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August 30th


Sanskrit Pearl of the day:
अन्तःसारविहीनानाम् उपदेशो न जायते
मलयाचल संसर्गात् न वेणुश्चन्दनायते

- चाणक्य नीति

Transliteration:
antaHsaaravihInaanaam upadesho na jaayate
malayaachala saMsargaat na veNushchandanaayate
- chaaNakya nIti

Meaning of the subhAShita:
No point advising those devoid of inner essence. A bamboo does not become sandalwood in the company of the malaya mountain!

Commentary:
Many a time, company isn't everything. If there is no inner essence, the company they keep won't put a dent in their persona. The example the poet uses is, just because a shoot of bamboo grows on the malaya mountain (which bears an abundant population of sandal trees), it doesn't qualify it to acquire the qualities of sandalwood! If seen on a more trivial level, just because a child keeps the company of a research scholar, he will not be able to understand a word of his lecture. The child lacks a certain maturity to grasp the concepts the scholar is talking about. No matter how hard he tries, his efforts shall go futile. Similarly, there is no point advising those devoid of inner essence. Growing physically is certainly different from growing spiritually and emotionally. If that prior readiness to receive the knowledge given by others is missing, then the effort in teaching such a person is futile.

Conserve thy resources. Know when to spend, on what to spend and how to spend thy energy.

pada vigrahaH:
अन्तः-सार-विहीनानाम् उपदेशः न जायते
antaH-saara-vihInaanaam upadeshaH na jaayate

मलयाचल संसर्गात् न वेणुः चन्दनायते
malayaachala saMsargaat na veNuH chandanaayate

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