3rd Century B.C.

Hindu Saint and Sage, Author of the Epic Sanskrit Ramayana and Yoga Vasistha, Revered as the Adi Kavi (First Poet)

Author Quotes

Grief destroys one’s courage. It destroys one’s learning. It destroys one’s everything. There is no enemy greater than grief.

Only a person’s conduct and character proclaim whether he is born in a good family or whether he is boasting about himself or whether he is unblemished (shuchih) or blemished (ashuchih).

To be under the control of another is to be condemned; it is the worst thing that can befall a person. Love and affection is possible only when a person is being seen and is not out of sight in a faraway place.

I know the nature of one’s relatives. Relatives always rejoice when their relatives are in trouble. Just like drops of water on lotus leaves do not stick to the leaves, in the same way is the friendship with people who lack character.

Only the timid and the weak leave things to destiny (daivam) but the strong and the self-confident never bank on destiny or luck (bhagya)

To err is human, there is none who has not erred some time or other.

If a person is gifting away his elephant but his heart is set on the rope used for tying the elephant, of what use is his attachment to the rope when he is giving away the elephant itself.

People will kill, as they kill a poisonous snake, a cruel and ferocious person whose actions are against the people and hurt them. Those cruel persons who, by their sinful actions, inflict physical and mental injury on others are detested by people. Though such people may amass immense wealth they cannot retain it for long. They will perish like a tree whose roots have become decayed. In this world, one will, before long, suffer the consequences of one’s sinful actions in the same way as poisonous food taken by a person kills him within a short time.

Truth controls this world and dharma is rooted in truth.

It is difficult for the children to repay the debt of what the mother and the father have done to bring them up.

Stealing the wealth of others, coveting another man’s wife and doubting the integrity and character of friends - these three lead to one’s destruction.

Wealth springs from dharma, from dharma comes happiness and one gets everything from dharma. Dharma is the essence of this world. Dharma, which is the source of all happiness, can be attained even by a skilled person, only after observing various disciplines for his own purification and after great effort subjecting himself to great strain and stress. One cannot attain such dharma by leading a life given to the pleasures of the senses.

Just as people are afraid of serpents they are afraid of persons who utter lies.

The efforts of one who is unenthusiastic, weak and immersed in sorrow cannot bring out any good and he comes to grief.

Whatever is one’s food, the same food shall be offered to one’s gods.

Not getting dejected or depressed, skill in doing one’s job and not losing heart in the face of difficulties – these are the qualities which enable one to achieve one’s goals.

The one who abandons one’s own camp and joins the enemy’s camp will be killed by the very men of his former camp after the latter camp is completely destroyed by the former.

Whether in sorrow or in happiness a friend is always a friend’s support.

Not getting depressed, frustrated or dejected is the basis for all prosperity and happiness. Giving up one’s life produces nothing good, to continue to live is the way to joy and happiness.

The saying “If one continues to live, happiness and bliss may come even after a gap of a hundred years” seems to me an auspicious one.

Wise men say that the root of victory is consultation and discussion with learned and wise men. .

Once Rama gives his word, that is final and it is kept at any cost. There is no question of repetition of the same a second time.

The strong of heart do not become angry.

Words of conciliation to the rakshasas will not bring out any good (Soft words will not have any effect on a rakshasa). In the same way one cannot pacify an immensly wealthy person by offering him material things.

One may have wives and relatives in every country but one cannot have a brother like Lakshmana in every place.

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3rd Century B.C.

Hindu Saint and Sage, Author of the Epic Sanskrit Ramayana and Yoga Vasistha, Revered as the Adi Kavi (First Poet)