March 14th


Sanskrit Pearl of the day:
मनसा चिन्तितं कार्यं वाचा नैव प्रकाशयेत्
मन्त्रेण रक्षयेद्गूडं कार्ये चापि नियोजयेत्
- चाणक्य नीति

Transliteration:
manasaa chintitaM kaaryaM vaachaa naiva prakaashayet
mantreNa rakShayedgUDaM kaarye chaapi niyojayet
- chaaNakya nIti

Meaning of the subhAShita:
Do not manifest into words, the deeds thought in your mind. Protect it as if it were a secret spell and also, empower it into action.

Commentary:
When one thinks of performing a deed, especially a good deed, he wants remuneration from everyone around him. It is generally seen that he creates much ado about it, well ahead of time, so that all eyes are on him when he is executing his idea. This is a big NO NO, for many reasons.

He may not start the job like he spoke about. His ideas may change. The resources available may change and hence alter the outcome that was anticipated. He may not even be able to start the job for multiple reasons. The pressure for performing in order to keep his word, may affect his actual actions. Feeding ones own need for attention and appreciation will not allow him to offer his level best, to the task at hand. Most of all, it is not in the spirit of doing the good deed itself, as much as feeding the ego!

Hence, work more, talk less.

pada vigrahaH:
मनसा चिन्तितं कार्यं वाचा न एव प्रकाशयेत्
manasaa chintitaM kaaryaM vaachaa na eva prakaashayet

मन्त्रेण रक्षयेत् गूडं कार्ये च अपि नियोजयेत्
mantreNa rakShayet gUDaM kaarye cha api niyojayet

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