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Pearls of wisdom

WONDROUS WHISPERS OF WISDOM FROM ANCIENT INDIA: V.K. Subramanian; Abhinav Publications, E-37, Hauz Khas, New Delhi-110016. Rs. 350.

APART FROM the directives given by sages, seers and saints, the Vedas, the Upanishads, the epics, the Puranas and several sacred texts, have made available for human beings, methods to overcome the hazards in life and help him to distinguish himself as a man of virtue.

Subsequent spiritual leaders have left us a bundle of morals and what must be done and what ought to be eschewed while we undertake our journey through life. These pearls of wisdom are interspersed in various works.

The Mahabharata contains Yaksha Prasna and Vidhura Niti, the Ramayana, a political document in the conversation between Rama and Bharata and the Neeti Satakam by Bhartruhari, a code of conduct.

Carefully picked from Vyasa, Sankaracharya, Bhartruhari, from sources unknown, the author, a former I.A.A.S. officer, a painter, Sanskrit scholar and a translator of many great religious classics of India, now living in the U.S., has given in this volume, several verses from ancient wisdom giving practical guidance for men of all sections.

These indelible profound statements, given in simple English, will serve to show how man should conduct himself to remain free from worldly impacts.

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