I like quotes, proverbs and other words of wisdom that are short. I have a big notebook half filled with interesting quotes I find anywhere, right from the days of my college! In this post, I present some interesting Old Sanskrit proverbs I found:
“Aathmachitram Na Jananti ParachidranusariNa:”
They no not know their own defects, who search for the defects of others.
“AthiDanadata: Karnasthvatilobhathsuyodhana: ; Athikamadhshagrivasthvati Sarvatra Varjayeth”
Karna was ruined by excessive liberality, Suyodhana by excessive avarice, Dasagriva by excessive lust – Excess is to be avoided in all things.
“Utsahasahasam Dhairya Buddhishakti Parakrama: ; Shadethe yetra thishtanti tatra devaipi tishtathi”
Perseverance, daring, courage, wisdom, strength and valour – Where these six are, there is God.
“Eka: Papani Kuruthe Phalam Bunkte Mahajana:”
One Commits sin, many people suffer the consequences.
My residence is a golden cage; my body is stroked by the lotus like hands of kings; I am fed with the delicious mango and pomegranate; Milk equal to nectar forms my drink; The repetition of the name of Rama is my constant task in the assembly; I am a clever parrot; yet still alas! my heart yearns for the hollow of my native tree.
“Karicha simhasya balam na mushika:”
The elephant, and not the mouse, justly values the strength of the lion.
“Dwarshnavadhim ko gata:” (Short – who has reached the limit of desire?)
He who has nothing wishes for a hundred; he who has a hundred wishes for ten hundred; the possessor of a thousand desires a lakh; the owner of a lakh desires a kingdom; the ruler of a kingdom longs for an empire; the emperor again wishes for Indira’s possessions; Surapati desires to be in Brahma’s place; Brahma to be in Vishnu; Hari covets Hara’s dominion – Who has reached the limit of desire?
“Dosha Vachya Gurorapi” (Short)
Virtues, even in an enemy should be acknowledged; Defects even in a Guru ought to be pointed out; Always, and with all endeavor should the son and the scholar be taught wisdom.
“Namanti Phalino Vruksha Namanti Gunino Jana:”
Fruitful trees bend down; Likewise, the truly great are humble.
“Sadhyo dadatichatura: sadhyo nastiti chaturtama:”
A wise man gives at once, a wiser man at once refuses.
“Swanushtanasya samaye munayopi na pandita:”
In teaching others, all are wise. But in their own actions, even the Munis are not wise.