February 5th


Sanskrit Pearl of the day:
नीतिज्ञा नियतिज्ञा वेदज्ञा अपि भवन्ति शास्त्रज्ञाः
ब्रह्मज्ञा अपि लभ्याः स्वाज्ञानज्ञानिनो विरलाः
- वैराग्य शतक, अप्पय्यदीक्षित

Transliteration:
nItij~naa niyatij~naa vedaj~naa api bhavanti shaastraj~naaH
brahmaj~naa api labhyaaH swaaj~naanaj~naanino viralaaH
- vairaagya shataka, appayyadIkShita

Meaning of the subhAShita:
Available are people who know morality, know the inner order of conduct, know the vedas (sacred knowledge), know the scriptures or know the Supreme spirit himself. But rare are those who know about their own ignorance.

Commentary:
In the world we see people who are experts at many different things. There are people proficient in many arenas. They are well versed in morality, conduct, knowing the scriptures and many such high profile aspects of life, so as to say. They pride in themselves about their prowess and preach them too! We find such people in abundance everywhere around us.

But rarely do we find a person who is aware of his own ignorance! No one wants to acknowledge that they do not know something. Ego comes in the way to accepting ignorance. This arrogance actually curtails the growth of the person and keeps him not only arrogant, but ignorant too. The learning gets stunted the minute the person stops acknowledging his ignorance.

Who is this facade for? By being arrogant, aren't we robbing ourselves from the opportunities for learning!

pada vigrahaH:
नीतिज्ञा नियतिज्ञा वेदज्ञा अपि भवन्ति शास्त्रज्ञाः
nItij~naa niyatij~naa vedaj~naa api bhavanti shaastraj~naaH

ब्रह्मज्ञा अपि लभ्याः स्व अज्ञान ज्ञानिनः विरलाः
brahmaj~naa api labhyaaH swa aj~naana j~naaninaH viralaaH

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