Wisdom from Vyadh-Gita

Below are translations of some of the shlokas from Vyadha Geeta. If you want to know what this Geeta is, you can take a look here: https://saisaburi.org/vyadha-gita/

Regarding myself, I always seek to please with acts of kindness, those that praise me, as also those that speak ill of me.

Giving food to the best of one’s ability to the hungry, endurance of heat and cold and the other pairs of opposites, steadyness in the practice of Dharma, giving respect and honour to the deserving and compassion for all creatures these attributes can never be found in a person without an innate desire for renouncing the world.

One should avoid falsehood in speech, and should do good without being urged to. One should never abandon Dharma from lust, from anger, or from malice.

On obtaining an object of desire one should not be elated, nor grieve immoderately at a loss. One should never feel depressed when financially challenged, and never abandon the path of Dharma.

If at any time one does what is wrong in error, it should never be repeated. One should always strive mentally to do that which is beneficial to oneself.

One should never seek revenge, but should always deal honestly others [friends or foes]. That wretched individual who desires to do what is dishonest, commits spiritual suicide.

Those malicious people who wilfully harm others, disregarding ethical principles, mock the good and the pure saying: ‘There is no Dharma’ – undoubtedly they meet with destruction through their unethical behaviour. They are like a blacksmith’s bellows inflated with arrogance but empty of substance.

Noble-born people are always polite and considerate. The unscrupulous are filled with pride and folly and their speech lacks substance. It is their inner self that reveals their true nature like the sun that reveals forms during the day.

The fool cannot excel in the world by means of self-praise. The wise, however, even if they be destitute of physical attributes, display their radiance by refraining from speaking ill of others and well of themselves.

One may also compensate for bad Karma by performing any of those expiations ordained in the scriptures without attachment or craving for selfish outcomes.

A noble person who commits an offence through error can then expatiate that misdeed through compensatory good works. Dharma itself will exculpate those transgressions that one may occasionaly commit through ignorance or neglect.

It is not possible for one to remain vigilant 24/7 and everyone no matter how noble and committed to Dharma at some time or other lapses and makes error. But the accumulation of merit that one has achieved through sustained practice (Dharma) will negate those minor acts of impropriety.

If a person commits sin thinking that he is not accountable and will not be discovered is wrong! The gods behold everyone and everything that one does, also the Supreme Being (antaryami) that is within every one’s heart is also the silent witness.

A serious spiritual aspirant stops taking note of the faults of others and desires only the wellbeing of all creatures. The wicked who turn their attention away from their own faults and focus on those of others are like people having rips in their garment. [The tears keep on getting bigger until eventually the person is naked]. Those who refuse to acknowledge their own faults can never achieve happiness either in this life or the next!

source: http://www.srimatham.com/uploads/5/5/4/9/5549439/the_butchers_gita.pdf

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