April 1st


Sanskrit Pearl of the day:
भ्रमन् सम्पूज्यते राजा भ्रमन् सम्पूज्यते द्विजः
भ्रमन् सम्पूज्यते योगी स्त्री भ्रमति विनश्यति
- चाणक्य नीति

Transliteration:
bhraman sampUjyate raajaa bhraman sampUjyate dvijaH
bhraman sampUjyate yogI strI bhramati vinashyati
- chaaNakya nIti

Meaning of the subhAShita:
Roaming makes a king venerable, roaming makes a brahmaNa honorable, roaming makes an ascetic revered. A woman (who) roams, perishes.

Commentary:
Another of the controversial verses!

If a king takes a tour of his country, he gets to see the state of affairs, first hand. It makes it easy for him to see which of the ranks is corrupt and which is sincere. He could take actions accordingly and make amends so that the country at large, benefits. A king who thinks about the welfare of his subjects is most certainly venerable.

When a brahmaNa (a learned man) takes a walk, he is doing his duty of spreading knowledge. It is his prime responsibility to educate the people and give them knowledge to face the different situations in life. So, he goes from place to place to do his duty. A dutiful brahmaNa is definitely honorable.

A yogI (ascetic) does not have any kind of possessions. If he is hungry, he goes from door to door, asking for food. In the process, if any householder has any spiritual questions, he answers them. He leads the householder in the right direction so that he leads a virtuous life. Hence, a wandering ascetic who is serving the society, is revered.

The last one, is a topic of controversy and concern. The first and foremost chore of the woman of the house is, providing moral, spiritual and physical stamina to her own family. She is the key role in shaping the most important and basic unit of the society - a family. When each family is shaped with care, the entire society automatically becomes refined and cultured. To execute her duties, she doesn't need to go anywhere! She has everyone right under her roof for that!! In today's society, women are working outside of home due to various reasons. This rule applies to such women too. Going out for their jobs - is not under scrutiny here. Especially those that work outside of their homes, have to do double duty and still deliver their duties at home. There is no substitute for their role as the lady of the house. They still have to nurture their children, instill strong values in them & cultivate good morals and ethics in the entire family. Last but not the least, she also has to nurture them with healthy and nutritious food which is the cornerstone for any kind of learning. These day to day chores take so much of her time that, she has no spare time at hand to wander off to some yonder land. Hence, if the lady is out on a stroll for no reason, some arena of her family and her duty is being affected.

In that case, how can the woman flourish and her family not perish? Hmm..., got to think about it...

pada vigrahaH:
भ्रमन् सम्पूज्यते राजा भ्रमन् सम्पूज्यते द्विजः
bhraman sampUjyate raajaa bhraman sampUjyate dvijaH

भ्रमन् सम्पूज्यते योगी स्त्री भ्रमति विनश्यति
bhraman sampUjyate yogI strI bhramati vinashyati


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