April 6th


Sanskrit Pearl of the day:
कामं क्रोधं तथा लोभं स्वादं शृङ्गार कौतुके
अतिनिद्राऽतिसेवा च विद्यार्थी ह्यष्ठ वर्जयेत्
- चाणक्य नीति

Transliteration:
kaamaM krodhaM tathaa lobhaM svaadaM shRu~ngaara kautuke
atinidraa.tisevaa cha vidyaarthI hyaShTha varjayet
- chaaNakya nIti

Meaning of the subhAShita:
Desire, anger, avarice, taste, eroticism, vehemence, too much sleep and overly tending - these 8 should be shunned by a student.

Commentary:
The sole goal of a student should be earning knowledge (vidyaa). In order to keep his focus on the goal, he should avoid disruptive situations with a vengeance. For that, a student should shun 8 undesirable situations.

Desire - deviates the goal and takes all the energy in the fulfillment of that desire.

Anger - clouds judgement.

Avarice(greed) - delineates from the ethics being learnt.

Taste - weaknesses of the palate draws away from learning in many ways - health, alertness, aptitude.

Eroticism - has no place in a student's life. Indulgence and learning do not go hand in hand as they take the individual in completely opposite directions. No saying beyond that!

Vehemence - learning takes a lot of patience and thinking. Getting emotional and impatient is no where coherent with learning.

Over sleep - rest is required, but in the right proportions. Sleeping too much mars alertness and paves way for laziness. Losing precious time that could be utilized in learning is a whole other issue.

Overly tending - tending to elders and teachers is very much professed. But being overly subservient dispels one's ability to think on his own. One of the requirements for learning is inquisitiveness. A totally subservient learner takes every word for granted and does not promote independent thinking.

Beware of these 8 hurdles on the path of learning. Then you are already half way towards success!

pada vigrahaH:
कामं क्रोधं तथा लोभं स्वादं शृङ्गार कौतुके
kaamaM krodhaM tathaa lobhaM svaadaM shRu~ngaara kautuke

अति निद्रा अति सेवा च विद्या अर्थी हि अष्ठ वर्जयेत्
ati nidraa ati sevaa cha vidyaa arthI hi aShTha varjayet

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