December 10th


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

- अज्ञात

Transliteration:
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.

Commentary:
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

5 comments:

  1. This is a wonderful commentary for sure. "But Godliness with contentment is great gain." (The Bible says that in 1Ti6:6.) The indulgence in greed will always lead to death of some kind. St. James said it this way, and it's so great they sound (to me) just alike: "But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed; Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death (1:14-15)." It is aptly said that anger burns the angry first - another proof that what we do comes back to us (sometimes very quickly). Thank you for sharing.

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    1. I think is it what our contemporary messiahs have been pointing out.
      All the scriptures say the same thing. It is people who confuse them fr mere names and lose the value they can give.

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  2. I guess St. James knew sanskrit :-)

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