July 22nd


Sanskrit Pearl of the day:
रत्नाकरः किं करोति स्वरत्नैः
विन्ध्याचलः किं करिभिः करोति
श्रीखन्ण्डकण्डैः मलयाचलः किं
परोपकाराय सतां विभूतयः
- सुभाषितरत्नभाण्डागार

Transliteration:
ratnaakaraH kiM karoti svaratnaiH
vindhyaachalaH kiM karibhiH karoti
shrIkhanNDakaNDaiH malayaachalaH kiM
paropakaaraaya sataaM vibhUtayaH
- subhaaShitaratnabhaaNDaagaara

Meaning of the subhAShita:
What will the ocean do with his own gems? What will the vindhyaa mountain do with the elephants (dwelling) there? Of what use are the sandal trees to the malaya mountain? Wealth of the noble is for the benefaction of others.

Commentary:
Anyone will splurge their wealth on themselves. There is no greatness in that! An ocean is a store house of multitudes of gems. But does he use even a single piece of rock to deck himself up! The vindhyaa mountain is the house for many a herds of elephants. He doesn't direct them to work for his needs! There are sandal trees on the malaya mountain like no other place. But the mountain doesn't have any use for it either!

Similarly, the noble do not obsess over their possessions, but put it use for the benefit of others. They neither have any selfishness nor attachment towards their material possessions. 'The utility of their wealth for the right purpose' takes more priority for them, than 'for whom it is being used'!

If you have much, give your wealth; if you have little, certainly give your heart :). There is never a scarcity for that! Do anything heartily. The results will increase multifold.

pada vigrahaH:
रत्नाकरः किं करोति स्व-रत्नैः
ratnaakaraH kiM karoti sva-ratnaiH

विन्ध्याचलः किं करिभिः करोति
vindhyaachalaH kiM karibhiH karoti

श्रीखन्ण्ड-कण्डैः मलयाचलः किं
shrIkhanNDa-kaNDaiH malayaachalaH kiM

पर उपकाराय सतां विभूतयः
para upakaaraaya sataaM vibhUtayaH

1 comment:

  1. Once again, this reminded me of the Sanskrit words of wisdom I used to hear from my father.
    Apart from the precious cool wisdom of this pearl,in this warm warm weather,its good to be thinking of mountains and ocean: विन्ध्याचल,मलयाचल, रत्नाकर. We took a trip to Sandy Hook beach on Friday.

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