June 12th


Sanskrit Pearl of the day:
कस्य दोषः कुले नास्ति व्याधिना को न पीडितः
व्यसनं केन न प्राप्‍तं कस्य सौख्यं निरन्तरम्
- चाणक्य नीति

Transliteration:
kasya doShaH kule naasti vyaadhinaa ko na pIDitaH
vyasanaM kena na praaptaM kasya soukhyaM nirantaram
- chaaNakya nIti

Meaning of the subhAShita:
Whose clan is blemishless, who is never afflicted by a disease, who has never attained adversity, whose happiness is unbroken?

Commentary:
Sore thumb of the family, one odd button, ... All families have one such person, whom others want to hide in the closet :). When everyone has someone like that in their own families, why be embarrassed of the one in your family.

There is no one who is in perfect health. At some point or the other, everyone would have suffered one health issue or another. Only beings are afflicted by diseases, not a log! It is a part and parcel of being a 'living' being :).

In the entire world, can anyone find a person, who has never seen an adversity in life? If he has seen no adversity, then, he has lived no life at all! Only when one sees hard times, does he truly appreciate and enjoy the value of all the blessing he has been bestowed with.

Extending the same argument, there is no one who has never seen good times in life. Along with that, comes the uncertainty of the pleasant time as well. There are no guarantees that his smooth sail will continue for ever. His ocean too shall break and the waves shall make his ship wobble, at one time or another.

Change, is the only thing that is constant! Change alone, isn't changing. Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional! Why fret about shortcomings or cling on to possessions then? Neither is permanent!

pada vigrahaH:
कस्य दोषः कुले नास्ति व्याधिना को न पीडितः
kasya doShaH kule naasti vyaadhinaa ko na pIDitaH

व्यसनं केन न प्राप्‍तं कस्य सौख्यं निरन्तरम्
vyasanaM kena na praaptaM kasya soukhyaM nirantaram

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