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What is most to be deplored ?

Miserliness in the wealthy.

~ From Prasna-Uttara-Malika " Garland of Questions and Answers"

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What qualities are rarest in this world ?

To have the gift of speaking sweet words with compassion, to be learned without pride, to be heroic and also forgiving, to be rich without attachment to riches - these four are rare.

~ From Prasna-Uttara-Malika " Garland of Questions and Answers"

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What is finished as quickly as lightning ?

Friendship with bad men or women.

~ From Prasna-Uttara-Malika " Garland of Questions and Answers"

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What is man's best ornament ?

His good character.

~ From Prasna-Uttara-Malika " Garland of Questions and Answers"

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Who is a friend ?

He who prevents another from doing evil.

~ From Prasna-Uttara-Malika " Garland of Questions and Answers"

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Who is dumb ?

He who does not speak kind words when they are needed.

~ From Prasna-Uttara-Malika " Garland of Questions and Answers"

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Who is deaf ?

He who will not listen to good advice.

~ From Prasna-Uttara-Malika " Garland of Questions and Answers"

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Who is blind ?

He who does evil deeds.

~ From Prasna-Uttara-Malika " Garland of Questions and Answers"

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Whom do all men respect ?

Him who is humble and speaks the truth so that it does good to others and makes them happy.

~ From Prasna-Uttara-Malika " Garland of Questions and Answers"

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To whom do the gods themselves pay homage ?

To him who is compassionate.

~ From Prasna-Uttara-Malika " Garland of Questions and Answers"

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Who avoids the snares of the world ?

He who is truthful and who is able to remain unmoved by either pleasure or pain and all life's other pairs of opposites.

~ From Prasna-Uttara-Malika " Garland of Questions and Answers"

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Whose hearth do you fail to win even if you try your hardest ?

The heart of a fool or of a man who is afraid or stricken with grief or incapable of gratitude.

~ From Prasna-Uttara-Malika " Garland of Questions and Answers"

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What should we prize most dearly ?

Compassion, and friendship with the holy.

~ From Prasna-Uttara-Malika " Garland of Questions and Answers"

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What should a man think of, day and night ?

He should think how transitory this world is.
He should never think thoughts of lust.

~ From Prasna-Uttara-Malika " Garland of Questions and Answers"

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What should a man hate ?

Greed for the wives and the wealth of other men,

~ From Prasna-Uttara-Malika " Garland of Questions and Answers"

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What should one strive for ?

To go on learning as long as one lives.

~ From Prasna-Uttara-Malika " Garland of Questions and Answers"

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What disease lingers on until a man dies ?

A bad deed which has been hidden.

~ From Prasna-Uttara-Malika " Garland of Questions and Answers"

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What is the most valuable thing ?

A gift given at the right time.

~ From Prasna-Uttara-Malika " Garland of Questions and Answers"

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What is death ?

Ignorance.

~ From Prasna-Uttara-Malika " Garland of Questions and Answers"

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What brings happiness ?

The friendship of the holy.

~ From Prasna-Uttara-Malika " Garland of Questions and Answers"

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What are worthless as soon as they are won ?

Honor and fame.

~ From Prasna-Uttara-Malika " Garland of Questions and Answers"

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What is a man's duty ?

To do good to all beings.

~ From Prasna-Uttara-Malika " Garland of Questions and Answers"

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What is happiness ?

Detachment.

~ From Prasna-Uttara-Malika " Garland of Questions and Answers"

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What is hell ?

To live in slavery to others.

~ From Prasna-Uttara-Malika " Garland of Questions and Answers"

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Who are said to be as pure as the rays of the moon ?

Holy men.

~ From Prasna-Uttara-Malika " Garland of Questions and Answers"

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What roll quickly away, like drops of water from a lotus leaf ?

Youth, wealth and the years of man's life.

~ From Prasna-Uttara-Malika " Garland of Questions and Answers"

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