a person manifests itself in its worst form through shameless begging. Take the case of the Lord Shiva. All he wears is only a tattered loincloth. But he is called Parameshwara the souce of all prosperity. Kalidaasa said elsewhere about Shiva...".अ�रनव्ः् ् ््पहाः् ्

अ�ज्रौज््ाान सहरः् दाऽ�ज्जणमश�णःच

सजदाय akiñcanaḥ san prabhavaḥ sa sampadāṁ" even though he stands emptyhanded in the cremation ground, he is the source of all prosperity" . A person may have dearth of money at times, but if he lives withing his means and maitans dignity, he is not a destitute. But even a rich man who will go to all begging for more nd more personal favours is the embodiment of poverty. We can see both types of persons in plenty in every social segment.

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anger of the impotent

स्महाहाण श ेधपषदजाधर््पनादणृजा�्�ादणाातपश्३३--३६ र paraṁ kṣipati doṣeṇa vartamānaḥ svayam tathā| yaśca kruddhatyanīśa san sa ca mūḍhtamo naraḥ|| srīmahābhārate udhyogaparvani prajāgaraṇaparve viduravākye 33--36 a man who is guilty and this fact is known to himself and others but is through fair of foul means trying to pass on the guilt to someone else and tries to wriggle out of the situation is considered the foremost of idiots. A fellow who is incapable of doing anything but is seething with impotent anger is also of identical category of idiots. A man does not require any character to commit guilt but it takes a lot of character to own it up and face the consequences. And giving vent to anger in some impotent way when a person is not capable of anything worthwhile makes his look more foolish. We see some parents thrashing their children just because they are not able to provide the kids with basis need. It is foolish to beat up the goldsmith for making substandard ornaments when the gold supplied by you anything but gold.

प� कस प्् ् ् ्् ्व्मस र

जणय �ोजर ्दषषशृ्ा मा्ः्सापम ्् मा। ध

मष््णःच

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to give refuge is the duty of a householder व ाा्ण् श् ा ्दहश्ा न र ी ासष �ार णा न्ः्रछं्ः र ी

रशपा्हनरनसप दहस ््म�च ी

महहाण श े षदजाधगृ्पनादणृजा�्�ादण््र ाातपश ३३--५९ र catvāri te tāta gṛhe vasantu śriyābhijuṣṭasya gṛhasta dharme|| vṛddho jñātiravasannaḥ kulīnaḥ sakhā daridro bhaginī cānapatyā|| mahabhārate udyogaparvaṇi prajāgaraṇaparve viduranītivākye 33--59 Vidura is giving advice to the king Dhritaraashtra, who is his half brother. He says, " My dear brother, if you desire prosperity and blessedness for yourself, you as a grihasta (or noble householder), should permit four types of persons to live with you for support and sustenance (1) The age old and ailing relative though distant, who has no other person to look up to, (2) a well bred and learned person who is in difficult financial conditions, (3) A bosom friend who has become indigent by the will of fate and (4) a sister who is not having the fortune to have a child of her own (and either widowed or abandoned by her husband)' The collective responsibility of the society to give succor to the hapless people is embedded into the social rules of Mahabharatha times as could be seen from the pronouncement of the statesman Vidhura. Such indigent people deserved to be treated as householders and were not expected to be thrown into old age homes. It is curious how such advices will find sense in the present day context of rich sons and daughters simply driving away old parents to old age homes.

खा द्णयष्हरद्््वा्ज पाच

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one can rule with love and not with rage. ्् श्् जपय्तारवदसी य्््रः्री य्््ाा रषज�ािन�मा््य। र हाणाशः �रणा ानर््पश्महरावपश् दधः्१्�षर्२१ ध य na tena sajyaṁ kvaciduddhṛtaṁ dhanuḥ kṛtaṁ na vā kopavijihmamānanaṁ| guṇābhimānena śirobhiruhyate narādhipairmālyamivāsya śāsanaṁ|| bhāraveḥ kirātārjunīye mahakāvye sargaḥ 1 ślokaṁ 21 After managing to send his cousin to a sojourn in the forest through a game a chess (rigged of course by crafty Shakuni), Duryodhana, a Master of statecraft is reinforcing his popularity as a ruler par excellence. The impact of this is reported to the exiled king Yudhistira by a spy. The spy is impressed by what he saw in the country ruled by Suyodhana and even though the report may not be to the liking of the rival cousin, the spy does not make any attempts to conceal the facts. "After taking up the reins of administration, the king had no occasion to raise his bow mounted tight with the string ready to shoot. He had no occasion to have his anger kindled to white flame and making his face excited with rage. The vassal kings and subjects out of great reverence and partiality for the virtue of just administration, accept heads down, with humility and respect the orders and bidding of the supreme ruler as if such orders were garlands made of fragrant flowers presented to them in their honour". In politics, there are many occasions when a king can retain power only by applying ruthless suppression of the will of the subjects and subordinates. In such cases, the interests of the king or the ruling junta will be extremely selfish and the statecraft of welfare would be the last priority. Recently we saw fall of such tyrants, in Egypt and nearabouts. Some other hegemonies are crumbling. But the great Kaavyakaara, Bhaaravi who is famed for arthagauravam, or exposition of apt ideas of vital relevance, describes the success of a just king. The orders of such ruler run the roost because they are entirely beneficial to the subjects. No selfishness or graft or partiality in dispensing justice. In the earlier part of this chapter, the just policy of the king has been described in great detail. The essential feature is that the king was not influenced by avarice for taxes and gifts from the subject, he was never swayed by anger, he was always acting on expert counsel, and when it came to
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दरृा्हमा्श््् णष्हया श ्णार्जैमाधलप्माासप् ा ्यच

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dispensation of just punishment he never considered whether the wrongdoer was an enemy or was his own son, and when he sat on the throne he was driven to action only by dharma. (not drama..a more suitable word for contemporary politicians.)

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Strike hard when the metal is hot ाहश द्मतम ््सरन्श््पाा राछसप्जपधपः।

च तयर्िच्यश ्ज्णहणश ्च वाृतप् सतय्१९४ vahedamitram skandhena yāvatkālasya paryayaḥ| tameva kāle saṁprāpte bhindhyāt ghaṭamivāśmani|| ||śatruṁ cchidre pariharet|| cāṇakya sūtraṁ 194 വേംധ അകി്രി ംകേ്ന ്ാവനകാാസ� : പഭ�് രേകവ കാോ സി്പാാെര രിരി്ാന യാകിവാടകനി ശ്രുി ംിേ്ദ പഭിംേഭന (ചാതക� സൂ്രി ) The chanakya here is no philosopher. He is a realist. In fact this master of realpolitik alone could establish the first stable kingdom in India. Exalted self interest is the watchword in administration. He says, one must even tolerate carrying a known enemy on his own shoulders so long as the time is not favourable and one is not strong enough to be on the attack. But this is only a temporary phase in our activities. One should not hesitate to annihilate the enemy and blow him to pieces like an earthen port smashed on a rock at the earliest occasion provided by time and opportunity. In the local lores of Chanakya it is said that he was a ferocious but indigent student. Once when he was crossing a road, a bunch of wild grass obstructed his feet and he stumbled. His immediate reaction was to uproot the growth in its entirety. He did not stop with it. He burnt it with fire, mixed the whole ashes with water and drank the mixture to the last drop. Then alone he rested. Maurya the Chandragupta was watching this action of an initiate brahmin and decided then and there to make the latter as his guru. The rest is history. Magnanimity is the privilege of people who are affluent and are comfortably placed. But in the real struggle for life, we get insufferable slighting and insults from many quarters. From bosses, from colleagues, subordinates, from family members (especially from spouses and children and I am at a loss to know whether this policy would apply there.) and the list can be quit long. To just survive and retain sanity, we may tolerate many idiots. But if we make it just a habit and flow milk of human kindness everywhere chances are that one may succeed if one is a Budhdha of a Mahaatma. But the ordinary human beings that we are and considering also the persons with whom we deal with, attack to the finish is the best policy.

मशा राछश् यपारश््हनधपा ््घु्माा�मर्च

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let me be in eternal debt मयपशा्न्ृध ाय्पा र्प ापषजरी य्हणश । ाालम्�रणामापृय mayyeva jīrṇatāṁ yātu yattvayopakṛtaṁ hare| naraḥ pratyupakārārthī vipattimabhikāṁkṣati|| vālmīkirāmāyaṇaṁ This is an endearing statement by Lord Rama to his friend and benefactor Lord Hanumaan. " Oh you the pride of the Vanara Clan, I wish that whatever great help and assistance rendered by you to me may remain with me as very old and unreturned . Those who are eager to return a favour are in a way waiting for difficult times to come around for their old benefactors. I never wish that any bad situation should occur to you where I can think of repaying the favours done by you. This type of noble thought can arise only to an extraordinary being. We are all basically filled with vanity. Most of us help others, if not for any quid pro quo, at least to get the kick out of it..We want to drive home the point that we have helped someone...and directly or impliedly throughout our lives when we see a person for whom we had the privilege rendering some help, we never fail to point it out and derive some pleasure. But here the Maryaadhaappurushottamas wish is that His dearest friend who had rendered invaluable service and to whom he is beholden all his lifetime should never get into any trouble. Orinary logic would make the Lord to have a desire to see Hanumanji in a difficult situation so that the bhagavan because the favour received incapable of repayment puts the Lord Himself at a lower pedestal than his devotee. Yes, when we study Ramayana, we will be baffled to understand who is the greater Hero..Lord Rama or Lord Hanuman.. May be the thought is weird because both are the two facets of the infinite godhead. ्णः प परजराणामर्�ाज��म्हरायोर च

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the real vision दााष्दन्श््ज�पिन ्ाशदैः्ज�पर बा�ृः।

ിാേവാ ിേ്ന പശ�ുിെവൈദ പശ�ുി ്ോാതാ : ചാൈഭ പശ�ുി : ഭാ‍ാന ചകുര�ാകിരേഭ ‍നാ : : ചാതക�ന

वाृतप् सताद gāvo gandhena paśyanti vedaiḥ paśyati brāhmaṇaḥ| cāraiḥ paśyanti rājānaḥ cakṣubhyāmitare janāḥ|| cāṇakya sūtrād

वाणै ः्ज�पिन ्णाना्ः वोरभपा्म णश ्न्ाःच

The animals see (here meaning recognition of the kin in the herd) through the help of their sense of smell, the learned men see (here meaning the thorough perception) through learning scriptures like Vedas, the rulers see ( get ideas and information about all that is around) through the good offices of spies and agents, and the other people use just use their biological eyes to see. The master uses the word see to connote a multiplicity of meanings, like understanding, gaining deep insight, collecting useful information and not mere focussing of the liquid lens stored in a sachet made of two membranes of transparent pieces of skin. But sadly enough the average mortal does very little more that that. If fact the eye get focussed more on silly things more than things of worth. As an astute political scientist chanakya's thrust is on employing efficient spies and as a great scholar he emphasizes the importance of scriptures. We cannot deny the fact that our nose for dirty things is ever acute and we have never got out of our vestigial tendencies.

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Simplest art of manipulation of the herd. राछकमशृ्नद ः्ज्णा ््पाः। ध

हाण�ा kālakrameṇa jagataḥ parivartanīyāḥ| cakrārapaṁktiriva gacchati lokapaṁktiḥ|| bhāravi A ruler with enough craftiness and gift of the gab can turn the whole set of subjects in his favour. Just like the long series of cranes following one another blindly in a flight,the tendency of the people is just to follow the footsteps of the persons just moving ahead of them in the row. Glibbest of the politicians have all seen into this herd psychology of the ordinary people. Even people with some intelligence, succumb to the temptation to following the majority because somehow they feel they are safer when they form the part of a chain. In reality this can be hazardous. The fireflies fly towards the burning wick in large groups. Masses succumbed to the harangue of Hitler,Goebbels, Mussolini and many others nearer home. They never understood that the goats follow the butcher believing that he is also sporting a goatee beard.. just to lose not only their beards but to transform themselves to Biriyani. The herd psychology was the bane of any organised society and the opinion leaders are always sure that the same lie told hundred times becomes gospel truth. In malayalam they say, അേ്ി നാമുക േിാവു രെു പികിന നാമുകു കകുന േിാമ്ുി when one cow just walks in a path with his head bowed all other cows fall in steps and follow. But history is replete with the stories of many who dared to be different, and only such people made any difference in this world. Take a Sankara, Mahatama or Jesus.. They dared to challenge the conservative establishment. Take Karl Marx, Castro, or the second great Sankara, the EMS..they also did the same.
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वकाणजयप््णा दच्र ्छषरजयप्ःच

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simplest art of manipulation of the herd. राछकमशृ्नद ः्ज्णा ््पाः। ध

हाण�ा kālakrameṇa jagataḥ parivartanīyāḥ| cakrārapaṁktiriva gacchati lokapaṁktiḥ|| bhāravi A ruler with enough craftiness and gift of the gab can turn the whole set of subjects in his favour. Just like the long series of cranes following one another blindly in a flight,the tendency of the people is just to follow the footsteps of the persons just moving ahead of them in the row. Glibbest of the politicians have all seen into this herd psychology of the ordinary people. Even people with some intelligence, succumb to the temptation to following the majority because somehow they feel they are safer when they form the part of a chain. In reality this can be hazardous. The fireflies fly towards the burning wick in large groups. Masses succumbed to the harangue of Hitler,Goebbels, Mussolini and many others nearer home. They never understood that the goats follow the butcher believing that he is also sporting a goatee beard.. just to lose not only their beards but to transform themselves to Biriyani. The herd psychology was the bane of any organised society and the opinion leaders are always sure that the same lie told hundred times becomes gospel truth. In malayalam they say, അേ്ി നാമുക േിാവു രെു പികിന നാമുകു കകുന േിാമ്ുി when one cow just walks in a path with his head bowed all other cows fall in steps and follow. But history is replete with the stories of many who dared to be different, and only such people made any difference in this world. Take a Sankara, Mahatama or Jesus.. They dared to challenge the conservative establishment. Take Karl Marx, Castro, or the second great Sankara, the EMS..they also did the same. the quintessence of politics

वकाणजयप््णा दच्र ्छषरजयप्ःच

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महाहणमश्ेधपषदजाधर््पनादणृजा� �ादण््र ाातपश्३३-४३ र ekayā dve viniścitya trīṁścaturbhyo vaśaṁ kuru| pañca jitvā viditvā ṣaṭsapta hitvā sukhī bhava|| mahābharathe udhyogaparvani prajāgaraṇaparve viduranītivākye 33-43 With one mind and intellect, the king should decide the two things.. what is to be done according to dharma and what should not be done. The three types of persons around you, namely friends, enemies and neutrals should be brought to your control and favour using the the four means...saama..endearment through respect and negotiations, dhaana, through gifts (sometimes it may be bribes to enemies), bheda .. causing unrest and lack of faith between enemies, and danda...not sparing the rod. this can va.from minor prunishments to complete annihilation. The five sense organs of perception should be brought under control using six forms of political diplomacy sandhi, vigraha,yaana, aasana, dwa iteebhava and samshraya ( pacts, wars, visits, embassies, causing inter-se fissures, and apparent capitulation) and abstaining from the seven deadly vices --carnal desires, gambling, hunting, intoxicants, harsh words, harsh punishments, and hoarding wealth through foul means...the king or ruler should have a nice and comfortable time. Though given as a guidance from vidura to dhritaraashtra in statescraft, the political nuances are applicable to any ruler of any time. The advices should apply to all managers whatever be their level, and also to the ordinary persons ( for whom waging a war will not have much significance except when his neighbour oggles at his wife of daughters.)
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जनव्िन ाा्�ा�द ाा्षा र्�ह ाा् रख् हाच

परपा्दश ्�ार्ि� प्त्य� रभप�्ा य रय। र

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eight types of death अजमा्य् मा्छजना्बन््म ््हपमशा्व।

वाृतप् ताद स apamānaṁ tathā lajjā bandhanam bhayameva ca| rogaśoko smṛtirbhaṅgo mṛtyuścāṣṭavidhaḥ smṛtaḥ|| cāṇakya sūtrād അപകാനി രഥാ ാജാ േ്നി ര്േകവ ച േഭാിേശാേകാ ം്കിരിിരരേിാ ക‍ര�ുതാ�വി് : ംക‍ര : There can be eight situations in life akin to death for a man of character and self respect. They are 1. Facing disgrace in public 2. facing a shameful scandal. 3. landing up in captivity of getting imprisonment. 4. being subjected to constant fear verging on psychological trauma. 5. misery and suffering of a nagging and prolonged illness 6. inconsolable grief ( may be like the loss of a good friend, spouse sibling, chlid or a grandchild ) 7.. loss of one's own memory, (like in situations like Alzheimer's disease (AD), 8. and of course the degeneration of the mortal body.. One has to confess that we live in a decadent society where public disgrace, scandal, imprisonment and such embarrassing situations are considered virtues for the leaders in society, especially politicians. Even going to jail for a blatantly criminal act is now compared to the great Mahatma's sojourns in British jails with the sacred aim of freeing the motherland. Bureaucrats thrive on scandals. The master of all times was conscious of the problems face by the unfortunate people who suffered from loss of memory.. this occurs to people may be from genetical factors or may be because the victim was so dignified and upright and the happenings around him are not at all in sync with his conscience and the strange human mind just shrinks into its own cocoon in a bid to escape the inescapable. Anyway our hearts should be filled with compassion and love for
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णषद षरष समर हधजदष्म ी पर�ान�ा्ः्सम ी ःच ी

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such unfortunate humans. To quote Bible with minor parapharsing , if it is He today, it may be I tomorrow.

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one never learns his lessons from history. मदमा् मरस य््जय्््�ापयरत�श्र्पमश् मस ी ा।

हाण�ा madamānasamuddhataṁ nṛpaṁ na viyuṁktte niyamena mūḍhatā| atimūḍha udasyate nayānnayahīnādaparajyate janaḥ|| bhāravi A ruler drunk with arrogance and cupidity can never be free from indiscreet acts. The supremely idiotic ruler completely deviated from the policy of justice and when he is derailed from the path of righteousness the subjects abandon him once for all. This cycle has repeated too many times in history..be it ancient or contemporary. The system of administration would have changed from monarchy to democracy at least in some cases but the basic structure remains the same. The modern thoughts echo the same idea..." power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely".. Once a person tastes power in absolute terms there is a complete shift in his attitude towards others. There is arrogance on the one side and avarice on the other side. Once for all he forgets the path he has traversed and he is no longer conscious of the purpose for which he has been brought to the hot seat of power. He becomes oblivious to good sense and when he goes beyond the reasonable limits of arrogance, the victims can no longer tolerate him. Ardent followers and staunch supporters are converted en-masse to worst enemies and the tyrannic ruler finds himself in political wilderness or is often hunted like a mad dog in the streets. The tragedy is, one never learns his lessons from history.

अर मस ्ेदसप श््पान्पहं्ादजणजप श्न्ःच

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know when to be tough मा��यजैर ्मादध ाय् मपश्पसव् ्षर र गम ाय। ी

महाराशः्हाणाशः्�रण ा ् samavṛttirupaiti mārdavaṁ samaye yasca tanoti tigmatāṁ| adhitiṣṭati lokamojasā sa vivasvāniva medhinīpatiḥ|| mahākaveḥ bhāraveḥ kiratāt A valourous ruler remains calm, cool and composed and also behaves in a benign and soft manner during periods of peace and tranquility. However when he has to face tough challenges from any quarter, he becomes really tough. In this matter he takes cue from the great Sun who is very hot and tormenting in certain seasons like summer and is very benign during other seasons. The softness or toughness of the mind should come naturally to the efficient manager. Generally we have a tendency to build up a certin image, either benigh or tough. In this process people go to the extent of befriending (or making a show it ) all and the sundry. This wonderful phenomenon can be seen in politicians especially during campaigns for vote. When visiting the abodes of prospective voters, they performing all the acts of a clown including lifting naughty children who make it a point to urinate on the white dress of the caricature. One the hustings are past they simply change their ways. No more clowns but tyrants and with no heart or qualms This paradigm shift is not the subject matter of the poet. The spontaneous behaviour of a great manager is illustrated here. The manager has to shed softness and get into action however tough it is, when the call of duty beckons. We see this great quality in the military forces world over. They dance, sing and feast when the environs are nice but set out to offer the supreme sacrifice when duty calls.

अर्र नर ्छषरमषन ा् ्�ाासाार्ा मशर्््जर ःच

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patience and non violence.

परष््मधः्जणम ््शशपः्ोमैरा् िन य�मा। श््महाहाण श्े षदजाधगृ्�ादण््र ाातपश तपियय षधपापश्�षरः्४८ र eko dharmaḥ param śreyaḥ kṣamaikā śantiruttamā| vidyaikā paramā dṛṣṭhirahimsaikā sukhāvahā|| śrī mahābhārate udyogaparvaṇi viduranītivākye trayastriṁsodhyāye ślokaḥ 48 Adherence to the right path espoused by dharma alonw can lead to fame and well being of the ruler and the ruled. Only persistent patience can bring about eternal peace, the only real vision is supplied by education alone and the cardinal principle that ensures universal well being is non violence. Reads like Gandhian literature? Written three millenia ago.
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�ा ैरा्जणमा्ा�दण�हस ैरा् रखााहाच

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method even in madness र र ौुदश ्््�ा�ा ष्रदश श्््पन्वप श। र

चअ�ा�स शषर �ा�ा ष्््र वपःच्वाृतप तय्१८७ ध स kutsauhṛde na viśvāso kudeśe na prajīvyate| kurājani bhayaṁ nityaṁ kupātre sarvadā bhayaṁ|| |'viśvasteṣu viśvāso na kartavyaḥ|| cāṇakyasūtraṁ 187 There can be no mutual trust in an insincere and adhoc friendship, a bad country is not good for inhabitation, to live under a vicious king is like dying every day, and if we are supporting the wrong person or cause we are always in terror, This comes by way of explanation of Chankya aphorism "One should not place his trust on the untrustworthy person." As hapless humans the circumstances are not always in our control. We all have a high percentage of unfaithful friends and in turn we are not faithful to most including those who deserve it most. The place of habitation is hardly our choice. To eke out a livelihood hundred migrate to desert area inhabited by people whose minds are worser deserts. And regrading the administration we have to live under, no words are adequate to explain. Again our adherence to ideologies and support groups are all conditioned by so many factors beyond our control.. One has to wonder aloud whether the world has turned into a much worse place from the periods of Chanakyas days of states-craft and intrigues as could be seen between Nandas and Mauryas and chanakyas and rakshasaas. Then there was a method in madness. But human civilization has grown so much that there is no method in the intrigues of life in the present day.. The stab can come from any direction, however cautious one is.

रणानर््हपय र् पय्रजातश् ाधदा्हपयच र र

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accept truth from wherever it comes पर्मर्म ्् र्द�्पा ््बाछाद�ज �ावोृः। ी (चबाछादमपमधना य् ृरपा ्च -- वाृतप सतय्१६९) ी yuktamuktam tu gṛhṇīyāt bālādapi vicakṣaṇaḥ| raveraviṣayaṁ vastu kiṁ na dīpa prakāśayet|| (||bālādapyarthajātaṁ śṛṇuyāt|| -- cāṇakyasūtraṁ 169) ്ുകകുകി രു ി‍ുഹ്ാന ോാാദപി വിചകത: ഭെവഭവിേ്ി വംരു കിി ന ദഹപ ്പകാശെ്ന A man with intelligence should duly consider even the suggestions made by a small boy, if such views are appropriate. The powerful sun lights up the whole world during the day but there is night and also there are dark shadows even during the day and a small wick of a lamp can light up and reveal things in such conditions while the mighty sun may be helpless in doing that. The universal acceptance of wisdom without getting concerned overly for the source thereof is the hallmark of a prudent person. णाशण�ाषपय्ास र्�रय्््दंज परा पश ्च

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knowledge is the light दरृदषषा् ाय�ः्रमय्�ाहन श्न्ः।

दिण् guṇadoṣānaśāstrajñaḥ kathaṁ vibhajate janaḥ| kimandhasyādhikārosti rūpabhedopalabdhiṣu|| daṇḍi This is a quote from the great poet Dandi of Dasakumaaracharitam fame. How can a person without proper knowledge of the saastras reach a decision as to what is good and what is bad? How can a blind person be able to have authoritative views about the beauty of objects. My apologies to the visually impaired..Definitely the intention of the poet was not to hurt the sensibilities of any such people. There are really very great human beings who have reached the highest level of aesthetic cognizance despite visual impairment. The greater misfortune is the blindness of the brain because of the adamnant denial of entry of any light of knowledge..The master poet must have meant such blindness.

�रमन्सपार्राणषिस यजहशदषजछिि्षरच

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we can reach nowhere by just cursing the fate �ाषमाय्�ह्द ाम ््पामप्दै ाय्दहधप श ्णः।

वाृतप ताद स viṣamāṁ hi daśām prāpya daivaṁ garhayate naraḥ| ātmanaḥ karmadoṣāṁśca naiva jānātyapaṇḍitaḥ|| cāṇakyasūtrād When a person lands himself in difficult situations, he simply curses the fate. He never cares to take stock of the wrong and indiscreet series of actions on his own part which has landed himself in such dire straits. Chanakya in his aphorisms has given due weightage to the acts of fate controlling the destiny of all. But his word of caution is against whining about misfortune alone. If a person is exercising due diligence is conducting his own affairs, most of the things in life are sure to turn out nicely . It is meaningless to blame the fate repeatedly and at the same time leading a reckless life. In fact, it would be worthwhile to quote chanakya's aphorism च�ा्ा ाम�ज दै ामा्रषदषषा ््रापाधगृ्दकपिन च वृतप् सतय १२२ र |jñānavatāmapi daivamānuṣadoṣāt kāryāṇi duṣyanti|| caṇakya sūtraṁ 122 meaning "even for the most learned, attempts may end up in failure due to quirks of fate combined with human errors". No one has control over the will of God. But we can exercise reasonable control over our own actions.

आ म्ः्रमधदषषाय�््ैा्ना्ा पजिण् ःच

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Promptness is the watchword आदा्सप्पदा्सप्र वपसप्व्रमधृः। ध (राछार कमा ््राछ्पा्कछम ्�जबर वाृतप् तम ््१०८) स ādānasya pradānasya kartavyasya ca karmaṇaḥ| kṣipramakriyamaṇasya kālaḥ pibati tadrasam|| (kālātikramāt kāla eva phalam pibati cāṇakya sūtram 108) In the matter of giving or receiving, determining what is to be done, and in embarking on proper action, things are to be carried out without any delay. In a delayed action, if at all it yields any fruits, such good results will be eaten away by time, meaning delay nullifies the results of good action. Promptness is the watchword. �ोपम�कपमृसप्राछः्�जबर ् य म ्च

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don't laugh at the misfortune of others दच् ः्सखछ्य्ताा�ज्हाशदशा्पमाद ः। रहा�ष य gacchataḥ skhalanaṁ kvāpi bhavedeva pramādataḥ| hasanti durjanāstatra samādadhati sajjanāḥ|| subhāṣitaṁ when people are struggling in their tortuous journey ahead in life some steps may falter and some may fall down to rise up again and continue the journey. The wicked onlooker en route will never fail to ridicule at such helpless falls. But noble men always lend a helping hand to such unfortunate people and encourage them to forge ahead in the path of life. This sloka comes by way of vyakhyanam to the Chanakyasuutra karyavipattau doshaan varnayanti baalishaaH .. ch su 125 .. when silly people find others in a tight corner, they simply go on describing eloquently what would have gone wrong but never caring to find a way out for the victim. We have seen too many such idiotic crowds. ह िन दन्ास त् माद्र ् जन्ाःच र ध

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a drop of honey versus a bucket of gall पदंच्् ्ा ्र र्नददश र््रमधृा। � श

वाृतप््र सताद yadīcchasi vaśīkartuṁ jagadekena karmaṇā| parāpakārasasyebhyaḥ gāṁ carantīṁ nivaraya|| cāṇakyanītisūtrād If you are genuinely interested in befriending others in the world, the one and only method is that you should prevent your cows from grazing in the fields which are lush with scandals. The allegory is taken from the primordial job of human race, that of a cowherd. Scandals and unfounded libels about colleagues and friends will be aplenty in the air like the lush growth of fodder in the uncultivated fields. If our cow has a feast of relish on such fields and is chewing the cud, the scandals become repeatedly spread causing its damage far and wide. For a moment let us forget the cow and the field. Most of us are very enthusiastic about spreading scandals and misfortunes of others, often adding a thin coat of sweet lip sympathy. Instead we should take it as our duty to douse the fires of scandal and show real solidarity with the friend when his character is being assassinated. Otherwise we are unfit to call ourselves human beings.

जणाजराण सपशभपः दाय्वणन ्य्र्ाIणपच

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eat to live ्म हषन्य्साासथपय

वाृतप तषर २१८ स श mitabhojanaṁ svāsthyaṁ cāṇakyasūtreṣu 218 കിരേരാ‍നി സസാസ�ി ചാതക�സൂ്രി ൨൧൮ temperate and controlled eating is the basis for human health. usually I am tempted to reproduce couplets or fourliners to drive home some points. I was tempted beyond limits to quote this terse aphorism of two words from the master chanakya. They are not anything new....but in these two words the guru has condensed all the wisdom about good health. The doctors and nutritionist of ensuing generations till date all held the same view, and the humans who forgot to follow this always paid the price. For temperory euphoria of the tastebuds, we eat fatty, spicy, salty and sweet foods...some more than what they could put to mouth, some more than what they could swallow. It has been a tradition amongst some gourmets to eat food, put their fingers into the mouth and cause vomit and then again eat more. Where does this end up to? It is said of a thirumeni, who had a tummy full of meals, and was offered a course of Palada Pradhaman.. The thirumeni welcomed it heartily stating that this porridge rich in mild and sweets was king of foods and when it enters the stomach, all others will give space..

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appropriate deployment समा्शकाशा्र्पषजपार््ह ी पा�ाहणृागृ्व। वाृतप ताद स sthāneṣveva niyojyāni bhṛtyāścābharaṇāṇi ca| na hi cūḍāmaṇiḥ prājño pādādau pratibadhyate|| cāṇakyasūtrād A man of wisdom should ensure that servants and ornaments are used in the proper places. A sensible person will never think of wearing the choodamani, a head ornament, around his legs. This is in fact an ancient advice on human resources management. A manager worth his name should deploy his manpower ( here termed as servants.. even now everyone including the top executive in government is termed as a servant) with great discrimination. The person deployed should have skill, and should be suitable for the particular post. Other factors like trustworthiness, discreteness and enthusiasm for the work also should be considered. The deployment of HR should not be based on personal bias of the manager nor for the sake of some temporary personal benefits which may prove fatal to the organization or the nation in the long run. Just as one does not wear the headgear on the legs one should never keep shoes on the head even it is to please someone else. ् �ह्वस्ामगृः्पा�ष्जादादौ्पर बधप शच

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goddess of wealth woos them े ाह यजन्मदंघध तय्�कपा�ार्�य वप ्शका ्। य स

�ाकृर मधृः जनव नता ् utsāhasaṁpannamadīrghasūtraṁ kriyāvidhijñaṁ vyasaneṣvasaktaṁ| śūram kṛtajñaṁ dṛḍhasauhṛdaṁ ca lakṣmīḥ svayaṁ mārgati vāsahetoḥ|| viṣṇuśarmaṇaḥ pañcatantrāt The goddess of Wealth, Lakshmi seeks out on her own volition to have a permanent residence, people (1) who are full of enthusiasm and sense of purpose, (2) who never dither and try to procrastinate, (3) who are efficient and knowledgeable in their own professions,(4) who are not bowled over by grief but persist on their own path with determination, (5) who are bold, (6)who are never ungrateful, and (6) who value and nourish close friendships. The goddess of wealth is famous for her fickleness.. meaning no one can afford to continue to be affluent if he is not very alert. And the author of panchatantram, the most celebrated Indian collection of allegoric tales, has his clear-cut recipe for permanent affluence but the prescription is rather very stiff.

सणम ््री �य्ा

ौुदय ्व छ�म्ः्सापय्मादधर ्ाा हश षःच

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victory over the self न्पन ाम ््दनपा्दश हश््णजा�ोरणादपः र ध जणाा्मध य् सौ ््वा��णजतजः ी

िन शषर ्््छषरषपय् शषर्री स्स ापा्िन र

ः।

महार�ा हाण�ारी श्�रणा श jīyantām durjayā dehe ripavaścakṣurādayaḥ jiteṣu nanu lokoyaṁ teṣu kṛtsnastvayā jitahḥ| paravānarthasaṁsiddhau nīcavṛttirapatrapaḥ avideyendriyaḥ puṁsāṁ gauriveti vidheyatām|| mahākavi bhāravikṛte kirāte We should gain absolute control over our own sense organs which are virtually unconquerable because most of the moments in our life they lead us ahead with their limited capacities and we can be led astray. If these organs are kept under absolute control (conquerors of Indriyas or sense organs are called jithendriyas) it is a mere formality that one can bring the whole world under his feet. Those who have no control over these organs, blunder through life performing any lowly avocation just with the sole aim of earning money, and sooner or later they become captives or slaves of others like the domestic animals with four legs. It is not strange that we see population of the human cows always on the increase, be it is in politics, service or even lesser avenues of human existence.
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अ�ादश पशिनयपः्जयर ाय्दौ्णाशर ्�ा्शप ाम ्च

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speak up or be damned अमषध सनपश््न्सप्नन र्ा ््ना हाद�््््�ा�दषादणःच �रणा श्महार�ाहाण�ापस र म ् amarṣaśūnyeana janasya jantunā na jātahārddena na vidviṣādaraḥ|| kirāte mahākavibhāraviprastutam A citizen who is incapable of exhibiting strong dissent against social injustice is more like a beast of burden and when he gets reconciled to such injustice as a matter of habit he loses all his respectability among learned people. One may think and dismiss this statement as cliched and redundant due to repetition. But let us think of the stark realities of life. We encounter so much of injustice around us and if possible we try to skirt the issue or procrastinate till the matter hits us on the forehead with the force of a ton of bricks. we tend to thrive on the law of inertia Those who dared to oppose, be it Arjuna, be it Jesus, be it the Prophet, be it our Mahatma, all came from the Godhead and they blazed the trail and millions followed without question. The poet Bharavi is famed to have conveyed so many nuggets of wisdom in his great Kavyam of Kirata and this is a lustrous nugget from there

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universal brotherhood ् बहर्ा्�ाााव य ्ा्ा्माधृम ््जरमा््पमौर य। ी घरणशा््श्रण्अ्जसकणन ्च ् र हसय््ाणा्य�ाृसप्मश्दहाय र न्य्�ब

अमाधृाशदय्१२-----१-४५ janaṁ bibhratī bahudhā vivācasaṁ nānādharmāṇam pṛthivī yathaukasaṁ| sahasraṁ dhārā draviṇasya me duhāṁ ghrureva dhenur anapasphurantī|| atharvaṇavedaṁ 12-----1-45 The mother earth nestles in her bosom various races of people speaking different languages and following different religions and creeds according to variation in terrain and other environmental factors, with equal affection. May she bless us with immense wealth and prosperity like the milch cow which never fails in blessing us all with her nectar without any discrimination. The greatness of this mantra is in acknowledging the fact that the earth is inhabited by people of different languages and faiths and that unreserved tolerance and goodwill among such different races is a precondition for the well being of all because the Mother earth treats all her inhabitants with equal care just like the mother Cow who does not discriminate between its own calf and other living beings while gushing forth her milk for the nourishment of all. This exactly is the reason while the cow as well as the earth are both termed "gau' in sanskrit. which again came as cow in English.
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the glorious path सािस ्जनमा्य्अ्र्वणश म जर्ण््द् ध् ा पाधवनयम ा�ाा। स

ऋगाशदम ््५--५१--१५ svasti panthānaṁ anu carema sūryācandramasāviva| punar dadhatadhnatā jānatā saṁ gamemahi|| ṛgvedam 5--51--15 O men, let us tread the most righteous path like the one traversed by the sun and moon. Let our role models and leaders in our path be the benevolent men who take pleasure is giving, who are highly learned and and whose learning has transformed itself into very deep knowledge. The primordial veda here stresses on the righteous path to be followed in life. Whatever may be the provocation the Sun and the Moon never deviate an inch from their path ordained by the Almighty. If any detour occurs, the result will be the annihilation of universe. And the three great souls we should keep company are the one who is ready to help others with all he has, the man who revels is acquiring knowledge and the one who understand what he learns and put such knowledge to proper use.

ना् ा् य्दमशम�हच

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hoarding of food, the worst sin मषघम ््अन्य्�ानद श्अपवश ाः ्ापधमृय्जरकपर ््ष् खापय राछाघष्हार ्राछादंच श श पय्बा््म्ा््् ् सप।

ऋगाशदय्१०--११७--६ mogham annaṁ vindate apracetāḥ satyaṁ bravīmi vadha itsa tasya| nāryamaṇaṁ puṣyati no sakhāyaṁ kevalāgho bhavati kevalādī|| ṛgvedaṁ 10--117--6 േകായി അകി വിരെര അ്പേചരാ : സര�ി ്േവഹകി വ് ഇ രസ� നാഭ�കതി പുേ�രി േനാ സ്ാ്ി േകവാാേയാ രവരി െകവാാദഹ ഋേിസദി ൧൦൧൧൭ ൬ Only the most unwise person will grow or obtain (and hoard) food-grains all for himself because it is not going to serve him any worthy purpose. This I say for sure. Such hoarding is the harbinger of death for him. By such action he will not share his food either with a friend or a comrade. And he who eats up everything all by himself is also committing sin all by himself. Please note.. sharing the resources with the comrade became the war-cry in the west with the advent of socialism and communism. But the first veda which set us our code of conduct declares unequivocally that the products from the earth are there for all to share. It has declared it as the greatest sin for one is not to share his food with his friends and comrades. The Indian of the yore was not capable of being selfish. Every prayer, every law, every advice recorded by him was for the benefit of all..

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one is what the company he keeps दाा ्ा्ाय् ् ृषर ्ाातपमहय्�ह्णानन�्ण ्मर्््ाम ्। य ी

श्् ररः gavāśanānāṁ sa śṛṇoti vākyamahaṁ hi rājanścaritaṁ munīnām| na tasya doṣo na ca madguṇo vā saṁsargajā doṣaguṇā bhavanti|| śrī śukaḥ There are two parrots. One is in the company of eaters of cow's meat. The second (the narrator here) is always in the company of ascetics. The former is always hearing the conversation of those people and the invectives contained therein. The latter is always listening to the expostulation of scriptures and lofty thoughts by the learned sages. In due course the former parrot spews out the garbage it has listened to and the latter is talking quoting great thoughts. The parrot confesses that his colleague is not uttering garbage because of any inherent evil in him or that he himself is repeating great words not because of any inherent merits of his own. The company of the evil people makes the former to utter bad words, and the company of the learned seers makes him utter great words. It is only the effect of the company one keeps. य दधना्दषषदरृा्हािन samsargajaa doshagunaaH bhavanti is an oftrepeated quote. This is the full form of the narration. In the contemporary context, one should find it difficult whether it is evil to eat cow's meat. But the Indian of the yore respected and worshipped the cow as a goddess and mother. My apologies if it does not seem palatable to anyone. But the fact remains that company of the bad makes one bad and vice-versa.

्् सप्दषषष्््व्मदृष्ाा् य दधना्दषषदरृा्हािन च र

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The insufferable grief is ignorance. पो्ेााव

�रय्मषहः्पषचप श्णान् ््र�्मा्ः्पर्र ध ः। �रमाछसपय्व्�ा�शपय्र�् षरः्पर्र ध ःच परर्�दण्ेााव

मषहष्�ह््मधमस स ाय्मा्स ाा मा्हमार् ा। दधः्२९७्�षराः्७४-७५्महाहाण श्आणणपरजाधगृ्पोपयश yakṣa uvāca kiṁ mohaḥ procyate rājan kaśca mānaḥ prakīrtitaḥ| kimālasyaṁ ca vijñeyaṁ kaśca śokaḥ prakīrtitaḥ|| yudhiṣṭhira uvāca moho hi dharmamūḍhastvaṁ mānastvātmābhimānitā| dharmaniṣkriyatā''alasyaṁ śokastvajñānamucyate|| sargaḥ 297 ślokāḥ 74-75 mahābhārate āraṇyakaparvaṇi yakṣapraśne In the encounter between the god of death in the form of a Yaksha and his son the yudistira the king(the famous yaksha prasna episode of Sri Mahabharatham, ) the wise king answers to four queries of the yaksha like this the questions of yaksha (1) what is lack of knowledge? (2) what is vainglorious attitude? (3) what is unpardonable laziness and (4) what is the real grief? Yudishtira answers. (1) Not knowing one's own duties is the worst ignorance. (2) Excessive consciousness of self- importance leads to vainglorious attitude (3) Laziness of the worst form is inaction where one's duty is to act with diligence, (4) The insufferable grief is ignorance. ्मधर्िककप ाऽऽछसपय् षरस ा�ा्मरचप शच

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never insult a person रदाऽ�ज्जरयषम ्््ाामनपश

वाृतप तश २०६ स kadā'pi puruṣam nāvamanyeta cāṇakyasūtre 206 കദാപിപുഭുേി നാവകാേന�ര ചാതക�ന I am quoting a cryptic aphorism by chanakya.. just three words .. but the advice is of universal application. Simply, Never insult a person. For every human being, rich or poor, influential or innocent, his personal dignity is the greatest possession he has. The bosses, official or politica, parents children when they are grown up and independent, all resort to this most unpleasant tactic. Once a person has been insulted, the damage is done fore ever. No amount of apologies or compensations can make good the breach. To insult a person is a sureshot way to gain an inveterate foe. Let us see how fair our Maker the God is.. He has created people of different capabilities with his own exalted designs. Who are we to compare or question His Judgement. A personal confession.. I am sure I have never lived upto this advice. I have dished out too many insults and taken insults in equal number. Only God can judge.

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learn to earn quick ्ाछ ाः्पाम्रान पमाध् ्््् ठाः्््व्मार््ः।

वाृतपः nālasāḥ prāpnuvantyarthān na śaṭhāḥ na ca māninaḥ| na ca lokaravāt bhītāḥ na ca śvaḥ śvaḥ pratīkṣakāḥ|| cāṇakyaḥ The idle people can never earn money, so is the case with the obstinate and the arrogant. Those who are overly afraid of scandals from public and other sources also cannot come by riches. The worst category of people who are confined to eternal poverty are the ones who simply persuade themselves to believe that the affluence will come by itself tomorrow or the day next. A mendicant or an ordinary human being can afford to be poor by choice. This advice of Chanakya is especially to the ruler of a country and the persons who handle the public resources

््व्छषरणाा ््ह् ाः्््व्�ः्�ः्प ्ोराःच

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�ादण्् ् र ātmano balamajñāaya dharmārthaparivarjitam| alabhyanmicchannaiṣkarmyāt mūḍhabuddhirihocyate|| viduranītī ആതേനാ ോാകലനാ് ്ി ാ ് പഭിവ ‍ിരി അാര�കിചിചന ൈന‍ക ക�ാന കൂമേുതിഭിേംാച�ാെര വിദുഭനഹരി One who does not take realistic stock of his strengths and foibles, and having given a go by to the thought of virtue and financial viability of an action, is simply waiting eagerly for things which are unattainable, and at the same time is remaining inactive always, is an idiot of the first order. Three great truths of life are enunciated here.. 1. One should be always realistic when evaluating ones own strength and weaknesses. 2. One should embark on a project which is strictly lawful and at the same time viable withing his financial capacity. 3. One should not pine for something unattainable especially when he chooses not to take any positive attempt towards attaining a goal When it is put by Vidhura or any other great soul the statement looks very appealing. And all across the world the same ideas have been reiterated by the masters to the disciples. But when applying the rules in real life we flounder. I think it was Shelley who said,"We look before and after and pine for what is not"

अछभपिनमच्न्ैकरसपाध ््मस बर�स्णहषचप शच

आ म्ष्बछम�ाप््माधमज्णािनध म ्। ध

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the fool knows no limits. आ म्ष्बछम�ाप््माधमज्णािनध म ्। ध

�ादण्् ् र ātmano balamajñāaya dharmārthaparivarjitam| alabhyanmicchannaiṣkarmyāt mūḍhabuddhirihocyate|| viduranītī ആതേനാ ോാകലനാ് ്ി ാ ് പഭിവ ‍ിരി അാര�കിചിചന ൈന‍ക ക�ാന കൂമേുതിഭിേംാച�ാെര വിദുഭനഹരി One who does not take realistic stock of his strengths and foibles, and having given a go by to the thought of virtue and financial viability of an action, is simply waiting eagerly for things which are unattainable, and at the same time is remaining inactive always, is an idiot of the first order. Three great truths of life are enunciated here.. 1. One should be always realistic when evaluating ones own strength and weaknesses. 2. One should embark on a project which is strictly lawful and at the same time viable withing his financial capacity. 3. One should not pine for something unattainable especially when he chooses not to take any positive attempt towards attaining a goal When it is put by Vidhura or any other great soul the statement looks very appealing. And all across the world the same ideas have been reiterated by the masters to the disciples. But when applying the rules in real life we flounder. I think it was Shelley who said,"We look before and after and pine for what is not"

अछभपिनमच्न्ैकरसपाध ््मस बर�स्णहषचप शच

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brain sharper than the arrow. परम ््हनपान्ाा्हनपा�दषरमर्ष्््रकम ा। ध वाृतप ekam hanyānnavā hanyādiṣurmukto dhanuṣmatā| buddhirbuddhimatotsṛṣṭaḥ rāṣtraṁ hanti sanāyakaṁ|| cāṇakya It is possible that even an arrow shot by the most efficient marksman may miss its target and may fail to kill. But the sparks of intelligence emitted by the highly learned and efficient people, if they are oriented against a nation and the king, would without fail cause the destruction of the whole kingdom with its leader . The arrow here represents the brute force.. which may fizzle out at the target, but an intellectual giant will never miss his mark. This statement is attributed to Chanakya and the master himself was a living testimony for this point of view. Without wielding any weapons he dethroned the Nanadas and established the Maurya dyanasty. बर�सबर�सम ष ध नः्णाकतय्हिन ् ्ापरच य ी

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glitters but not gold व ाा्ण्णा�ा् र्महाबछश््ाजपाधनपाहरः्जिण् स ार््�ा ा ्। �ादण््र ः र catvāri rājñā tu mahābalena varjyānyāhuḥ paṇḍitastāni vidyāt| alpaprajñaiḥ saha mantram na kuryānna dīrghasūtraiḥ rabhasaiścāraṇaiśca|| viduranītiḥ chatwaari rajnaa thu maahaabalena varjyaanyaahu panditastaani vidhyaat alpaprajnaih saha manthram na kuryaanna diirghasuutraih rabhasaischaaranaicha The learned people should always keep in mind that the King or the administration which is strong and decisive, should by all means shun advise and counsel from four types of people 1. those with limited knowledge but who think that they are great scholars. 2. those who have made procrastination and inventing excuses as their lifestyle. 3. those who are impulsive and never think of consequences of their words 4. those who are deceitful, and hand out advice which would be sweet and agreeable to the senses for the present but would cause irreparable damage in the long run This advice would apply with equal force for the ordinary people also. अलजप�ैः् ह्मनतम ््््रपाधन््दंघध तैः्णह ै�ाणृै�च स र

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hide but spread your antennae ्ासप्दराय्जणश ्�ा रः्र्यम ््�ा ा ््जणसप्व। रौ�ुछंप्अमध ा�ता ् nāsya guhyaṁ pare vidyuḥ chidram vidyāt parasya ca| gūhet kūrma ivāṅgāni yatsyādvivṛtamātmanaḥ|| kauṭilīya arthaśāśtrāt നാസ� ിും�ി പെഭ വിദ�ുംി്ദി വിദ�ാന പഭസ� ച : ിൂേംന കൂ വാരിാനി ്ഇ�ാന വിവ‍രി ആതന : അ ്ശാം്രി An efficient administrator should ensure that his adversaries and enemies do not make any inroads into his confidential matters. At the same time he should be adroit enough to manage leakage and defeat of the machinations of his adversaries. That way he is advised to remain like a tortoise who is always alert but remains unobtrusive drawing all his organs into his own tough shell. The advise of the great political guru is significant ever and ever and today we see this caution manifesting in the tough battle of wits between administrators on the one side and right to information, wikileaks etc., on the other side. दसहश ््रमध््ााजदार््प सपा�दा ी मा म्ःच स

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frog and its well दा�ामौ्ौ श्ह्मः् ज�्�बछ पार्ा। स

�ादण्् पाय र dvāvimau grasate bhūmiḥ sarpo bilaśayāniva| arakṣitāraṁ rājānaṁ brāhmaṇam cāpravāsinaṁ || viduranītyāṁ ദസാകിവമ ്ിസെര രൂകി സ േപാ േിാശ്ാനിവ അഭകിരാഭി ഭാ‍ാനി ്ോാതി ച അ്പവാസിനി വിദുഭനഹരി A king who fails to protect his subjects and a man of knowledge who is not inclined to travel far and wide to spread his knowledge would be swallowed by the earth unceremoniously just as a serpent enters the hideouts of creatures like rats and gobbles them up. The king (government which) who is not capable of protecting his(its) people is only a liability for himself and others and goes into oblivion sooner or later. Similarly knowledge has any virtue only if it is handed out to others all over the world. It in not rare to see people who read a lot, learn a lot but just confine themselves to their own isolated circle. They will also pass into oblivion. We hear of the Koopa mandookam...the frog which thinks that the well in which it resides is the universe. Travel is the best way to spread knowledge (of course it is the best means to acquire knowledge)

अण�ो ाणय ्णाना्य बा�ृम ््वापाा् ्यच

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रदप�्हनमश्पसव् माहरमसध वश यच �ादण््र महहाणमश्े षदजाधगृ्पनादणृ्जाधर् अ ा--३३्�ष--३८ र aśikṣyaṁ śāsti yo rājan yaśca śūnyamupāsate| kadaryaṁ bhajathe yasca tamāhurmūḍhacetasaṁ|| viduranīti mahabhārathe udyogaparvaṇi prajāgaraṇa parvani adyā--33 ślo-38 Vidura's another gem of advice to the King... He is an idiot of the firs order, who (1) tries to punish someone who does not deserve punishment, (2) who pays obeisance to an even greater idiot, (3) who waits on the doors of a miser of the class of shylock or scrooge, waiting for financial favours. വിദുഭനഹരി്ിന പറ്ുകു ശികാ ംാനാഹാിവെന ശികിമുകവഭുി , കണശിേഭാകത ◌ികെ് ആദഭിമുകവഭുി പിശുമരെറകുകിന ്ാചിമുകവഭുിവിമ്ിക്ിാുി വചു ഏകി വിമ്ിക്ാക

अ् �पय् ािस ्पष्णान् ््प�् नपमजा स र

श।

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one-word answers पो्ेााव

�रयिसादश रजदय ्सागप� �रयिसादश रजदय ् रखयच दा�पमशरजदय ््सप�्दा्मशरजदय ्प ः। परर्�दण्ेााव

�रयिसादश रजदय ््सप� �रयिसादश रजदय ्प ः।

श्महाहाणमश्आणणपजाधगृ्पोपया ् २९७ �षरार््५० ५१ yakṣa uvāca kiṁsvidekapadaṁ dharmyaṁ kiṁsvidekapadaṁ yaśaḥ| kiṁsvidekapadaṁ svargyaṁ kiṁsvidekapadaṁ sukhaṁ|| yudhiṣṭhira uvāca dākṣyamekapadaṁ dharmyaṁ dānamekapadaṁ yaśaḥ| satyamekapadaṁ svargyaṁ śīlamekapadaṁ sukhaṁ|| śrīmahābhārathe āraṇyaparvaṇi yakṣapraśnāt 297 ślokāni 50 51 The yaksha asks yudishtira.. 1. which is the first or foremost attribute of dharma. 2. which is the first and foremost path to fame? 3. Which is the first and foremost route to heaven? ;and 4. Which is the first and foremost source of welfare? Yudhishtira answers 1.Being liberal and not rigid is the foremost attribute of dharma. 2. Being lavish in gifts is the path to fame. 3.Absolute honesty is the route to heaven; and 4. unblemished and excellent character is the source of welfare. The questions and answers are so crisp that no one could explain it more.
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पमशरजदय ्सागप�् ्छमशरजदय ् रखयच

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doubly distilled idiots य ाणपर ्री पार्् ाधत्�ारव�र श।

रवणय ्रणषर ्�ोपाम�् ्मस ष्हण षधहच श््महाहण श्े षदजाधगृ्पनादणृ जाधगृ

�ादण्् पाय अ्३३---�ष्३४ र saṁsārayati kṛtyāni sarvatra vicikitsate| ciraṁ karoti kṣiprārthe sa mūḍho bharatarṣabha|| srī mahābharate udyogaparvaṇi prajāgaraṇa parvaṇi viduranītyāṁ a 33---ślo 34 സിസാഭ്രി ക‍ര�ാനി സ വ്ര വിചികിേെര ചിഭി കേഭാരി കി്പാ െി സ കൂേതാ രഭര േര വിദുഭനഹരി Vidhura is addressing his elder brother and King, Dhritaraashtra, the scion of the Bharatha race.. A person who divulges to others the details of confidential duties assigned to him, one who is doubtful and suspicious in every work and who will take years and months to complete a work which can be performed in a very short time, he is called a worthless idiot. I am all praise for the farsightedness of Vidura in predicting the work culture of a government servant of some twenty five centuries later. Vidura called the persons endowed with the qualities of loose tongue, unwanted suspicion and inveterate procrastination as worthless idiots. But these are the admirable qualities we find in most of us who are in the payroll of the Government.. I do not know whether the work ethics of persons in private employment are better.
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if they don't have bread, let them eat cake ाा रदशा्नणा्रनय्रनय्््�ाजपधपः।

महाहाण ा ् vāsudeva jarā kaṣṭaṁ kaṣṭaṁ dhanaviparyayaḥ| putraśokastataḥ kaṣṭaṁ kaṣṭād kaṣṭataraṁ kṣudhā|| mahābhāratāt വാസുേദവ ‍ഭാ ക�ി ക�ി ്നവിപഭ�് : പു്രേശാക : രര ക�ി ക�ാന ക�രഭി കു്ാ കംാരാഭരി This is from the coverstaion of an old man (Dhritharaasthra) with the blessed lord Krishna. " Advanced age is a great difficulty. Decline in wealth also makes one miserable. The loss of a son or separation from him is still more heartbreaking. But the misery that tops all other miseries is hunger" The pathetic truth contained herein would strike one like a thunderbolt. One gets old and his physical and mental faculties get depleted. In such a doddering condition usually the source of income also stops.(pensioners are slightly luckier). This is the time when one is in need of the soothing hands of a son. But this is the time when the son grows up and becomes self-sure.. The youth can be lost in battles and other calamities or can leave one either in estrangement or in search of livelihood. But the greatest suffering is when one is deprived of food. Hunger was the cause of all major revolutions in human history. It was to feed the hungry that Draupadi got the boon of akshayapaatram from the sungod. It is for the same reason that the lord keeps everyone in his stomach.. when any food or water is offered to Daamodara the Krishna, it feeds every living being. For the same reason the lion called Bharathi roared..த்நி்நித�க்� உ்� இல்ைலெய ்�லஇ் ை அள�ிிந� வயம thanimanithanukku unavu illayendral ulagaye alithiduvom..

जरत षरस

ः्रनय्रनाद्रन णय ्ोर्ाच

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kill these four bedbugs पो्ेााव

�रय््र्�ह ााऽमधाा् ््हार ्�रय््र्�ह ाा् रख््हाश ्च मा्य्�ह ाा्�पपष्हार ्कष्म ््�ह ाा््् षवर । परर्�दण्ेााव

�रय्््�ह ाा्�पपष्हार ्�रय्््�ह ाा््् षवर । र र

महहाण श्पोपयश ५८--५९ २९७् द�्आणणपरजाधगृ yakṣa uvāca kiṁ nu hitvā priyo bhavati kiṁ nu hitvā na śocati| kiṁ nu hitvā'rthavān bhavati kiṁ nu hitvā sukhī bhavet|| yudhiṣṭhira uvāca mānaṁ hitvā priyo bhavati krodham hitvā na śocati| kāmaṁ hitvā'rthavān bhavati lobham hitvā sukhī bhavet|| mahabhārate yakṣapraśne 58--59 297 sargaṁ āraṇyakaparvaṇi This is an interesting question-answer session between the Yaksha (who is fact is the Dharmaraaja) and yudhistira, the Dharmaputra. The yaksha makes four queris 1. abandoning what does one becomes the beloved of all? 2.abandoning what one is saved of all sorrows? 3. abandoning which one becomes the richest? and 4. abandoning which one becomes extremely comfortable? The equally wise son of that brilliant querist, answers that:1. if arrogance is abandoned, one becomes the darling of all, 2. abandon uncontrollable rage and ones sorrows also are packed of with it. 3. abandon lust and ones wealth will remain with himself. and 4. abandon avarice and eagerness to hoard everything for oneself and become very calm and comfortable. The questions and answers are classically lucid and no better comments can be ever made

रामय्�ह ााऽमधाा् ््हार ्छषहम ््�ह ाा् रख््हाश ्च

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a good wife holds the key पो्ेााव

पषाम ््र् प�ायसा्ाम ््रममशरत् जदमःच पदा््मधसव्हापाध्व्जणसजणा ा्दौ। र परर्�दण्ेााव

्मधममध�राम�्जणसजण्�ाणषर््ः।

दा््माधमरामा्य्तपाृाम�ज् जदमःच ध yakṣa uvāca dharmamarthasca kāmasc paraspara virodhinaḥ| eṣām nityviruddhānāṁ kathamekatra saṅgamaḥ|| yudhiṣṭhira uvāca yadā dharmasca bhāryā ca parasparavaśānugau| tadā dharmārthakāmānaṁ trayāṇāmapi saṅgamaḥ|| The above extract from the celebrated Yaksha Prasnam in Mahabharatham, when during the sojourn in forest by the pandavas, Yudhistira got thirsty and asked his younger brothers to fetch water, and the brothers from sahadeva to bhima went to a lake to take water. One by one they were warned by a bird told each not to drink water without answering the queries raised by it. All the four defied the birds request and fell dead. Ultimately Yudhistira himself went to the lake and he realized that the bird was not an ordinry being but a Yaksha in incognito. He respectfully started answerin all the questons. The questions and answers have emerged a great treatise on human rule of conduct. The yaksha is making a query...virtue, welath and desire are three mutually conflicting factors in human life. In pursuing virtue on can face a situation where his wealth is depleted and his personal desires are challenged to their detriment often. The query is as to how these three can be balanced to have a good life. Yudhistira has a very learned answer. The day to day good deeds of a man are mostly under the silent guidance of his wife. Besides the domestic finance cannot be managed without the active support of the good wife..And for an honest man all his desires are fulfilled and enjoyed in the happiness of his wife. Thus if one man has a discerning and wise lady as his wife..there will be absolute control of all his varied aspects of life. Some of my friends queried as to whether there is any mention extolling the excellence of a wife in our scriptures, when I had quoted from neetisaaram earlier, where the danger of having bad wife was described . This is perhaps
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the answer to it through yaksha prasna.

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महाहाण श्ेद षद्जाधगृ �ादण्् पाय ३३ २६ र na hṛṣyatyātmasammāne nāvamānena tapyate| gāṅgo hrada ivākṣobhyo ya paṇḍita sa ucyate|| mahābhārate uddyoga parvaṇi viduranītyāṁ 33 26 ന ം‍േ�ര�ാതസ ാെന നാവകാേനന രപ�െര ിാരേിാ ്ംദ വാേകാേര�ാ ് പ ിര സ ഡച�േര വിദുഭനഹരി He alone is the man of true knowledge who does not overly rejoice when accolades visit him in plenty and does not get dejected when insults are thrown at him in equal quantities. He is like a deep lake formed in the estuaries of Ganges, which remains unaffected whether the river itself is in spate or it is facing a lean season. Equanimity is a quality most extolled in our culture. One can venture to draw a parallel in the Blessed Lord's decalaration in Gita..."dukheswanudwignamanaah...(2..56) one who is not depressed by sorrows and one who is not elated at comfort, he is called the man of stable mind and he is the sage."

दाजदष् द््ााोषभपष्प्जिण् ् ्ेचप शच

nothing changes him ््ुकप पा म समा्श््ाामा्श्् मप श।

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control begins at home परसपैा्�ह्पषऽ ्ष्म् ः् िन्बहधृश। वाृतप सताद ekasyaiva hi yo'śakto manasaḥ sannibarhaṇe| mahīṁ sāgaraparyantāṁ sa kathaṁ hyavajeṣyati|| cāṇakyasūtrād ഏകൈസ�വ ംി േ്ാ അശേകാ കനസ : സകിേ ംെത കംഹിസാിഭപഭ�ുാി സ കഥി ം�വെ‍േ�രി ചാതക�ന " सजार ा मा्िन ा मा्हार ्sampātitātmā jitātmā bhavati" is the exact formula of Chankya. The person who is in absolute control of himself and his inner faculties become the victor over the world. By way of explanation, the above quote is given. If a person is not able to have control over the mind is within himself , how is he going to be capable of ruling the whole earth which has only the oceans as her limits. The idea of a philosopher king is canvassed here. If we see our history and scriptures, we could see that major downfalls, genocides and man-made calamities all had its source in the impulsive and immature mind of some ruler or leader or a coterie or junta of such immature persons. It was for this reasons that proper education and discipline were prescribed as a precondition for a person to be a king or a preceptor. It was for the same reasons that ancient kings like Rama employed ascetics like Vasishta to guide and advise them in the matters of state. महंय् ादणजपधन ाय् रमय्ाानशकपर च

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the happy husband �ाााद ्छाम ््सापममधवष्णृ्य। जणा्रछाम ््जर दषषह�षृ्यच र स अौा ््मनप्दहपाश् ््य। ी

््र ाणय vivādaśīlām svayamarthacoriṇīṁ| parānukūlām patidoṣabhaṣiṇīṁ|| agrāśanīmanya gṛhapraveśinīṁ| bhāryāṁ tyajet putradaśaprasūtikāṁ|| nītisāraṁ വിവാദശഹാാി സസ്ി അ ്േചാഭിതഹി പഭാനുകൂാാി പരിേദാേരാേിതഹി അ്ിാശനാി അന� ി‍ം്പേവശിനഹി രാഭ�ാി ര�േ‍ന പു്ര ദശ ്പസൂരികാി നഹരിസാഭി One should give up his wife even if she had borne for him ten boys, it she is always argumentative, who is herself stealing the wealth of her own husband, who alwasy favours others and in vocal in publishing the foibles of the husband , who always eats to her hearts content, never waiting for the husband ,and who spends most of her times in gossip by visiting the homes of others. It would be a funny coincidence that I found and quoted this sloka because 24 years ago it was on this day that I married my wife. Though she did not give me ten sons, she gave my only son who is as good as ten. But for minor error quotients, my wife has not indulged in any of the above happy pastimes and so our marriage progresses from strength to strength with passing time.

हापा�् पनश ््जरतद प सर रायच

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a friend indeed रणा�ाा् णंणसप््शतपष्णा्ज�मगृ।

वाृतप् सताद karāviva śarīrasya netrayoriva pakṣmaṇi| avicārya priyaṁ kuryāt tanmitraṁ mitramucyate|| cāṇakya sūtrād He is the true friend who looks after our welfare without any hesitations or reservations, just like the hands go to the rescue of the body impulsively or the lashes protect the eyes by reflex. It is very easy to be a friend when conditions are favourable and boasting of friendship is of personal advantage. But when the fortunes of a person are on the decline most of the so-called friends vanish or excuse themselves. But the hands do not hesitate even in spite of the possible damage to them if the body is facing some threat. So also the lashes do not think before protecting the eyeballs. It would be worthwhile to remember what Chanakya said elsewhere...."a true friend is one who keeps us company even when we are summoned by the king for some trial and punishment, or one who is accompanying us to the burial ground either when we are carrying the body of a very dear person, or are being carried away to the burial ground"

अ�ावापध्�पपय्रपाध ्् िनमतय््मतमचप शच र र

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rain in the ocean अपदलहसप्पा्�ाधपा्रीजृसप्व्पस्य।

पचव्बाहरबछय्ह्णषः्वपमधमश ््तपय्हर�ाच हषनपबन्म ् बलछाछदश ासप apragalbhasya yā vidhyā kṛpaṇasya ca yaddhanaṁ| yacca bāuhubalaṁ bhīroḥ vyarthametat trayṁ bhuvi|| bhojaprabandham ballaladevasya അ്പിഗരസ� ്ാ വിദ�ാ ക‍പതസ� ച ്ധ ്നി ്ച ോംുോി രഹേഭാ : വ�ി്ിേകരന ്ര്ി രുവി േരാ‍്പേ്ി These three things are sheer waste in this world. Knowledge of a person who is not capable of putting such knowledge to appropriate use. Wealth in the hands of a miser and excessive body strength possessed by a coward. Mere knowledge which is not applied through proper action or by suitable imparting will remain unseen and unnoticed and the scholar may live long to die in obscurity. If someone has immense wealth and he is always hesitant to spend even a penny, the wealth will either get stolen or when he dies will go away to somebody and will be wasted freely. Through heavy eating and with or without exercise one can possess immense physical strength. But if the person is a mere coward with no strength of mind or sense of purpose such great power will go completely waste.

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keep the cake and eat it too कछय्जाजसप््शच्िन ्जाजम ््राधिन ्पन ः। र

वाृतप ताद स phalaṁ pāpasya necchanti pāpam kurvanti yatnataḥ| phalaṁ puṇyasya ceccanti puṇyam necchanti mānavāḥ|| cāṇakyasūtrād ഫാി പാപസ� േന ുി പാപി കു വുി ്നനര : ഫാി പുത�സ� േചചിുി പുത�ി േന ുി കാനവാ : ചാതക�ന people commit sinful activities with great effort but they never want to face the consequence of such sins. They always expect the bounties of virtuous acts to be showered on them but they have no inclination to perform any virtuous action. It is really a funny state of mind germane in all of us. We would not hesitate to commit any sin if we can get away with it. But we are always waiting for good fortune, godspeed and peace ,which are stemming from acts of virtue to visit us..Funnier people among us also attempt to expiate their sins by visiting pilgrim centres or by handing out alms..in the hope that the sin will disappear. We entertain the foolish hope that slaughtering a cow can be compensated by free gift of leather shoes to the so called holy men. Is it not better not to eat too much and avoid problems in the tummy than to gobble up everything and getting the malady treated by a doctor? At the same time, if we are advised to be virtuous, the very idea will be scoffed. However, without being virtuous, if we can have some shortcut to earn all the good results of such action, we will jump at the idea with all enthusiasm. We always want the cake to be intact and we want to eat it too.

कछय्जरणपसप्वशचविन ्जरणपम ्््शच्िन ्मा्ााःच

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Like king, like subjects. -णा��्््मधगृ्््मधदाः्जाजश्जाजाः् मश् माः। चवाृतप तादच स rājñi dharmiṇi dharmiṣṭhāḥ pāpe pāpāḥ same samāḥ| rājānamanuvartante yathā rājā tathā prajāḥ|| |hāṇakyasūtrād|| ഭാജി ്ികിതി ്ികി�ാ : പാേപ പാപാ : സേക സകാ : ഭാ‍നകനുവ ിെു ്ഥാ ഭാ‍ാ രഥാ ്പ‍ാ : ചാതക�ന when the king (or the administration) is the upholder of virtue and uprightness, the subjects also will have the same qualities. When the administration is sinful, the country will be full with sinners. When the administration observes equanimity, the populace is also balanced. To sum up, the subjects take the king (or administration) as role model for their conduct. Like king, like subjects. The axiom yatha raaja thatha prajaa is often repeated... The source for this also is the Master political scientist, Chanakya. Orwell,s works "nineteen eighty four" and " the Animal Farm are reflections of this axiom in the contemporary life. -णाना्म्रा न श पमा्णाना् मा्पनाःच ध

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Decisions taken under the influence of anger can result only in self destruction ् ामौजारपरम ््दणंप ्य्कछर्कज��मद�ष ाप ्य। स

हाणाशः्�रणा ानर््पा ् ध śivamaupāyikam garīyasīṁ phalaniṣpattimadūṣitāyatīṁ| vigaṇayya nayanti pauruṣam vijitakrodharayā jigīṣavaḥ|| bhāraveḥ kirātārjunīyāt ശിവി ഓപാ്ികി ിഭഹ്സഹി ഫാനി‍പിിി അദൂേിരാ്രഹി വിിതയ ന്ുഹ െപീഭുേി വി‍ിരേ്കാ്ഭ്ാ ‍ിിിേവ ; കിഭാരാ ‍ുനഹ്ി രാഭവി This is an excerpt from one of the five mahakavyaas of Sankrit, Kiraatarjuneeyam of Bharavi. The famous storyline is taken from Mahabharatham, starting from the exile and sojourn in forest for the Pandavas. Even while in forest, the noble King Yudishtira and his brothers and the queen hear about the prosperity of their arch enemy Duryodhana. The brothers and the queen are raring for revenge. But the words of wisdom come from the King Dharmaputra. Those whose aim in life is to attain success and prosperity( which are eternal, strategic, of immense value, which yield rich results aplenty, which are earned through blemishless action), lead their heroic lives setting aside the tendency to act in thoughtless rage since such action will destroy whatever advantages they already possess. True, the byproducts of Royal eminence are really splendid. But to attain one's aims one has to think well before embarking on acrimonious actions. Decisions taken under the influence of anger can result only in self destruction

�ादृयप््पिन ्जौयषम ््�ािन कष्णपा्िनद्षाःच

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inept counsel destroys all पर्�ाषण ष्हिन ् यशृैर�्ाधप श। य

�ादण््र ः र ekaṁ viṣaraso hanti śastreṇaikaśca vadhyate| sarāṣtraṁ saprajam hanti rājānaṁ mantravisravaḥ|| viduranītiḥ ഏകി വിേഭസി ംുി ശംേ്രത ഏകത വ്�െര സഭാ്�ി സ്പ‍ി ംുി ഭാ‍ാനി ക്ുവിംറവ : വിദുഭനഹരി a potion mixed with poison can kill a man (god, it should not be socrates everytime) or a single arrow can be the cause of death for one person (again hopefully it is not always abhimanyu) but bad counsel by ministers kills the king along with his nation and all his subjects. Behind the ruin of every great person there would be a posse of advisers and yes men. History has proved this beyond an iota of doubt. But can you find an establishment without nasty advisors be it a council of ministers for the state to the headquarters officers or secretaries for the administrative heads in lower but powerful hierarchy?.. The advisors will eat up the boss, the subordinate setup and in the process perish themselves.

णाकतय् पनम ््हिन ्णाना्य्मनत�ासाःच

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Experience has no substitute even in assembly ्् ा् हा्पत््् िन ्ासाः ी ्ा ौ््म�्््पत् पमिस

्् श्ासाः्पश्व्््ादिन ््म�। ी ्् द् पय्पच्छश्ाभपरजश यच

वाृतप तागृ स na sā sabhā yatra na vṛddhāḥ na te vṛddhāḥ ye ca na vadanti dharmaṁ| nāsau dharmo na yatra satyamasti na tad satyaṁ yacchalenābhyupetaṁ|| cāṇakyasūtrāṇi ന സാ സരാ ്്ര ന വ‍താ : ന േര വ‍താ : െ് ച ന വദുി ് ി ന അസമ ് േകാ ന ്്ര സര�കംരി ന രധ സര�ി ്ന ംോന അര�ുേപരി ചാതക�ന An assembly for administration is inadequate if it is not represented by scholars wizened by age and experience. The elders who do not expound virtue cannot be treated as wise and grown up. It is not to be treated as virtue if it is not buttressed by truth. And truth cannot be a contraption with external brilliance with contents ridden by deception...meaning half-truths and ad-hoc truths are not to be given the status of pure truth. The political astuteness of the Master stands out here. Human beings, however brilliant they are intellectually, however erudite they are, they can reach the apex of brilliance of thought and discretion onlly as they attain ripe age. Experience has no substitute. Consider the ages of our Presidents, Prime Ministers, Judges of the apex court and so on. May be the exceptions
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are Shankara or Jesus.. But they are godheads with no age. Mere greying of hair does not make one an old gentleman. We have seen many gerontocracies in autocratic juntas. And politicians with nothing to their credit other than the donkey years reaching the legislative fora are also not rare. But the master prescribes advanced age only because with advancing age the knowledge and sense of virtue and detachment will get ripened. And whatever may be the virtue of an action if that action is not based on truth, then it cannot be a virtue. And most important, the truth mentioned here should be absolute and not what was propagated by Rasputins and Goebbels as also many of their contemporary avatars.

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beware of taxmen ा््िनयपागृ्अ�ारछार्् दश ा््ाम अम�कमृा्�ाण�ह ः्जरयषः्ोृश् ा्बर�सणपर ह ा्ाव्य् दश ा।

हषनपबन्म ्। tānīndriyāṇi avikalāni tadeva nāma sā buddhirapratihatā vacanaṁ tadeva| arthoṣmaṇā virahitaḥ puruṣaḥ kṣaṇena so'pyanya eva bhavatīti vicitrametad| bhojaprabandham| രാനഹ ്രി്ാതി അവികാാനി രേദവ നാക സാ േുതിഭ്പരിംാി വചനി രേദവ അ ് ത‍കതാ വിഭംിര : കേതന : പുഭുേ സ: അപി അന� രവരിവിചി്രെകരധ : േരാ‍്പേ്ി A man may retain the same undistorted limbs. He may retain his intellectual eminence. He may talk with the same eloquence. But once the life giving heat of wealth and affluence has taken leave of him, he becomes an entirely different man, it is indeed very strange. Ballaladeva simply wonders at the worldly truth. When one man is rich, he is called beautiful, wise, eloquent and what not. But if misfortuned strikes and his bank balance evaporates, he becomes a total stranger to this world. So beware of Income-taxmen. They have the knack of ensuring that your bank balances evaporate.
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षऽमपनप्पा्हा ्र ्�ारवतमश द।

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know how to spend ््दा यर््षजहषतमयर्ाा् त्षर ्रीजृः्रशपय। हषनपहन्ा ् na dātuṁ nopabhokthuṁ vā śaknoti kṛpaṇaḥ śriyaṁ| kintu spṛśati hastena napumsaka iva striyaṁ|| bhojaprabhandhāt ന ദാരുി േനാപേരാകുി വാ സ േനാരി ക‍പന : ്ശി്ി �रन र्सज ी र ्हस श्््जरस र््ा्ियपयच

കിുു ംപ ശരി ംംേരന നപുിസക വ ം്രി്ി േരാ‍്പേ് o The wretched miser is not capable either giving away or enjoy the fruits of his immense wealth. He will be always touching the golden coins with affection just like a eunuch touching a beautiful woman.. Wealth for a man who neither knows how to give it away or enjoy it himself is simply another eunuch. The eunuch can touch or embrace a beautiful woman but nothing happens.
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haunted house दना्हापाध् ठय ्मतय्ह ी पः्वष�ण-दापरः। र

वाृतप््र ाणा ् duṣṭā bhāryā śaṭhaṁ mitraṁ bhṛtyaḥ cottara-dāyakaḥ | sa-sarpe ca gṛihe vāso mṝtyur eva na saṁśayaḥ|| cāṇakyanītisārāt ദു�ാ രാഭ�ാ ശ കി്രി ്രുി�ംച ഡിഭ ദാ്ക o സസ േ‍ ച ി‍േം വാേസാ ക‍ര�ു ഏവ ന സിശ് ; ചാതക�ന Living in a house infested with, (1) a wicked wife (2) an arrogant and idiotic friend (3) with menials who will talk back with you rather than obeying you. (4) which is ofen visitied by snakes like cobra... is a sure path to terrible death.. The parameters are effective jointly and severally

- ज�्व्दहश्ाा ष्मॄ परण्पा््् य पःच ् ी

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quest for knowledge पसप्री पम ््््�ा�्िन ् ् मरकृम ््हपय्णर ः। �ादण््र र yasya kṛtyam na vighnanti śītamuṣṇam bhayaṁ ratiḥ| samṛddhirasamṛddhirvā sa vai paṇḍita ucyate|| viduranīti ്സ� ക‍ര�ി ന വിഘനുി ശഹരകുേതി ര്ി ഭരി സക‍തിഭസക‍ാ്ി വാ ൈവ സ പ ിര ഡച�േര വിദുഭനഹരി He is the thoroughly learned scholar whose forays into the world of muse cannot be blocked by hot climate or cold, fear or carnal desires, prosperity or absence of it. Pursuit of knowledge is a path of absolute bliss. In this journey one's mind and spirit sore to dizzy heights. Minor impediments as listed by vidhura cannot dampen the quest for knowledge/
-- NB On some days I include the list of my coworkers also...the list will sometimes overlap with my main friends list...I am not knowing what is happening at all. If some of you are not interested can you please inform me?. These dry old sayings can have no comparison with the multimedia magic we see. And I am using red green and blue only because my mother India lives in thoset colours Some feedback once in a while might prove that I am not a rotten fool as I usually consider myself. Thanks, Friends.

म�सण म�सााध् ्ाै्जिण् ्ेचप शच ी ी

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crushed balls

अवपाजाणश षर्वपाजाणय ्पष््णः्र र्मच्र । ध ्पा्र्््य्पार ्र्छष जाुंा्ाा्णःच जनव नतम ् avyāpāreṣu vyāpāraṁ yo naraḥ kartumicchati| sa eva nidhanaṁ yāti kīlotpāṭīva vānaraḥ|| pañcatantram അവ�ാപാെഭേു വ�ാപാഭി േ്ാ ക ിുി : നഭ ചരി

സ ഏവ നി്നി ്ാരി കഹോാനപാാഹവ വാനഭ : പഞര്ുി "Anyone who tries to poke into matterswhich are none of his business, meets his end, just like the monkey whotried to remove the wedge." Near the city limits, a temple was being builtby the son of a business man. In the noon time, the carpenters working on that, used togo into the city for lunch. One day suddenly a group of monkeyswhile roaming came to that place. One of those carpenters had put a wedge in middleof a half-cut arjuna tree log. The monkeys started playing with the trees and logs asthey wished.One of those monkeys whose death was near, sat on that half-cut log and startedremoving the wedge from that. As the wedge moved out, the monkey's hanginggenitals went into the gaps of the log, got trapped and the monkey got killed. I have lifted the translation from one of the texts meant for young children. The meaning and message are quite clear and without cliches. Most of us human beings cannot forget the genes of our forefathers. And so
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most of the time we are nosey about the business of others. In place and out of place we always think, interfere with and criticize the day to day business of others. Such opinions are given gratis. We fail to understand the irritation that such favourite pastime on our parts causes to others. The punchline is that at least once in our lives we wag our tongues in the wrong place too often and get the same parts as our granfather monkey get crushed. We eminently deserve it

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the two sweetest letters "्म"्"तय" षराणार ज्णताृम ््प्र �ाससहहान्य।

बलछाछदश ासप हषनपबन्ा ् śokārātiparitrāṇam prītivisrambhabhājanaṁ| kena ratnamidaṁ sṛṣṭaṁ mitramityakṣaradvayam|| ballāladevasya bhojaprabandhāt േശാകാഭാരി പഭി്രാതി ്പഹരി വി്സിരരാ‍നി േകന ഭനനകിദി സ‍�ി കി്രകിര�കഭദസ്ി േരാ‍്പേ്ി who has created the wonderful and sweet gem in two letters mi tram (्म तय) meaning a friend?... That gem is our talisman against fear and enemies. It is the repository of all our affection and absolute confidence. Here the poet compares a dear friend to a rare gem. Some gems are believed to fulfil all the desires of the one who possessed them. Here the friend is the remover of one's grief and a protector against one's enemies. Showering all our affection and confidence on such a friend will be a tribute which is thoroughly inadequate. One who possesses such a friend is fortunate beyond words and thought. There are limitations in any sort of relationship. One may be circumspect in sharing all his secrets even with his own wife or son. But when it comes to a dear friend, no barriers will exist. A true friend can be one's ardent fan and at the same time he can be the worst critic also. I feel even the elevated vision of poesy becomes inept to describe the phenomenon of friendship. Krishna is the property of everyone but Arjuna holds preference shares in this institution because he is Krishna's friend.

र््णन्मदय ् नय््मत्म पोणदपम ्च श ी

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the needs to know principle समान्ासप्जणश ्�ा रः्रमध्�रिसवि वर्�षध य। रौर छंप्अमध ायय tasmānnāsya pare vidyuḥ karma kimcitcikīrṣitaṁ| ārabdhārastu jānīyuḥ ārabdhaṁ kṛtameva vā|| kautilīya arthaśāstraṁ രംകാന നാസ� പെഭ വിദ�ു : ക കിഞിനചികഹിേിരി आणि्ाणस र्ना््परः्आणि्य्री मशा्ााच

ആഭബംരു ‍ാനഹ്ു ആഭബി ക‍രേകവ വാ : െകീാിാഹ് അ ് ശാം്രി when new state projects are at the stage of planning, only the inner circle of planners should have any knowledge about it. Once an action plan is prepared, the persons in charge of execution should know about it in detail and should implement it effectively and the public should know it in a hazy way during the execution but they should have full knowledge only about the finished project. This is the view of the most astute statesman the world has ever produced..... Kautilya the Chanakya. But where does the state secrets stand today. Investigative journalism, paparaazzi, right to information, political pressures extraneous to the goal.... I think democracy has its plus and minus points, because a project with too much of publicity can never succeed. Of course the law enforcing authorities world over still follow the dictum of Kautilya very meticulously.

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Where else to search for celbrations? मणृम ््मजदछम ््पत्�ाहसर �्�ाहसषृय।

हषनपबन्म ् हलछाछदश ारी य maraṇam maṅgalam yatra vibhūtiśca vibhūṣaṇaṁ| kaupīnaṁ yatra kauśeyam sā kāśī kena mīyate|| bhojaprabandham bhallāladevakṛtaṁ കഭതി കിി്ി ്്ര വിരൂരിതിച വിരൂേതി െകീപഹനി ്്ര െകീേശ്ി കാശഹ സാ േകന കഹ്െര േരാ‍്പേ്ി who can measure the greatness of the divine city of Kaasi? Death is a great celebration there. The ashes from the pyre are the most valued adornments. The loincloth is celebrated as greater than the most valuable silk garment and worn as such. Yes, the presence of parameswarsa the lord of Lords Shiva makes all the differencce. Leaving the mortal coils lying at one of the ghats of varanaasi, when the lord is taking you on his laps and chanting the thaarakamanthram..what greater celebration can be there for a human being. The lord, the source of all wealth and source of all blessings is ever present there smearing his body with the ashes taken from the funeral pyres, wears a mere loin cloth and dances around.. Where else to search for celbrations?

रौज््य्पत्रौ शपम ्् ा्रा ््र््म्प शच श

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substance should take precedence over source प्म्म ्् र्द�्पा ््बाछाद�ज्�ावोृः। र र ी वाृतप सता ् yuktamuktam tu gṛhṇīyāt bālādapi vicakṣaṇaḥ| raveraviṣayam vastuḥ kinna dīpaḥ prakaśayet|| cāṇakyasūtrāt ്ുക്ുകി രു ി‍ുഹ്ാന ോാാദപി വിചകത : ഭെവഭവിേ്ി വംരു : കിക ദഹപ ;്പകാശെ്ന ചാതക�ന when an opinion which is buttressed by logic and wisdom comes from even a young boy it will be accepted by the discerning scholar. Is it not a fact that some things which may not be discovered in the glare of the full sun may be discovered under the light of the wick of a lamp? णाशण�ाषपम ््ास रः्�रन््दंजः्पर पश ्च

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goat to the altar अ�य््ैा्दनय््ैा्वपाघय््ैा्््वैा्व।

अनाजरतष्ब्छय्दधपा ््दै ाष्दबछघा रःच र ध aśvaṁ naiva gajaṁ naiva vyāghraṁ naiva na caiva ca| ajāputro baliṁ dadhyāt daivo durbalaghātakaḥ|| അശസി ൈനവ ി‍ി ൈനവ വ�ാ്യി ൈനവ ന ൈചവ ച അ‍ാപുേ്രാ ോിി ദ്�ാന ൈദേവാ ദുി്ായാരക This is a common saying.. I could not trace the work or kavya in which this couplet appears.. But he value of it and the sarcasm contained therein are thought provoking. No one kills a Horse in sacrifice. No one ventures to finish an elephant for this pupose.. The tiger is nowhere in the list. But the baby goat always finds its way to the sacrificial altaars. One has to wonder whether the gods are excessively keen to devour the weaker beings. The innocent quip gains many dimensions when see in in the light of an organisational set up, or in politics. In an organization the fellow who makes a lot of showmanship, or a muscleman or the roaring boss are are all safe. The silent plodder with be the sacrificial goat. Even in social meets, the noisy, messy and the voluble get their due but the silent gentleman is brushed aside. Politics, after all is a game of deception and gift of the gab and nothing but continuous manipulation. However, politicians always hold some sacrificial goats in their front rows. so that the thrashes received gratis are enjoyed by them while the real foxes can taste blood.

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collection and recovery आदश पसप्पदश पसप्र वपसप्व्रमधृः। ध

बलछाछदश ासप्हषनपबन्ा ् ādeyasya pradeyasya kartavyasya ca karmaṇaḥ| kṣipramakriyamāṇasya kālaḥ pibati sampadaḥ|| ballāladevasya bhojaprabandhāt ആേദ്സ� ്പേദ്സ� കിരവ�സ� ക കത ച : കി്പി അ്കി്കാതസ� കാാ : പിേരി സനദ ; േരാ‍ ്പേ്ിോഹാാ േദവന In the matter of some payments and collection of money and performance of the duties attached to it if the proper action is not taken very quickly, the entire wealth or money will be eaten away by time and there will be nothing left to pay or receive. The above statement has eternal relevance. If a moneylender advances some money and keeps quiet, the possibility of recovery for him is bleak. If a borrower falls into the trap of a clever lender and makes delay in repayment, the former will be reduced to penury because the interest payable will be of multiple magnitude in comparison to the borrowed capital. It should be an eye opener to the tax regime, especially the tax recovery officers...If some tax is determined as due and the taxpayer procrastinates, it will be the duty of the tax collector to enforce payment immediately using all the powers at his disposal...even using powers that are not available with him. We will see in the fiscal history of all civilised nations huge amounts by way of tax arrears lying in litigation and it would be found that after decades of litigation, when the law decides in favour of Revenue, there will be no one left to pay. And even if the due is to be collected the huge interest attached to it will bring the taxpayer to complete annihilation by eating away all his wealth in litigation , fee for the lawyer and ultimately the payment of the dues. So quick action is the only effective weapon with the recovery officer. He can take a few lessons from the story of one brahmin named Nakshatriya. King Harischandra had promised some money to be paid to Sage Viswamitra in connection with a sacrifice. The wily sage had arranged through some rats to empty the coffers of the King. The king was unable to pay off. The sage deputed his assistant Nakshatriya as the recovery officer. The Brahmin proved himself to be well cut for the job. Every morning, midday and evening and if the king is awake in the night. at that time also, he would knock at the
100 ।श्रीकृष्णो र। |śrīkṛṣṇo rakṣatu| Have a nice and happy day

�ोपम�कपमाृसप्राछः्�जबर ् सजदःच

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doors of the king and demand the money and would warn in great detail what would be the consequence of non payment. Further he would dish out choicest abusive words also along with such warnings.. Ultimately the king had to sell off whatever he had and run away for life followed by his wife and only child So every tax collector should pay respects to Nakshatriya and follow his path if they have to be successful in their jobs.

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the child nonpareil

स नपय्�जबन म ्् ण ्यहोम ् बाछय्मररनदय ्म् ा्समणा्म र ālokya māturmukhamādareṇa stanyaṁ pibantam sarasīruhakṣam tatphullavakthram śaradinduhāsaṁ bālaṁ mukundaṁ manasā smarāmi ആോാക� കാരു കു്ി ആദേഭത ംരന�ി പിേുി സഭസഹഭുംാകി രന ഫുാഹവ്കി ശഭദിരുംാസി ോാി കുകുരി കനസാ ംകഭാകി Today is the children s day in India.. Every mother's greatest wish in her life is to have a son like Krishna.. My pranams to Mukunda, the child, who is feeding himself on the breast of His fortunate mother yasodha, always casting a respectful glance at her face.. his full red lips and the glow of the autumn moon emanating from there as his sweet smile.. every child is the embodiment of that Krishna.. my best wishes to all the children and their fortunate mothers. कलछातवम ्् ण�दनदहा य र र

आछषतप्मा रमरखमादणश ृ ध

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hail to enemies

पदा्पदा्मश्�ारीर ्हनन श् दा् दा्माय्पर बष्पिन च य वाृतप््र सतम ् jīvantu me śatrugaṇāḥ sadaiva yeṣāṁ prasādāt suvicakṣaṇo'ham| yadā yadā me vikṛtiṁ bhajante tadā tadā māṁ pratibodhayanti||
cāṇakyanītisūtram

न्ान र्मश् तदृाः् दै ा्पशषाय्प ादा ् र�ावोृषऽहम। ्् ्् र

‍ഹവുു േക ശ്രുിതാസൈദവേ്ോി : ്പസാദാന സുവിചകേതാംി ്ദാ ്ദാ േക വിക‍രിി ര‍േു രദാ രദാ കാി ്പരിേോ്്ുി ചാതക�ന long live my adversaries, critics and enemies, for I have become thoroughly learned because of their bounty. Whenever they critcise adversely on my works and actions they are making me realize my weaknesses and making me more effective. Even for an autocratic statesman like Chanakya, the respect for the opposition was germane in his psyche. It is for this reason that he forced Rakshasa, his strongest enemy of all times to become the prime minister of Chandraguptha Maurya, ever overlooking Chanakya himself.

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the eternal soul ््नाप श््मप श्ाा्रदारव ्

्ापम ््हस ाा्ह�ा ा्ाा ््हपः। स अनष्र् पः् ा� षपम ््जरणाृः ््हनप श्हनपमा्श् णंणश च

हदाद् ा na jāyate mriyate vā kadācit nāyam bhūtvā bhavitā vā na bhūyaḥ| ajo nityaḥ śaśvathoyam puranṇaḥ na hanyate hanyamāne śarīre|| bhagavadgītā It is never born, it will never die, it was present right from eternity and it will be there for ever, the soul is an imperishable phenomenon, and it does not find an end when the body dies. The words are also eternal..Arjuna is miserable as he feels that he will have to kill many of his kith and kin and also see many die in the battlefield of Kurukshetra. Krishna, The Blessed Lord spells out this eternal truth to erase for ever Arjuna's illusion that he is capable of killing anyone. The medium is Arjuna but the message is to the whole mankind for eternity.

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spark and the dried wood पर्् रकराोशृ्दामा्श््ाप�्ा श ी

वाृतप््र ekena śuṣkavṛkṣeṇa dahyamānena vahninā dahyate hi vanaṁ sarvaṁ kuputrena kulam yathā|| cāṇakyanīti ഏേകന ശു‍കവ‍േകന ദം�കാെനന വുിനാ ദം�െര ംി വനി സ വി കുപുേ്രന കുാി ്ഥാ ചാതക�ന when a single dried up tree catches fire in a forest, the wildfire spreads and the whole forest is gutted. Similarly if one single idiot is born as a son in the family, the entire family goes to ruin. The son-effect has lead many to ruin, be it in politics, be it in business or any other field of activity.

दा श्�ह्ा्य् ा�्रजरत््रछम ््पमाच र श र

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think twice before taking the plunge दरृाददरृादा्राध ा्रापधमादौ र

ज्णगृर णा्ापाध्पन ः्जिण् श्। हार ्ुदपदाहं् लप रलपष्�ाजारःच अर णह री ा्ाय्रमधृामा�ाज�शण ्

ह�हणश ः्््र धी रा ् guṇavadaguṇavadvā kurvatā kāryamādau pariṇitiravadhāryā yatnataḥ paṇḍitena| atirabhasakṛtānāṁ karmaṇāmāvipatter bhavati hṛdayadāhī śalyatulyo vipākaḥ|| bharttṛhareḥ nītiśatakāt ിുതവദിുതവദസാ കു വരാ കാഭ�കാദമ പഭിതിരിഭവ്ാഭ�ാ ്നനര : പ ിേരന അരിഭരസ ക‍രാനാി ക കതാകാവിപെി രവരി ം‍ദ്ദാംഹ ശാ�രുോ�ാ വിപാക : ര ര‍ംഭി നഹരിശരകി A discerning person should always consider the pros and cons and long term consequences of any endeavour he is starting. Any action performed in great haste can in the long run lead to consequences which may burn his heart forever like a sharp and poisonous dart (or arrow) It would appear that men of wisdom of all ages were always wary of hasty actions . The same idea has been repeated by all great seers..Bharavi said.." sahasaa vidatheedha na kriyaam.. nothing should be done on an impulse".. chanakya said.. " avicharya na vakthavyam.. one should not utter a word without proper deliberation" . In the judicial systems of any cultured society, hasty actions without proper application of mind are frowned upon and such actions are struck down mercilessly. And I am sure every human being will have some such actions to his credit, and they would be causing permanent heartache, enmities, sense of guilt.. True, some arrogant persons never review their actions and have gone beyond any sense of remorse. But then it is a big question whether such persons can be included in the list of human beings.
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the body is poisoned, O jackel, beware हस ौ्दा्�ाािनध ौ्शर जरुौ् ाणसा यष�हृौ र अनपापािनध �ा�जसृमरदणय ्दा�ृ् रजदय्् णष ध

्शत् ा्र�ाछषर्श््ण�ह श्जादौ््् ्म�्द ौ। श णश ्णश ्नसबरर्मनव्मनव् ह ा्््वय् र्न म ््ाजरःच र र र

वाृतपा ् hastau dānavivarjitau śrutipuṭau sārasvatadrohiṇau netre sādhuvilokanena rahite pādau na tīrthe gatau| anyāyārjitavittapūrṇamudaraṁ garveṇa tuṅgaṁ śiro re re jambuka muñca muñca sahasā nīcaṁ sunindyam vapuḥ|| cāṇakyāt The advice is addressed to a jackal who lives on dead bodies and is all set to devour the carcass of a wicked fellow... O Jackal, please leave that body alone for your own safety. While alive it did move its hands in charity, its ears were enemies of cultured words, its eyes never cared to have a glimpse of lofty persons or things in this world, its pair of legs never moved in pilgrimmage, its belly was always excessively full with food obtained from wealth earned unjustly, its head was always held upright with extreme arrogance. and such a body is only worthy of derision. Even a cadaverous animal if it tasted the dead body of an evil fellow, would suffer.

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enmity will ruin us आरदश षानहाशनम ी परः्जणदश षास्ोपः।

वाृतप्् शः्ेसी म ् āptadveṣānbhavenmṛtyuḥ paradveṣāddhanakṣayaḥ| rājadveṣādbhavennāśo brahmadveṣātkulakṣayaḥ|| cāṇakyanīteḥ uddhṛtam ആാരെദസോനരേവന ക‍ര�ു പഭെദസോധ ്നക് ഭാ‍െദസോന രാേവനനാേശാ ്ോെദസോന കുാക് If one incurs the enmity of a person who was very close to him and shared many secrets, the consequence can be as bad as death. If one persists on inimical exchanges with others they will become his enemies in due course and he will be divested of all his wealth. If one incurs the wrath of the Government, he will ultimately face serious damages and if one rubs the learned people on the wrong side and receive their curses, his whole clan will perish.

णानदश षाषाशन्ा ष्ब�दश षा रछोपःच र

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this is the real stuff

�ाद ््पृामय्व् र ्छ ा्व। प ार््पष््ाणप श् ्�ादा् ्

पम ्् जष्�ा्म�हस

ा्व

रतपय रहा�ष satyam tapo jñānamahimsatā ca vidvat praṇāmaṁ ca suśīlatā ca| etāni you dhārayate sa vidvān na kevalaṁ yo paṭhitaḥ sa vidvān|| subhāṣitaśatakatrayaṁ

््राछय्पष्ज�ठ ः् ्�ादा् ्च श

സര�ി രേപാ ജാനിഅംിിസരാ ച വിദസന ്പതാകി ച സുശഹാരാ ച ഏരാനി േ്ാ ്ാഭ്െര സ വിദസാന ന േകവാി േ്ാ പ സ വിദസാന : ിര

സുരാേിരശരക്ര്ി The noble qualities like truthfulness, sincere penance, deep knowledge, nonviolence, profound respect for the learned and sterling character make a great scholar. Mere reading and memorizing of volumes after volumes of books are not sufficient to make one learned. --

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Rama and nothing else... र्दध सपरणहालछषरष््ा्मधः्ररवदसज ी य ा� म�द मशाा ् र l्

््व्सम्ासाः्बाछा्ाम ््पश रापाधगृ्राध शll र ी णाममशाा्रज�पन ष््ाभप�हय नजणसजणय । र्णामपा्�ा षरासव्णामश्णाजपय्प ा र । णामहस य्नददहस ््णामश्णाजपय्प ा र आ नाषध हसागृ् म्जरत ह्सृः। ा�््मधजणषऽहा ्।

णामष्णामष्णाम््र ्पना्ामहा ््रमाः।

श्मदालम्�रणामापृश ेज यहाण�षरभपः श nirdasyurabhavalloko nānarthaḥ kaṁcidaspṛśat na ca sma vṛiddhāḥ bālānām pretakāryāṇi kurvate sarvaṁ muditamevāsītsarvo dharmaparo'bhavat| rāmamevānupaśyanto nābhyahiṁsanparasparaṁ| āsanvarṣasahasrāṇi tatha putrasahasriṇaḥ| nirāmayā viśokāsca rāme rājyaṁ praśāsati| rāmo rāmo rāma iti prajānāmabhavat kathāḥ| rāmabhūtaṁ jagadabhūt rāme rājyaṁ praśāsati śrīmadvālmīkirāmāyaṇe upasaṁhāraślokebhyaḥ Today is Deepavali. Many legends are attached to this national celebration. Killing of Narkaasura is one of them. It is also believed that when Rama came back to Ayodhya in all glory after his sojourn in the woods for fourteen years, the affectionate subjects decorated the whole kingdom with lights to herald the arrival of the greatest hero of all times. To wish all my friends a happy Deepavali I quote below the extracts from Vaalmikiraamayanam describing the long saga of life of welfare enjoyed by the people of our country when Rama was Ruling. "There were no thieves. No untoward incidents happened in the lives of any of the subjects. There arose no occasion for an elderly person to perform the last rites of small children. Happiness was everywhere. There was no aberration from virtues. Taking Rama as the role model no one could even think of being acrimonious to others. People lived for thousand years with thousands of pro genies, all without illness and without any reason to be unhappy. The talks among the subjects was always in praise of the one and only Rama. Thus the entire world became the embodiment of the greatest of the great, Rama."
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No honour or celebration can be superfluous when it is in the name of Rama. Rama is above any caste creed or religion and is for the entire universe.

Wish you all a very happy and blessed Deepavali in the name of those cherished memories of Rama.

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you cannot hide from them मर्शण�ज्ा्समसप्साार््रमाधगृ्राध ः र जनव् ाा्रद्मकपिन ्पत्पत्द्मकप् े ज न श्तपः्जोाः््मतषदा ्् ताः।

�ादण्््र र munerapi vanasthasya svāni karmāṇi kurvataḥ utpadyante trayaḥ pakṣāḥ mitrodāsīnaśatravaḥ| pañca tvānugamiṣyanti yatra yatra gamiṣyasi mitraṇyamitrāḥ madhyasthāḥ upajīvyopajeevanaḥ|| vidura nīiti കുേനഭപി വനസിസ� സസാനി ക കാതി കു വര : ഡരപദ�േു ്ര് പകാ: കിേ്രാദാസഹനശ്രവ: : പഞ രസനുികിേ�ുി ്്ര ്്ര ികിേ�സി കി്രാന�കി്രാ കത�ംരാ: ഡപ‍ഹേവ�ാ ഡപ‍ഹവിന : വിദുഭ നഹരി even if a person is living in a remote forest as an ascetic minding his own business, there appear three types of intrusions-- from friends, neutrals and enemies. Five things accompany you wherever you wish to go. Friends, neutrals (neither friends nor enemies) enemies, your means of livelihood and those who depend for livelihood on you. If one is to lead a peaceful life in the midst of the above five inevitable tags attached to him permanently, he has to be tolerant, and should never frugal in handing out sweet words if not anything else.

्मतणप्मताः्मधपसमाः्ेजन्वपषजनशा्ःच

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education tops the list of advantages �ा�य्बन्रः्ापः्रमध्�ा ा्हार ्जनवम्। वाृतप ताद स vittaṁ bandhuḥ vayaḥ karma vidyā bhavati pañcamī| etāni mānyasthānāni garīyohyuttarottare|| cāṇakyasūtrād വിിി േ്ുവ് ക ക വിദ�ാ രവരി ; : : പഞകി ഏരാനി കാന�സാനാനിിഭിേ്ാം�ുിേഭാിെഭ ചാതക�ന the following advantages in their order of ascending priority makes a person occuppy high stations in life. The first is money. The second is having proper and influential relatives. Third advantage can be the age. Fourth trait can be the capacity to perform. But the greatest of the advantages is proper education. The master underlines the supremacy of vidya. प ार््मानपसमा्ार््दणंपषा�णष�णश च र

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the source never gets depleted द�न र् ा�्प�द्ाा्पदश च्य ी णनशषर्छररशषर्बहरकाम प्ः

्ािस ्ोर ः्ताा�ज्रा्�णाृाम ्। अ ा�ज्णनारण्पा्् न्रःच

ह�ष रतपय र gṛhṇantu sarve yadi vā yadecchaṁ nāsti kṣatiḥ kvāpi kavīśvarāṇām| ratneṣu lupteṣu bahuṣvamārtyaiḥ adyāpi ratnākara eva sindhuḥ|| subhaṣitaśatakatrayaṁ ്ിുുതുു സ േവ ്ദി വാ ്േ്ചി നാംരി കരി കസാപി കവഹശസഭാനാി ഭനെനേു ാുാെരേു േംുേസക ൈര� അദ�അപി ഭനനാകഭ ഏവ സി്ു സുരാേിരശരക്ര്ി let the people devour to their hearts' fill from the wisdom of the divine poets. The source can never get depleted. while churning the milky ocean the gods took away all the gems they could lay their hands upon from the Ocean. Still even today the ocean retains the status of the treasury of all valuable gems.

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experiences worse than death

ह�हणश ः्््र � रा ् धी sādhustrīṇāṁ dayitavirahe mānino mānabhaṅge sallokānāmapi janarave nigrahe paṇḍitānāṁ| anyodreke kuṭilamanasāṁ nirguṇānāṁ videśe bhṛtyābhāve bhavati maraṇaṁ kintu sambhāvitānāṁ|| bharttṛhareḥ nītiśtakāt സാ്ും്രഹതാ ദ്ിരവിഭെം കാനിേനാ കാനരര o േി സോഹാകാനാകപി ‍നഭേവ നി്ിെം പ ിരാനാി അേന�ാെ്ദെക കുാിാകനസാി ിുതാനാി വിേദേശ നി ര‍ര� അരാേവ രവരി കഭതി കിുു സിരാവിരാനാി According to Bharthruhari death or a condition worse than that, occurs for all practical purpose for some people under some situation:For the chaste woman on separation from her dear husband For a dignified and self-respecting person when his dignity is challenged. For noble persons when they are scandalized. For the learned persons when they are openly defeated in a scholarly debate. For the wicked fellows when they find others reaching high levels of fortune or welfare. For the idiots with no knowledge and skill when they land up in foreign terrains. For the rich persons who are used to pomp and pelf when they are deprived of the service of the menials.

ह ी पाहााश्हार ्मणृय्�रन र् सहा�ा ा्ायच

अनपषयश र्र�ुछम् ाय र्दरृा्ाय्�ादश श श र ध

लछषरा्ाम�ज्न्णाश्र्ौहश ्जिण् ा्ाय।

ा्य्ृाय्दरप �ाणहश ्मार््ष्मा्हजदश र

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neither tonsure nor matted hair will make the king णा�ष्�ह्दनर्ौहः्् नज्णजाछ्य्व््मधः। र वाृतप् सताद rājño hi duṣṭanigrahaḥ śiṣṭaparipālanaṁ ca dharmaḥ| na punaḥ śiromuṇḍanam jatādhāraṇam vā|| cāṇakya sūtrād ഭാലേതാ ംി ദു�നി്ിം : ശി�പഭിപാാനo ച ് ;ക ന പുന ശിേഭാകുണനി ‍ാാ്ികി വാ : The duty of a King is annihilate the evil people and protect the law abiding subjects. Neither tonsure of the head nor sporting matted hair will act as substitues for these duties. The master is at his sarcastic best here. The function of a ruler is to safeguard the interests of his kingdom. Spending time with barber or makeupmen will not stand substitute for this duty. Somehow the exhibition of fiddling talents by Nero the emperor at the time of Rome being gutted comes to mind. ््जर्ः्् णषमण््म ््नुा्ाणृम ््ााच र

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they forget the routine things अमाध रणाृाम ््््दरयण््््बन्रः्रामा रणाृाम ् ््हपय्््छजना।

प् ्ारणय स र arthāturāṇām na gurur na bandhuḥ kāmāturāṇām na bhayaṁ na lajjā| vidyāturāṇām na sukham na nidrā kṣudhāturāṇām na rucir na veḻā|| sūktisudhākaraṁ അ ് ആരുഭാതാ ന ിുഭു ന േ്ു കാകാരുഭാനാി ന ര്ി ാജാ വി്�രുഭാനാി ന സു്ി ന നി്ദാ കു്ാരുഭാനാി ന ഭുചി ന േവ സൂകിസു്ാകഭ for one whose sole aim is to amass wealth, the preceptors or relatives are of no consequence. One caught by lust simply loses all sense of shame and caution and he has no fear. One whose aim is to acquire knowledge simply forsakes all comforts and even sleep. And for the hungry man he wants food but is oblivious of either taste or the time.

�ा ा रणाृाम ्््् रखम ््््र्या्ोर्ा रणाृाम ््््यरवण््््ाशराच

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cuckoo vs donkey ााजगमा्रपाध ्् ाधछषर�पप ाय

ाातजायकपा ्

रष्ाा्छषर्रष�रछसपषजराणः श रष्ाा्छषर्ददधहसपाजरणःच श

ाधछषरषऽ�पप ाय।

ह�ष रतपयच।्पस रर ः आषध�ा ामिनदणय र vāṅgmādhuryāt sarvalokapriyatvaṁ vākpāruṣyāt sarvaloko'priyatvaṁ| ko vā loke kokilasyopakāraḥ ko vā loke garddabhasyāpakaraḥ|| subhaṣitaśatakatrayaṁ||| prastutiḥ ārṣavidyāmandiraṁ വാങികാ്ുഭ�ാന സ ോാക്പി്രസി വാമി പാഭുേ�ാന സ വോാക അ്പി്രസി േകാ വാ ോാേക േകാകിാസ� ഡപകാഭ : േകാ വാ ോാേക ിിഗരസ് അപകാഭ : സുരാേിര ശരക്ര്ി ഒഭു ആിേവിദ�ാാ് ്പസിതഹകഭതി Everyone adores a person who always utters sweet words. A person with harsh words is abhored. The sweetness or harshness need not be any special virtue. It is just in human nature to listen to sweet words, even when they are not worth a penny. Harsh utternace which may be of great value go unheeded. Apart from the sweet blabber what is the use for the cuckoo in this world. Though it is possess of a very harsh voice, the donkey have many other good uses.

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friendship of the noble रलजयमः्रिलज मशा् स श र रवन मगृि�िन

्राम्रतरा्म मशा्दषिग्। ाय्�ह् जदः् रछम ््प स शच मशा्द�श

जद सप् द् ा्मरयृाछपश््परा् य सप् र्ारण kalpadrumaḥ kalpitameva sūte sa kāmadhukkāmitameva dogdhi| cintamaṇiścintitameva datte satāṁ hi saṅgaḥ sakalam prasūte|| sūktisudhākara satasaṅgasūkti gītā mudraṇālayena prakāśitaṁ കഗപ്ദുക; കഗപിരേകവ സൂേര സാ കാകാ്ു കാകിരേകവാ േദാാ്ി ചിുാകതി: ചിുിരേകവ ദെി സരാി ംി സിി ; സകാി ്പസൂെര They say there is a tree calle kalpadruma, which yields whatever you wish, This tree will give you whatever you set your mind upon. The divine cow Kaamadhenu will provide you again what all you yearned for. The divine stone chintamani ( like syamanthaka) will give you only what your have asked after applying your mind. But the friendship and eternal company with noble people will bring unto you all that is good in the world even without asking.

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the binding forces ोमपा्दपपा्पशसृा् स् ी श्ानधाश््व।

वाृतप kṣamayā dayayā premṇā sūnṛtenārjavena ca| vaśīkuryāt jagat sarvaṁ vinayena ca sevayā|| cāṇakya കക്ാ ദ്്ാ േ്പിനാ സൂ്നിെരനാ ‍േവന ച വശഹകുഭ�ാന ‍ിന സ ി വിനേ്ന ച േസവ്ാ ചാതക�ന One can attract the whole universe to himself by exercising the following noble traits. 1. patience 2. compassion 3. genuine love 4. nice and truthful words 5. enthusiasm. 6. humility 7.devoted service. --

ा ्रपाध ््नद ्् ा�्�ा्पश््व् शापाच र

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knowledge is supreme �ाद ानव््ज ानव््ैा् रलपय्रदाव्। ी

वाृतपः vidvattvañca nṛpatvañca naiva tulyaṁ kadācana| svadeśe pūjyate rājā vidvān sarvatra pūjyate|| cāṇakyaḥ വിദസരസി ച ന‍പരസി ച ൈനവ രുാ�ി കദാചന സസേദേശ പൂ‍�െര ഭാ‍ാ വിദസാന സ പൂ‍�െര വ്ര ചാതക�ന wealth of knowledge and the position as a king should never be compared. The king, at the best, is honoured in his own kingdom, but the scholar is honoured everywhere.

सादश श्जसजप श्णाना्�ादा् ्् ाधत्जसजप शच

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tight rope walk पदा्य्पच्न्य्दहमरजद श् य म�ार्ः ी

अ्र

�पपय्री ाा्मौ्य् द् ्रम्य्वामपरजरी शः। ाय्र्ष�दनय्�ाषमम् ्ाणाव ्मदय च श

शरष्छ�सपाम ््र्ण्हहा ाणाः्जणरमाः

ह हणश ः्््र धी रा ् pradānaṁ pracchannaṁ gṛhamupagate saṁbhramavidhiḥ priyaṁ kṛtvā maunaṁ sadasi kathanaṁ cāpyupakṛteḥ| anutseko lakṣmyām nirabhibhavasārāḥ parakathāḥ satāṁ kenoddiṣṭaṁ viṣamamasidhārāvratamidaṁ|| bhartṛhareḥ nītiśatakāt ്പദാനി ്പചിനനി ി‍ംകുപിെര സി്രകവി്ി : ്പി്ി ക‍രസാ െകീനി സദസികഥനി ചാപ�ുപക‍െര അനുെഇേകാ ാകിക�ാി നിഭരിരവസാഭ : പഭകഥാ : സരാി േകേനാധദി� o വിേകകസി്ാഭാവ‍രകിദി The life of noble men is a self taught penance sitting on the edge of a sword (asidhaaraavratam). They give help to others in secret. They are very fussy and careful while giving respect to guest who have come to their house. They will keep absolute silence about some nice things they have done for others. But they will be very lavish in praising in public the good deeds of others. They are indifferent to wealth. And they present even the criticism of the deeds of others in a manner that would cause no hurt. The poet wonders who taught these people such a strict code of conduct.

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they never break rules
परपश््हन्मपधदाः्हािन ्�रछ् ादणाः। ादणाः्हशद्मच्िन ्परपशऽ�ज््् ा्ाःच

वाृतप््र praḻaye bhinnamaryadāḥ bhavanti kila sāgarāḥ| sāgarāḥ bhedamicchanti praḻaye'pi na sādhavaḥ|| cāṇakyanīti: when the deluge at the end of a yuga sets in, the oceans throw to winds all the rules of propriety and transgress their boundaries to gobble up the entire land area. Maybe the oceans were just waiting for an opportunity to break the rules. But noble men will never be shaken and they will behave with equanimity and poise even when the greatest of catastrophes overtake them.
--

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Priority
दन्ाः् जन्ा ््जसा्जसजप ाय् श््�रय् � र ध जसा्पोा्र य्जापरः्आ््ा ््अर्र्�रमरच � य ाय।

रतपय रह�ष durjanāḥ sajjanāt pūrvaṁ pūjyatāṁ tena kiṁ satāṁ| pūrvaṁ prakṣāḻitaṁ paayuḥ ānanāt adhikaṁ kimu|| subhaṣitaśatakatrayaṁ Let tyrants and arrogant people be given precedence over the noble persons. The noble are not the losers. Is it not the usual practice to clean one's excretory organs before washing the face? Does it mean that those organs are superior to one's face? Out of fear and possible backlashes the arrogant people are given more importance in some situations. Men of steady character and repute need not be peeved by that. The ultimate winners will be persons with character. --

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appearances can be deceptive
�ाषमस र्््वामपस र्कुाुषजष्हपजरणः र्�ाधषशृा�ज् ज�ृ्र वपष्मह ््कृाः ध

व्तप्््र nirviṣeṇāpi sarpeṇa kartavyo mahatī phaṇāḥ viṣamastu na cāpyastu phaṭāṭopo bhayaṅkaraḥ canakya nīti Even if its poison fangs are removed, it is in the interests of a cobra to raise its hood wide and making hissing noises. The observer will not be aware of the loss of poison and ever the terrible sight of the upheld wide hood will scare away the enemies. The master imples that even if a person in action has chinks in his armour, he should always put on a brave face. Most of the antagonists are carried away by the appearance and not the contents.

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practice makes it perfect
अ पलजजाजै�ाधजदः् रव््ाय्जाजा म्ाय्जाज दषमसतमातशृ्जपष्�ा्नय् कसप्दषमसत् श््�रम ््ाा। श््�रय्ााच

रतपय रहा�ष gomūtramātreṇa payo vinaṣṭaṁ takrasya gomūtra śatena kim vā| atyalpapāpairvipadaḥ śucīnāṁ pāpātmanāṁ pāpaśatena kiṁ vā|| subhṣitśatakatrayaṁ Even if a tiny drop of cow's urine is mixed with thousand litres of milk, the entire milk will be spoilt. But even if thousand litres of cow's urine is added to any quantity of buttermilk, nothing happens. Similarly the noble persons would consider that all their accumulated virtues are lost if they happen to commit even some petty mistake. But for the persons who are doing evil things alone from the time of their birth any additional evil deed would mean nothing. In mahabharatham, during the war,, Yudhistira is persuaded to make an untruthful statement regarding the death of ashwatthama and from that time onwards it is said that his chariot which always floated one feet above the ground level by virute of his dharma, landed on the earth for ever. But we see liers and utter lier for whom telling a truth is a rare exception. Nothing happens to him.

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age does not mellow ...
ाप ः्ज्णृामश�ज्पः्खछ्खछ्पा् ः। वाृतप््र vayasaḥ pariṇāmepi yaḥ khala khala eva saḥ| supakvamapi mādhuryam nopayātīndravāruṇaṁ|| cāṇakyanīti Just because one is advanced in age, his inherent nature of being cruel and idiotic does not undergo any change. The bitter gourd, even if it has become very ripe and red will not leave its bitter taste and become sweet. The master chanakya here underlines the force of habits. If one has become used to being cruel and adamant in his younger days, he will not be able to give up his natural propensities and become a saint just because he has grown old. The appearance of a man of ripe age can be very deceptive. In physical stature and in behaviour, he may appear to be very pious. But the poison inside will be still potent. We are seeing many 'uncles' and "granddads' of this genre in our daily lives. ध रजताम�ज्मा्रपम ्््षजपा ्नयाायृयच

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blowing one's own trumpet
वाृतप््र parairuktaguṇo yastu nirguṇo'pi guṇī bhavet| indro'pi laghutāṁ yāti svayaṁ prakhyāpitair guṇaiḥ|| cāṇakyanīti Even the small merits of the people which do not deserve any particular praise gain great importance when the accolades come from others. However, even if Indra, the powerful king of gods, in spite of being a very important and powerful person deserving a lot of praise, will look silly and childish if he attempts to to brag of his own meritorious deeds. Praise should come from others. This alone will make a person look respectable. In old dramas we will find that when the hero or the person donning the attire of the king appears on the scene, he starts to announce in no uncertain terms how important a person he is. He may even praise the length of his own moustache. That will be okay for a drama. But we find people announcing to the whole world even the smallest philanthropic action to which they were part of. Most of the charitable and apparently generous acts which are published by the doers themselves are more for advertisement and publicity than with any noble intent. ्नयषऽ�ज्छघर ाय्पार ्सापय्पयपा�ज ैण्दरृैःच ् जणै य्दरृष्पस र्र्दरृषऽ�ज्दरृ््हाश ्। ध

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welfare state
पष्हणश द्छषडहादय्््व्णोर ्जरता ्च अ्मधस र्महायस ा ्हाश�सप्महंज श।

श्मदालम्�रणामापृय आणणपराण्य ६---११ adharmastu mahāṁstāta bhavettasya mahīpate| yo haredbaliṣaḍbhāgaṁ na ca rakṣati putravat|| śrīmadvālmīkirāmāyaṇaṁ āraṇyakāṇḍaṁ 6---11 Sri Rama along with Lakshmana and Seetha is on his way to the deep forests for a sojourn of fourteen years there. He reaches the hermitage of Sage Sarabhanga. The forest was infested with demons and evil people at that time and the ascetics living there were tormented by these demons in many ways. Therefore all the sages assembled at the hermitage of Sarabanga and voiced their complaint to the son of the King. This sloka which reminds Rama of the duties of a king is appearing in the Itihasa in this context. The sages say, "Oh young prince, the great sin of dereliction from duty awaits the king who takes away one-sixth of the earnings of the subjects as tax but fails to look after their welfare and fails to protect them as if they were his own sons. Even though the warning is addressed to a prince thousands of years ago the basic idea underlying it applies to all governments headed by kings or ministers whatsoever. The rulers of a welfare state, who leave no stones unturned to collect the taxes from the citizens are duty-bound to ensure them a comfortable and unencumbered life. The failure can result in revolution today.
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129 ।श्रीकृष्णो र। |śrīkṛṣṇo rakṣatu| Have a nice and happy day

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