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March 18th

Sanskrit Pearl of the day:
चला लक्ष्मीश्चलाः प्राणाः चलं जीवित-यौवनम्
चलाचले च संसारे धर्म एको हि निश्चलः

- चाणक्य नीति

chalaa lakShmIshchalaaH praaNaaH chalaM jIvita-yauvanam
chalaachale cha saMsaare dharma eko hi nishchalaH
- chaaNakya nIti

Meaning of the subhAShita:
Variable is wealth, unsteady is life's vital breath, changeable is life and youth. In this world of steady and unsteady, virtue is the one and only firm (aspect).

One may be rich to the brim and in an instant, his riches could be burnt to ashes. A hale and healthy person could die, without even giving a hint, his breath could stop. It is a known fact that youth is short lived and passes on fast, so is life.

In a world of uncertainties and variable factors, the tendency is to hang on to something that is itself unstable! How can a sinking boat, support a being from drowning? There is no shore until absolution is attained. If he wants to stay above water, he needs to hang on to a boulder that is unperturbed by the waves of the ocean. It does not get lashed by the waves or the wind. During high tide, it may look hidden under the water, but when the tide goes down, the rock stands where it always did. Virtue or dharma is the one lone boulder that is eternal and stays on, whether the person hangs on to it or not.

Why hang on to the impermanent materialistic comforts when we are offered a reliable support to get through life. That makes the journey through the ocean of samsaara much easier and pleasanter! Again, the choice is ours and ours alone.

pada vigrahaH:
चलाः लक्ष्मीः चलाः प्राणाः चलं जीवित-यौवनम्
chalaaH lakShmIH chalaaH praaNaaH chalaM jIvita-yauvanam

चल अचले च संसारे धर्म एको हि निश्चलः
chala achale cha saMsaare dharma eko hi nishchalaH

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