December 5th


Sanskrit Pearl of the day:
अष्टादशपुराणानं सारं व्यासेन कीर्तितम्
परोपकारः पुण्याय पापाय परपीडनम्

Transliteration:
aShTaadashapuraaNaanaM saaraM vyaasena keertitam
paropakaaraH puNyaaya paapaaya parapeeDanam

Meaning of the subhAShita:
The essence of all the 18 puraanaas (scriptures) is sung thus by maharshi Vyaasa - benevolence leads to virtue, torturing others leads to vice.

Commentary:
A person could be proficient in all the 18 puranaas and know them like the back of his hand. But if one needs a short cut to all the teachings, without even knowing any of the scriptures, there is one simple rule. The whole essence of all the teachings by our gurus is - do good to others and do not pose hurdles for others. Tormenting other beings is a sure fire way of collecting more sin on the way. Selfishness and self-centredness doesn't get much merit either.

Living for the benefit of the world and those around us is the one and only true way to eternal happiness.

pada vigrahaH:
अष्टादश पुराणानं सारं व्यासेन कीर्तितम्
aShTaadasha puraaNaanaM saaraM vyaasena keertitam

पर उपकारः पुण्याय पापाय पर पीडनम्
para upakaaraH puNyaaya paapaaya para peeDanam


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