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September 23rd


Sanskrit Pearl of the day:
आचार्यात् पादमादत्ते पादं शिष्यः स्वमेधया |
पादं सब्रह्मचारिभ्यः पादं कालेन पच्यते ॥  

- महाभारत, उद्योगपर्व

Transliteration:
aachaaryaat paadamaadatte paadaM shiShyaH svamedhayaa |
paadaM sabrahmachaaribhyaH paadaM kaalena pachyate ||
- mahaabhaarata, udyogaparva

Meaning of the subhAShita:
A (student acquires a) quarter from the teacher, a quarter from his own intelligence, a quarter from classmates, a quarter ripens over time.

Commentary:
For one's learning, sources are many. He can not rely just upon a teacher to prepare a potent potion of the lessons and feed it to him all at once. The teacher's contribution to one's learning is only twenty-five percent. The other twenty-five comes from the student's own interest and perceptions. The other quarter comes over time. One quarter comes from his fellow mates. Due to differences in perception, they might have a different outlook. That, many a time gives insight into the topic from a different angle. Hence, even classmates contribute to one's learning.  Although one has learnt by heart, all the chapters and scriptures, new meanings shall dawn to him over a period of time. With age and maturity, come a deeper understanding of the concepts learnt in grade school sometimes!

Learning doesn't stop after graduation. Like the poet says, over time, they gain a quarter of the knowledge. Learning is a constant process. Someone once said I am learning all the time; my tombstone will be my diploma! Anyone who stops learning is old; his chronological age doesn't matter. There is something new to learn every day if one pays attention. Learning is a treasure that follows its owner everywhere. Why not earn it with all effort!

pada vigrahaH:
आचार्यात् पादम् आदत्ते पादं शिष्यः स्व-मेधया |
aachaaryaat paadam aadatte paadaM shiShyaH sva-medhayaa |

पादं सब्रह्मचारिभ्यः पादं कालेन पच्यते ॥ 
paadaM sabrahmachaaribhyaH paadaM kaalena pachyate ||

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