As the year 2012 came to an end, and 2013 ushered in; I wish you a year of peace, prosperity and joy. This time, the Golden Nuggets are based on Ancient Wisdom of Hitopadesha. Written in the form of stories and advice couplets, Hitopadesha captures the essence of Ancient Wisdom from Indian scriptures including Gita and Panchtantra. I hope you will not only enjoy reading them, but meditate on them and may the ancient wisdom from these golden nuggets make 2013 a joyful year for you.
The wise will strive for wealth and learning, As if to time and age immune;
But not delay good works, realizing, that death may strike one anytime soon.
We often procrastinate on projects where our passion lies, waiting for some event in the future to happen. I pray that 2013 inspires us all to do things that we always wanted to do, especially sharing what we can with those who are less privileged.
To worthy people what you give, and that on which you daily live.
That alone your wealth people merit: The rest you guard, others inherit.
Someone asked a saint, “Who is RICH?” I invite you to give a thought – “Who do YOU think is rich?”
The saint responded, “The one who after taking care of his needs and responsibilities; shares his / her resources with others – WITHOUT expecting anything in return”. I pray that in 2013, we all will experience “The Joy of Selfless Giving”.
If you have a contended mind, wealthy yourself you will find.
To one with shoes on his feet, all roads are covered with soft leather sheet.
A king once had a whim that his kingdom roads should be covered with carpet so his feet never fall on dusty roads. The wise minister knew impracticality of the whim, so he asked the shoemaker to make shoes with carpet lining. And now wherever the king went, he always had carpet under his feet. I wish that 2013 will bring contentment to our life, so we can enjoy what we have; instead of wanting to have something more to enjoy.
Even after studying the sacred knowledge, or by going every day to college
You will gain little just by doing this; unless you put your learning into practice
A well-made medicine for the sick, cannot do any magic trick
The suffering you cannot tame; just by uttering the medicine’s name.
I hope you will reflect on these golden nuggets and put to practice what you find good out of them. I wish your family and you a very happy new year!