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March 11th

Sanskrit Pearl of the day:
दूरस्थो ज्ञायते सर्वः पर्वते ज्वलनादिवत् ।
चूडामणिः शिरस्थोऽपि दृश्यते न स्वचक्षुषा ॥

- रामयणमञ्जरी, किष्किन्दा

dūrastho jñāyate sarvaḥ parvate jvalanādivat ।
cūḍāmaṇiḥ śirastho'pi dṛśyate na svacakṣuṣā ॥
- rāmayaṇamañjarī, kiṣkindā

Meaning of the subhAShita:
From afar, everyone can perceive things as the fire atop a hill.  But when on one's own head, even a crest jewel, is invisible to the eye.

Grass on the other side is greener!  The verse says the same thing.  When something is far away, it is valued more and seems to be perceived well too.  Fire, when seen from far, might seem like a shiny jewel. One starts aspiring to own it too. But then, even if he has a precious crest jewel on his own head, he can not see it with his eyes.

The essence here is, know the worth of what's in hand.  Ignoring one's own talents and aspiring for something that is doesn't have, will aid in no way.  Extending the logic, many a time, people do not see the good in those closely around them, but sing praises of the 'idea' of the character of someone who they are do not know too well!

Start where you are. Distant fields always look greener, but opportunity lies right where you are. Take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way.

pada vigrahaH: 
दूरस्थः ज्ञायते सर्वः पर्वते ज्वलन अदिवत् ।
dūrasthaḥ jñāyate sarvaḥ parvate jvalana adivat ।

चूडामणिः शिरस्थः अपि दृश्यते न स्व-चक्षुषा ॥
cūḍāmaṇiḥ śirasthaḥ api dṛśyate na sva-cakṣuṣā ॥

Alternate Transliteration:
dUrastho j~naayate sarvaH parvate jvalanaadivat ।
chUDaamaNiH shirastho.pi dRushyate na svachakShuShaa ॥
- raamayaNama~njarI, kiShkindaa

dUrasthaH j~naayate sarvaH parvate jvalana adivat ।
chUDaamaNiH shirasthaH api dRushyate na sva-chakShuShaa ॥

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