April 27th

Sanskrit Pearl of the day:
यस्य नास्ति स्वयं प्रज्ञा शास्त्रं तस्य करोति किम्
लोचनाभ्यां विहीनस्य दर्पणः किं करिष्यति
- चाणक्य नीति

yasya naasti swayaM praj~naa shaastraM tasya karoti kim
lochanaabhyaaM vihInasya darpaNaH kiM kariShyati
- chaaNakya nIti

Meaning of the subhAShita:
One who doesn't have his own intellectual insight, what can the scriptures do for him? What can a mirror do to one who is blind in the eyes?

To build a structure, the raw material available should be in favor for construction. If a pile of sand is all that there is, one can not expect to build a multi-storied monument with it. If one has no eyes, he cannot be expected to look at himself in a mirror, let alone the beauty of nature around him. If one has no aptitude and awakening within himself, the scriptures cannot help guide him in any which way! It is futile to invest energy and expect to change him because of all the rules that are drilled into his head. He has to exhaust his vaasanaas (behavioral tendencies, from previous experiences and births - as per shastra-s,) all by himself. One can only pray that he gets the prajnaa (intellectual awareness) soon enough, so that he can delve deeper into the scriptures once he has the necessary skill set to do so.

Pick your battles. Fundamentally, if it can't bear fruit, then there is no point fighting it!

pada vigrahaH:
यस्य न अस्ति स्वयं प्रज्ञा शास्त्रं तस्य करोति किम्yasya na asti swayaM praj~naa shaastraM tasya karoti kim

लोचनाभ्यां विहीनस्य दर्पणः किं करिष्यतिlochanaabhyaaM vihInasya darpaNaH kiM kariShyati

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