December 31st

Sanskrit Pearl of the day:
यद्यदालिखति मनः आशावर्तिकाभीः हृदयफलके ।
तत्तद्बाल इव विधिर्निभृतं हसित्वा प्रोञ्छति ॥

- सप्‍तशति 

yadyadaalikhati manaH aashaavartikaabhIH hRudayaphalake |
tattadbaala iva vidhirnibhRutaM hasitvaa pro~nChati ||
- saptashati

Meaning of the subhAShita:
Whatever the mind inscribes (paints), with the brushes of desire, on the board of the heart, fate, stealthily, smilingly, wipes it all out, like a little child!

Man proposes, God disposes!

Not all desires of everyone burgeon and culminate in bearing fruit.  One may paint his heart in all hues and shades of his desires, but only destiny has the final say.  The poet beautifully compares destiny to a little child, who stealthily, yet with a smile on his face, does some mischief and leaves the site without a trace :).  Similarly, destiny sneaks up noiselessly, wipes out all efforts and desires without a trace and leaves unperturbed!

What does this say?  That no matter what one longs for, his say is only until he puts forth his efforts.  Whether they yield results or not, is entirely up to his destiny.  Many a times, if an aspiration is not fulfilled, may be there is a higher reason.  If one gives in to this kind of an attitude, failure to attain the expected outcome won't seem so hard after all.  But he needs to put forth his best of best efforts, no doubt.   And destiny is based on one's own prior vices and virtues.  Each person is the architect of his own fate. 

Someone once said, 'Fate is nothing but the deeds committed in a prior state of existence'.  If better results are aspired for the future, make the present better.  So may all proceed with their best foot forward!

pada vigrahaH:
यत् यत् आलिखति मनः आशा-वर्तिकाभीः हृदय-फलके ।
yat yat aalikhati manaH aashaa-vartikaabhIH hRudaya-phalake |

तत् तत् बाल इव विधिः निभृतं हसित्वा प्रोञ्छति ॥
tat tat baala iva vidhiH nibhRutaM hasitvaa pro~nChati ||

December 24th

Sanskrit Pearl of the day:
किं मित्रमन्ते सुकृतं न लोकाः
किं ध्येयमीशस्य पादं न शोकाः ।
किं काम्यमव्याजसुखं न भोगाः
किं जल्पनीयं हरिनाम नान्यत् ॥

- रसगङ्गाधर

kiM mitramante sukRutaM na lokaaH
kiM dhyeyamIshasya paadaM na shokaaH |
kiM kaamyamavyaajasukhaM na bhogaaH
kiM jalpanIyaM harinaama naanyat ||
- rasaga~ngaadhara

Meaning of the subhAShita:
Who is a friend in the end?  Good deed(s), not people.  What should be contemplated upon?  The Lord's feet, not sorrows.  What should be desired?  Un-abound happiness, not indulgences.  What should be prattled?  Only the name of shrI hari, nothing else.

A friend in need is a friend indeed.  True friends are hard to find.  A single rose can be my garden, a single friend, my world!  All these statements are nice to quote and very true as well.  But they can only go so far.  When passing on, one's best friends are his vices & virtues, and his vices & virtues alone!  One needs to keep this in mind, at all times, when here.  Earn as many friends here, but at the same time, keep thy sight on the friends that accompany through the entire journey!

Given the nature of the mind, it constantly keeps churning up thoughts.  It is its very nature.  It does not stay still.  Through out the waking hours, it jumps from one thought to another, from one town to another, even one world to another.  There is no stopping it.  (Isn't that why it is not only said to be faster than the wind , but compared to a monkey, too :).   Thoughts are the very existence and thriving purposes of the mind.  In that case, why not feed it something healthy?  Think of the Lord's lotus feet.  Contemplate and meditate on His prowess and presence in the very existence of all beings!  

When there is a mind and there are thoughts in that mind, it is quite but natural to want something desirable!  Then why not desire for something that is more eternal and long lasting.  In aspiring for something  trivial with a very small shelf life, isn't one wasting precious time that could have been focused on acquiring something that lasts forever?  What lasts forever is the bliss, the one attained by treading the path of dharma, not the pleasures of the senses.

A mind which has thoughts, thoughts oriented towards desires and what can be said about the speech coming forth?  With so many thoughts and desires, it is only predictable that there will be a lot of chattering.  Many a times, mindless too...  Instead of gossip, why not make it the Lord's name!

With virtue as friend, the mind and desires under check, even the mindless prattling automatically becomes the name of the Lord, nothing else! Knowing the goals and priorities shall put the traveler on the right path, without a doubt.

pada vigrahaH:
किं मित्रम् अन्ते सुकृतं न लोकाः
kiM mitram ante sukRutaM na lokaaH

किं ध्येयम् ईशस्य पादं न शोकाः । 
kiM dhyeyam Ishasya paadaM na shokaaH |

किं काम्यम् अव्याज-सुखं न भोगाः 
kiM kaamyam avyaaja-sukhaM na bhogaaH

किं जल्पनीयं हरि-नाम न अन्यत् ॥
kiM jalpanIyaM hari-naama na anyat ||

December 17th

Sanskrit Pearl of the day:
अहन्यहनि भूतानि गच्छन्तीह यमालयम् ।
शेषाः स्थावरमिच्छन्ति किमाश्चर्यमतः परम् ॥

- महाभारत, वन पर्व

ahanyahani bhUtaani gachChantIha yamaalayam |
sheShaaH sthaavaramichChanti kimaashcharyamataH param ||
- mahaabhaarata, vana parva

Meaning of the subhAShita:
Every day,  beings go to the abode of yama (death).  The rest desire for immortality.  What can be more astonishing than this!

Day in and day out, beings see death in one form or another.  It could be the passing of a near and dear one, or a road kill on the street.  Although the reality of life, rather death, is evident from the very moment of birth, beings want to believe that somehow, they shall be spared that trouble!  What can be more a more astonishing phenomenon than that!  Isn't this denial the biggest wonder of the world! 

If we really think about it, the root cause for all fears anyone ever has is, the fear of death.  Be it claustrophobia, hydrophobia, or whatever other phobia, the main underlying cause is the fear that one might die in those circumstances. The 'fear of unknown' is so intense, that it overbears all other knowledge. One wants to embrace the 'ignorance is bliss' philosophy and pretend that the unknown shall never come to him, so he doesn't have to face that 'fear of unknown'!  Someone once asked, "If death meant just leaving the stage long enough to change costume and come back as a new character...Would you slow down? Or speed up?"  If one knew a little more about what happens after life, the fear probably might not become so gripping.  This probably is one arena where science has not been able to explain or prove much.  Science believes only on seeing proof.  But philosophy first totally believes and then, perceives its authenticity!  That is the key to this knowledge.  Scriptures given by the rishis (sages) come to aid here.  They were scientists of the highest order who experienced life beyond life.  Guess there should be some bearing to what they have written then!

“One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure its worth watching.”

pada vigrahaH:
अहनि अहनि भूतानि गच्छन्ति इह यम आलयम् ।
ahani ahani bhUtaani gachChanti iha yama aalayam |

शेषाः स्थावरम् इच्छन्ति किम् आश्चर्यम् अतः परम् ॥
sheShaaH sthaavaram ichChanti kim aashcharyam ataH param ||

December 10th

Sanskrit Pearl of the day:
लोभात् क्रोधः प्रभवति लोभात् कामः प्रजायते
लोभात् मोहश्च नाशश्च लोभः पापस्य कारणम्

- अज्ञात

lobhaat krodhaH prabhavati lobhaat kaamaH prajaayate
lobhaat mohashcha naashashcha lobhaH paapasya kaaraNam
- aj~naata

Meaning of the subhAShita:
From greed originates anger; greed gives rise to lust/desire; from greed (come) attachment and ruin; greed is the cause for sin.

Poverty wants much, but avarice... everything!  There is no end or means to justify them either.  He who is greedy is always wanting something.  It is like a monster, standing with his mouth wide open, to devour everything that comes its way.  The more that greed is fed, the more hungry it gets!

Apart from all these havoc that greed causes, it is the originator of anger.  When the greedy doesn't get what his heart desires, the first response is to get angry.  Anger breeds resentment, another unhealthy emotion, to go along with it.  Anger burns the angry first, before causing any harm to the person he is angry with!

Greed gives rise to lust.  Lust is never quenched and is inflamed further with indulgence.

Greed conjoined with lust and anger can only lead towards attachment and destruction, all of which, lead one towards committing sin.  They say hell has 3 gates - lust; anger and greed, all of which can originate from greed.  The best way to keep away from spiraling down this road, is keeping greed at bay. 

pada vigrahaH:
लोभात् क्रोधः प्रभवति लोभात् कामः प्रजायते
lobhaat krodhaH prabhavati lobhaat kaamaH prajaayate

लोभात् मोहः च नाशः च लोभः पापस्य कारणम्
lobhaat mohaH cha naashaH cha lobhaH paapasya kaaraNam

December 3rd

Sanskrit Pearl of the day:
पिण्डे पिण्डे मतिर्भिन्ना कुण्डे कुण्डे नवं पयः
जातौ जातौ नवाचारा नवा वाणी मुखे मुखे

- सुभाषितरत्नभाण्डागार

piNDe piNDe matirbhinnaa kuNDe kuNDe navaM payaH
jaatau jaatau navaachaaraa navaa vaaNI mukhe mukhe
- subhaaShitaratnabhaaNDaagaara

Meaning of the subhAShita:
Varied is the intellect in different people; varied is the (taste in) water from different sources; varied are the customs for different descents; varied are the speech from different visages.

Water from each well, pond and lake taste different.  Each lineage of people have different customs, practices and beliefs.  Each individual speaks differently and sounds differently.  Similarly, each person is different and each has a different perspective.  It is these varied perspectives that make the world different and beautiful!  Else, imagine a world full of people like oneself!!  That is not only impractical and boring, but also impossible at the same time.  If one person is exactly like the other, each with his own ego, imagine the outcome of such a situation!  Neither shall give up, neither shall win.  End of the day neither likes each other, which implies that they both hate themselves!  So, thank God! for making variety the spice of life :).  Inspite of being born out of the same energy and shining through the light of the same supreme power, each individual is different .  It is best when the surroundings are accepted in their varied colors and hues. 

The essence of all beings is the same, only their approaches different.  Everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects ;).  When received with an open mind, the world around seems quite amusing and entertaining too.  No point hanging on to a stringent mindset and fretting about every fleeting thought that arises in the mind, isn't it! 

pada vigrahaH:
पिण्डे पिण्डे मतिः भिन्ना कुण्डे कुण्डे नवं पयः
piNDe piNDe matiH bhinnaa kuNDe kuNDe navaM payaH

जातौ जातौ नव आचाराः नवा वाणी मुखे मुखे
jaatau jaatau nava aachaaraaH navaa vaaNI mukhe mukhe