September 19th


Sanskrit Pearl of the day:
शत्रोरपि गुणा वाच्या दोषा वाच्या गुरोरपि
सर्वदा सर्वयत्नेन पुत्रे शिष्यवदाचरेत्
- सुभाषितरत्नभाण्डागार

Transliteration:
shatrorapi guNaa vaachyaa doShaa vaachyaa gurorapi
sarvadaa sarvayatnena putre shiShyavadaacharet
- subhaaShitaratnabhaaNDaagaara

Meaning of the subhAShita:
Merits should be spoken of, even in an enemy; wrongdoings are to be pointed out, even in a teacher; with all effort, deal with offspring as you would with students.

Commentary:
Everyone has their own merits and demerits, even enemies. Just because he is not one's favorite person, it doesn't mean that his merits should be discounted. Great kings have always admired the valor of other powerful kings, although they were going head to head against each other. The value is given to the merit, not the person himself. Always see the best in others.

Follies are follies, whether coming from a layman, a scholar, an uneducated or for that matter, even a teacher. In order to uphold dharma, the scriptures too give the liberty to students or youngsters to call out on anyone taking a wrong step, even if he is an educator himself. dharma has the last word, always! Have the courage and confidence to speak up against wrongdoings.

The responsibility of any parent is to equip their offspring with life essential skills, rich with morals and values that lead them towards leading a spiritually rich, peaceful lifestyle. For that, the parents need to be detached while teaching them. Their merits rewarded and follies penalized, just as they would their students. Indulging them at all times will teach them no life lessons. If one wants their offspring to be ready to take on the world as young adults, they need to build that confidence in them, while growing up. That can come only when they are dealt as one would, their students, without any attachment and the main goal being, teaching them life skills! Such adults make a much contented, peaceful and happy society, which in turn makes the world a much happier place.

Right tool, for the right trade :).

pada vigrahaH:
शत्रोः अपि गुणा वाच्या दोषा वाच्या गुरोः अपि
shatroH api guNaa vaachyaa doShaa vaachyaa guroH api

सर्वदा सर्व-यत्नेन पुत्रे शिष्यवत् आचरेत्
sarvadaa sarva-yatnena putre shiShyavat aacharet

1 comment:

  1. This subhashit is interesting as it is stating not to have blind-faith in even one's own guru, one is permitted to point out Doshas in Guru as well.
    Interesting.

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