Dhanishta Publications

Vidura

 


 

 


 

A WORD ABOUT HIERARCHY

 

1. Sanat Kumara: He is the planetary Logos, the King that presides over the planetary evolution in general. He resides in the 2nd ether around our Globe in an ashram called to day as "Shambala" - originally known as "Shyama Bala", meaning the Blue boy. The ashram is hidden in the region of Gopi desert, originally known as "Gopi" meaning "The hidden".

The evolution of the planet is three fold - evolution of the beings, of the form of beings and of the social formations of the beings into tribes communities, groups, nations, their inter-relationships at various levels - social, cultural, economic, & spiritual. Sanat Kumara presides over such three fold evolution of the planet. He represents the spiritual will of the planet.

 

2. Lord Maitreya: He is the World Teacher that presides over all global teachings, writings and related activities that enlighten beings. He is the Teacher of the teachers and presides over the Hierarchy of teachers at the Global level. He resides in the caves of Kalapa-North Himalayan range.

 

3. Manu Vaivaswata: He is the Global Archetect that presides over formations of matter - mineral, plant, animal, human, semi-divine. His work is to evolve the moulds of forms (of the beings) that would contribute absorption of greater measure of light. He descends from the Universal Hierarchy of Viswakarma - the Great Architect of the Universe. He is the 7th of the Manus.

 

4. Mahachohan: He is the Global Chief of evolution of civilisations, economics, nations, societies, tribes, groups, communities etc., His work is to build healthy social order that tunes upto the spiritual will.

 

The Dhyani Buddhas are the conductors of messages as between the Planetary Logos and the three-fold Hierarchy.

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

We are thankful to Brother Detlev and Sister Barbara of Germany for their Co-operation in realising this book.

Dhanishta

 

INTRODUCTION

Vidura was the Chief Counsel in the Royal Court of the Blind King. He is an Initiate that knew the Law and advised the king untiringly and patiently. He is considered as the *Mahachohan in the Theosophical world. His teachings to the king are eternally valid. They are given in brief, culling out from the **Mahabharata.

*The chief of a Social Hierarchy of the trans-Himalayan mystics.
**The great epic composed by Veda Vyasa in 18 books. The Bhagavad Gita forms a part of it.

 


 

WISDOM TEACHINGS

 

 

1

           

The man*
who is encountered by
an enemy more powerful than him,
the man who lost his wealth,
the man who is in lust for a woman,
and the man that desires to thieve,
cannot sleep.
They suffer from sleeplessness.

 

*In the ancient language, "man" means the human soul, the beings that work with mind, and hence it includes woman. It is an equivalent term for "human being".

 

 

2

 

The one who is not distant
to the knowledge of the self,
effectiveness in action,
detachment,
and the link-up to the Law,
is the Knower.

 

3

 

The one
who does acts of goodwill,
does not other acts,
does not advocate atheism,
and does remain attentive (Sraddha),
is the Knower.

 

4

 

The one
who keeps at distance
uncontrollable anger,
self-aggrandizement,
vanity,
excitement and unmannerliness,
is the Knower.

 

5

 

The one
who does more than he speaks,
does not give hint of his acts
and thoughts of goodwill,
and does enable others to know him
only through acts,
is the Knower.

 

6

 

The Knower
is undeterred
by fear, desire, riches,
poverty and weather,
in accomplishing his acts
of goodwill.

 

7

 

The Knower
sticks to the Law in the fields of
economics, family and society.
None of the three affects
his implicit obedience to the Law.

 

8

 

The Knower is one
who neglects not the trivials,
listens with care,
serves with love and knowledge,
serves not with desire,
speaks not unless asked,
and remains alert
in grasp of situations.

 

9

 

The Knower
does not desire the undesirable,
broods not over the loss,
and drops not wisdom
at times of adversity.

 

10

 

The Knower
is stable in will,
does not abandon any work half-way,
and,
transcending the mind,
fulfils the purpose of life.

 

11

 

The Knower
gains the love and affection
of the righteous,
guards the welfare of the beings,
and grants splendour
to the surroundings.

 

12

 

The Knower
is not flattered by praise
and felicitations,
is not flattened by criticism
and opposition,
but flows evenly in gait
as a sacred river.

 

13

 

The Knower is one
who knows the nature
of the beings,
knows the plan
and the plan of action,
and also knows the skill
to accomplish the plan.

 

14

 

The one
whose speech flows like a stream,
who knows the worldly patterns,
who is capable of argument,
who is intuitive,
and holds scriptural knowledge,
is the Knower.

 

15

 

The one
whose actions demonstrate wisdom,
whose wisdom demonstrate action,
who is self-reliant, and
who does not confuse the Path,
is tile Knower.

 

16

 

The one
whose knowledge is incomplete,
who lives more in thought
and less in action,
who gathers wealth
through clandestine means,
is considered to be a fool.

 

17

 

The one
who abstains from self duty,
who engrosses in others' duties,
and who damages a friend's work,
is considered to be a fool.

 

18

 

The one
who entertains undesirable persons,
who neglects the desirable ones,
who opposes a stronger one,
is considered to be a fool.

 

19

 

The one
who dumps his work on others,
who doubts at events,
who delays action,
is a fool.

 

20

 

The one
who neglects the Pitris*
who worships not the Devas**
who ignores a friend,
is a fool.

 

* Pitris: lunar Devas.
** Deva: celestial being.

 

21

 

The one
Who presents himself uninvited,
who speaks unasked,
and who relies on the unreliable,
is a fool

 

22

 

The one
who shifts his mistakes onto others,
whose anger is uncontrollable,
and who mistakes persons,
is a fool.

 

23

 

The one
who aspires regardless capacity,
regardless desirability,
regardless effort,
and regardless possibility,
is the Fool of the fools.

 

24

 

The one
who commands those
who are not subordinates,
who makes approaches to others'
ladies,
and who serves a miser,
is a fool.

 

25

 

The one
who gains wisdom,
wealth and social position,
and yet remains simple,
is the Knower.

 

26

 

The misdeeds of one
have a ripple effect
on the community.
The community karma is experienced
and neutralized.
But the one that initiated the ripple
has to bear the brunt of the misdeed.

 

27

 

The arrow of the archer
may destroy a person.
But the mischief of an intellectual
can destroy a community.
Intellectual aggression is to be feared
to mere physical aggression.

 

28

 

With the help of the One
decide the two,
and conquer the three.
With the help of the four
transcend the five,
know the six,
and relinquish the seven!

 

29

 

The tolerant one
has only one weakness.
He has no other.
His weakness is tolerance.
The people think that he is incapable.
He allows them to think so.

 

30

 

Tolerance
is the strength of the weak,
and is the ornament of the strong.

 

31

 

Through tolerance
one can conquer all that is.
Nothing is impossible
for the tolerant one.
The weapons of tolerance
are more powerful
than the weapons of war.

 

32

 

Tolerance consumes fire,
like the cool water.
Intolerance is the wild fire
that destroys all around oneself.

 

33

 

Dharma* is the only means to welfare.
Tolerance
is the only means to peace.
Knowledge
is the only means to contentment.
Harmlessness
is the only means to Bliss.



*Dharma: the sacred Law.

 

34

 

There are only
two fallen ones upon the Earth:
one is the householder
who does not work with zeal,
the other is the mendicant
that works with zeal.

 

35

 

The King
that does not redress the "wrong",
and the Brahmin (Initiate)
that does not teach,
are unworthy to be on Earth.

 

36

 

The person
that is not pungent in speech,
and is not tolerant of evil,
is considered human.

 

37

 

There are
two mediocre ones in this world:
the one who desires
what others desire,
and the one who believes
what others believe.
The mediocre has no conviction.

 

38

 

The multiple desires of the poor,
and the anger of the incompetent
are the two sharp thorns
that drain the poor,
and the incompetent.

 

39

 

The poor that donates,
and the competent that tolerates,
are at the top of the heaven.

 

40

 

The double danger with money
lies in its non-availability
for deeds of goodwill,
and its availability
for deeds of evil.

 

41

 

The rich that does not donate
and the poor that does not introspect,
meet the "dead end".

 

42

 

The disciple that lives in Yoga,
and the soldier that dies in war,
transcend the Wheel of the world.

 

43

 

The seers spot the animal,
the human, and the divine
in the human beings.
Accordingly, they interact suitably.

 

44

 

Man destroys himself
through thieving,
aspiring for other's woman,
and through loss of friendship.

 

45

 

The gateways
to unhappiness are:
anger, vengefulness and miserliness.

 

46

 

Never let down
the one devoted to you,
the one that depends on you,
and the one who proclaims
to be yours.

 

47

 

The administrator
has to be friendly with the knowers,
cautious with the flatterers,
distant to excessive thinkers
and non-thinkers,
and detach from the stupid ones
at all times.

 

48

 

The householder
has to aid the relative that is aged,
the one in adversities,
the friend in poverty,
and the destitute sister.

 

49

 

Practise
silence, study of Scriptures,
and sacrifice,
not for social recognition
but for self-enlightenment.

 

50

 

Serve
with utmost veneration
the parents, the teacher, the fire,
and the Soul,
to fulfil the journey of life
upon Earth.

 

51

 

The one
who serves the Devas,
the Pitris, the humans,
the mendicants* and the guests,
gains undiminishing fame.

 

*Mendicant: a "Sanyasi" - a relinquished one.

 

52

 

The friends, the enemies,
the associates, the dependants,
and the dependable ones,
accompany you,
wherever you move.

 

53

 

The seeker of wealth
shall have to wriggle out of
excessive sleep, laziness, fear, hatred,
and excessive thinking,
to accomplish the purpose.

 

54

 

Abandon at once,
the teacher that does not guide,
the priest that does not recite
the Scriptures,
the leader that does not protect,
and the spouse that is
excessively critical.

 

55

 

Lack of fear and of jealousy,
patience and uprightness,
generosity and activity,
are the qualities
of the successful.

 

56

 

In-flowing wealth,
unaffected health,
co-operative spouse,
obedient son,
and useful knowledge,
are the pentagon of happiness.

 

57

 

The thieves live by others' laxity,
the doctors live by diseases,
the priests live by the theists,
the government lives by
the ungoverning,
the scholars live by the ignorant.

 

58

 

The cattle, the service, the cultivation,
and the friendliness
of the uncultured ones,
the application of knowledge,
and the attention to the wife,
need a constant vigil.

 

59

 

The disciple that gained knowledge,
the sons that married,
the man that enjoyed the lust,
the one that received help,
the one that crossed the river,
the sick that is cured,
tend to forget
the teacher, the mother, the woman,
the helper, the boat, and the doctor,
respectively.

 

60

 

Health, absence of debts,
habitation in the native land,
association with men of goodwill,
self-employment, and fearless life,
are the six sources of happiness.

 

61

 

Jealousy, discontentment,
vengeance, doubt,
and dependency on others' wealth,
are the five sources of sorrow.

 

62

 

Weakness for woman,
gambling, hunting, alcoholic drinks,
pungent speech, punitive attitude,
and extravagance in expenditure,
are the seven vices.

 

63

 

Hatred towards the enlightened ones,
thieving the wealth of the saints,
belittling the men of wisdom,
rejoicing at their criticism,
admonishing their praise,
recklessness in approach to them,
are the symptoms of fall.

 

64

 

Meeting the friend,
abundant flow of wealth,
embrace of the son,
timely advice,
honour in the society,
fulfilment of aspiration,
social respect,
and mating with the lady
that one loves,
are the sources of instant happiness.

 

65

 

Intelligence coupled with virtues,
self-regulation, birth in a high family,
knowledge of the world Scriptures,
fearlessness, generosity, gratitude,
and regulated speech,
are the eight qualities
that let the person shine.

 

66

 

The human body
is a city of nine gates.
It has three pillars and five witnesses.
The dweller is within.
The one who knows the three
and the five
can experience the city.

 

67

 

Know the ten
who do not care the Law:
The drank, the mistaken, the mad,
the stressed, the vengeful, the hungry,
the hasty, the avaricious, the coward,
and the ever-desiring.

 

68

 

The one
who relinquishes excessive desire
and uncontrollable anger,
who has clear ability to discriminate,
who can intelligently deploy
the wealth,
who is knowledgeable
of the Scriptures,
and who does not delay action,
is a good governor.

 

69

 

The one
who gains people's confidence,
who is capable of rightly judging
and punishing the default,
and who knows to condone,
is a good governor.

 

70

 

The one
who does not insult the weak,
who waits with patience
in times of adversity,
who does not oppose
the one stronger than himself,
and who does not hesitate
to put down lawlessness,
is a good governor.

 

71

 

The one
who is not depressed
by the unfavourable trend of events,
who pursues in silence consistently,
and who forbears the ordeals of life,
is a good governor.

 

72

 

The one
who departs the family
without purpose,
who cultivates friendliness
with the undesirable,
who craves for contact with woman,
who is possessed of self-pride,
and who succumbs
to alcoholic drinks,
is a weak governor.

 

73

 

The one
who does not commence any act
in anger, who is inclined to truth in
speech, who does not indulge
in arguments with friends,
who is not infuriated by others' slight
(at him), who is equanimous and non-
critical, who is not at enmity with
others,
who does not transgress the limits in
speech, who demonstrates patience
in disputes,
is the governor that shines forth.

 

74

 

The one
who is not showy in appearance,
who does not flatter himself,
who does not indulge in criticism,
is the one whom the world loves.

 

75

 

The one who does not inflame
a settled enmity,
who does not exhibit
arrogance in behaviour,
who does not escape from duty,
and who does not adopt
to questionable means in adversities,
is the one who is considered
to be an Aryan.

 

76

 

The one who is not excited
by accomplishment,
who does not rejoice
at others' calamities,
who does not repent
upon that which is donated by him,
is an Aryan.

 

77

 

The Devas
co-operate with the one
who conducts charity
and worship on a daily basis.

 

78

 

The one who associates,
cultivates friendship,
conducts transactions,
converses with equals,
does not with inferiors,
and follows the superiors,
is the wise one.

 

79

 

The one
who distributes to dependents,
limits self-requirements,
works more and sleeps less,
and helps even the enemy in distress,
is the wise one.

 

80

 

The one
who conceives thoughts of goodwill,
plans in detail, and acts in silence,
is the wise one.

 

81

 

The one
who strives for the welfare
of the beings, holds a soft nature,
speaks truth pleasantly,
and entertains noble thoughts,
is the wise one that shines forth
amidst the race.

 

82

 

The one
that repents at his mistakes,
holds the mind stable through contemplation
upon the unlimited light,
and keeps an open mind,
is the wise one.

 

83

 

Let not the mind engage
in conspiracy,
and in short term benefits,
gained through unlawful means.
Let not the mind weaken
at short term losses,
suffered through lawful means.
Let the mind ideate
the future consequences
of the present actions,
to "check-mate" the present attitudes
that bring future sufferings.

 

84

 

Let not prosperity
let loose the conduct.
Misbehaviour destroys prosperity,
like old-age destroys
the youthful beauty.

 

85

 

Avarice
entices you to mishap.
Look at the fish
that entangles to the bait.

 

86

 

The wise one
eats that which is acceptable
and nourishing to the body.
Likewise, he does
that which is socially acceptable
and personally comforting.

 

87

 

Unripe fruit yields not juice.
Unripe action yields not
the desired result.
Ripened fruit, not only yields juice,
but also gives the seed
to further the species.
Mature actions, likewise,
give birth to series of acts of goodwill.

 

88

 

The honey-bee draws honey
pleasantly from the flower.
The wise man draws work
from others with equal skill.

 

89

 

Think before you plunge into action.
Accept the consequences
of your actions.
Foolish are those who act
without foreseeing the consequences.
Peevish are those who do not accept
the consequences of their own actions.
They do not adopt
the remedial actions.

 

90

 

Commence not
actions that yield no results.
Plant not
trees that yield not fruits or flowers.

 

91

 

Many not
a man who is poor.
Accept not
a master who is ever angry.
They cannot serve the purpose.

 

92

 

Wisdom lies in reaping bounties
through actions simple
and yet profound.
A good farmer knows
how to reap a rich harvest.

 

93

 

Let your looks of equanimity
enable the flow
of ever-nourishing Love and Light.

 

94

 

Wisdom
is never at exhibition.
It manifests through speech
and action, like a lightening,
and returns to the source.
Displayed wisdom
is susceptible to abuse.
Does not the ripened fruit
hide behind the leaves?

 

95

 

Control through fear is a beastly act.
There is always the danger
of a coup by the subjugated.
Contact through love is a divine act.
It allows freedom with responsibility.
It gives not scope for revolt.

 

96

 

The wise one
looks at the inheritance
as a responsibility
but not as a privilege.
The sense of privilege
depletes the inheritance.
The sense of responsibility
augments the splendour
of the inheritance.

 

97

 

The lawless governor
mutilates himself
like the leather in the fire.

 

98

 

Self-defence
is the quality of the aggressive.

 

99

 

Kingdom/property/ wealth,
gained and administered lawfully,
remains,
and even keeps growing.
As long as the Law
is the presiding principle,
the wealth diminishes not.

 

100

 

Intelligence lies in utilization.
There is no waste thing in creation
to the intelligent one.
He knows how to utilize,
and this brings forth
gold from the earth,
work from the lazy,
and service from the selfish.

 

101

 

Wisdom lies
in the intelligent collection of things
from nature.
The bird lives on grains
left out in the field,
through patient collection.
The wiseman lives on collection
of the wisdom statements
of the Initiates.

 

102

 

The Initiate lives with wisdom
as the basis.
The King lives with secret intelligence
as the basis.
The trader lives with money
as the basis.
Others live with that
which they seek in the world
as the basis.

 

103

 

Resistance
is the cause of all suffering.
The wealth that one holds is meant
more for others than for himself.
The wisdom that one holds
is also meant for others,
than for himself.
The cow holds milk for others,
not for herself.
When resisted to offer,
they are put to suffering.

 

104

 

The one who bends
to the Law of nature
is not further bent.
Nature bends beings towards the Law
through time.
The iron is heated and struck
till it is moulded.

 

105

 

The rainy cloud
is the best friend to the cattle.
The minister
is the best friend to the king.
Wisdom
is the best friend to the Initiate.
The husband is the best friend to the wife.

 

106

 

The Law, the Truth,
the wisdom science,
its practice,
and the group of goodwill,
are the sources of protection.

 

107

 

The measure protects the paddy.
Nursing protects the horses.
Superintendence protects the cow.
Periods protect the woman.

 

108

 

Conduct courses one
to happiness or unhappiness
- be it a king or a common.
Conduct alone is responsible
for one's own
misery or mastery.

 

109

 

There is no respite
to the one who is jealous
of others' wealth, health, strength,
happiness, prosperity,
and of others' beauty.

 

110

 

The ornaments
augment the beauty of a person.
But there are persons
who are ornamental
even to the ornaments.

 

111

 

In the hands of the righteous,
the wisdom and the wealth
shine forth.
In the hands of others,
they are just ornamental.

 

112

 

When the unrighteous seek help,
the righteous help and forget.
But when the unrighteous
help the righteous,
they flatter themselves
to be greater than the righteous.
They look forward
to aggrandize themselves
at the slightest opportunity.

 

113

 

The Initiates rely
on the righteous only.
The righteous need to rely
on the righteous only.
Even the unrighteous need to relay
on the righteous at times of adversity.
But the righteous should never rely
on the unrighteous,
even in times of utter difficulty.

 

114

 

The one well dressed
gains the attention in a gathering.
The one well tuned to light
gains mastery over earthy objects.
The one who has a good vehicle
progresses well on the path.
The one who has good conduct
accomplishes all.

 

115

 

Good conduct
is the keynote of human life.
It steers life
towards fulfilment through time.
The one who lacks it,
is the "living dead".

 

116

 

The ones who get timely,
tasty, fresh and nourishing food,
are rich in life.
The others who work for it,
are poor in life.

 

117

 

The rich have plenty to eat;
but they cannot digest.
The poor can digest plenty,
but they do not get as much.
One needs to find the meeting point.

 

118

 

The low class
fear lack of food and shelter,
the middle class fear death,
the rich fear loss of wealth,
and the cultured fear ignominy.

 

119

 

Among all sources of pride,
the pride of riches is the worst.
It causes instant fall.

 

120

 

The senses engaged
in the sense objects
cause hindrance to the flow
of the Soul energy,
just as the transit planets
disturb the flow of the space energy
though their qualities.

 

121

 

Indulgence in the sense objects
causes depletion of the Soul energy.
The senses grow
from strength to strength
to bind the Soul to the Earth.

 

122

 

The king
that does not heed to the advice,
and the mind
that does not heed to wisdom,
are bound to fall through time.

 

123

 

Learn to see the enemies
in your thoughts
instead of seeing them in persons.
Weed out the inner enemies.
Then, even the outer enemies
are weakened.

 

124

 

The ability to tame the horses
that draw the chariot
decides the fate of one's travel.
The ability to train the senses
decides one's travel in life.
The wild horses
can even destroy the chariot.
The wild, untrained senses
can destroy the body.
In either case
the travel is hindered,
and the traveller is stranded.

 

125

 

The man driven by the sense objects
grows distant to the Law
and the purpose of life,
and loses the splendour,
the wealth, the family,
and even the life.

 

126

 

Unless a master of wealth
is also a master of senses,
he is bound to fall
from the coveted status.

 

127

 

Grip the Soul
with the help of the will.
Then, the Soul energy flows
into the mind,
and from the mind
into the senses and the body.
The Soul is the only friend
to the individual soul.

 

128

 

Wisdom is the Law
for the enlightened one.
The Law binds the beings
when wisdom is abandoned.
Excessive desire and anger
are the abettors for
abandonment of wisdom.

 

129

 

The one dominated by the senses
is already conquered
by the enemies-internal.
The enemies can conquer him
effortlessly.

 

130

 

The righteous are affected
by the mere association
with the unrighteous.
The fruit rots in association
with a rotten one.

 

131

 

The selfish one cannot be
beyond jealousy,
straight forward,
contented,
pleasing in behaviour,
self-regulated,
and stable.

 

132

 

The selfish one cannot be
fearless,
dispassionate,
lawful,
trustworthy,
generous,
and enlightened.

 

133

 

Harsh and critical speech
hurts people.
In turn it hurts
the speaker too, in time.
The ability to pardon a critical speech
elevates the subject
beyond the personality,
and settles him in the Soul awareness.
Silence is therefore a good response
to harsh and critical speeches.

 

134

 

Evil deeds
are the strength of the wicked.
Administration
is the strength of the governor.
Service
is the strength of the woman.
Patience
is the strength of the virtuous.

 

135

 

If one is hurt physically,
the wound heals through time.
But if one is hurt vocally,
the wound remains for life.

 

136

 

The sharp speech hurts deeper
than a sharp arrow.
It not only hurts,
but humiliates the victim
days and nights.
The wise one
never therefore uses
the pungent speech.

 

137

 

Equanimity of mind
surpasses all spiritual practices,
and stands out
as a means for reflection
of the subtle upon the gross.

 

138

 

The lady that lost
the affection of the husband,
the gambler that lost money,
and the person that lies,
cannot have sound sleep.

 

139

 

The man that deviates from Truth
for earthly riches,
destroys himself as also his clan,
in due course of time.

 

140

 

The man who deviates
from the path of Truth
for the sake of his kith and kin,
and for the sake of earthly
possessions,
destroys himself.

 

141

 

The Devas are unlike the shepherd.
They protect only the righteous,
and leave the unrighteous
to the consequence of their actions.

 

142

 

Goodwill should be the basis
for all actions,
to realize peace in this world,
and in the world beyond.

 

143

 

The Vedas* and their knowledge
are of no use (support or assistance)
to the one who is manipulative
at the thought world.

 

* Vedas: the "revelation", or "divine knowledge".

 

144

 

The fight, the vengeful attitude,
promotion of conflict
between the couple,
differences with the co-born,
working against the government,
and addiction to alcohol
are avoidable acts.

 

145

 

Wisdom disappears
from the wise one
through acts of ill-will,
just as daylight concedes
to the darkness of night.

 

146

 

The palmist,
the thief turned into businessman,
the superstitious one, the doctor,
the enemy, the friend and the actor,
are not desirable witnesses
in a court of Law.

 

147

 

Practice of mantras,
performance of Homa*
study of wisdom science,
and acts of goodwill,
continuously protect man.
If these are done for publicity,
they generate conflict in man.

 

*Homa: Fire ritual.

 

148

 

 

The one that sets fire to houses,
the one that poisons others,
the one that sells wisdom,
the one that prepares
deadly weapons,
the one that spreads conflict,
the one that belies others' confidence,
the one that molests a lady,
the one that causes abortion,
the one that desires the teacher's wife,
the wise one that drinks alcohol,
the one that persist to hurt,
the one that believes not
in the world beyond,
the one that slights the Scriptures,
the one in government
that collects bribes,
the initiate that doesn't sing Gayatri*,
the capable one that does not protect,
are criminals.

 

*Gayatri: a most sacred Mantra of the Vedic
hymns addressed to the Lord of Omnipresence.

 

149

 

Fire reveals the objects in darkness.
Behaviour reveals righteousness.
Transaction reveals goodwill.
Bravery reveals in times of danger.
Poise reveals in times of adversities.
Friend or enemy reveals in times
of need.
Know them through
the appropriate occasions.

 

150

 

Old age destroys the bodily beauty,
avarice destroys stability,
death destroys life,
jealousy destroys righteousness,
anger destroys wealth,
association with
a "lowly person" destroys character,
desire destroys decency.
Pride destroys all.

 

151

 

Wealth generates
auspicious deeds.
Wealth grows
through intelligent action.
Wealth establishes
through capacity to sustain
good deeds.
Wealth remains when one remains
humble and serviceable.

 

152

 

Man shines forth through
intelligence, birth in noble family,
education, courage, pleasant speech,
generosity, self-restraint,
and gratitude.

 

153

 

 

Of the eight qualities,
four associate
with the man of goodwill.
The other four
need to be accomplished.
Acts of goodwill, generosity,
self-study, and contemplation,
associate with men of goodwill.

Self-restrain,
treading the path of righteousness,
equanimity, and compassion,
are to be accomplished.

The first set of four qualities
may be practised by some people
for social recognition.
But the second set of four qualities
is beyond those who hold not
to goodwill.

 

 

154

 

The court is not
when it contains not the wise.
The wise is not
when he is not emphatic of Dharma.
Dharma is not
when it carries not Truth,
and Truth is not
when it is covered by conceit.

 

155

 

Birth in noble family,
beauty in form,
truth in action,
study of wisdom science,
contemplation, good character,
mental and physical strength,
wealth, valour, and
pleasant expression,
lead man to heavenly life
upon Earth.

 

156

 

 

Indulging in acts of evil,
man eats the fruits of evil.

Indulging in acts of goodwill,
man enjoys the fruits of goodwill.

Acts of evil dim the light
of discrimination.

Devoid of light, the acts of evil
grow beyond proportions,
until they destroy the doer.

Acts of goodwill enhance
the light of wisdom,
and lead man
into the realms of light,
the subtle world of Divinity.

 

 

157

 

Jealousy, victimization,
unpleasant expression,
vengeance, and deceit,
are the seats of evil.

 

158

 

The wise draws wisdom
from the Initiates,
and treads a lighted way of life.

The ignorants
use the Initiates otherwise,
and hence cannot find the path
of life and light.

 

159

 

 

Qualitative action during the day
contributes to the comfort
of night's sleep.
Qualitative action meets
the providence of
the rainy season of life.
Qualitative action
during the middle age
contributes to the comfort
in the old age.
Qualitative action in life contributes
to the life after death
in a congenial way.

 

 

160

 

The food that is well digested,
the lady that is well behaved,
the warrior that wins,
and the aspirant that realises truth,
are honoured.

 

161

 

The wealth gained
through means unlawful,
disturbs the rhythm of life
in general.

 

162

 

The Master guides those
whose heart is open.
The King commands the subjects,
and even punishes the lawless.
The Lord of Death punishes those
who carry out acts of evil in secrecy.

 

163

 

One can never gauge
the wisdom of the Master,
the current of the river,
the power of the Seers,
and the patterns of reaction
of woman.

 

164

 

The King that
honours the Initiates,
harmonises the community,
distributes the resources
with discretion,
conducts well in the court,
rules the kingdom for long years.

 

165

 

The King that protects,
the teacher that guides,
the worker that serves,
and the businessman that distributes,
gather golden flowers
from the garden called "Earth".

 

166

 

The acts are four in kind:
the physical, the emotional,
the mental, and the super-mental.
One is superior to the other
in the given order.

 

167

 

Continuity of purpose,
poise, truthful and lawful nature,
and equanimity,
are the qualities of the Initiate.

 

168

 

The Initiate is undisturbed
of others' misbehaviour
towards him.
Consequently the misbehaviour
boomerangs to the source
of its emanation.

 

169

 

The Initiate indulges not in criticism
nor does he insult others.
He engages not in his personality
praise.
He speaks not to spread conflict.
Pungent speech is foreign
to his nature.

 

170

 

Pungent speech affects
the heart, the bones,
and burns up the life force.
Hence, the wise ones avoid
such speech as poison.

 

171

 

The hard-hearted one,
the sharp-tongued one,
the humiliating one,
and the incisively critical one,
are the toppers
among the low class of humans.

 

172

 

The Initiate
absorbs through silence
the sinful talks and actions
of the wicked,
and thereby weakens the latter.

 

173

 

Just as the cloth
covering the myrrh
gains the latter's fragrance,
the association with men of goodwill,
with men of evil,
with an aspirant
or with an Initiate,
enables transmission
of their respective qualities.

 

174

 

Initiate not, or indulge
in irresponsible talk.
Let not acts of lowly nature
initiate from you.
Learn to be tolerant.
The tolerant one is eagerly awaited
even in the heavenly abode.

 

175

 

Silence is better than speech.
Truthful speech is better than silence.
Pleasant expression of Truth
is better than mere truthful speech.
Let not pleasantness in expression
deviate from Truth.

 

176

 

Man becomes that
which he associates with,
and that which he strongly desires.

 

177

 

Man attaches to qualities,
to desires,
and to the world
through his interest towards them,
and detaches from them
through disinterestedness.

 

178

 

Man needs to gain the knowledge
of right attachment.

 

179

 

There is neither conquering
nor conceding,
neither praise nor insult,
neither aggression nor regression,
neither allegry nor sorrow,
neither enemy nor friend
to the "equi-poised" one.
He remains one in all
-but not as one to one.

 

180

 

The man that trusts not himself
does not trust the world.
The man that treads not truth
trusts not the Scriptures.
The man that sees not the Divine
in Creation
trusts not the Law.
Such man destroys himself through
"miss-trust".

 

181

 

Serve the men of wisdom
to remain in the splendour of life.
Serve not the mediocre ones
unless inevitable.
Serve not the evil
even if it is inevitable.

 

182

 

Man may gain money
through strength, through effort,
and through aggression.
But he cannot gain a place
in the hearts of the beings
unless his acts are hearty.

 

183

 

Acts of goodwill
gain the hearts of the beings.
The surrounding life submits
with all its qualities
to the man of goodwill.

 

184

 

Seven
are the qualities of the Divine,
the Divine among the human.
They are:
self contemplation,
self restrain, self knowledge,
sacrifice, conduct of sacraments,
wealth, and feeding the hunger.

 

185

 

Dependability,
service to parents,
loving understanding,
and truthful conduct,
are the qualities of the Divine
among the human.

 

186

 

Man falls through
inferior marital association,
non conduct of sacrificial acts,
aversion to the laws of nature,
indifference to the Scriptures,
abuse of wealth,
exploitation of the Teacher,
and through insulting the elders.

 

187

 

Man gains order
through study of Scriptures,
through serving the Initiates,
and through utilization
of his resources for others' welfare.

 

188

 

Good conduct
in the long run
gathers right wealth,
that bestows contentment.
Good conduct
is to be protected with effort
at all times.
The ignorants try to protect
wealth and fame.
The wise ones try to protect
good conduct.

 

189

 

There cannot be
lasting wealth, name and fame,
and knowledge,
when good conduct is lacking.

 

190

 

Abandon from your circle
any person who victimizes
an Initiate.
Such one is the source
of your fall.

 

191

 

The person of good conduct
lives only to serve
the surrounding life.

 

192

 

Forbearance
is the king of the qualities.

 

193

 

Trust
is the basis of friendship.
Fear and doubt
are enemies of friendship.
Where there is no trust,
there is only a superficial relation.

 

194

 

The inconsistent one,
the one that-does not serve the elders,
and the one who does not rely
upon discrimination,
cannot retain friendship.

 

195

 

Wealth disappears
from the hands of the one
who is indulgent,
ignorant, and inconsistent.

 

196

 

The clouds
move as per the wind.
The anger and the pleasure
of the wicked
are as unpredictable
as such clouds.
The flesh and blood of them
are unworthy to be touched
even by the animals.

 

197

 

Mental conflict
weakens the vitality,
dims the knowledge,
feeds the disease,
and mutilates the beauty
of the form.

 

198

 

Sorrow does not enable
accomplishment of the desired.
It bums the body.
Further,
it pleases the enemies.
Hence,
entertainment of sorrow
is foolish.

 

199

 

Man is born repeatedly.
He dies repeatedly.
He grows, develops, and retreats.
He begs many times.
He responds to others' begging.
He weeps for others,
and is the object of others' weeping.
There are series of sequences
of events
which bring in
happiness and unhappiness,
profit and loss,
birth and death.
No one is an exception
to this sequence.
Therefore, the wise one
neither swells nor depletes
with the events.

 

200

 

Beware
of the six holes
to the path of wisdom.
They are
the five senses
and the objective mind.
The holes drain the wisdom
unless regulated.

 

201

 

Peace is incompatible
with avarice, sensuousness,
lack of introspection, and ignorance.

 

202

 

Wisdom
dispels fear.
Contemplation
bestows stability.
Serving the Teacher
bestows knowledge,
and Yoga bestows
peace and poise.

 

203

 

Liberation
is a reality to the one who transcends
the pair of likes and dislikes.
Such state
is more natural and normal
than the liberation attempted
through donations,
rituals,
and study of the Scriptures.

 

204

 

When you are tensed-up
due to internal conflict,
neither the comfort of bed,
nor the comfort of woman,
or the comfort of praise,
neutralize the tension.

 

205

 

Conspiracy
keeps man away from
the law, peace, poise,
as also from the comfort of mind.

Friendly advice
is bitter to them.

 

206

 

Wealth is associated
with cattle.
Knowledge is associated
with the Initiate.
Inconsistency is associated
with woman.
Fear is associated
with equals.

 

207

 

Futile
is the vanity
demonstrated upon
the Initiate, the woman,
the friend, and upon the cow.
Fall is certain
to such vanity.

 

208

 

The tree standing alone,
however strong,
can be uprooted by the gale.
Likewise,
the man standing aloof, however strong,
can be defeated by enemies.

 

209

 

Never affect the life of
the Initiates, the infants,
the women, the cows, the host,
the relatives, and the ones
who seek protection.

 

210

 

Health and wealth
are the two wings
that enable the flight of life.
Poverty affects the flight,
and disease kills it.

 

211

 

Lift up from self-pity
to be in peace.
Self-pity is distasteful,
worse than sickness,
makes life heavy,
turns man rigid,
causes aversion to friends,
and stimulates wrong actions.
It is unworthy to fall
into self-pity.

 

212

 

Sickness is the real ill-luck.
It causes continuous worry.
It does not enable enjoyment
of wealth.
It grows averse to wisdom.
Sickness is avoidable
through right behaviour.

 

213

 

Dharma (the Law)
should be acted upon at once.
There should not be delay
in dharmic action.
It is not Dharma (Adharma)
to exploit the soft-natured beings.
Such exploitation depletes gradually
the wealth of the exploiter.
Protection of the soft
opens the doors of fortune
for generations.

 

214

 

One cannot straighten the rainbow,
nor can he bend the sunray.
Likewise, Righteousness cannot be
manipulated.

 

215

 

Man leads himself
towards the path of sorrow by,
1) commanding the superiors
2) serving the enemy
3) praising himself, and
4) opposing the one
stronger than him.

 

216

 

Man leads himself
towards the path of sorrow by,
1) lack of contentment,
2) insulting women,
3) seeking favours from the
unworthy, and by
4) desiring the undesirable.

 

217

 

Man leads himself
towards the path of sorrow by,
1) teaching the indifferent ones,
2) planting seeds in others' fields,
3) seeking good from the evil ones,
and
4) by refusing to fulfil the promises.

 

218

 

The thorn in the foot
is plucked out with the thorn only.
Strategy should be met
by strategy only.
Meet the other at the same level
as the other meets you.

 

219

 

Desire knows
no decency.

 

220

 

Serving the wicked
distorts
one's own character.

 

221

 

Pride, Irresponsible speech,
fury, anger, selfishness,
unlawful acts,
and breaching the trust
are the five weapons
that cut short the longevity.
Death overtakes him.

 

222

 

One conquers death,
if he
is generous and soft in disposition,
eats only sacrificial food,
does not hurt,
follows the Law,
obeys the wisdom teachings,
is truthful in action,
is of unquestionable conscience,
and comprehends the "One" in all.

 

223

 

There are many
who speak pleasant though not truth.
There are few
who speak truth though not pleasant.
The latter are friends in spirit,
while the former are worldly.

 

224

 

 

The one that lives in the Law
advises when asked,
and his advice is in tune
with the welfare of the questioner.
He who cares not
if the advice is bitter
to the questioner,
is a real helper.
The doctor cares not
if the appropriate medicine prescribed
is bitter to the patient.
Such ones are real helpers.

 

 

225

 

Prefer the community to a person.
Prefer the village to a community.
Prefer the nation to a village.
Prefer the Earth to a nation.
Abandon the part
if necessary,
for the sake of the whole.

 

226

 

Do not entertain
manipulative persons
in preference to the "leonine" ones.
Manipulation leads to sorrow,
in the long run.

 

227

 

Success of one depends upon
his ability to choose the advisers,
and also his readiness
to follow the given advice.
Many listen but do not act.

 

228

 

Treat the adviser
as you treat yourself.

 

229

 

A good arbitrator is one
who is capable but not proud,
timely in action, compassionate,
decent in behaviour,
healthy in disposition,
incorruptible, skilful,
and tactful in speech.

 

230

 

Do not confront evil
without weighing the consequences.
Strategy and opportunity
are the keynotes
to meet and put down evil.

 

231

 

The King that is not stern,
the lady that has not the character,
and the man dismissed
from a high office,
are unfit for strategic transactions.

 

232

 

The man that bathes
during the dawn and the dusk hours
gains strength, beauty, good speech,
good sense of touch, purity,
splendour, softness,
and even the friendliness
and confidence
of ladies of high honour.

 

233

 

The man that regulates
the habit of intake (food)
gains health, longevity,
strength, happiness,
and progeny devoid of sickness.

 

234

 

Do not entertain at home
the lazy, the glutton,
the one that hates the world,
the manipulative, and the pretenders.
They blot your awareness.

 

235

 

Do not seek help
from the miser, the talkative,
the foe, the brute, the gambler,
the protector of the lowly,
the non-compassionate,
the vengeful, and the ungrateful.

 

236

 

Let not the overactive,
the forgetful, the liar, the faithless,
the unfriendly,
and the self-praising ones
gather around you.

 

237

 

Those who assist you,
seek benefits from you.
Seek not assistance without
bestowing.
Give to receive
and receive only to give.
Such is the law in Creation.

 

238

 

Poor is the parent
that depends upon the progeny.
Rich is the parent
that shows the path to the progeny
to live in honour,
and thereafter retires into solitude.

 

239

 

Acts involving general welfare,
yielding, self-contentment,
promising a better tomorrow,
are the acts recommended to be done.

 

240

 

Fear of livelihood
exists not where there is hard work,
clear decision, power in execution,
pious disposition, and peaceful
progress.

 

241

 

Evil-minded are disinclined
to know the virtues of others.
Divine-minded are disinclined
to know the vices of others.

 

242

 

If you wish lofty accomplishments,
you need to base upon noble conduct.
Noble conduct develops
the magnetic field
that in turn attracts good luck
by way of inflow of right resources.

 

243

 

The clean mind
is capable of discrimination
of natural and unnatural thoughts
in himself and in others.

 

244

 

Link the desire to the Law;
then the resources flow in.
Link not the desire
to the resources.
Devoid of Dharma (the Law)
the resources deplete.
Link the resources that flow in
to Dharma;
the desire remains regulated.

 

245

 

The one who contains
anger and excitement,
and who remains stable in adversities
is fit to hold fortunes.

 

246

 

The five strengths of the human are:
1) strength of self-awareness,
2) strength of wisdom and wealth,
3) strength of the family lineage,
4) strength of good advisers, and
5) strength of hands.
Each of the five strengths is stronger
than the other in their ascending
order. (From n. 5 to n. 1)

 

247

 

Never underestimate
the impending danger
from the one warring against you.

 

248

 

Let not pride,
fear,
want of money,
opinion of associates,
deter you
from respecting the man of wisdom.

 

249

 

It is the Law
that thou shall not sell salt,
thou shall not sell food,
and thou shall not sell wisdom.

 

250

 

The mendicant is one
who conquered anger,
gained equanimity,
overcame sorrow,
neutralized the polarities in him,
and is peaceful.

 

251

 

The arms of the righteous
are longer than they appear.
They reach out
to affect the wicked.

 

252

 

Do not repose confidence
in infidels.
Also not completely confide
in any
if you are an administrator.
An administrator should believe
in himself
more than believing others.

 

253

 

One is considered (hu)manly,
if he has overcome jealousy,
protects the dependants,
speaks pleasant,
is admired by the people,
and is not influenced by any,
including the ladies.

 

254

 

The women in the house
are a representation
of the Divine Mother.

They need to be attended to
with love and tenderness.

They need to be protected
as one would protect wealth.

 

255

 

The wise one
organizes to conduct business
through assistants,
and to worship the Initiates
through progeny.

 

256

 

Remember
that fire is latent in the water/
valour is latent in the Initiate,
and metal is latent in the stone.
They emerge in emergency.

 

257

 

The man of wisdom
remains hidden
like the fire in the wood.

 

258

 

The King
whose strategy is unknown
to the ones within
and outside the palace,
remains successful.

 

259

 

Speak of acts of goodwill done.
Speak not of the acts of goodwill
to be done.
Let actions speak.
Let not speeches be made
about actions.

 

260

 

The personal adviser
needs to be
not only wise
but also friendly.
A friend who is not wise,
and a wise one who is not friendly
cannot be given the status
of personal adviser.

 

261

 

The man that looks into his actions,
and verifies his accounts
on a daily basis,
never falls from wealth.

 

262

 

The Initiate knows the Initiate.
The lady knows her man.
The minister knows the King.
The King knows the King.

 

263

 

Let not your anger target at
the Devas,
the Initiates,
the King,
the old,
and the infants.

 

264

 

The man whose grace and anger
are infructuous,
is unfit to be administrator,
just as the eunuch is unfit
to be husband.

 

265

 

Neither wisdom nor ignorance
is the means of wealth.
There are wise who are not wealthy
and ignorant who are wealthy.
Mysterious is the means of wealth.
The knowledgeable one
knows that in this world
things are topsy turvy.

 

266

 

Only the stupid ones
heckle at wisdom,
character, and wealth.

 

267

 

Ignorance, misconduct, jealousy,
hasty speech, and anger
are the gateways for calamities
to approach oneself.

 

268

 

Generosity that knows
no manipulation,
conduct that does not exceed limits,
and speech that is appropriate,
is the triplicity that opens
the gates for co-operation
of the beings.

 

269

 

The capable
that does not manipulate,
the grateful, the righteous,
and the one of soft character,
never lose the support
of associates,
even in times of adversity.

 

270

 

Regulated mind, sense of stability,
purity, kind disposition,
friendliness,
and pleasant speech
augment a man's wealth.

 

271

 

Do not serve a man that is
selfish, shameless,
ungrateful, evil-minded,
or that eats for himself.

 

272

 

The ones that respond
to the times of need,
and remain distant at other times,
are the true knowers.
They are unlike the
over-bearing vampires.

 

273

 

The man who falls
for the flattery of the gamblers,
for the prostitutes,
and for the flatterers,
has little future.

 

274

 

The luck or ill-luck of a person
is beyond rational.
Man cannot master them.
Wisdom recommends one
to accept
that which is offered by life.

 

275

 

Even Jupiter,
the Lord of Speech,
suffers insult
from unthoughtful speech.
Hence,
ensure right speech.

 

276

 

Some are admired
of their generosity.
Some others are admired
of their flowery speech.
Yet others are admired
of their power/wisdom.
But the admirable-natured
are ever admired.
Be admirable.

 

277

 

When you dislike a person,
you do not wish
to cognize his virtues.
When you like a person,
you do not wish
to cognize his vices.
Either way
your judgement suffers error.

 

278

 

The wise do not respect
the growth tinged with manipulation.
Such growth is bound to fall.
They respect rather the suffering
that paves way to healthy growth.

 

279

 

The suffering
that leads to prosperity
is no suffering.
But the prosperity
that leads man
to suffering
is unworthy.

 

280

 

Some are rich in wealth,
some others are rich in virtues.
If you need to choose,
choose the latter
in preference to the former.

 

281

 

The righteous
cannot be passive
to acts of evil
done to beings.

 

282

 

Do not associate with people
that criticize others,
inflict others,
and promote conflict.
Never seek obligations
through such people.

 

283

 

Keep away from criminals
at once,
lest you get implicated
one way or the other.

 

284

 

The evil-minded is not contented
with your suffering.
He pursues
until you are eliminated.

 

285

 

The one that assists
the poor, the weak,
the destitute, and the sick,
prospers with his progeny
for a long time.

 

286

 

Help the friends
and relatives around you
without expectation.
It rewards you well
in the long run
in unexpected ways.
Do not count upon their merits
when you help.

 

287

 

The one
who wishes to be happy
shall have to assist
those surrounding him
to be happy.

 

288

 

The actions
that lead you to utter sorrow
should be avoided
right away.
Council the conscience on this.

 

289

 

If the listener is deaf,
it is wise not to speak.
If the student is disinclined,
it is wise not to teach.
If the consultee is closed in mind,
it is wise that the counsellor
does not advise.

 

290

 

Wisdom tells us
not to initiate actions
that cause
unhappy consequences.

 

291

 

Pride, negligence,
reliance upon the unreliable,
excessive sleep,
and unclever messenger,
are the gateways
for strategic failures.

 

292

 

No man can grow wise
unless he serves an Initiate,
and studies Scriptures
under the tatter's guidance.

 

293

 

The advice to the disinclined,
the teaching to the non-seeker,
and the article sunk in the ocean,
are wasted for ever.

 

294

 

Consult your experience,
verify with your knowledge,
enquire from well-wishers,
ascertain yourself,
and infer for yourself,
whenever you launch upon
a long-term association.

 

295

 

Humility eliminates ignominy.
Courage eliminates crisis.
Patience eliminates anger.
Good conduct eliminates fall.

 

296

 

A man's culture
can be gazed through
the place of birth,
the family,
the food he eats,
the clothes he wears,
the personal effects he carries,
and above all,
by the way he speaks.

 

297

 

The man that transcends
the bodily conditioning
accepts that which is offered
to the body.
The others live by
the bodily demands.

 

298

 

It is wise to take good care
of a friend who is righteous,
who has many good friends,
who is admired in general,
and who carries
a tongue of good report.

 

299

 

Do not judge a man by his birth
(in low or high family).
Judge him by his conduct.
The man that does not trespass
the soft-natured,
the righteous in behaviour,
and feels ashamed at unsocial acts,
is a high soul
regardless the birth-status.

 

300

 

When there is agreeability
in conscience,
in confidence,
and in awareness,
friendship survives.

 

301

 

Abandon friendship
with such person
whose motives are impure,
who lacks in discrimination,
whose heart is not transparent.

 

302

 

Abandon friendship
with such person
who is head-strong,
adamant,
angry,
hasty,
and negligent.

 

303

 

Friendship demands
gratefulness, uprightness,
morality, love,
stable mind, courage,
to stand by in adversities,
and non-exploitation.

 

304

 

Self-restrain is nobler
than conquering death.
Poking into others' affairs
destroys even the divine.

 

305

 

The righteous
desire to regain lost wealth
through righteousness.

 

306

 

Man loses not the track of life
if he is alert of the present,
aware of the past,
and the consequence
of the future.

 

307

 

The thought
that a man holds constantly
is the one that holds him,
moulds him, and leads him.
Hence,
hold the thought
of goodwill.

 

308

 

Association
with men of goodwill
implants the seeds of goodwill
in you.

 

309

 

Effort
is the keynote
of success.

 

310

 

Patience
is the keynote
of the competent for glory.

 

311

 

Enjoy the pleasure things
that do not hinder the Law.

 

312

 

Wealth
does not stay stable
with persons who are negative
in their attitude,
who disbelieve the world beyond,
who are lazy,
and who are indulgent.

 

313

 

The good-natured
are considered weak
by the wicked.

 

314

 

Wealth
does not stay stable
with the risky person.

 

315

 

The Goddess of Wealth
is like a mad cow
that moves vaguely.

 

316

 

The purpose of wealth
is to enjoy and to help.
The purpose of Scriptures
is to inspire
for self-transformation.
The purpose of rituals
is to systematize oneself.

 

317

 

The wealth
gained through wrong means
is never useful
to right purposes.

 

318

 

Men of poise are unaffected
even in impending danger,
in disheartening situations,
in the worst adversities,
and in dangerous pathways
of the wild forests.

 

319

 

Penance
is the strength of the mendicant.
Self
is the strength of the realized.
Patience
is the strength of the virtuous.
Violence
is the strength of the wicked.

 

320

 

Water, roots, fruit, milk,
obedience to the Teacher,
tonic for health,
support the one on task.

 

321

 

In a nutshell,
Dharma is
"Not doing that which you do not
want others to do unto you".

 

322

 

Conquer anger with peace,
evil with goodness,
miserliness by donation,
and untruth by truth.

 

323

 

Never rely on the man
that molests woman, the lazy,
the timid, the furious, the proud,
the thief, and the ungrateful.

 

324

 

The one that always serves
the elders as also the Initiates,
grows in span of life,
in fame, and in strength.

 

325

 

Let not the mind entangle in tasks
difficult to achieve,
that tempt you to wrong means,
and lead you
to compromise with evil.

 

326

 

The man without education,
the family life in conflict,
the progeny without food (to eat),
and the kingdom without the king,
are pitiable.

 

327

 

Travel deteriorates the body.
The water-flow
deteriorates the banks.
Excessive speech deteriorates
the mind.

 

328

 

Non-practice is death to knowledge.
Lack of self-restrain
is death to the Initiate.
Untruth is death to man.
Estrangement is death to woman.
Excessive desire leads all to death.

 

329

 

Gold excretes silver,
silver excretes copper,
copper excretes mercury,
and mercury excretes excrete!

 

330

 

The fuel for the fire,
the alcohol for the drunkard,
and the sleep for the lazy, '
are insatiable.

 

331

 

The accomplished one
shares with the friend,
feeds the family to fulfilment,
and eliminates opposition.

 

332

 

The beings live by nature's support.
The cobbler, the barber, the potter,
the trader, the soldier, the King,
all are supported
-one way or the other.
Hence,
living for livelihood is ignorance.

 

333

 

All the wealth of the planet Earth
is not equal to a man of wisdom,
for he is not enchanted
by its treasures, namely,
the precious minerals and metals,
the crops, the animals, the cattle,
and the woman.

 

334

 

The subjects of the kingdom
are like the children to the King.
The real King treats alike
his children and the subjects
in relation to administration
of the Law.

 

335

 

The wise one
lives not on others' administration.
He lives to accomplish
acts of goodwill,
while admiration may follow him
as a shade.

 

336

 

Admiration carries criticism
as its shade.
The one who looks for admiration
should be ready to face
the criticism too!

 

337

 

One should abandon
An unlawful act
However grand it may be,
just like the snake
that sheds its sheath
as it wears out.
Lest it would be deadly.

 

338

 

Victory through unlawful means,
Miserliness of a king,
An imprisoning a man of wisdom,
are unparalleled acts of evil.

 

339

 

Self-praise,
Disinclination to serve,
and thoughtless action
arise out of utter ignorance.

 

340

 

To the self-transforming aspirants,
the following are the obstacles:
laziness, pride, mistake,
fickle-mindedness, non-adaptability,
arrogance, and miserliness
(possessiveness).

 

341

 

To the one who seeks wisdom/
comfort should be secondary.
To the one who seeks comfort/
wisdom is beyond reach.
Wisdom and personal comfort
do not move hand in hand.

 

342

 

Avarice destroys peace and poise.
Time destroys the body.
Anger destroys wealth.
Miserliness destroys reputation.
Lack of surveillance destroys cattle.
The anger of the righteous
destroys a nation.

 

343

 

 

Manu Vaivasvata*
recommends the following
to be held by the householder:
I) cattle, II) sandalwood,
III) Veena,** IV) mirror,
V) honey, VI) ghee,***
VII) metal, VIII) copper vessel,
IX) conch, X) sacred stone,
XI) cow dung.
They are auspicious for use
during the worship of
Devas, Initiates, and guests.

 

* Vaivasvata: the Manu of the 5th Root-race. ** Vina or Veena: musical instrument. ***Ghi or Ghee: clarified butter.

 

 

344

 

Do not abandon the Law
for the sake of desire,
fear, possessiveness,
and even for the sake of life.

 

345

 

The Law and the Soul are eternal.
Associate with the Law,
and be in Soul awareness.
It gives contentment and plenitude.
Disassociation with the Law
detaches you from the Soul,
and imprisons you
in the fabric of Creation.

 

346

 

The King of glory pass on,
leaving the kingdoms and the glory.
The wealthy too pass on,
leaving behind the wealth
for others' enjoyment.
The householder also passes on,
leaving behind the kith and kin.
All that the individual carries
with him
is the merit or demerit of his actions
as seeds for future experience.

 

347

 

Beyond the mind
there is the world of light.
Below the mind
there is the world of magical illusion.
Mind has access
to either of the two worlds.
Appropriate use of mind and senses
enables one to be in light.
Otherwise, illusion prevails.

 

348

 

The individual life
is like that of a sacred river.
The individual is Truth represented.
Truth is like the ocean.
The quality of Truth is stability.
The river joining the ocean
becomes stable.
So too, the individual
joining the Truth,
gains stability.

 

349

 

Consult the Law,
the conscience, and the Teacher
before you embark
upon significant actions.

 

350

 

Protect
the stomach and the genitals
with will.
Protect the body with the eye.
Protect the eye and the ear
with the mind.
Protect the mind and the speech
with acts of goodwill.

 

351

 

There is no fall for the aspirant
that bathes daily, prays punctually,
studies Scriptures regularly,
eats not unholy food, speaks truth,
and serves goodwill.

 

352

 

Sacrifice for the welfare
of the meek and the weak,
for the sake of the Law,
and for the sake of the righteous,
leads one to the realms of light.

 

353

 

Intelligent utilization
of resources through business
for the good of the society
enables the businessman
to walk into the realms of light.

 

354

 

The employed
that serves the society in variety
also treads the path to light
by serving the society
through employment.

 

355

 

Welfare is the keynote
of activity in Creation.
Let welfare of beings prevail
in all walks of your life.
You are then bound to be in light.

 

356

 

Let not malice overtake you.
Let not worldly profits
tempt you to unlawful ways.
Let welfare prevail.
Let light prevail.

 

357

 

Be virtuous for your sake.
Do not market them.

 

358

 

It is wise to resign
from the work that breeds conflict,
and inflicts the worker,
however splendours the work is.

 

359

 

If one is to choose
between the Law and the life,
better choose the former to the latter.
Life devoid of Law
is unworthy of living.

 

360

 

Uphold the Law in Creation.
The Law upholds you
at the levels of Creation.
The Law is the Lord in Creation.
The Lord exists as the Law (Dhanna)
in Creation.
Follow the Law
and visualize the Lord.

 

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First Edition: 1997

Copyright: Dhanishta

 

The World Teacher Temple / Dhanishta

Radhamadhavam, 14-38-02

Muppidi Colony

Visakhapatnam - 530 022

Andhra Pradesh - India

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