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April 22nd

Sanskrit Pearl of the day:
विद्या ददाति विनयं विनयाद्याति पात्रताम्
पात्रत्वाद्धनमाप्नोति धनाद्धर्मं ततस्सुखम्

- हितोपदेश

vidyaa dadaati vinayaM vinayaadyaati paatrataam
paatratvaaddhanamaapnoti dhanaaddharmaM tatassukham
- hitopadesha

Meaning of the subhAShita:
Knowledge (vidyaa) gives humility, with humility comes recognition, recognition brings wealth, through wealth virtue and then follows happiness.

True knowledge does not stop at just giving knowledge to the person. It teaches him humility. Arrogance is an attribute of ignorant egos. True education fells the ego and humbles one. If this is not learnt, it is not 'education' in the first place, it is mere certification!

Once humility is learnt, recognition comes looking for him. Recognition doesn't necessarily mean that he will be on the newspaper one fine morning! People around him will respect him and recognize that he is learned. His humility paves way for that recognition.

This respect and recognition bring him a good position in the society and a well-paying line of work, making him wealthy!

That wealth should be put to use for accomplishing virtuous deeds (dharma). True vidyaa teaches him not to misuse the wealth nor the authority he is given. Instead, it teaches him that, 'With great power comes great responsibility'. A responsible person would not indulge himself in non-meritorious actions.

By performing dharma, no one has ever suffered in pain! The conscience always directs the mind to do rightful deeds. When there is no internal conflict of ideas within one's own mind and intellect, the person is automatically happy!

vidyaa leads one to happiness, step by step. Hence, happiness can not be achieved overnight. It needs patience and perseverance. True knowledge teaches that too!

pada vigrahaH:
विद्या ददाति विनयं विनयात् याति पात्रताम्
vidyaa dadaati vinayaM vinayaat yaati paatrataam

पात्रत्वात् धनम् आप्नोति धनात् धर्मं ततः सुखम्
paatratvaat dhanam aapnoti dhanaat dharmaM tataH sukham


  1. I see in this an excellent companion of two passages in the Christian bible (somewhere). 1) To whom much is given, much is required; and 2) To those who KNOW what to do (dharma) and does not do it, that is sin (e.g., disobedience).

  2. Beautiful correlation Mary!

  3. nikhita kashi [im a kid who's 8 yrs old]5/5/10, 5:46 PM

    I like vidyaa![knowledge] It makes me smart!