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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.  Throughout 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 at the same time 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 time, 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 traveller 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 ||


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    Also, took your suggestion of using the | and || in the shlokas. Better late than never right :). Thanks again.

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