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May 12th


Sanskrit Pearl of the day:
कार्यार्थी भजते लोकः यावत् कार्यं न सिध्यति
उत्तीर्णे च परे पारे नौकायाः किं प्रयोजनम्
Transliteration:
kaaryaarthI bhajate lokaH yaavat kaaryaM na sidhyati
uttIrNe cha pare paare naukaayaaH kiM prayojanam

Meaning of the subhAShita:
People turn to one, in times of need, only as long as the purpose is not achieved. After crossing on to the other bank, what is the use of a boat?

Commentary:
It is experienced by one and all, the feeling of being 'used' by a near and dear one for their own benefit! It is easy to get bogged down by such experiences. But if we think about it, in reality, we would have probably done the same to others in some instances. It is just that we decide to be blind to ourselves under such circumstances. The justification given by the user is - one will have no use for a boat after crossing the river. Not necessary that I have an agenda or motive against the boat itself. But that doesn't mean I am going to carry the boat on my head so that the feelings of the boat don't get hurt!

Sometimes, it may be as simple as that!  People come into one's life for a reason, a season or a lifetime. When you know which one it is, you will know what to do for that person. When the purpose is served, it is time to move on... It is the law of nature that anything is sought after, only as long there is a need for it. It is prudence to move on after that, without any hard feelings. There are better times to come and more people to meet.

Take life in a stride.  Beware of users and don't get bogged down due to such situations.

pada vigrahaH:
कार्यार्थी भजते लोकः यावत् कार्यं न सिध्यति
kaaryaarthI bhajate lokaH yaavat kaaryaM na sidhyati

उत्तीर्णे च परे पारे नौकायाः किं प्रयोजनम्
uttIrNe cha pare paare naukaayaaH kiM prayojanam

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