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Saturday, February 13, 2010

caution and contemplation

दृष्टिपूतं न्यसेत्पादं वस्त्रपूतं जलं पिबेत् ।
सत्यपूतां वदेद् वाचं मनःपूतं समायरेत् ।।

dhrishti pootham nyaset paadham vasthrapootham jalam pibheth
sathyapoothaam vadheth vaacham manah pootham samaachareth

one should take each step forward after the path ahead is properly evaluated, one should drink water that is filtered through a nice cloth, one should utter a word only after contemplating whether it is pure truth and one should take any action only after satisfying his own conscience.
Chanakya neethi

even today, we can see road signals to the same effect regarding travel, and perhaps considering the hygiene of the relevant era, the filtration of potable water was a revolutionary idea, and the advice for discretion with word and action are of eternal value.

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