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
Proverb Expansion UNION IS STRENGTH There were four brothers who would always quarrel. One day their father called them and gave one thin stick to each other one of them to break. All of them broke easily these. The he tied four stick together and asked them to break the tied bundle. None could break the bundle. He advised them to remain united like the sticks to dominate the village. It was because of this unity that the Guptas had a big and noble empire in the north while Chalukyas had a sway over the south. When the Indian princess disunited we were attacked by Muslim invaders from the Middle East for a thousand years. It was again because of disunity that the Britishers ruled us for more than three hundred years. It was disunity among the people that made the country weak. The motherland was divided into units India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Burma. The old Bharat has been a weak country. There are pockets of foreign interests in different states. Labourers are generally poor. But when they unite and form trade unions they become strong. The government and the mill owners have to accept their demands. It is the unity among the players in Hockey, football... read more
Proverb Expansion PEACE HATH HER VICTORIES NO LESS RENOWNED THAN WAR Winning a war makes a man or a country victorious. History is full of the details of wars won by Roman, British and French kings. The generals became famous. The dictators who were responsible for killing millions of people were adored by the people of their countries. Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin became renowned personalities because they won the II world war. Akbar, Hyder Ali, Tipu Sultan became renowned personalities as they won the wars and established their kingdoms. But these victories are short lived. They remain on the pages of history. They also remain as a bitter wound in the heart of those who are conquered. The victories of science, technology and art that are made during peace time are the real victories. They are victories to keep the cultures alive. They are responsible for the safety of humanity not for genocide. It is during peace that great monuments and temples, pieces of art were built. The whole south from Nagpur to Kanyakumari is rich with this heritage in India. The life saving drugs, the researches in Medical science that give new life to men are the victories during peace time. Latest technologies in the field of... read more
Proverb Expansion AN EMPTY VESSEL MAKES MUCH NOISE Long back convent school teacher became lecture in a prestigious college. He would unprepared and would relate many things in the class that had nothing to do with the course. Tired of him students started calling him ‘Ghantoo’. One day hollow bell was drawn on the blackboard. The young teacher reported the manner to the Principal, an Englishman. He called the two students who were considered responsible for the mischief. The Principal asked them what is meant by ‘Ghantoo’. They knew they were to be rusticated. So one of them said, ‘sir, is a big hollow thing that makes much noise’. The Principal sent them out and told the teacher that his students were quite witty. The lecture remained unpopular throughout his career. A learned man filled with knowledge to the brim would always talk sensible things. He has not to show himself off. To deliver even one lecture he would fill his mental cup to the brim. What he speaks is not mere noise but a flow of genuine things. A serious businessman does not waste his energy in useless talks. A bureaucrat, sincere to his job is so busy that even his seniors respect him. But pretty shopkeeper or... read more
Proverb Expansion AN IDLE BRAIN IS DEVIL’S WORKSHOP If a room remains vacant no one cleans it and it is full of dust, insects, webs and rats. It has a vicious atmosphere. That is true of a man’s brain too. If it is not occupied by positive thoughts and is not busy in studying, writing, planning for life and the nation it is like that vacant room. Vicious forces would gradually occupy it and Satan would gain entry. He would leave the devil there to reign supreme. If a man’s brain is not busy making gainful programmes about himself, his profession, his family or the society or the nation, it surrenders before the devil. The devil invokes in him all that is vicious and evil how to be rich in a short time and he may be a part of the different scams going on in the country. He may think of becoming a member of a group of smugglers. If weak in sex he may start planning how to molest the girl in the neighbourhood. If he doesn’t think about his own fortune he is sure to think of the downfall of others. His brain becomes a workshop of debauchery, dishonesty and betrayal. Oh god don’t make anyone... read more
Proverb Expansion WISDOM LIES IN CUTTING ONE’S COAT ACCORDING TO ONE’S CLOTH Wisdom means making the best use of available resources or opportunities to the maximum advantage to oneself by using the best judgment. The type of coat a person has to choose depends upon the size of cloth he has with him. If a person wants to have a coat stitched in his size, he should buy the cloth in required measurement. If the piece of cloth he has is small, he should fix the size of his coat accordingly. If it is a big coat that he wants to make, and he cuts a small piece, he won’t be able to make a coat of the right size. Economically speaking, income is limited and has alternative uses, but wants are unlimited. Wisdom lies in making use of the available income to meet the urgent needs and then, if possible, meet the luxuries. The coat and cloth can be related to income and expenditure also. We should balance our income and expenditure in the right proportion. Our expenditure should never exceed our income. A person who spends more than his income falls into debt. We should always try to live within our means. A wise man adjusts his... read more
Proverb Expansion WORK IS WORSHIP Any deed that does not hurt another person, and is aimed at the well-being of others, is equal to prayer. Such a deed will bring happiness and satisfaction to the doer and the receiver. Worship does not merely mean spending long hour in prayer and meditation. Any noble work that makes others happy is worship. A man who spends much of his time in prayer may not be willing to help others. He may be of the opinion that worship is spending time with God only. But a selfless man who works sincerely for others is also worshipping God. His work itself is worship. People often find it easy to advise others to do a thing. But, often, they don’t practice what they preach. People who are in authority exhort people to be patriotic, oppose corruption and avoid violence. But, these same people fall victims of corruption and their activities are not nation-oriented. So doing good deeds is certainly better than talking about good deeds. Doing service to humanity is equivalent to worshipping God. Gandhiji was really a man of action. To him, serving God was serving his fellowmen. Mother Teresa finds fulfillment in serving others. These noble souls worshipped God through serving others.... read more
Proverb Expansion WHO KNOWS MOST SAYS LEAST Empty-headed people are often talkative. But their utterances are meaningless. They try to talk much to prove what they are at. They cannot impress their listeners and even confuse them. But a learned person talks much less. He talks to the point and also at the apt time. A person who knows a subject well need not prove that he knows. Most talking is boasting about one’s knowledge. People who know something about many things, and people with vague ideas, babble. They give unnecessary explanations and in the end they themselves get confused. A person who knows his subject talks with ease and brevity. The less he talks, the more his listeners understand. Only a person who is thorough with a subject can talk like that. People who have no idea of what they are saying do not talk anything worthwhile. The balance and composure of the learned and knowledgeable bear testimony to their self confidence. Empty headed people talk out their emptiness with the belief that the listeners accept their views without any objection. In fact, their listeners have only sympathy for them. People who are wise do not try to demonstrate their knowledge. They know things well, but talk less.
Proverb Expansion WHERE THERE IS A WILL, THERE IS A WAY The meaning of the proverb is that if we are determined to do a thing, we can certainly find a way to do it. It is will-power that enables us to succeed. Nothing is impossible for a man who has strong will-power and a firm determination to act. History teaches us that when men have strong determination, they can achieve great things. There may be obstacles, but they can be overcome. Napoleon, Gandhiji, Lincoln and others worked, challenged heaven and earth, swam against the current, and emerged successful and left imprints on the pages of world history. They proved to the world that whatever be the obstacles, if one has will, determination, courage, endurance and perseverance, one can attain anything and everything in the world. Napoleon said, “There is nothing impossible. ‘Impossibility’ is a meaningless word in the dictionary”. The opposition of a sizeable section of America did not prevent Abraham Lincoln from his plan of abolishing slavery from the map of America. The bloodshed at Jallianwalla Bagh did not instill fear in the hearts of patriotic Indians. Instead, it only encouraged them to liberate the country from the clutches of the foreigners. The lives of great scientists... read more
Proverb Expansion WHERE ONE DOOR SHUTS, ANOTHER OPENS Life on this earth is a struggle for existence. We have to face innumerable difficulties in life. When one problem is solved, another one appears. We should not get disappointed in such a situation. It is how we face each problem that counts. An optimist will find consolation and solution to any difficult problem. He does not lose his presence of mind in any adverse situation. But a pessimist approaches problems in a different way. He gets dejected and thinks that all the doors are shut to him. He also feels that all are against him and they all hate him. As a result, he does not succeed in life normally. An optimist wins always because he is sure of himself. When one door is shut to him, he will console himself by saying that another one will opened for him. He tries hard and will find a solution to any difficult situation. The proverb also conveys the message that God loves all and will not discard any. He will always help us in any adverse situation to find a way out. So, trust in God and work hard to achieve success in life.