August 12th


Sanskrit Pearl of the day:
निर्विषेणापि सर्पेण कर्तव्या महती फणा
विषमस्तु न चाप्यस्तु घटाटोपो भयङ्करः
- चाणक्य नीति

Transliteration:
nirviSheNaapi sarpeNa kartavyaa mahatI phaNaa
viShamastu na chaapyastu ghaTaaTopo bhaya~nkaraH
- chaaNakya nIti

Meaning of the subhAShita:
Even for a snake without poison, the hood has many a duties. Whether there is poison or not, its hissing has to be scary!

Commentary:
This one must be derived from the story 'The Snake and the hermit'. In the story, it is said that there was a snake who used to bite and injure passers by. Once a hermit told him that it is not the right thing to do. He went away, only to come back and see a very ailing and injured snake. When he asked what happened, the snake explained to him that, on the hermit's advice, he had given up biting. When some children realized this, they started pelting stones at the snake. He was hence weak and frail now. The hermit then told him, 'I certainly advised you not to bite, but never stopped you from hissing! That is your God given defense mechanism and you need to use it for your own protection. Never forget that!'

Whether a snake bites or not, his hissing is scary enough to ward off offenders. Same holds good in the society. One doesn't have to do anything, but if he is bold enough to show to the onlookers that, he has it in him to do the needful to defend himself and his beliefs, he can be a survivor. These are survival skills.

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent. It is the one that is the most adaptable that survives! He who can face any impending events fearlessly and tactfully is a survivor in the world.

pada vigrahaH:
निर्-विषेण अपि सर्पेण कर्तव्या महती फणा
nir-viSheNa api sarpeNa kartavyaa mahatI phaNaa

विषम् अस्तु न च अपि अस्तु घटाटोपः भयङ्करः
viSham astu na cha api astu ghaTaaTopaH bhaya~nkaraH

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