March 1st


Sanskrit Pearl of the day:
प्रत्यहं प्रत्यवेक्षेत नरश्चरितमात्मनः
किं नु मे पशुभिस्तुल्यं किं नु सत्पुरुषैरिति
- सुभाषितरत्नभाण्डागार

Transliteration:
pratyahaM pratyavekSheta narashcharitamaatmanaH
kiM nu me pashubhistulyaM kiM nu satpuruShairiti
- subhaaShitaratnabhaaNDaagaara

Meaning of the subhAShita:
A person should examine his own deeds, everyday, thus - are mine comparable to animals or to that of the noble.

Commentary:
God made humans after making all other creatures. He made each creature a certain way and they behave like they are supposed to. He made humans, to act as, well..., humans! Does a lion leave its traits as a lion and behave as a rabbit? Does a flower forget to give fragrance and prick like a thorn? They are that way, because they are naturally born to be that way! God gave humans, a huge advantage over all others. He gave them the faculties of thought, wisdom and speech. He did not bestow these precious gifts on us for nothing. There were a set of expectations too, that accompanied these faculties. The power of thought should be put to constructive use for the benefit of others and betterment of oneself. Wisdom should be used to make wise choices and decisions which keep the peace and make the world a better place to live. Speech should be used to make someone happy and cheerful, rather than demean and insult others. As humans, we need to follow 'dharma' (righteousness). That is what sets us apart from the rest of the creatures.

Sometimes, humans use these faculties for deeds that stoop them even below animals. That is unacceptable! That too, is a part of human tendency - falling off the wagon of discipline. Then, it becomes our prime duty to examine and inquire into ourselves, on a daily basis - 'was I a good human being today or did I stoop down and behave like an animal?' This constant self-inquiry helps one to see his own follies and shortcomings. Only the recognition of the wrong step, can be the first step to correcting it!

Hence, this awareness and analysis of one's own deeds every single day, is very essential to becoming a better person.

pada vigrahaH:
प्रति अहं प्रति अवेक्षेत नरः चरितम् आत्मनः
prati ahaM prati avekSheta naraH charitam aatmanaH

किं नु मे पशुभिः तुल्यं किं नु सत्पुरुषैः इति
kiM nu me pashubhiH tulyaM kiM nu satpuruShaiH iti

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