April 30th


Sanskrit Pearl of the day:
हस्तस्य भूषणं दानं सत्यं कण्ठस्य भूषणं
श्रोत्रस्य भूषणं शास्त्रं भूषणैः किं प्रयोजनम्

Transliteration:
hastasya bhUShaNaM daanaM satyaM kaNThasya bhUShaNaM
shrotrasya bhUShaNaM shaastraM bhUShaNaiH kiM prayojanam

Meaning of the subhAShita:
Giving is the adornment for the hand; truth is the embellishment for the throat; good counsel (scriptures) is the enhancement to the ear; what is the use of (other) ornaments?

Commentary:
To look pretty, one may consider decking themselves up with necklaces, bracelets, ear rings, toe rings, finger rings, what else and what not! That is what is promoted (by the media) all around, in every which way possible. The poet opines that these are futile and worthless. The true adornments are totally different!

The true adornment for a hand is not a shiny bracelet, but the act of giving. Giving something to the needy, assisting someone in their hardships, extending a hand of assurance to someone in distress. The true act of giving is done in discretion. It is not advertised to the world with cameras, photos and pictures. It is done with no expectations in return either. That beautifies the hand.

The purpose of the throat or neck, is not to hang a sparkling necklace around! Truth is the true embellishment for the neck. How can one tell small white lies here and there, a couple big ones somewhere... and hope to achieve the eternal purpose of life, the quest for truth!! Speaking the truth always is the very purpose of having a voice.

Flashy ear rings may entice the eye from the outside. But the reason these sense organs were given to us were, to perceive the scriptures. Listen to good counsel and put to use. That enhances the both the presence and purpose of the ears.

Beauty is skin deep. External ornaments can only beautify so much. Beautify the soul from the inside with these true adornments and that lasts for ever.

pada vigrahaH:
हस्तस्य भूषणं दानं सत्यं कण्ठस्य भूषणं
hastasya bhUShaNaM daanaM satyaM kaNThasya bhUShaNaM

श्रोत्रस्य भूषणं शास्त्रं भूषणैः किं प्रयोजनम्
shrotrasya bhUShaNaM shaastraM bhUShaNaiH kiM prayojanam

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