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

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.

The tears of virtuous women (pativratas) do not fall on the ground in vain, meaning it will destroy those who caused them such anguish of heart causing tears to be shed.

You cannot count on the physical proximity of someone you love, all the time. A seed that sprouts at the foot of its parent tree remains stunted until it is transplanted. Rama will be in my care, and he will be quite well. But ultimately, he will leave me too. Every human being, when the time comes, has to depart to seek his fulfillment in his own way.

A person gives hope to another who requests for money or other material thing or to one who had helped that person in the past. Having given them hope, if that person disappoints them by not keeping his promise, then he is the worst kind of person in this world.

One should lift only such weight as will not exhaust one beyond a limit. One should eat only such food as will easily digest. Who will engage himself in such action as will get him neither dharma nor reputation nor lasting fame and which will only result in physical exhaustion?

The thundering of clouds which have spent all their water does not produce any rain. But the really valiant do not roar in vain; they show their valor in action also.

A Veena cannot exist without its strings. A chariot cannot exist without its wheels. Without her husband a woman can never live happily even though she has a hundred sons.

One should not let one’s mind to be overcome by melancholy. Melancholy or moroseness is a very bad thing. It kills (destroys) a man just as an angered serpent kills a child.

There is atonement, laid down by men of character, for one who kills a cow, consumes intoxicating drinks, steals or breaks one’s promise but there is no atonement for one who is ungrateful.

A wise man should foresee tragedy or misfortune and take action to prevent or overcome such tragedy or misfortune well before it strikes. Thus only he can enjoy a safe and good life.

One who is angry does not distinguish between what can be spoken and what is unspeakable. There is nothing which an angry man cannot do meaning he can commit any crime. There is nothing unspeakable for him. Fire cannot act on fire.

There is no greater sin than coveting another man’s wife.

Anger is the enemy which takes one’s life. Anger is enemy with the face of a friend. Anger is like a very sharp sword. Anger destroys everything.

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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)