August 15th


Sanskrit Pearl of the day:
बन्धाय विषयाऽसक्तं मुक्त्यै निर्विषयं मनः
मन एव मनुष्याणां कारणं बन्धमोक्षयोः
- चाणक्य नीति

Transliteration:
bandhaaya viShayaa.saktaM muktyai nirviShayaM manaH
mana eva manuShyaaNaaM kaaraNaM bandhamokShayoH
- chaaNakya nIti

Meaning of the subhAShita:
Devotion towards materials is only for binding, uninterest in objects of pleasure is itself freedom. Mind alone is the reason for man's restraint and redemption.

Commentary:
Binding is a strange noose. It is very easy to get into its tangled web, but extremely hard to get out! Material pleasures and indulgence in materials only aids to further binding. Disinterest in objects of pleasure is freedom in itself! When desires are more, running after them becomes the prime interest. Detachment is the best shield that guards one against any kind of binding. The minute the mind gets attached, the being gets sucked into the whirlpool of illusions, taking him far far away from redemption.

Happiness is not based on possessions, but is a culture of the mind! Like they say, 'It's all in the mind! Mind is everything. What you think you become'. If one is thinking of basal ideas, his growth will remain basal. If his visions are set on targeting the stars, he might at least land on his roof top!

pada vigrahaH:
बन्धाय विषय आसक्तं मुक्त्यै निर्विषयं मनः
bandhaaya viShaya aasaktaM muktyai nirviShayaM manaH

मन एव मनुष्याणां कारणं बन्ध-मोक्षयोः
mana eva manuShyaaNaaM kaaraNaM bandha-mokShayoH

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