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January 16th

Sanskrit Pearl of the day:
आकाशात्पतितं तोयं यथा गच्छति सागरम्
सर्वदेव नमस्कारः केशवं प्रति गच्छति

aakaashaatpatitaM toyaM yathaa gachChati saagaram
sarvadeva namaskaaraH keshavaM prati gachChati

Meaning of the subhAShita:
Just as all the waters falling from the sky (eventually) go to the ocean, (so do) the prostrations to all Gods, go to केशव (keshava).

Whether the rain occurs on land or ocean, eventually all waters reach the ocean! The springs on the hills run down the hill to join the stream. The little streams flow to join the river and the river, in turn, joins a bigger river. The big river, at the end of its journey, spills into the ocean!

Similarly, all the prayers and prostrations to any deity, in any which way or form, reaches केशव (keshava). Although 'keshava' is a name for krishna, who is a form of vishnu, the name keshava has a special bearing. The word can be expanded as क + ईश + व (ka + Isha + va ) = केशव (keshava). 'ka' is the brahma tatva (Lord of creation); 'Isha' is the Ishwara tatva (Lord of dissolution) and 'va' is the vishnu tatva (Lord of preservation). Hence, this name 'keshava' engulfs all the entities of the Lord. This was also अर्जुन 's (arjuna's) most favorite way of addressing Lord Krishna, who was his friend and charioteer in time of need.

No matter who we worship, how we pray, eventually, all the prayers are heeded by the one Lord, the one Supreme power, who is much more powerful than anything we can imagine. When we accomplish something, we are so proud of our own prowess. We even claim the ownership of the endeavor with a lot of pride. The reason being, we the achiever is better than the achieved project! In such a case, isn't the creator of this amazing, wonderful and splendid creation, much greater than the creation itself!!

केशवाय नमो नमः (keshavaaya namo namaH - prostrations to keshava)

pada vigrahaH:
आकाशात् पतितं तोयं यथा गच्छति सागरम्
aakaashaat patitaM toyaM yathaa gachChati saagaram

सर्वदेव नमस्कारः केशवं प्रति गच्छति
sarvadeva namaskaaraH keshavaM prati gachChati

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