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February 25th

Sanskrit Pearl of the day:
स्वर्गो धनं वा धान्यं वा विद्या पुत्रास्सुखानि च ।
गुरुवृत्त्यनुरोधेन न किञ्चिदपि दुर्लभम् ॥

- सुभाषितसुधानिधि

svargo dhanaṃ vā dhānyaṃ vā vidyā putrāssukhāni ca ।
guruvṛttyanurodhena na kiñcidapi durlabham ॥
- subhāṣitasudhānidhi

Meaning of the subhAShita:
Heaven, wealth, grain (food), knowledge, children and pleasures too - none of these are unattainable for one who reveres his teacher.

Without a teacher, a guru, the world would be nowhere today!  Even the minutest knowledge like hunting for food, lighting fire for heat, were transcended from generation to generation through teaching alone!  Or, each generation of the population would be stuck in the cold dark era, time and again!!  
A teacher obviously is not just the one titled 'teacher' at a school.  A being learns from all kinds of sources around him.  His parents, siblings, grandparents, friends, peers, even strangers sometimes.  Hence all these sources command reverence from him!

One who values and respects the knowledge he has gained and the sources he has gained them from, then there is no stopping to his prosperity and progress, for all their good wishes and blessings shall be with him and assist him to easily fulfil his desires.

Remember thy teachers!

pada vigrahaH:
स्वर्गः धनं वा धान्यं वा विद्या पुत्राः सुखानि च ।
svargaḥ dhanaṃ vā dhānyaṃ vā vidyā putrāḥ sukhāni ca ।

गुरु-वृत्ति अनुरोधेन न किञ्चित् अपि दुर्लभम् ॥
guru-vṛtti anurodhena na kiñcit api durlabham ॥

Alternate Transliteration:
svargo dhanaM vaa dhaanyaM vaa vidyaa putraassukhaani cha ।
guruvRuttyanurodhena na ki~nchidapi durlabham ॥
- subhaaShitasudhaanidhi

svargaH dhanaM vaa dhaanyaM vaa vidyaa putraaH sukhaani cha ।
guru-vRutti anurodhena na ki~nchit api durlabham ॥


  1. रामेण जनकजोपदिष्टैवम् । गुरुवृत्त्यनुरोधेनेति पाठस्तत्र ।

  2. दीर्घपाठोऽयुक्त इत्यभिप्रायो मे ।

  3. आम्, ज्ञातम् श्रीमन्। परन्तु अद्यतन काले, गुरुरेव मार्गदर्शी न भवति किल! शिशुरेकः अनेकजनान् आश्रित्य प्रौढो भवत्येव!

  4. अयुक्तो युक्त इति वाभिप्रायस्ते ?

  5. नैवं भोः। ये ये गुरुस्थाने तिष्ठन्ति ते ते आदरणीयेत्यभिप्रायः।

  6. तर्हि भावो ममापि त्वयानवगत एव ।
    गुरुवॄत्त्यनुरोधेनेत्यस्य स्थाने गुरुवृत्त्यनुरोधेनेति पाठपरिष्कारस्यैवोक्तत्वान्मया । न ह्यर्थे मे विप्रतिपत्तिः ।