Wednesday, June 10, 2009

What the Ancient Sages Said About Tyranny

Greetings cavers. Bear with me for just two or three more days, I am working on some big projects at home which are requiring all of my time. Until then, I leave you with these ancient Hindu proverbs regarding tyranny. I have of course included the source with links so that you may investigate further if so inclined. The proverbs were recorded by Saint Tiruvalluvar over 2,200 years ago. Yet they are timeless, in that they still apply as much today as they did two millennia ago. Please read over them.
Tirukural A daily chapter from South Indian saint Tiruvalluvar's Tirukural, "Holy Couplets." Chapter 57: Avoidance of Tyranny Kural 561 He is a true king who impartially investigates and then duly punishes so that the offense will not recur. Kural 562 He who wishes his prosperity to long remain will raise the rod severely, but let it fall softly. Kural 563 The tyrant who causes dread in his people will perish quickly and inevitably. Kural 564 "Our king is cruel." When these bitter words are spoken, the monarch's life is shortened, and he soon succumbs. Kural 565 If a man's countenance is harsh and access to him is hard, his wealth, however vast, might as well belong to a demon. Kural 566 If a man is unkind and speaks cruelly, his vast wealth will not last long before perishing. Kural 567 Harsh language and overly severe punishment, like a keen file, grind down a king's conquering powers. Kural 568 A king's wealth wanes when, without thoughtful involvement, he lets ministers work, then furiously faults their efforts. Kural 569 The sovereign who does not secure defenses will be seized by fear when wartime comes and promptly perish. Kural 570 Earth bears no greater burden than crude counselors that a cruel-sceptered king binds to his court. • Email to a friend• These daily couplets are drawn from Saint Tiruvalluvar's Tirukural, an ethical masterpiece written over 2,200 years ago in South India. This American English translation, known as Weaver's Wisdom, is available at our Minimela online store. Learn about Himalayan Academy study programs Donate to support our online publications Reuse and Copyright Information More information on Kauai's Hindu Monastery, the source of this e-mail Today at Kauai Aadheenam, the monastery's daily blog Click here to safely unsubscribe now from "Tirukural RSS Feed " or change your subscription or subscribe Your requested content delivery powered by FeedBlitz, LLC, 9 Thoreau Way, Sudbury, MA 01776, USA. +1.978.776.9498

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