Wisdom – True Vision

Wisdom-True Vision
  • यस्य नास्ति स्वयं प्रज्ञा शास्त्रं तस्य करोति किम्।
    लोचनाभ्यां विहीनस्य दर्पणः किं करिष्यति॥
  • yasya nāsti svayaṃ prajñā śātraṃ tasya karoti kim ।
    locanābhyāṃ vihīnasya darpaṇaḥ kiṃ kariṣyasi ॥
  • He who is devoid of an intellect is scarce aided by the Śāstras. After all,
    how could a mirror serve the blind?!
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-Cāṇakyanītidarpaṇa

Son, True sun

Son, True sun
  • प्रदोषे दीपकश्चन्द्रः प्रभाते दीपको रविः।
    
त्रैलोक्ये दीपको धर्मः सुपुत्रः कुलदीपकः॥
  • pradoṣe dīpakaścandraḥ prabhāte dīpako raviḥ ।

    trailokye dīpako dharmaḥ suputraḥ kuladīpakaḥ ॥

  • The moon lights up dusk, and the sun, dawn. The three worlds stand
    illumined by dharma, and an entire lineage, by a noble son.
  • -Subhāṣitasaṅgraha

Śāntimantra

  • ॐ असतो मा सद्गमय। तमसो मा ज्योतिर्गमय। मृत्योर्मा अमृतं गमय।
    ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः॥
  • oṃ asato mā sadgamaya। tamaso mā jyotirgamaya। mṛtyormā amṛtaṃ gamaya।
    oṃ śāntiḥ śāntiḥ śāntiḥ॥
  • Lead me from falsehood to the truth,
    from darkness to light and from death to immortality.
    Let there be peace in the past, present and the future.
  • – Bṛhadāraṇyakopaniṣat

You are what your mind is

  • विद्या विवादाय धनं मदाय शक्तिः परेषां परिपीडनाय ।
    खलस्य साधोः विपरीतमेतत् ज्ञानाय दानाय च रक्षणाय ॥
  • vidyā vivādāya dhanaṃ madāya śaktiḥ pareṣāṃ paripīḍanāya ।
    khalasya sādhoḥ viparītametat jñānāya dānāya ca rakṣaṇāya ॥
  • The wicked one uses knowledge as a tool for argument, wealth to exude pride and power to torment others, but the virtuous one uses knowledge to attain wisdom, wealth to give in charity and power to protect others.
  • – subhāṣitasaṃgraha

Wisdom is truth in action

  • ज्येष्ठत्वं जन्मना नैव गुणैर्ज्येष्ठत्वमुच्यते ।
    गुणात् गुरुत्वमायाति दुग्धं दधि घृतं क्रमात् ॥
  • jyeṣṭhatvaṃ janmanā naiva guṇairjyeṣṭhatvamucyate ।
    guṇāt gurutvamāyāti dugdhaṃ dadhi ghṛtaṃ kramāt ॥
  • One does not attain greatness by birth but acquires it through the virtues that he possesses, just as the greatness of milk is enhanced when it transforms into yoghurt and then into ghee.
  • – subhāṣitasaṃgraha

The lessons that life teach

  • शान्तितुल्यं तपो नास्ति तोषान्न परमं सुखम् ।
    नास्ति तृष्णापरो व्याधिर्न च धर्मो दयापरः ॥
  • śāntitulyaṃ tapo nāsti toṣānna paramaṃ sukham ।
    nāsti tṛṣṇāparo vyādhirna ca dharmo dayāparaḥ ॥
  • There is no greater austerity than peace; there is no greater bliss than contentment; there is no greater disease than desire, and there is no greater virtue than compassion.
  • – cāṇakyanītidarpaṇa

The essential facts of a human life

  • नास्ति विद्यासमं चक्षू नास्ति सत्यसमं तपः ।
    नास्ति रागसमं दुःखं नास्ति त्यागसमं सुखम् ॥
  • nāsti vidyāsamaṃ cakṣū nāsti satyasamaṃ tapaḥ ।
    nāsti rāgasamaṃ duḥkhaṃ nāsti tyāgasamaṃ sukham ॥
  • There is no vision equivalent to knowledge; there is no austerity equivalent to truthfulness; there is no suffering equivalent to attachment, and there is no bliss equivalent to renunciation.
  • – subhāṣitasaṃgraha

The epitome of humanity

  • येषां न विद्या न तपो न दानं ज्ञानं न शीलं न गुणो न धर्मः ।
    ते मर्त्यलोके भुवि भारभूता मनुष्यरूपेण मृगाश्चरन्ति ।।
  • yeṣāṃ na vidyā na tapo na dānaṃ jñānaṃ na śīlaṃ na guṇo na dharmaḥ ।
    te martyaloke bhuvi bhārabhūtā manuṣyarūpeṇa mṛgāścaranti ।।
  • Those who don’t possess knowledge, austerities, charitable virtues, wisdom and righteousness remain a burden to this earth and wander merely like animals.
  • – cāṇakyanītidarpaṇa

No comfort without effort

  • उद्यमेन हि सिध्यन्ति कार्याणि न मनोरथैः ।
    न हि सुप्तस्य सिंहस्य प्रविशन्ति मुखे मृगाः ॥
  • udyamena hi sidhyanti kāryāṇi na manorathaiḥ ।
    na hi suptasya siṃhasya praviśanti mukhe mṛgāḥ ॥
  • Only efforts lead to fruitful actions, not mere wishes. The animals don’t enter the mouth of a sleeping lion which makes no effort to hunt.
    “No comfort without effort”
  • – subhāṣitasaṃgraha

Endless are the doctrines

  • अनन्तशास्त्रं बहुलाश्च विद्याः स्वल्पश्च कालो बहवश्च विघ्नाः ।
    यत्सारभूतं तदुपासनीयं हंसो यथा क्षीरमिवाम्बुमध्यात्॥
  • anantaśāstraṃ bahulāśca vidyāḥ svalpaśca kālo bahavaśca vighnāḥ ।
    yatsārabhūtaṃ tadupāsanīyaṃ haṃso yathā kṣīramivāmbumadhyāt॥
  • Endless are the doctrines; countless are the teachings; time is limited, and obstacles are many. Hence, one should obtain only the essence from everything, leaving out the rest, just as the royal swan takes the essence from the milk, leaving out the water.
  • – cāṇakyanītidarpaṇa