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February 3rd

Sanskrit Pearl of the day:
उत्त्पतन्नपि चाकाशं विशन्नपि रसातलम्
अटन्नपि महीं कृत्स्नं नादत्तमुपतिष्ठते

uttpatannapi chaakaashaM vishannapi rasaatalam
aTannapi mahIM kRutsnaM naadattamupatiShThate

Meaning of the subhAShita:
By jumping to the sky, entering paataala (lower netherworld), roaming the entire earth, (one) cannot obtain that which he did not give.

As you sow, so shall you reap!

One can jump all he wants, run around the entire world like a manic, even dig into the netherworlds, he cannot find what he did not give! Like someone said, 'It's not what you gather, but what you scatter mindlessly, that tells what kind of life you have lived!' It is the same scattered seeds of deeds that come back to us. 'Do unto others as you want others unto you.' Planting a neem tree won't yield the sweet fruit of mango. (Neem is beneficial in its own sweet way, but that is not the point!) If we haven't sown the seed of a mango, we can't expect to eat one. If we have been there in need for others, others will be there for us in times of our need. If we have been compassionate to others in crisis, others will do the same during our crisis. Karma (action) is like a boomerang. Whether we intend or not, whatever we throw, comes right back at us, sometimes with much more force!

Makes us rethink our thoughts and actions at every step, doesn't it!!

pada vigrahaH:
उत्त्पतन् अपि च अकाशं विशन् अपि रसातलम्
uttpatan api cha akaashaM vishan api rasaatalam

अटन् अपि महीं कृत्स्नं न अदत्तम् उपतिष्ठते
aTan api mahIM kRutsnaM na adattam upatiShThate

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