December 28th


Sanskrit Pearl of the day:
ज्येष्ठत्वं जन्मना नैव गुणैर्ज्येष्ठत्वमुच्यते
गुणाद्गुरुत्वमायाति दुग्धं दधि घृतं क्रमात्

Transliteration:
jyeShThatvaM janmanaa naiva
guNairjyeShThatvamuchyate
guNaadgurutvamaayaati
dugdhaM dadhi ghRutaM kramaat

Meaning of the subhAShita:
They say - seniority doesn't come by birth, it comes through efficacy. Respectability comes from merit, (just as) milk, yogurt, ghee - in order.

Commentary:
Milk comes first. From milk comes yogurt. Yogurt is churned to get butter and in turn, the butter is melted perfectly to get ghee. Ghee is the 'cream of the crowd', literally and figuratively as well. Milk or yogurt can't claim that spot, just because they came first and in fact aided the production of the ghee. Without milk, there would be no ghee indeed. But then, the order of birth alone will have no bearing when it comes to nature or qualities.

Each individual develops his or her own qualities along the way, and attains greatness or shallowness on their own accord. Just because a person is born before certain others, he will not attain respect forever. One can only gain so much respect for his age. After that, he has to command his respect due to his deeds or misdeeds, attitudes and attributes.

Respect has to be commanded not demanded!

pada vigrahaH:
ज्येष्ठत्वं जन्मना न एव गुणैः ज्येष्ठत्वम् उच्यते
jyeShThatvaM janmanaa na eva guNaiH jyeShThatvam uchyate

गुणात् गुरुत्वम् आयाति दुग्धं दधि घृतं क्रमात्
guNaat gurutvam aayaati dugdhaM dadhi ghRutaM kramaat

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