Tirukural – Chapter 72


Chapter 72: Judging the Audience


Verse 719
Two elders have gathered under a shade-giving tree to speak to a learned gathering. One inattentive young visitor raises his hand to ask them to repeat themselves, and they decline.


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Verse 711

Pure men of studied eloquence should study
an audience before speaking deliberate words.

Verse 712

Let good men who know the orator’s art knowingly await
the right moment to articulate their good knowledge.

Verse 713

Failing to assess an audience before venturing to speak
is to be unaware of the way of words and remain ineffective.

Verse 714

Be brilliant before brilliant men; but assume
the dullness of pale mortar before dullards.

Verse 715

Of all good things, the best is the polite reserve
that refrains from speaking first when with elders and superiors.

Verse 716

To blunder before perceptive, erudite men
is like slipping and falling from a very high place.

Verse 717

A learned man’s learning shines the brightest
among luminaries capable of critiquing his language.

Verse 718

Speaking to an audience of thinking men
is like watering a bed of growing plants.

Verse 719

Those who speak good things to good and learned gatherings
should never repeat them to ignorant groups, even forgetfully.

Verse 720

Expounding to a throng of unfit men
is like pouring sweet nectar into an open gutter.

A New Mala for the Spatika Lingam

Aum Namah Sivaya

On the event of this month's celebration of the Ardra Nakshatra, a beautiful, handmade gift was placed at Siva's feet. An anonymous bhaktar spend many hours producing this masterpiece. Its future is to rest upon Iraivan Temple's Spatika Lingam. The mala is made of our large, Kauai-grown rudrakshas interspersed with rose quartz crystals. In these photos you can see it as Deva Seyon brought it into the Media Studio for our monks to see. In the last photo you can see it on the Lingam, as it was placed there during Ardra.

Framing a Yantra

Aum Namah Sivaya

Recently, sculptor Holly Young created this wax for what will become the future golden-bronze support for the yantra in Iraivan Temple's inner sanctum. The gold yantra will be placed in the center of this lotus, and the lotus will hang upon the back wall of the sanctum aligned behind the tip of the crystal Siva Lingam.

Iravan Temple’s Red Granite Tile

Aum Namah Sivaya, The Aadheenam recently received photos of our soon-to-be shipped red granite tiles for the top of Iraivan Temple's foundation. This is the last major construction project for the completion of the temple. These tiles are being sourced from a major worldwide supplier of red granite in China, and it's here that we found a specific red granite that the monks thought had an ideal look and finish. The team readying the shipment has completed the packing of two shipping containers and are working quickly to fill the third. A total of 2558 tiles will soon be shipped to us, the vast majority are Iraivan Temple with some extra for the flooring of the future, yet-to-be revealed Svayambhu Lingam Mandapam. Jai Ganesha!

Reincarnation – Part 3

Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami gives his weekly upadesha in Kadavul Temple at Kauai's Hindu Monastery in Hawaii. It is part of a series of talks elaborating on the inspired teachings of Sivaya Subramuniyaswami as found in his book Merging With Siva. Here, Satguru discusses "Reincarnation," a talk given in 1958.

Tirukural – Chapter 71

Chapter 71: Discerning Unspoken Thoughts



Verse 701
Here we see the Indian peninsula surrounded by emerald seas. One man looks from behind at another and is able to discern the man’s nature and thoughts without words.

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Verse 701

He who can discern another's unspoken thoughts by merely looking
is an emerald on an Earth encircled by equable seas.

Verse 702

Regard as god-like those who can divine
without hesitation what is in the minds of others.

Verse 703

Give whatever is required to gain an advisor
who, knowing his own mind, can read another's intentions.

Verse 704

Those who grasp others' unspoken thoughts have the same
physical features as most folks--yet how different they are.

Verse 705

Of what benefit are eyes in a body, if they cannot
by their observing powers perceive another's intentions?

Verse 706

As a crystal mirror reflects objects that are nearby,
so the face reflects what is foremost in the heart.

Verse 707

What is more forthrightly profound than the face?
For whether the heart is angry or glad, the face expresses it first.

Verse 708

If you find a man who understands matters by looking into
the mind, it suffices to stand silently looking into his face.

Verse 709

If you find men who know the eye's language
the eyes will speak to them of hidden hate and love.

Verse 710

Observe those who are said to see subtly with their mind's eye--
their singular measuring rod is their eyes.

Ringing a Stone Bell

Aum Namah Sivaya
Recently Paramacharya Sadasivanathaswami and Acharyas Kumarnathaswami and Arumuganathaswami set about to weigh Iraivan Temple's granite bell. It turns out that it weighs 511lbs. What's more exciting, is that the team was able to ring the bell while they held it aloft. This video gives you a glimpse into the bell's charming sound. Aum.

Reincarnation – Part 2

Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami gives his weekly upadesha in Kadavul Temple at Kauai's Hindu Monastery in Hawaii. It is part of a series of talks elaborating on the inspired teachings of Sivaya Subramuniyaswami as found in his book Merging With Siva. Here, Satguru discusses "Reincarnation," a talk given in 1958.

Tirukural – Chapter 70

Chapter 70: Associating with Monarchs



Verse 695
A pundit sits in his chambers pondering the day. To his right two ministers are attentively listening. On his left other ministers are whispering, gossiping and ignoring his presence, thus disturbing the atmosphere.

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You can access the entire text, in Tamil and English here:
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Verse 691

Associates of contentious kings should be like men warming
themselves by a fire, moving neither too near nor too far away.

Verse 692

Do not desire to get what the king desires to have,
and the king himself will confer enduring wealth.

Verse 693

One wishing to be wary must beware of his own indiscretions.
Once suspicions are aroused, they are rarely removed.

Verse 694

In the presence of the great ones, never speak
in whispers or exchange smiles with others.

Verse 695

The emissary neither eavesdrops nor meddles into matters.
Instead, he listens raptly when secrets are revealed.

Verse 696

Sensing unspoken thoughts and ascertaining the ripe moment,
speak of vital matters amiably, without offending others.

Verse 697

Speak useful ideas that interest the sovereign.
Always leave useless thoughts unspoken--even if he inquires.

Verse 698

Never criticize the king because he is young or your own kin.
Rather respect the resplendent dignity that kingship commands.

Verse 699

Men whose wisdom is unwavering
do not use their high reputation to excuse lowly behavior.

Verse 700

Men who do unworthy deeds, expecting the king's indulgence
because of a long-standing friendship, warrant their own ruin.

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