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'सुष्ठु भाषितम्' इति सुभाषितम् - 'well said' is a subhAShita. 
This blog is a collection of 'sanskrit pearls of wisdom' that our ancestors have transcended to us.

There is no scarcity for subhAShita-s in any language.  But in Sanskrit, they have received an abundant prominence.  We can find huge collections of subhAShitaa-s in this language.  This blog is an attempt at remembering a few of the 'pearls of wisdom' that our ancestors have transcended to us.

These subhaaShita-s (verses with power-packed, life lessons), have been my passion since my childhood.  This collection is an attempt to give the meanings and express my take on these verses, in the commentary section.

The blog was started on Sept 25th 2009, to mark the birthday of my husband.  

On Sept 25th 2010, the blog successfully completed one year, with one new subhaaShita being added everyday.

On Sept 25th 2011, the blog completed its second year, with one new subhaaShita being added once a week.  

After an year long break, the blog restarted again on Sept 25th, 2012, with one new subhaaShita being added once a month.

Going into the 5th year of the blog on Sept 25th, 2013, will continue to add a new subhaaShita once every month.

On Sept 25th, 2014, entering the 6th year, new subhaaShita-s will be added every now and then, with no defined schedule.

Thanks for your continued support and encouragement!  Please keep your thoughts and comments coming, for the betterment of the blog.

[This blog is published by Mrs. Rashmi Kashi, under her pen name - Kaavya Sindhu.]

40 comments:

  1. Dear kayvasindhu-- it will be most helpful if the padvigraha are placed right after the shlokas. Thanks.

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    1. Dear kayvasindhuji
      Pranams,
      We have a small Telugu yahoo Community. We are posting your Sanskrit Pearls one a day in our community with your name. People are getting benefited by your excellent collection and good explanation.
      Thank you so much.
      With Pranams
      Raghav

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    2. Thank you for your kind words Raghav Kasturi-ji _/\_
      By helping spread the knowledge our ancestors have given, you are doing a
      good service. I would recommend you to share the link to the blog rather
      than post the content elsewhere. That way, those interested can browse the
      other shlokas too.

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    3. Thank you Kavya Sindhuji
      I shall share your blog link in our Telugu community so that they will enjoy the total content.
      Raghav Kasturi

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  2. Thanks for your suggestion.
    The padavigraha is at the end, so that those that are ardently interested will check it out. Others who are keen about the meaning may find it hard to digest the intricacies.
    Trying to meet the needs of all :).

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  3. It would be great if you could continue to present some more of the great teachings in Sanskrit from various other ancient texts. I am glad I can scan through here. Continuity would be highly appreciated. Tathastu !1

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    1. Thank you for your kind words as well as suggestions. Will be adding more subhaaShitaa-s every now and then. Stay tuned.

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  4. Hello, I was looking for a specific SubhaaShita for one of my blogs (http://hindumyths.blogspot.in/), and I came across this.

    What you have started here is wonderful. The collection is great, and also your commentary is insightful. Please keep up the good work. I have myself collected a few Sanskrit verses since school, and always intended to do something with them. I am glad that you are already doing justice to this subject.

    Best Regards,
    Shreekant

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  5. Thank you Shreekant Vijaykar, for your nice words. Just doing my share towards what I believe passionately :).

    You are doing good work yourself on your blog. Congratulations for that.

    This blog has a facebook page too. Feel free to follow it there, share with friends and express your thoughts and comments as well.

    Best Regards,

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  6. Thank you so much for this precious blog, a resource site for many generations to come and share worldwide.

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  7. Thank you Rema Devi Menon for your kind words. One of the drives behind starting this blog was, to leave behind something for my children that is more lasting than material wealth. Our rich heritage has given us in-numerous such pearls that, whatever we do is equal to a drop in vast the ocean!! Glad you enjoyed it :).

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  8. सुष्टु भाषितं सुभाषितम् इति उपरि लिखितम् - सुष्टु इत्यस्य स्थाने सुष्ठुः इत्येव साधुः इति मन्ये। एवञ्चेत् कृपया संशोधयतु।
    संस्कृतस्य कृते भवत्या सुष्ठुः कृतमिदं जालपुटम्। मम हार्दिकम् अभिनन्दनम् अत्र सूचयामि।

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  9. Appreciate your work and efforts! It means
    I am trying to remember a shloka about gratefulness/ being thankful, that I read in my school sanskrit text. It had the word "kritagnha" in the second line or maybe "kritagya". The meaning of the shloka was: the lowest deed is being ungrateful in life.
    I'll return to check this blog in case if you find and post it. Thank you.

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  10. I am the above Anon!
    I forgot to complete my compliment.
    "It means" - > It means a lot to be able to read and understand these beautiful verses.

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  11. Thank you for your kind words.

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  12. Would you have a reference for the origin of this sloka

    हस्तस्य भूषणं दानं सत्यं कण्ठस्य भूषणं
    श्रोत्रस्य भूषणं शास्त्रं भूषणैः किं प्रयोजनम्

    Thank you

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  13. Ashvin Srivastava, sorry, I do not have the reference to the original for this beautiful verse. If you are looking for an exposition of the verse, you can find it at
    http://sanskritpearls.blogspot.com/2010/04/april-30th.html
    Hope that helps.

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    1. I was forced to learn sanskrit as a boy in a boarding school in Ooty. Hated it.Today I think differently with regrets. However the underlying message of the slokas we memorized continue to help me in my time of need and to give me direction in my life.
      I want to quote this sloka formally. That is why I need some kind of reference. If you find something please let me know.
      Thank you for your time and effort for this Blog.
      Ashvin

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  14. Thank you very much for sharing this wonderful collection with everyone. this blog is so user-friendly, the commentary part is gr8 , you couldnt have done it better. Thanks again.

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  15. Thank you for your kind words Anu. Glad you are enjoying the postings. Do feel free to share your thoughts regarding the verses and follow the blog on facebook too.

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  16. I am glad to see this blogspot, this gives me some amount of solace that our great language and its heritage will remain etched forever no matter where we are in technologcial world. I always liked Shubhashitas as they are a window to the world's pragmatic side. Keep up the excellent work.

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    1. Thanks for your kind words Pragmatic Totheend. The heritage inherited via these verses are such that, they are relevant for generations to come!

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  17. I was looking for the source of the following verse put in the mouth of Karna: ...दैवायत्तम कुले जन्म मदायत्तम तु पौरुषं and I found it in your blog. I am very pleased to have found your blog and will visit it regularly. While studying at Modern High school, Pune our Sanskrit teacher wrote a beautiful shloka in my notebook. I have been trying to remember it for many years but without success so far. Perhaps you or one of the readers of your blog might help me. I remember only a part of the shloka which goes something like this--...मित्राणि कलिंग फलानि चापि... एकस्य लाभाय सुशोभिनस्य परिक्षितव्यानि फलं शतानि Thanks

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    1. Thank you Shrinivas Tilak, for your kind comments. Glad you found the information you were looking for. I haven't come across the other verse you have mentioned. Will keep a look out and post it if I come across.

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  18. Such a great work. Let us unite our efforts!

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  19. A great service. After all crystallised thoughts are speech and actions. These 'subhashitams' works at the source. A fair dose will keep a person healthy, wealthy and wise.
    Good going Rashmi Ji.

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    1. Thank you balagopal for your kind words. Yes, core values have to crystallized with years, My humble effort in that direction.

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  20. Dear Kavya sindhu, kudos to you work.I really enjoy this.
    Are these shlokas taken from vedas/upanishads or from some other manuscripts?

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    1. Thanks for your kind words. The verses are taken from many different sources like raamaayaNa, mahaabhaarata, pa~nchatantra, subhaaShita-ratna-bhaaNDaagaara, nIti shataka, etc.
      Generally vedic verses do not follow any meter (chandas) like the couplets in the blog. Hope that helps.

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  21. Dear Kavyasindhu

    Thank you for your passion.
    Sharing knowledge and inspiring minds is the noble work needed for the world.
    I have different scriptures on subhashitam and posting weekly for readers.
    Now I got your blogspot and collected a few and more in days to come.
    Vidya daana...mahaa daana...!!!
    Thank you.

    Prasanta

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  22. Great work Devi Sri. Keep it up.

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  23. Will you spare your valuable time in translating the subhashitaratnabhandagara book (the URL LINK is

    https://ia800200.us.archive.org/9/items/SubhashitaRatnaBhandagara/SubhashitaRatnaBhandagara-KashinathSharma.pdf

    the e-book in .pdf is authored by pandit kashinath sharma and is available in the US.ARCHIVE.ORG website.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words and email as well.
      subhaaShitaratnabhaaNDaagaara is a prized book for all subhaaShita fans.

      I am not sure I will be able to work on them all, but I do have some extracted from the book in the blog already.

      http://sanskritpearls.blogspot.com/search?q=subhaaShitaratnabhaaNDaagaara+

      Hope you like it.

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  24. Ma'am, it is a pleasure to go over this blog. Why have you decreased/stopped this nice piece of work?

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    1. Thanks for your encouragement! I hope to resume at some point.

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  25. Can you please include my email in your mailing list? Thanks. venkatraman051@gmail.com

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    1. Namaste Venkat Raman-ji,
      There is no mailing list. You can subscribe to the blog's RSS feed or there is a facebook page for the blog that you can follow. The link for that is

      https://www.facebook.com/SanskritPearls/

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    2. Hi Kaavya
      Great piece of work...please renew/keep it up :-)
      Ramana

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    3. Thank you for your kind words! Glad you are enjoying it. Hope to renew some day :)

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