June 10th


Sanskrit Pearl of the day:
नान्नोदकसमं दानं न तिथिर्द्वादशी समा
न गायत्र्याः परो मन्त्रो न मातुः परं दैवतम्
- चाणक्य नीति

Transliteration:
naannodakasamaM daanaM na tithirdvaadashI samaa
na gaayatryaaH paro mantro na maatuH paraM daivatam
- chaaNakya nIti

Meaning of the subhAShita:
There is no better giving than food and water; there is no time better than the twelfth day of the lunar month (dvaadashI); there is no formula of prayer better than the gaayatrI mantra; there is no deity better than mother.

Commentary:
Food and water are the best kinds of giving to a hungry man. No amount of wealth display can quench his thirst and hunger. Hence the statement 'annadaataa sukhIbhava' (giver of food, may you attain felicity), was coined.

Among all days of the month, the twelfth day of the lunar calendar is considered very auspicious. Any tasks undertaken on that day are bound to be fruitful.

'gaayatrI mantra' is deemed most sacred amongst all mantras. It is the mantra that instigates the intellect, which leads to all other realizations.

Mother is considered better than any other deity! All deities can not come and reside with each and every child born. Hence, the Lord appoints a mother to take his place in each home. It is the mother who tends the entire family, takes care of the smallest of their needs and protects them against any impending calamities. She puts her family as the first and foremost priority, ahead of her own needs. What works for one family may not be suitable for another. Mother knows exactly, what is best for her family. She is constantly working towards the betterment of her family.

Someone once said, 'the term -working mother- is redundant'! The term 'mother', by itself, says that she is 'working'!! She never quite leaves her children at home, even when she is not taking them along :).

Love thy mother as trees love water and sunshine, for, she nourishes you to grow, prosper and reach heights!

pada vigrahaH:
न अन्न उदक-समं दानं न तिथिः द्वादशी समा
na anna udaka-samaM daanaM na tithiH dvaadashI samaa

न गायत्र्याः परो मन्त्रो न मातुः परं दैवतम्
na gaayatryaaH paro mantro na maatuH paraM daivatam

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