December 20th


Sanskrit Pearl of the day:
पृथिव्यां त्रीणि रत्नानि जलमन्नं सुभाषितम् |
मुर्खैः पाषाणखण्डेषु रत्नसंज्ञा विधीयते ||

- सुभाषितरत्नभाण्डागार

Transliteration:
pRuthivyaaM trINi ratnaani jalamannaM subhaaShitam |
murkhaiH paaShaaNakhaNDeShu ratnasaMjnaa vidhIyate ||
- subhaaShitaratnabhaaNDaagaara

Meaning of the subhAShita:
On this earth, there are 3 precious things - water, food and subhaaShita. But the imbecile call pieces of stone, precious.

Commentary:
It is a well-known fact that gems like sapphire, ruby, amethyst, etc. are called precious stones. But the poet opines that only fools think so. According to him, in this world, there really are only 3 things that could be called precious - water, food and the subhaaShitaas.

Water, because it is a life essential. There can't be any life without it. In fact, that is the first thing researchers look for, on a planet, before looking for the existence of life there! Water is hence a very precious thing.

Food is another essential thing for the sustenance of life. No food, no survival!  Therefore, food also is considered precious.

But how about subhaaShitaa. A subhaaShita has disciplines, principles, morals or values that are life essentials. As humans, it is not enough if we just eat, drink and exist on the planet. Even animals eat, drink and live life. Human beings need values and principles, as God blessed them with something very exclusive - intelligence and speech. To put those faculties to use, we need material to learn from! subhaaShitas provide those essential life skills. Hence they are very precious.

Such is the eminence of subhaaShita-s!  Earn them, learn them, persevere through them!!

pada vigrahaH:
पृथिव्यां त्रीणि रत्नानि जलम् अन्नं सुभाषितम् |
pRuthivyaaM trINi ratnaani jalam annaM subhaaShitam |

मुर्खैः पाषाण खण्डेषु रत्न संज्ञा विधीयते ||
murkhaiH paaShaaNa khaNDeShu ratna saMjnaa vidhIyate ||

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