February 25th


Sanskrit Pearl of the day:
निःसारस्य पदार्थस्य प्रायेणाडम्बरो महान्
न हि स्वर्णे ध्वनिस्तादृक् यादृक् कांस्ये प्रजायते
- यशस्तिलक

Transliteration:
niHsaarasya padaarthasya praayeNaaDambaro mahaan
na hi swarNe dhvanistaadRuk yaadRuk kaaMsye prajaayate
- yashastilaka

Meaning of the subhAShita:
Things of lesser quintessential value probably catch more attention. Gold doesn't make noise like brass.

Commentary:
Brass pots make noise generously at the slightest instigation! Where as gold doesn't draw noisy attention on to itself. Gold is a rarer metal and has more value also in terms of quality. Gold doesn't lose luster over a period of time, like brass. (Although brass gains back its shine when cleaned, it tarnishes fast as well.) Yet, gold clinking doesn't generate as much noise. This is used as a metaphor for the fact that, things of more qualitative essence do not have much ado about themselves.

Mundane things, which are not proactive towards the betterment of beings, come in all flashy hues and shades. They generate noise in the minds of people and become topics of interest. But in reality, they are just being like brass and being distractive.

This is applicable to people as well. Learned people do not blow their own horns. They do not show off their prowess accompanied with glitz and glamor! Their purpose is to learn more, share their knowledge with their fellow beings, use their knowledge for the betterment of the society - silently. They are not concerned who is walking away with the credit! Like someone said, "There is no limit to what can be accomplished if it doesn't matter who gets the credit." Such people work towards a higher goal, humbly, without being pompous about their endeavors.

Shouldn't that really be the way, for one and all.

pada vigrahaH:
निःसारस्य पदार्थस्य प्रायेण अडम्बरः महान्
niHsaarasya padaarthasya praayeNa aDambaraH mahaan

न हि स्वर्णे ध्वनिः तादृक् यादृक् कांस्ये प्रजायते
na hi swarNe dhvaniH taadRuk yaadRuk kaaMsye prajaayate

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