Deeds determine Destiny

  • शुभकृच्छुभमाप्नोति पापकृत् पापमश्नुते।
    विभीषणः सुखं प्राप्तस्त्वं प्राप्तः पापमीदृशम्॥
  • śubhakṛcchubhamāpnoti pāpakṛt pāpamaśnute|
    vibhīṣaṇaḥ sukhaṃ prāptastvaṃ prāptaḥ pāpamīdṛśam||
  • Man of noble deeds relishes pleasant fruit, and man of ignoble ones must suffer the acrid consequences. Hence does Vibhīṣaṇa rejoice while you lie hither (lifeless upon the barren ground).
  • Mandodarī’s lament upon Rāvaṇa’s demise
    in Yuddhakāṇḍam, Rāmāyaṇa

War brings Woe

Nārada-to-Yudhiṣṭhira
  • युद्धं च क्षत्रशमनं पृथिवीक्षयकारकम्।
    किंचिदेव निमित्तं च भवत्यत्र क्षयावहम्॥
  • yuddhaṃ ca kṣatraśamanaṃ pṛthivīkṣayakārakam।
    kiṃcideva nimittaṃ ca bhavatyatra kṣayāvaham॥
  • “A war annihilates the rulers and causes the ruination of the earth. Though the reasons for war are minor, they culminate into a destructive phenomenon.”
  • Nārada to Yudhiṣṭhira
    in Mahābhārata, 2.12.30.

Secret for Salvation

  • वीतरागा विमुच्यन्ते पुरुषाः कर्मबन्धनैः।
    कर्मणा मनसा वाचा ये न हिंसन्ति किंचन॥
  • vītarāgā vimucyante puruṣāḥ karmabandhanaiḥ।
    karmaṇā manasā vācā ye na hiṃsanti kiṃcana॥
  • “Those who never torment others by thought, speech or deed, and who are ever dispassionate towards the material inclinations, will be liberated from the bondage of deeds.”
  • Lord Śiva to Goddess Pārvatī
    in Brahma Purāṇa, 224.7

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?!
  • 
-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 teaches

  • 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 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