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May 16th

Sanskrit Pearl of the day:
एकः, क्षमावतां दोषः द्वितीयो नोपपद्यते
यदेनं क्षमया युक्तम् अशक्तं मन्यते जनः

- आपस्तम्बस्मृति

ekaH, kShamaavataaM doShaH dvitIyo nopapadyate
yadenaM kShamayaa yuktam ashaktaM manyate janaH
- aapastambasmRuti

Meaning of the subhAShita:
There is only one fault with the patient, a second non-existent. If they are conjoined with patience, people think they are incapable.

Genius is nothing but a great aptitude for patience.

Patience is a companion of wisdom.

Patience is also a form of action!

In spite of all these sayings, it gets mistaken. Those that exhibit patience, are presumed to be incompetent or unfit. Quite contrary to that misnomer, it takes a lot of courage and willpower to be patient! If one is patient, it is not because he is incapacitated to face a challenge. Reacting with rage instantaneously is the easiest thing to do.

Patience has no downside to it, except that - it gives this misconception to others, says the poet. Keeping the cool and being patient gives one, everything. It might be now or in the future. Well, it takes patience to reap the benefits of patience as well :-).

One moment of patience may ward off great disaster. One moment of impatience may ruin a whole life!

pada vigrahaH:
एकः, क्षमावतां दोषः द्वितीयः न उपपद्यते
ekaH, kShamaavataaM doShaH dvitIyaH na upapadyate

यत् एनं क्षमया युक्तम् अशक्तं मन्यते जनः
yat enaM kShamayaa yuktam ashaktaM manyate janaH


  1. Hello,

    Appreciate your effort to publish sanskrit pearls.

    Can you please add a section that gives word by word meaning for each sanskrit word.


  2. @Madraskaapi, that sure is a nice thought. I'm dealing more with the essence of the verses than the grammatical aspects here. The pada vigraha gives the individual words. If you wish to see the meanings for any words in particular, do check out the online dictionary at