November 28th


Sanskrit Pearl of the day:
सत्यं ब्रूयात् प्रियं ब्रूयात् न ब्रूयात् सत्यमप्रियम्
प्रियञ्च नानृतं ब्रूयात् एष धर्मस्सनातनः
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मनुस्मृति

Transliteration:
satyaM brUyaat priyaM brUyaat na brUyaat satyamapriyam
priya~ncha naanRutaM brUyaat eSha dharmassanaatanaH
- manusmRuti

Meaning of the subhAShita:
Speak the truth, speak favorably, do not tell the truth that is not favorable. Also, do not tell untruth that is favorable - this is the eternal religion.

Commentary:
The discipline of life should be -
to always speak the truth (not twisting the truth for one's own benefit);
to speak pleasant, endearing and agreeable words;
not to speak words that, although true are, at the same time, hurtful;
finally, the advice is to not speak untruth either, just because it sounds favorable and loving

These are the ways of life suggested in 'manusmruti', in order to lead a significant, meaningful and purposeful lives as human beings.

pada vigrahaH:
सत्यं ब्रूयात् प्रियं ब्रूयात् न ब्रूयात् सत्यम् अप्रियम्
satyaM brUyaat priyaM brUyaat na brUyaat satyam apriyam

प्रियं च न अनृतं ब्रूयात् एषः धर्मः सनातनः
priyaM cha na anRutaM brUyaat eShaH dharmaH sanaatanaH



1 comment:

  1. Namaskaara
    This subashita -is so comprehensive and yet so meticulous in choice of words, is an excellent Communications Guide line- even better than all seen in our scriptures (-which are shorter,) but do not cover all aspects esp 2nd line, extremely sensitive & subtle point -
    Few are able to manage this spoken part.
    Shree Krishna's Gita Upadesh & in Mahabharata states -Not speaking out facts, truth, when essential to uphold Dharma- esp.for protection of a person & society. It is injustice to be silent at such times- is a fine subtle point Rgds TR

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