Monthly Archives: November 2011
तत् सवितुर्वरेण्यं ।
भर्गो देवस्य धीमहि ।
धियो यो नः प्रचोदयात् ॥
Om bhur bhuvah svah
tat savitur vareṇyaṃ
bhargo devasya dhīmahi
dhiyo yó naḥ pracodayāt
We meditate on the glory
of that Being who has produced
may He enlighten our minds.
–Gayatri Mantra, from the Rigveda, original Sanskrit and transliteration; translation by Swami Vivekananda
Don’t answer those who contradict you. Find out first whether they’re being clever or simply vulgar. It isn’t always stubbornness; sometimes it is a trick. So pay attention and don’t get caught up in the former or cast down by the latter. No one demands more caution than a spy, and when someone has the skeleton key to minds, counter him by leaving the key of caution inside, on the other side of the keyhole.
—The Art of Worldly Wisdom, Balthasar Gracián, aphorism 279, translated by Christopher Maurer
Food for thought for us bloggers and those who frequent comboxes.
He who knows how to guide a ruler in the path
Does not try to override the world with force of arms.
It is in the nature of a military weapon to turn against its
Wherever armies are stationed, thorny bushes grow.
After a great war, bad years inevitably follow.
What you want is to protect efficiently your own state,
But not to aim at self-aggrandizement.
After you have attained your purpose,
You must not parade your success,
You must not boast of your ability,
You must not feel proud,
You must rather regret that you had not been able to
prevent the war.
You must never think of conquering others by force.
For to be over-developed is to hasten decay,
And this is against Tao,
And what is against Tao will soon cease to be.
—Tao Teh Ching, Chapter 30translated by John C. H. Wu