March 27th


Sanskrit Pearl of the day:
विद्या नाम नरस्य रूपमधिकं प्रच्छन्न गुप्तं धनम्
विद्या भोगकरी यशः सुखकरी विद्या गुरूणां गुरुः
विद्या बन्धुजनो विदेशगमने विद्याऽपरा देवता
विद्या राजसु पूजिता न हि धनं विद्या विहीनः पशुः

- नीतिशतक, भर्तृहरि 


Transliteration:
vidyaa naama narasya rUpamadhikaM prachChanna guptaM dhanam
vidyaa bhogakarI yashaH sukhakarI vidyaa gurUNaaM guruH
vidyaa bandhujano videshagamane vidyaa&paraa devataa
vidyaa raajasu pUjitaa na hi dhanaM vidyaa vihInaH pashuH
- nItishataka, bhartRuhari

Meaning of the subhAShita:
'Knowledge' is the name of that which enhances the beauty of man; it is his hidden stash of treasure; knowledge brings him name, fame and happiness; knowledge is the teacher of all teachers; knowledge is his kith and kin when on foreign land; knowledge is God itself; knowledge is worshiped amongst kings, not money; one without vidyaa (knowledge) is equivalent to an animal.

Commentary:
Education and knowledge changes a person. It moulds him and shapes him, to have finesse and poise. One's fashion sense doesn't necessarily give him composure and equilibrium. The way one conducts himself at all times, comes from his vidyaa, which gives him discipline and humility.

It is the hidden stash of treasure which can neither be lost nor stolen by anyone else. A bag of coins can be destroyed due to multitudes of reasons, but knowledge is engrained in oneself. The more he shares, the more it multiplies - contrary to any law of physics.

Knowledge brings bliss and not to mention, name and fame too. The satisfaction that comes from learning is unmatched by anything else in this world. Man's basic nature is inquisition. That unquenchable thirst for knowledge is quelled through learning. The mind set of a knowledgeable person is miles away from one who is not. Knowledge is the teacher of all teachers.

Knowledge has no barriers, no boundaries. It is universal all across the world. It has no limitations and it helps one carry himself even on strange lands. His vidyaa becomes his friends and family then.

Kings from eons ago have patronized learned people in their courts. Whatever be the name of the office today, knowledge gets higher priority than wealth. All presidents and politicians profess learning before earning!

The poet even calls an person devoid of vidyaa, as equivalent to an animal and with good reason. The faculty that sets us apart from them, is knowledge. If we don't use it, aren't we equal to the rest of the beings?

Knowledge is divine! Emphasize on learning!

pada vigrahaH:
विद्या नाम नरस्य रूपम् अधिकं प्रच्छन्न गुप्तं धनम्
vidyaa naama narasya rUpam adhikaM prachChanna guptaM dhanam

विद्या भोगकरी यशः सुखकरी विद्या गुरूणां गुरुः
vidyaa bhogakarI yashaH sukhakarI vidyaa gurUNaaM guruH

विद्या बन्धुजनो विदेश गमने विद्या अपरा देवता
vidyaa bandhujano videsha gamane vidyaa aparaa devataa

विद्या राजसु पूजिता न हि धनं विद्या विहीनः पशुः
vidyaa raajasu pUjitaa na hi dhanaM vidyaa vihInaH pashuH

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