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June 16th


Sanskrit Pearl of the day:
श्लोकेन वा तदर्धेन पादेनैकाक्षरेण वा |
अबन्ध्यं दिवसं कुर्यात् ध्यानाध्ययन कर्मभिः ||

- चाणक्य नीति

Transliteration:
shlokena vaa tadardhena paadenaikaakShareNa vaa |
abandhyaM divasaM kuryaat dhyaanaadhyayana karmabhiH ||
- chaaNakya nIti

Meaning of the subhAShita:
Every day, one should study a verse or a half or a quarter or even a syllable. Never waste a day without contemplating and learning.

Commentary:
From learning to put the first steps, to talking the first words..., then from school to college, from college to masters degree...., every new day is a new life, new learning! After that, life stagnates, because..., learning stagnates! It is easy for people to succumb to their routines and mundane chores that, the love for learning can be lost from sight.

The reason is not the busy schedules, it is the prioritization! If learning is a top priority, one would find a way to set aside some time for learning regularly. Learning is beneficial in many ways. Not only does the knowledge base improve, it keeps the brain younger and sharper. There is no better way to whet the brain than keeping it active and alert!

The verse says one should learn a verse, or half, or a quarter, or at least a syllable. One of the reasons is, all knowledge was passed on in the form of verses in the olden days.  It was easier to memorize and pass it on without errors. The very essence of life was captured and encapsulated into power-packed verses. Learning them meant not just chanting them, but contemplating the meaning of those verses and applying them to daily lives. Life is precious and short at the same time. Not a single day should be wasted without learning and contemplating on the teachings extracted from those verses.

One should get over the idea that only children should spend their time in study. Be a student so long as you still have something to learn!  This means the whole lifetime. Someone very appropriately said, 'I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma.' There is no ending to learning! Honestly, one life is too short a time for all the learning, contemplating and pondering that there is! So, keep thinking, keep learning, keep growing...

pada vigrahaH:
श्लोकेन वा तत् अर्धेन पादेन एक-अक्षरेण वा |

shlokena vaa tat ardhena paadena eka-akShareNa vaa |

अबन्ध्यं दिवसं कुर्यात् ध्यान अध्ययन कर्मभिः ||
abandyaM divasam kuryaat dhyaana adhyana karmabhiH ||

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