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December 14th


Sanskrit Pearl of the day:
अलसस्य कुतो विद्या अविद्यस्य कुतो धनम्
अधनस्य कुतो मित्रम् अमित्रस्य कुतः सुखम्

Transliteration:
alasasya kuto vidyaa avidyasya kuto dhanam
adhanasya kuto mitram amitrasya kutaH sukham

Meaning of the subhAShita:
Where is vidyaa for the lazy; where is wealth for the unlearned; where are friends for the unwealthy; where is pleasure for the friendless.

Commentary:
Industriousness is the cornerstone of almost all aspects of life. One should have the zeal and enthusiasm to work and learn more each and every day. Only when one has the thirst to learn more can he gain more vidyaa (knowledge). Vidya could bring in more wealth. Wealth, in turn, attracts friends. (This is not necessarily a nice thing - that friends are made thro' wealth. But that is the way of the world. The noble befriend people, irrespective of financial status.) It is a pleasant thing to have friends. Man is a social being. He enjoys being around people... Happiness comes automatically with enjoyment.

Effectively, for one to be happy, he needs to be industrious and not be lazy. Step by step, his alertness and industriousness will lead him to happiness.

pada vigrahaH:
अलसस्य कुतः विद्या अविद्यस्य कुतः धनम्
alasasya kutaH vidyaa avidyasya kutaH dhanam

अधनस्य कुतः मित्रम् अमित्रस्य कुतः सुखम्
adhanasya kutaH mitram amitrasya kutaH sukham



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