February 3, 2011 Comments Off on MORALITY

These six faults should be avoided

by a person who wishes to attain

prosperity, viz., sleep, drowsiness, fear, anger,
indolence and procrastination.

These six should be renounced

like a splitting vessel in the sea, viz.,

a preceptor that cannot expound the scriptures, a
priest that is illiterate,

a king that is unable to protect, a wife that
speaks disagreeable words,

a cow-herd that does not wish to go to the
fields, and a barber that wishes to renounce a village for the woods.

Verily those six qualities should never
be forsaken
by men, viz., truth, charity, diligence,
benevolence, forgiveness and patience.

These six are instantly destroyed,

if neglected, viz., kine (cow), service, agriculture, a wife, learning, and the
wealth of a Sudra.

These six forget those who have bestowed obligations on them, viz.,

educated disciples, their preceptors; married persons, their
mothers; persons whose desires have been gratified, women; they who have
achieved success, they who had rendered aid; they who have crossed a
river, the boat (that carried them over); and patients that have been
cured, their physicians.

Health, being debt free, living at home, companionship with good men,

certainty as regards the means of
livelihood, and living without fear, these six, O king,

conduce to the happiness of men.

These six are always miserable,
viz., the envious, the malicious, the discontented, the irascible,
the ever suspicious and those depending upon the fortunes of others.

Vidur Niti – Mahabharata [Hinduism]

{mod note: the word “viz”
defined: “namely; or in other words”  & gives more detail or
be more exact about something you have just said.}




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