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

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.

One who is bent on courting his death will not take kindly to sage counsel given by his well-wishers

Those who always adhere to truth do not make false promises. Keeping one’s promises is, surely, the mark of one’s greatness.

Beauty may leave the moon, Himavaan may become bereft of snow, the ocean may transgress its shores but I will never violate the promise given by my father.

One who is haughty, who does not know whether what he does is right or wrong and who has taken to the wrong path is to be disciplined even if he is guru, parent or an elder in age or learning.

Those who have knowledge of dharma say that Truth is the highest dharma

Dharma is so called because it sustains or supports society (from the root dhri meaning to support). The people of a country are held together and sustained by Dharma.

One’s elder brother, father and the teacher who gives knowledge - all these three, treading the path of dharma, are to be considered as one’s father.

To be compassionate, kind, merciful and humane is a great virtue.

Enthusiasm has great strength. There is no greater strength than enthusiasm. There is nothing which is not attainable in this world for the enthusiastic.

One’s innermost thoughts and emotions reflect on one’s physical appearance which it is difficult to cover up however one may try to do it. Such changes in one’s physical appearance forcefully expose such innermost emotions and thoughts.

To be happy always is something which is difficult to achieve. That is to say, happiness and sorrow alternate in one’s life and there cannot be uninterrupted happiness alone.

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.

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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)