For the sake of the family sacrifice an individual, for the village a family, for the city a village, and for the soul, the whole world can be sacrificed.
Mahabharata Udyog Parva 37.17
Till the Mother, Father and Guru are alive, no need to do any another Dharma. One should constantly serve and benefit them with love and affection.
Like a charioteer controlling his horses, a wise man too should rein in his senses wandering in the objects of pleasure which steal away his mind.
As a man gets water by digging with a spade, so does a student, offering obedient service, gain knowledge contained in his Guru.
The words that cause pain to others are untruth. The reverses of it is truth.
Father, mother, brothers and sons, all follow their own individual destinies. It is only the wife who shares her husband's destiny.
There can be no lotus without a stalk, no merchant without deceit, no goldsmith who is not a cheat, no village assembly without conflict and no prostitute without greed.
Mrichchakatika, Act IV.
Separation from wife, censure by the good, the remainder of debt, service to the miser, the advent of the dear ones when one is stricken with poverty these five burn the body without fire.
There are five reasons for the early onslaught of old age: exposure to too much cold, too much walking, eating bad food, copulation with an old woman, and also having to live in unfavorable circumstances.
There is no water purer than a cloud’s, no power greater than one’s own inner strength, no light like that of the eye and nothing more likeable than food.
Chanakya Neeti Darpan: 5.17
Just as a frog swallows beings even when in the fangs of a serpent, in the same way, self, why you even in the grip of death, torment others?
It is only the meanminded who calculate in the manner that such and such is mine and such and such is alien. For those of magnanimous character the whole earth is one family.
Never trust the one who is not faithful, and do not place too much trust even in the faithful.
Mahabharata Shanti Parva 139.29
Suffering means being under somebody else’s control. Happiness is being under one’s control only. This in a nutshell is a definition of happiness and suffering.
Who is brave? One who has achieved control over the senses. Who is beloved? She who is of good character. What is wealth? Knowledge. What is happiness? Not to continue living abroad. What is authority? The ability to issue orders. What is gain? The association with the virtuous. What is unwelcome? To serve the unwise. What is loss? The absence of decency. What is skill? The attachment to Dharma.
Pupils should tend to their teachers in the following five ways:
i) By rising to greet them, ii) Waiting on them, iii) Being attentive, iv) Serving them and v) Mastering the skills they teach. The teachers should similarly: i) Give thorough instruction, ii) Make sure the pupils have grasped what they have been taught; iii) Give them a thorough grounding in skills, iv) Recommend their pupils to friends and colleagues and, v) Make them secure.
Digha Nikaya 31: Sigalaka Sutta, III
For those living in a foreign land his education is the true friend; in the house a wife is a man’s true friend; for the ill medicine is the best friend; and for the dead dharma is the only friend.
Chanakya Neeti Darpan: 5.15
The ruler of Lanka (Ravana), the conqueror of the worlds, got defeat from the animals (the monkeys). The best of the kings, the Kuru king (Duryodhana), suffered a kick at the head. At the end everybody in common with everyone else suffers humiliation which takes away his respect. Who then is he who under the influence of conceit is to think that he is great?
He who kills a Brahmin or a cow or drinks an intoxicating liquor or is a thief or violates his vow is till able to expiate his sin, but of whom who is guilty of ingratitude no expiation is possible.
Valmiki Ramayana, 4.3412
The way of action is inscrutable as to what may happen and when. It could be that a mountain is dug up and what is gained is just a mouse.