Proverb Expansion THE BEST FISH SWIM NEAR THE BOTTOM It is always easy to catch the fish that swim near the surface of the water. But the best always remains at the bottom and hence they cannot be caught easily. The pain taken to catch such fish is always worthwhile. Likewise, the rarest of gems are usually found at the bottom of oceans. People usually are too lazy or reluctant to take enough pains and thereby achieve good results in life. Even if they do not yield good results overnight, they certainly will pay up in the long run. History is full of such examples which emphasize the fact that real success can only be achieved by putting in hard and sincere effort. A man must be prepared to work hard to get the real fruits of life.
Proverb Expansion BIRDS OF THE SAME FEATHER FLOCK TOGETHER Birds of the same kind are often seen to flock and fly together. Some migratory birds fly in flocks. This is because a bird can be comfortable only in a group of its land. This is the case with human beings also. Those with similar tastes and interests often form groups and associate with one another. In order to form a lasting friendship, people must have tastes and outlooks which they share in common. A person’s character can be assessed by the company he keeps. If he get associated in a circle of refined men, his capacity is also likely to be enhanced.
Proverb Expansion BETTER TO GET AN EGG TODAY THAN A HEN TOMORROW An opportunity that we get today may not be available tomorrow. If we set aside the chances at hand hoping to get bigger chances, we are liable to be getting rejected. So it is always wise to accept and utilize whatever is at hand than being over ambitious hoping to get bigger things tomorrow. Today is what counts, tomorrow may never come. If one is offered an egg with promises to give a hen later he should accept the egg instead of rejecting it in the hope of getting a hen later which is more valuable. It he rejects the egg and wait for the hen, the promised hen may not be available tomorrow. Thus he will lose both the egg and the hen.
Proverb Expansion BARKING DOGS SELDOM BITE Dogs are expected to bark and bite. They guard our homes from intruders. Whenever they see a stranger, they bark. There are dogs that bark too much. It is a fact that such dogs rarely bite. They only try to frighten people away by their loud bark. On the contrary, there are dogs that do not bark too much. Around us we find people who talk too much without meaning anything serious. They utter big threats, but are not capable of putting them into practice. Instead, people who remain quiet are to be watched. They believe more in practice than in mere talk. If they mean to do something, they would not waste time on unnecessary threats. They speak after they put into practice whatever they mean.
Proverb Expansion ALL WORK AND NO PLAY MAKES JACK A DULL BOY Concentration on work alone with no enjoyment makes a person dull and unsociable. The mind constitution is such that it can be made to work for a long time. At the same time, proper relaxation is necessary for keeping it from getting overworked. An overworked mind losses all social spirit making the personality dull. A relaxed mind is could make wonders. It retrieves all its capacities for absorption of knowledge after proper recreation. Work and recreation in a balanced form is the proper way to keep the mind trim. This is very important in the case of children because it is the age when the personality of the child is being moulded. In short, work with no recreation makes us ill-tempered.
Proverb Expansion ALL THAT GLITTERS IS NOT GOLD Gold is a very valuable metal; it has an attractive glittering appearance. But it does not mean that everything which glitters like gold should be precious. There are things that look like gold and taking than on their face value is unwise. A port on may be good looking, having an attractive character, But ho may not poises any real ability or talent A man must be judged on the basis of his abilities and not on his external appearance. Goodness, humility and perfection could not be made out from external appearance. Like shining glass pieces which dazzle and glitter like diamonds, the appearance of men can be greatly misleading.
Proverb Expansion MAN DOES NOT LIVE BY BREAD ALONE Man is a being with multifarious tastes and interests. He towers over other animals in the shades of sentiments, emotions and suffers from tensions too. He is the only homosapien creature in the world using his mental faculty. Thus unlike other animals who have a tendency to keep them alive by securing food man does not live on bread alone. Gone are the days when man had to move from one area to the other in search of food. The stone age is far behind. The migrating tendency too has come to a standstill. Today man has settled in areas of abundance and has generally not to hanker after food for his sustenance. He has grown ambitious indifferent fields far above physical sustenance. A poet lives on the fancies that he creates. A scientist lives on the research that is a life line for him. An industrialist has an aura of production around him that sustains him. Frown at a child and give him the tastiest food. He won’t have it. His sentiments are hurt. He craves for the love and affection of his parents he lives on that. Even young men and women live on love and emotions.... read more
Proverb Expansion IF WINTER COMES CAN SPRING BE FAR BEHIND It is horribly chilly throughout the winter in the west. Roads blocked by several feet of frozen snow paralyze traffic. Temperature reaching below freezing point even in Shimla and Srinagar in India stops water supply. Markets are closed for days together. Sometimes even electric supply is affected. Coal is to be stored. Hell is let loose on the earth. Death moves its cold fingers round the old and the poor. The dance of pain and suffering continues day after day week after week. The season takes a turn. Numbing cold gives way to cool atmosphere. Snow starts melting. Spring arrives. Beautiful flowers bloom on trees. Green lawns come out of the clusters of snow and invite the young and old alike to enjoy the freshness of the atmosphere. Nature sheds away the hoary white and grows young again. The almighty plays the game every year. Beautiful spring follows dreary cold. So is true in the life of man. Time comes when he has to face difficulties. One may lose one’s job. Another may part with his property. A businessman may suffer heavy losses. The whole city may be devastated in storms and floods. The whole nation, like Japan in... read more
Proverb Expansion IF CHARACTER IS LOST ALL IS LOST There is an old saying ‘if wealth is lost nothing is lost, if health is lost something is lost. But if character is lost all is lost’. It is not a religious teaching. It is a universal maxim and stands true in all the countries all the ages. Although we worship Laxmi, the goddess of wealth every year yet all know it is not a stable factor. Wealth is an objective factor once lost it can be earned again. The Pandavas lost their whole kingdom, but regained it. Ups and downs are a common feature in business and industry. If you lose money people may sympathize with you. They won’t hate you. So in a way nothing is lost. So is true, to some extent, with health too. It is of course a subjective factor. An unhealthy person is a headache to his kins and to one’s ownself too. But health too can be revived. A man suffering from heart trouble, tuberculosis, even cancer can be cured. Almost all the diseases are curable. One can regain his health even in old age. If health is lost only something is lost. But if character is once lost never come back.... read more
Proverb Expansion HEALTH IS WEALTH A healthy mind lives in healthier body. Mind is rather the battery of the physical mechanism of human beings. It decides all the activities of man good or bad. But it requires a healthy abode. It is only then that fortune smiles at man and fills his coffers with wealth material or spiritual. There is a saying in Ayurveda ‘Sharir madhyam khalu dharma sadhayeta’ that is it is although his body that man performs all his rightful duties. He can do it only when the body remains in a perfect healthy state. Thus to him health is the real wealth. He can achieve anything. A healthy sportsman can move towards a gold medal in the Olympic. A healthy wrestler gains prominence. A healthy businessman sees his business flourish. A healthy student has a sway over his friends and tops in the skill he likes. An unhealthy man loses all that he possesses. He face a battery of greedy physicians who may be having an eye more on his pocket than on his well being. An unhealthy man grows desperate the mind too grows sick and he is in the jaws of paralytic attack both materially and mentally. Death alone bring solace to him... read more
Proverb Expansion DEATH IS A LEVELER The boast of heraldry, the pump of power, And all that beauty, all that wealth ever gave, Awaits alike the inevitable hour The path of glory lead but to the grave. There is none as democratic as death. ‘Yamaraj’ does not distinguish between the rich and the poor. Alexander may boast that he conquered the earth, Nadir shah may devastate Delhi and enact a dance of the devil, A Mussolini, a Hitler or a Tojo may have the dreams of diving the world among themselves a Changez khan may bring a havoc to the whole of Asia. But their destiny is the same. Death awaits all of them. The fate is similar to that of a poor farmer, a rustic, a landless labourer. As soon as their stay in the inn of the world is over they are all one with the dust in the grave or reduced to ashes at the cremation ground. The world Mourus is the death of great men. A Gandhi is revered even after his death. A Vivekananda, a Ram Krishna Paramhans, a Subhash Chandra Bose, the saints around the world live in the annals of history as long as the culture of a country stays. But even... read more
Proverb Expansion CHARITY BEGINS AT HOME To give sermons is an easy job. Teachers, parents, religious preachers all have been advising people to be moral and truthful. The new generation of politicians would ask people to make people literate, to make sacrifices for the motherland, to devote time for social work and to strengthen the society. Who would listen to the advice of these people who do not do anything themselves. They, who look after their own comforts and do everything for themselves alone, have no right to ask others to make sacrifices, the professionals who loot the poor, the teacher who have turned education into a trade, the parents who amass wealth and the politicians who pocket national wealth through evil means have no conscience. People like Mahatma Gandhi, B.R.Ambedkar, Rajagopalachari, Subhash Chandra Bose, Vivekananda, Rafi Ahmed Kidwai, Satya Murthi and Lal Bahadur Shastri sacrificed their whole lives for the cause of the people. They placed an example of devotion before people. They did never preach that charity begins at home. They placed their own example before the nation. They had a large following and are respected by the people even today. The old Rishi, Buddha and Jesus gave sermons only after they had sacrificed all the... read more
Proverb Expansion MAKE HAY WHILE SUN SHINES Success bows to a man who takes advantage of an opportunity as soon as it comes in his life. a student gets an opportunity to acquire knowledge during his academic career. If he does not avail of this opportunity he may not be successful in any field in his life. There is demand for a particular commodity in the market. A good businessman would not lose the opportunity of marketing it. An industrialist looks to the needs of the people. He peeps into the future. He manages the infrastructure and government sanctions and would start manufacturing the commodities that fetch ready market. Festivals arrive. They have their own importance. During Xmas cake is the craze of the people. During Diwali people go for different sweets, balloons and crackers. During Ramzan the faithful have a liking for dates while Eid is known for Semai. The bakery, the halwai, the fruit seller and the manufactures of fireworks do not lose the opportunity of preparing and marketing the commodities required in the festive season. Even an ant collects food before the rains start. There is season for all. There are moments when you can take advantages by using your skills. The sun of life... read more
Proverb Expansion HE IS STRONG WHO CONQUERS OTHERS, HE WHO CONQUERS HIMSELF IS MIGHTY Conquering others shows the strength of man. It is just a show of real physical strength when a wrestler or a boxer knocks his rival down. When Alexander conquered half of the world it was the manifestation of his strength. The Roman emperor, the Muslim crusader who ran over country after country, the followers of Jesus who converted the whole of Europe was all strong. Strong too were Napoleon, Akbar, Babar, Tojo, Mussolini, Hitler, Changez Khan and Nadir Shah who devastated half of the world. The Britishers ruled over the waves and sun never set on the British Empire. They were strong. The world recognized the strength of all these only during their life time. Who revers them after they lost their lives or their empires? Conquering others is a negative activity. But conquering oneself is a positive activity. It requires divine qualities. One who conquers oneself has a great sway over the society. He becomes mighty. By converting people to Christianity of Islam did the not make the followers of Jesus or Mohammed great. Saints in different faiths and countries have a sway over the society. Vivekananda, Jesus, Ram Krishna Paramhans, Shankar and a... read more
Proverb Expansion NEITHER A BORROWER NOR A LENDER BE There is an old saying ‘if you want to make a friend a foe lends him some money’. A man borrows when he faces difficulty in his life. Who knows if he will win over his problems? If he does well and good. He may return the money and there may not be any bickering between the two friends. But doesn’t always happen. To surmount the difficulties is not easy. Till he is in a position to returns the money your friend will try to avoid you. You gradually start losing a friend. Money is an evil agent that affects the mental health of both. Who knows whether the borrower is genuine or his needs are superfluous. He may be just trying to squeeze money from anyone he can dupe. Kindness too sometimes proves a curse. You may extend your help even for false need and false promises. You part with your hard earned money. If it doesn’t come back you are poorer twice. You lose your friend you lose your money. While the borrower loses the sympathy of all those who know his tricks the lender looks at all with suspicion. He loses faith in goodness the very essence... read more