Check out these Marathi proverbs that share wisdom from generations ago
Proverbs carry with them wisdom, beliefs, traditions, and knowledge through centuries and millenniums. These short pithy sentences state a general truth learned with experience.
Marathi is a language that is full of wisdom. The proverbs in Marathi which came to be in the past hundreds of years, still remain relevant today. These proverbs have been made more interesting by adding references to animals. Here are some of them:
🐊सुसर बाई तुझी पाठ किती मऊ susar bai, tuzi path kiti mau!
'Ms. Crocodile, your back is so soft'. This proverb is used ironically because crocodiles have really sharp and scaly backs. It shows how people use flattery to get what they want.
🐄 आंधळ्याच्या गाई देव राखतो andhalyachya gayi dev rakhto
‘God protects a blind man’s cow.’ This proverb states that when God closes a door, he opens a window. It tells us that when we lose something we also gain something back.
🐒 माकडाच्या हाती कोलीत makdachya hati kolit :
‘A burning branch in the hands of a monkey.’ This proverb cautions us against people who are notorious. After all, a burning branch in the hands of a monkey does more harm than good.
🪅गाढवाला गुळाची चव काय gadhvala gulachi chav kay?
‘A donkey doesn’t know the taste of jaggery.’ This proverb says that a foolish person does not or cannot understand the value of something valuable.
🐄 एकाने गाय मारली म्हणून दुसर्याने वासरू मारू नये ekane gay marli mhanun dusaryane vasaru maru naye
‘One should not kill a calf because another killed his cow.’ This proverb warns us against the idea of revenge. It tells us that if we take revenge, we are starting a vicious cycle of harm.
🐁 डोंगर पोखरून उंदीर काढणे dongar pokharun undir kadhne
‘Make a mountain out of a molehill.’ This proverb means making a huge deal of something which is in fact very insignificant.
🐕 कुत्र्याचे शेपूट वाकडे ते वाकडे kutryache sheput vakde te vakde :
‘A dog’s tail will never be straight.’ This proverb tells us that a crooked person will never mend their ways, no matter how much others try to make them.
These are just some of the many pearls of wisdom that Marathi has to offer. While proverbs are an essential part of the language, they also teach us how to deal with the ups and downs of our lives. They have much to teach us if we take a moment to appreciate them.
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