February 24th


Sanskrit Pearl of the day:
यत् स्यादहिम्सासम्युक्तं स धर्म इति निश्चयः
अहिम्सार्थाय भूतानां धर्मप्रवचनं कृतम्
- महाभारत, कर्ण पर्व

Transliteration:
yat syaadahimsaasamyuktaM sa dharma iti nishchayaH
ahimsaarthaaya bhUtaanaaM dharmapravachanaM kRutam
- mahaabhaarata, karNa parva

Meaning of the subhAShita:
Anything that involves 'ahimasaa' (non-violence) is decidedly deemed 'dharma' (virtue). dharma has been expounded/elucidated so that there is no violence amongst beings.

Commentary:
Violence is never given approval in any which way or form. Violence always sows bad seeds and deters the growth of beings. Hence, the definition of 'dharma' is, very simply, that which does not involve violence!

Well, the whole reason for the expression and elucidation of 'dharma', is to protect beings from acts of violence. Else, there would be no reason to give so many volumes of scriptures regarding the topic! Even a carnivorous animal, who kills other animals for food, doesn't do the act of killing for its entertainment. It hunts only when hungry, not otherwise. That is the way nature intended it to be. Otherwise, the herbivores would grow in multitudes and take over the entire planet! But nature certainly did not intend for beings to torture other beings for recreation.

When God made beings, He also generated in their hearts, a sense of right from wrong, good from bad, violence from non-violence. That which the heart says is right, is good, doesn't involve violence, is - dharma! Inherently, any being's heart won't approve of violence towards other beings. There is an inner voice that may sound feeble, but is firm and undeterred. Only, one needs to heed to that little inner voice!

pada vigrahaH:
यत् स्यात् अहिम्सा सम्युक्तं स धर्म इति निश्चयः
yat syaat ahimsaa samyuktaM sa dharma iti nishchayaH

अहिम्सार्थाय भूतानां धर्म प्रवचनं कृतम्
ahimsaarthaaya bhUtaanaaM dharma pravachanaM kRutam

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