September 28th


Sanskrit Pearl of the day:
यद्यदाचरति श्रेष्ठः तत्तदेवेतरो जनः |
स यत् प्रमाणं कुरुते लोकस्तदनुवर्तते ||

- भगवद्गीता, कर्म योग

Transliteration:
yadyadaacharati shreShThaH tattadevetaro janaH |
sa yat pramaaNaM kurute lokastadanuvartate ||
- bhagavadgeetaa, karma yoga

Meaning of the subhAShita:
Whatever the noble (people) engage in, the rest (of the world) follow. What they set as an example, is imitated by all.

Commentary:
This is almost a warning to the big and famous! They need to be really aware of what they do because they set an example and a whole generation treads on the same path. Big and famous here are not necessarily the people that make it to the newspaper. It begins at the very basic unit of the family. The mother and father are - big and famous - in the eyes of the children. They follow the path of their parents. The schools follow the footsteps of the teachers, the nation follows the path of its leaders. So, if a community has to better, the people leading it should be very cautious of their actions.

Key to great leadership is influence, not authority!  A leader is the one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way.  Tread cautiously.

pada vigrahaH:
यत् यत् आचरति श्रेष्ठः तत् तत् एव इतरः जनः | 
yat yat aacharati shreShThaH tat tat eva itaraH janaH |

स यत् प्रमाणं कुरुते लोकः तत् अनुवर्तते ||
sa yat pramaaNaM kurute lokaH tat anuvartate ||

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