February 28th


Sanskrit Pearl of the day:
यत्र नार्यस्तु पूज्यन्ते रमन्ते तत्र देवताः
यत्रैतास्तु न पूज्यन्ते सर्वास्तत्राफलाः क्रियाः

- मनुस्मृति

Transliteration:
yatra naaryastu pUjyante ramante tatra devataaH
yatraitaastu na pUjyante sarvaastatraaphalaaH kriyaaH
- manusmRuti

Meaning of the subhAShita:
Wherever women are worshipped, Gods revel there. Wherever they are disrespected, every work is fruitless. (No efforts yield fruit).

Commentary:
Respect for women is imbibed into the culture from eons. Their roles as a mother, daughter, wife, sister or friend - have always been highly respected from times immemorial. Their constant sacrifices, incessant toil for the ones around and most importantly, their compassion and patience - have always been revered. Every being's life begins in the womb of a mother (a woman). A mother nurtures and nourishes the child dearer than her own life. As a wife, she takes care of the whole household. As a daughter, she binds the whole family and keeps it together too. In any role, she forgives all the follies of her loved ones and showers her unconditional love.

The verse clearly says that even Gods themselves revel in a place where women are respected and worshipped. A place where Gods revel is obviously joyous and virtuous. Such is her presence. How can one disrespect her? The verse also says that in a place where a woman is not valued, no other efforts yield fruit either! Well, where there are no blessings from the Gods, hardly anything or anyone can see the fruition of the efforts...!

Respect is one of the greatest expressions of love...  Love her! :)

pada vigrahaH:
यत्र नार्यः तु पूज्यन्ते रमन्ते तत्र देवताः
yatra naaryaH tu pUjyante ramante tatra devataaH

यत्र एताः तु न पूज्यन्ते सर्वाः तत्र अफलाः क्रियाः
yatra etaaH tu na pUjyante sarvaaH tatra aphalaaH kriyaaH

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