July 7th


Sanskrit Pearl of the day:
विद्या विवादाय धनं मदाय
शक्तिः परेषां परिपीडनाय
खलस्य साधोर्विपरीतमेतत्
ज्ञानाय दानाय च रक्षणाय

Transliteration:
vidyaa vivaadaaya dhanaM madaaya
shaktiH pareShaaM paripIDanaaya
khalasya saadhorviparItametat
j~naanaaya daanaaya cha rakShaNaaya

Meaning of the subhAShita:
Knowledge is for argument, wealth is for insolence, strength is for tormenting others - the evil are the opposite of the noble (who, use the) same for awareness, giving and protecting (respectively).

Commentary:
Possessions themselves are not the problem, it is in the manner in which they are put to use, that cause concern!

Knowledge is applied for different purposes by different people. The evil apply their entire knowledge base to argue with others and to show off their prowess. Whereas, the noble are interested in learning more for their own awareness and bettering themselves than they were yesterday.

Money in an evil man's hand makes him arrogant and reckless. He walks around with the notion that the entire world is under his rule and everyone else is meant to serve him. The same asset in a noble man's hand is put to use for the benefit of others. His giving nature makes the resources available to those in need.

Strength is a faculty that can be dangerous when in wrong hands, rather, in wrong shoulders :). The evil use it for torturing and tormenting others. They are just entertained by seeing others in pain and will not hesitate to use it for the wrong purposes. Whereas, the noble put the same strength to use, for helping the weak. They make sure the weak are protected and taken care of.

No evil can happen to a good man, either in life or after death. His goodness doesn't die with him either. The seeds he has sown outlive him and benefit the society long after he is gone as well. Put thy assets to use in the right directions. That is what makes a world of difference!

pada vigrahaH:
विद्या विवादाय धनं मदाय
vidyaa vivaadaaya dhanaM madaaya

शक्तिः परेषां परिपीडनाय
shaktiH pareShaaM paripIDanaaya

खलस्य साधोः विपरीतम् एतत्
khalasya saadhoH viparItam etat

ज्ञानाय दानाय च रक्षणाय
j~naanaaya daanaaya cha rakShaNaaya

1 comment:

  1. 'evil are the opposite of the noble' idea is so true.

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