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July 9th

Sanskrit Pearl of the day:
अर्था गृहे निवर्तन्ते श्मशाने मित्रबान्धवाः ।
सुकृतं दुष्कृतं चैव गच्छन्तमनुगच्छति ॥

arthā gṛhe nivartante śmaśāne mitrabāndhavāḥ ।
sukṛtaṃ duṣkṛtaṃ caiva gacchantamanugacchati ॥

Meaning of the subhAShita:
The wealth gets left behind at home, friends and family at the crematorium. (But) good and bad deeds go behind the going (departed soul).

When passing on from this world, a being leaves behind all his possessions, in their own place and time. His material possessions are the first to be dropped. They do not even accompany him till the crematorium. He leaves them inside the doorstep of the house itself!

His near and dear ones come only so long as they have to carry him to the crematorium. Once their job is done there, they return home as well!

In his lonely onward journey, the only companions are his very own good AND bad deeds. There is no escape from them. Whether one likes it or not, his vices and virtues follow him and bear their fruit for sure!

If one wants an enjoyable company for his onward journey, he better start working when here! With good company, obviously setbacks will be minimal and the path pleasant.

pada vigrahaH:
अर्थाः गृहे निवर्तन्ते श्मशाने मित्र-बान्धवाः ।
arthāḥ gṛhe nivartante śmaśāne mitra-bāndhavāḥ ।

सुकृतं दुष्कृतं च एव गच्छन्तम् अनुगच्छति ॥
sukṛtaṃ duṣkṛtaṃ ca eva gacchantam anugacchati ॥

Alternate Transliteration:
arthaa gRuhe nivartante shmashaane mitrabaandhavaaH ।
sukRutaM duShkRutaM chaiva gachChantamanugachChati ॥

arthaaH gRuhe nivartante shmashaane mitra-baandhavaaH ।
sukRutaM duShkRutaM cha eva gachChantam anugachChati ॥


  1. Very nice. Can you please provide the source of this verse?

  2. Sorry Sanketh, couldn't find the reference to the original source. But liked the essence and hence put it up... Let me know if you come up with something.