Magical Tree 12 – Be in the right category

Magical Tree 12 – Be in the right category

Magical Tree - 12

Magical Tree – 12

प्रारभ्यते न खलु विघ्नभयेन नीचैः
प्रारभ्य विघ्नविहता विरमन्ति मध्याः।
विघ्नैः पुनः पुनरपि प्रतिहन्यमानाः
प्रारब्धमुत्तमगुणा न परित्यजन्ति ॥

There are three categories of people who contemplate an undertaking.  At the lowest level are those who never start off for fear of encountering obstacles.Those at the middle level start the project but, at the first sign of obstacles, withdraw themselves from the goal. At the top level are those who, in spite of repeated obstacles, persist in their work until they take the undertaking to a successful conclusion.

 Source: Neeti Shatakam

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Magical Tree 11 – Come out of foolishness

Magical Tree 11 – Come out of foolishness

यदा किञ्चिज्ञोऽहं द्विप इव मदान्धः समभवं
तदा सर्वज्ञोऽस्मीत्यभवदवलिप्तं मम मनः ।
यदा किञ्चित् किञ्चित् बुधजनसकाशादवगतं
तदा मूर्खोऽस्मीति ज्वर इव मदो मे व्यपगतः

When I had little knowledge I was blind with conceit like a rutty elephant.  I thought I was knowing everything and my vanity was great. Then gradually, by virtue of my association with wise men, i realised that knowledge was a vast ocean.  My intoxication vanished like a fever and I realized that I was really a fool.
Source: Neeti Shatakam

In my words : Every person whom i meet ..knows something which am not aware of ….which means no one person is a completely learned man ….everytime we learn something it opens a door to another ocean of knowledge room…If we ever feel that we are more educated , wise , learned then it means we have simply closed the learning door of our brain….It is utter foolishness if someone behaves rudely thinking that he is the most learned person because what we have learnt is just a drop and what we are yet to learn is a ocean…..

I learnt to learn from every person atleast one lesson and especially to be in the group of wise men who can lead me from the well of ignorance to path of knowledge – did you ? 

Magical Tree 10 : Do you have such a friend ?

Magical Tree 10 : Do you have such a friend ?

He restrains his friend from committing sins, and induces him to do good deeds. He conceals the unseemly secrets of a friend, projecting only his good qualities. He does not desert his friend in difficulties, but gives timely assistance. Saints describe these as the characteristics of a true friend.
Source: Neeti Shatakam

Magical Tree 9 : Win the tests of life

Magical Tree 9 : Win the tests of life

आपदि मित्र परीक्षा शूरपरीक्षा च रणाङ्गणे
विनये वम्श परीक्षा च शील परीक्षा तु धनक्षये

A friend’s testing ground is calamities, the brave are tested on the battlefield, the test of a family is in its humility and character is tested in times of poverty.
Source: Samskruta mouktikani

 

Magical Tree 8 – Let your plans be secret till you get it executed

Magical Tree 8  – Let your plans be secret till you get it executed

मनसा  चिन्तितं  कर्म  वचसा  न  प्रकाशयेत्
मंत्रेन  रक्षयेद्गूढम  कार्ये  चापि  नियोजयेत्

Do not reveal what you have planned to do, the best counsel is to keep it a secret and try to execute it with determination.
(Source : Chanakya neeti)

Magical Tree 7 – Wish for wealth of knowledge

Magical Tree 7 – Wish for wealth of knowledge

न चोरहार्यं न च राजहार्यं न भ्रातृभाज्यं न च भारकारि।
व्यये कृते वर्धत एव नित्यं विद्याधनं सर्वधनप्रधानम् ॥

Not stolen by thieves, not seized by kings, not divided amongst brothers, not heavy to carry. The more you spend, the more it flourishes always – The wealth of knowledge is the most important among all kinds of wealth.
(Source: Chanakya neeti) 

Magical Tree 6 – Wish for a good relative

Magical Tree 6 – Wish for a good relative

परो अपि हितवान् बन्धु: ,बन्धु: अपि अहित: पर: |
अहित: देहज: व्याधि: , हितम् आरण्यम् औषधम् ||

The person with whom we have no relation, but who helps us in our difficult times is our Real relative/brother. In contrast the person who may be our relative/brother (With whom we have blood relations) but who always does bad things for us should not be considered as our relative/brother. Just like a disease which is in our own body does so much harm to us while the medicinal plant which grows in forest far off does so much of good to us!
(Source: Hitopadesha)

Magical Tree 5 – Testing a person’s quality

Magical Tree 5 – Testing a person’s quality

यथा चतुर्भि: कनकं परीक्ष्यते निघर्षणच्छेदनतापताडनौः ।
तथा चतुर्भि: पुरुष: परीक्ष्यते त्यागेन शीलेन गुणेन कर्मणा ॥

The way gold’s purity is tested by rubbing, cutting, heating and pounding, similarly, a person’s quality is tested by gentleness, manners, habits and deeds.
(Source: Chanakya Neeti) 

Magical Tree 4 – Wish for right conscience

Magical Tree 4 – Wish for right conscience

दृष्टिपूतं न्येसेत्पादं वस्त्रपूतं जलं पिबेत्।

सत्यपूतम् वदेद्वाचं मनःपूतं समाचरेत् ॥
 
Step on a place after seeing that it is clean, drink water after filtering it through a piece of cloth, utter your words purified by truth, do such deeds which, your conscience says, are good.
(Source: Chanakya Neeti)

Magical Tree 3 – Wish to be Wise

Magical Tree 3 – Wish to be Wise

अर्थनाशं मनस्तापं गृहे दुश्चरितानि च । 
वञ्चनं चापमानं च मतिमान् न प्रकाशयेत् ॥

Wise people do not talk about – (Or do not display)
loss of wealth,
sadness in heart,
family scandal,
getting cheated, and insult.
(Source: Chanakya Neeti)