February 20th


Sanskrit Pearl of the day:
अनभ्यासे विषं विद्या अजीर्णे भोजनं विषम्
मूर्खस्य च विषं गोष्ठी वृद्धस्य तरुणी विषम्
- समयोचितपद्यमालिका

Transliteration:
anabhyaase viShaM vidyaa ajIrNe bhojanaM viSham
mUrkhasya cha viShaM goShThI vRuddhasya taruNI viSham
- samayochitapadyamaalikaa

Meaning of the subhAShita:
Knowledge is poison without practice; food is poison in apepsy; an assembly is poison for the foolish; a young girl is poison for an aging man.

Commentary:
Poison could prove fatal whether it causes death or not. This verse has examples of things that can be as fatal as poison, even if they don't necessarily cause death.

1. Practice makes perfect! Knowledge which has lost touch, out of tune, not updated - is a disaster waiting to happen. The person cannot claim the knower-ship of the vidyaa that he has not practiced. Because, chances are - he might have forgotten bits and pieces and not even be aware of it. He may not be abreast with the latest updates on the subject. He may not be as skillful either, due to lack of practice. Such knowledge can be dangerous.

2. On occasions of indigestion, the best rule to follow is - लङ्गनं परमौशधम् (la~nganaM paramoushadham). Meaning, 'skipping meal is the best medicine'! Given a little time, nature sets itself right quickly. In order to make avenue for that, the best remedy is to not stuff the stomach with more food. Else, food can turn as painful as poison.

3. An assembly of people where thoughts are discussed, ideas are exchanged, ain't the place a foolish person enjoys going to. He may not have the required knowledge or material or oratory skills essential for such a setting. For him, such a place is as unpleasant as poison.

4. A young girl brings distress to an old man. She reminds him of his lost years of youth and brings unhappiness.

If one identifies his shortcomings, it is easy to avoid getting into stressful situations like the above.

pada vigrahaH:
अनभ्यासे विषं विद्या अजीर्णे भोजनं विषम्
anabhyaase viShaM vidyaa ajIrNe bhojanaM viSham
मूर्खस्य च विषं गोष्ठी वृद्धस्य तरुणी विषम्
mUrkhasya cha viShaM goShThI vRuddhasya taruNI viSham

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