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August 27th

Sanskrit Pearl of the day:
प्रातरुत्थानं युद्धं च संविभागं च बन्धुषु
स्वयमाक्रम्य भुक्तं च शिक्षेच्चत्वारि कुक्कुटात्

- चाणक्य नीति

praatarutthaanaM yuddhaM cha saMvibhaagaM cha bandhuShu
svayamaakramya bhuktaM cha shikShechchatvaari kukkuTaat
- chaaNakya nIti

Meaning of the subhAShita:
Waking up in the morning, belligerence, sharing with kin, feeding oneself - learn these 4 from a rooster.

Waking up early, readiness to fight, sharing and not ignoring oneself - 4 precious lessons anyone could use!

Waking up early not only keeps one healthy and alert, it also gives him more time to undertake productive tasks throughout the day. Who doesn't want an extra hour to finish up the day's chores? Best way to do it is, waking up in the early hours of the day.

One needs to have faith in himself and his beliefs. If need be, he should be able to defend himself. 'If need be' is instrumental. 'Standing ready to fight for no good reason', is not being spoken of here. When one's rudimental beliefs are being questioned, he should have the confidence to stand up for himself. That is very essential.

Whether it is a morsel of grain or whole barn full, sharing with friends and family makes it more enticing! Recognizing this slays selfish motives. Be it food or knowledge or resources, sharing makes it more delectable.

Not ignoring oneself is very essential as well. When one pays attention to himself and his needs as well, he can have the confidence he needs within. That confidence can be the driving force behind many an achievement.

Isn't there a lesson to be learnt from each and every being? That is what makes each being special and also essential to the creation at large. Or He, would not have made an effort in creating that being!!

pada vigrahaH:
प्रातः उत्थानं युद्धं च संविभागं च बन्धुषु
praataH utthaanaM yuddhaM cha saMvibhaagaM cha bandhuShu

स्वयम् आक्रम्य भुक्तं च शिक्षेत् चत्वारि कुक्कुटात्
svayam aakramya bhuktaM cha shikShet chatvaari kukkuTaat

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