May 8th


Sanskrit Pearl of the day:
विद्वत्वं च नृपत्वं च नैव तुल्यं कदाचन
स्वदेशे पूज्यते राजा विद्वान् सर्वत्र पूज्यते
- सुभाषितरत्नभाण्डागार

Transliteration:
vidvatvaM cha nRupatvaM cha naiva tulyaM kadaachana
svadeshe pUjyate raajaa vidvaan sarvatra pUjyate
- subhaaShitaratnabhaaNDaagaara

Meaning of the subhAShita:
Scholarship and kingship can never be equated. A king is respected in his own land, a scholar is revered everywhere.

Commentary:
A king is the Lord of his own land or country. All his subjects respect him for the office he holds. But that can go only so far. Beyond his land, he cannot execute his authority.

Knowledge and scholarship have no boundaries of any kind. Knowledge is the universal truth. It holds good at all times and on all lands. A scholar is hence revered everywhere.

Gaining knowledge is much more beneficial than conquering kingdoms!

pada vigrahaH:
विद्वत्वं च नृपत्वं च न एव तुल्यं कदाचन
vidvatvaM cha nRupatvaM cha na eva tulyaM kadaachana

स्वदेशे पूज्यते राजा विद्वान् सर्वत्र पूज्यते
svadeshe pUjyate raajaa vidvaan sarvatra pUjyate

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