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December 8th

Sanskrit Pearl of the day:
दुर्लभं त्रयमेवैतत् दैवानुग्रहहेतुकम्
मनुष्यत्वं मुमुक्षुत्वं महापुरुषसंश्रयः

- विवेकचूडामणि

durlabhaM trayamevaitat daivaanugrahahetukam
manuShyatvaM mumukShutvaM mahaapuruShasaMshrayaH
- vivekachUDaamaNi

Meaning of the subhAShita:
These 3 are hard to come and come only, with God's grace - human birth, desire for liberation, company of the learned and noble.

1. In this life, one takes so much for granted. What one does not realize is that just being born as a human being is a rare blessing in itself. Amongst the multitudes of billions of organisms (living beings), only a few are given the opportunity of being born as humans. That by itself, should be considered as our privilege and utilized with utmost respect.

2. Even if one is born as a human, not everyone gets the desire or drive to work towards liberation (moksha). A very few of the few beings are inspired by this desire.

3. In spite of being inspired to attain moksha, not everyone is lucky enough to get the company and proximity of the learned and enlightened.

Those that are blessed with the above 3 are truly fortunate. They should make use of every ounce of it and count their blessings along the way.

pada vigrahaH:
दुर्लभं त्रयम् एव एतत् दैव अनुग्रह हेतुकम्
durlabhaM trayam eva etat daiva anugraha hetukam

मनुष्यत्वं मुमुक्षुत्वं महापुरुष संश्रयः
manuShyatvaM mumukShutvaM mahaapuruSha saMshrayaH

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