Precepts On Education
Vivatti aviniassa, sampatti vinissa ya.
Jasseyam duhao nayam, sikkham se abhigacchai. (170)
He who is modest and respectful gains knowledge and he who is arrogant and
disrespectful fails to gain knowledge. He who is aware of these two facts
acquires education. (170)
Aha pancahim thanehim, jehim sikkha na labbhai.
Thambha koha pamaenam, rogenatassaena ya. (171)
Pride, anger, negligence, disease and laziness these are five factors on
account of which one fails to receive education. (171)
Aha atthahim thanehim, sikkhasile tti vuccai.
Ahassire saya dante. na ya mammamudahare.
Nasile na visile, na siya ailolue.
Akohane saccarae, sikkhasile tti vuccai. (172 & 173)
Not indulging in jokes, ever controlling oneself, not revealing the secrets of
others, not lacking good manners, not exhibiting bad manners, not being very
much greedy, not being angry and being committed to truthfulness; these are
eight traits of character on account of which one is called a (true) lover of
education. (172 & 173)
Nanamegaggacitto a, thio a thavayai param.
Suani a ahijjitta, rao suasamahie. (174)
A person acquires knowledge and concentration of mind by studying scriptures.
He becomes firm in religion and helps others to acquire that firmness. Thus
throught the studies of scriptures he becomes absorbed in the contemplation of
what is expounded therein. (174)
Vase gurukule niccam, jogavam uvahanavam.
Piyamkare piyamvai, se sikkham laddhumarihai. (175)
He who always resides with the preceptor, practising meditation and
austerities, is pleasant in action and sweet in speech such a person is fit to
receive education. (175)
Jaha diva divasayam, paippae so ya dippae divo.
Divasama ayaria, dippamti param ca divemti. (176)
A lamp lights hundreds of other lamps and yet remains lighted; so are the
Acaryas who like a lamp enlighten others and continue to remain enlightened