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January 14th


Sanskrit Pearl of the day:
गौरवं प्राप्यते दानात् न तु वित्तस्य सञ्चयात्
स्थितिरुच्चैः पयोदानां पयोधीनामधः स्थितिः

- सुभाषितरत्नसमुच्चय

Transliteration:
gauravaM praapyate daanaat na tu vittasya sa~nchayaat
sthitiruchchaiH payodAnAM payodhInaamadhaH sthitiH
- subhaaShitaratnasamuchchaya

Meaning of the subhAShita:
Respectability comes from giving and not collecting. Clouds (attain) a higher position and the oceans, a lower position.

Commentary:
What kinds of teachings hasn't God given us? He has left us hints to all kinds of essentials, in nature itself! Even the code of conduct is given to us in nature!

Naturally, clouds exist high up in the sky and the oceans are down below. The reason, according to the poet is, because anyone who 'gives' attains a higher respect than one who 'collects' all for himself. The clouds give away all the water they contain and disintegrate themselves in the due course. Once they shower the rain in them, then even cease to exist. Whereas, the oceans collect all the water that comes their way (even turning the fresh water, salty). That is why they haven't reached heights!

The essence here is, giving has more value than accumulating or pooling. It could be money, resources, knowledge, wealth or anything of the like. Sharing our knowledge, resources and wealth with our fellow beings brings a higher permanence to the giver, as well as, what he is giving. For example, if one shares knowledge with others, the knowledge gets passed down for generations to come and will live forever. If one shares his wealth, it not only benefits the receiver, it instils the spirit of giving in him too. Greed and stinginess have never been approved in any culture.

Giving is always an honorable act.

pada vigrahaH:
गौरवं प्राप्यते दानात् न तु वित्तस्य सञ्चयात्
gauravaM praapyate daanaat na tu vittasya sa~nchayaat

स्थितिः उच्चैः पयोदानां पयोधीनां अधः स्थितिः
sthitiH uchchaiH payodAnAM payodhInaaM adhaH sthitiH

3 comments:

  1. This is a very nice blog. I really like the meaning and the morals.
    I will look on these subhaashitas every day.

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  2. Hats off to you for the lovely collections, meaningful verses and explanation too.

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