Some Canakya pandit sayings

December 9, 2012 in Articles, Damaghosa Dasa by Nityananda Rama dasa


Canakya Pandit was a great moralist, strategist and Brahmana Vaisnava. He  left behind him some wonderful sayings that we can readily apply to our daily  lives and more so, Srila Prabhupada used to quote him frequently.
So here are just 21, of many, which I am sure most of those who take  the time to read them will gain valuable insight in human nature and be able to  apply these to our daily association with Vaisnavas, and others..
Hare Krsna
Damaghosa das
1. Separation from chaste wife, insult by ones own kinsmen, an enemy who is  saved in battle, the service of a wicked king, poverty, and the assembly of  egotistical people, burn the body without fire.
2. The duty of a gentleman is that he should give his daughter in marriage  to one who is born in a high family and engage his son in learning higher  knowledge, and inspire his friends for religious and pious activities.
3.The beauty of a cuckoo bird is her sweet voice. likewise the beauty of  a  woman is her chastity, along with her love for her husband. And the  beauty of an ugly person is his knowledge and the beauty of an ascetic is his  power of forgiveness.
4.If by abandoning one person the whole family can be saved, then one must  abandon him gladly. If by abandoning a family the whole village can be saved,  then the family has to be sacrificed. If the district is in danger and by  abandoning one village the district can be saved, then the village must be  sacrificed without hesitation. And for the  welfare of ones self, the  entire world should be abandoned cheerfully.
5.Queen Sita was stolen away due to her extreme beauty. Ravana was banished  due to his extreme vanity. Bali maharaj was tied with a rope due to his being  the extreme donor. Therefore a gentleman should not be an extremist.
6.Just as one single tree with one single blossum perfumes the entire  forest , in the same way one single
devotee born in a family enlightens the entire history the race. And  everyone enjoys the fragrance of his love enlightenment.
7.Nothing can be a burden for a powerful man. No country is far away for a  man of efforts. No country is foreign for an educated person and  no one is  a stranger who has developed the habit of speaking sweet words always.
8.In the country where the foolish people are never respected, where the  grain is stored in full capacity, where the husband and wife do not quarrel,  there take it for granted, the Goddess of Fortune resides.

Vaisnava Behavior In the book Jaiva Dharma by Bhaktivinode Thakur

December 9, 2012 in Articles, Damaghosa Dasa by Nityananda Rama dasa


This book Jaiva Dharma, is in Srila Prabhupada’s  word “very important”. And after reading it now for the second  and third time, I can see why he said this. Since I don’t have it on computer  file I must hand type out every quote you will see here below. But it is so important I am willing to take the time  and do this and share it with others who have  a  similar appreciation for Bhaktivinode Thakur’s works. 


I hope those of  you who take the time to read these statements, will get as much, if not more,  out of it than did I.


Hare Krsna,

Damaghosa das



Chapter 8, Jaiva Dharma-Nitya Dharma and Vaisnava  Behavior-translated by Sarvabhavana das starting at pg. 110


He begins this chapter by quoting Manu samhita 6.92 with  the 10 characteristics of religiosity. Contentment, forgiveness, not  revenging a wrong, self control, remaining in control of the mind in spite of  the presence of allurements, honesty, cleanliness, withdrawing the senses from  sense objects, scriptural knowledge, education, knowledge of the soul,  trutfulness, awareness of reality and freedom from anger, to be not angered when  provoked.

Of these, 6 are characteristics directed to oneself and 4  are obligations to others. However the duty or worshipping the Supreme Lord  Sri Hari is not clearly delineated in any of these 10 characteristics.

Then he quotes SB 2.3.19 which states that “men who are  like dogs, hogs, camels and asses praise those men who never listen to the  transcendental pastimes of  Sri  Krsna, the deliverer from evils.”

This is meant to distinguish ordinary moral persons, who  are on the material level, from Vaisnavas who are not in the material world. A  huge gulf of difference between the two.


Now he begins to make the distinctions between kanistha  (3rd class), madhyama (2nd class) and Uttama  (1st class) devotees.

SB 11.2.47—Arcayam eva haraye, pujam yah sraddhayehate,  na tad bhaktesu canyesu, sa bhaktah prakrtah smrtah.

A materialistic devotee does not purposefully study  the sastra and try to understand the actual standard of pure devotional  service. Consequently he does not show proper respect to advanced  devotees. He may however follow the regulative principles he has  learnt from his spiritual master or family tradition and worship the Deity in  the temple. He is to be considered as being on the material platform  although he is trying to advance in devotional service.

Such a person is bhakta praya or bhakta abhasa, a  neophyte devotee for he is but a little enlightened about the Vaisnava  philosophy. One who worships the Deity of the Lord with faith, but neither  respects the created living creatures of the Lord nor worships and serves His  devotees with devotion is a prakrta-bhakta…To worship the Deity of the Lord  with sraddha is certainly bhakti, but without worshipping and serving the  devotee of the Lord, one cannot execute suddha –bhakti. This position of  serving the Lord but not His pure devotee can be described as being at best a  step inside the portals of the realm of bhakti.


Now the Thakur quotes SB 10.84.13—“One who identifies his  self as the inert body composed of mucus bile and air who assumes his wife and  family are permanently his own, who thinks an earthen image of the land of his  birth are worshippable, or who see a place of pilgrimage as merely the water  there, but who never identifies himself with, feels kinship with, worships or  even visits those who are wise in spiritual truth-such a person is no better  than a cow or an ass.”

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