May 20th


Sanskrit Pearl of the day:
मित्रद्रोही कृतघ्नश्च यश्च विश्वासघातकः ।
ते नरा नरकं यान्ति यावच्चन्द्रदिवाकरौ ॥

- पञ्चतन्त्र, मित्रभेद

Transliteration:
mitradrohI kRutaghnashcha yashcha vishvaasaghaatakaH |
te naraa narakaM yaanti yaavachchandradivaakarau ||
- pa~nchatantra, mitrabheda

Meaning of the subhAShita:
He who is treacherous to a friend; he who is ungrateful for rendered benefactions; he who is a traitor (fells trust) - these people attain hell - as long as the sun and moon are existent. 

Commentary:
Friends are for pulling one out of rough times, not for putting them through!  When one considers another as a friend and confides in him, there is no ethical justification for betraying him.  One would have let all his guards down and exposed his most vulnerable side to that friend.  Back stabbing that credence is not dharma in any which way.

When you pray on someone, do not prey on them :).  When someone has been a benefactor in time of need, there is nothing in this world that can be given to repay that debt.  One would be indebted to that patron for ever in his life, because, he gave assistance in time of need.  There is no deed that can compensate for that  timely aid received.  Forgetting that and showing ingratitude is not even a choice!  When something is not even in the dictionary, how can the use of it be acceptable?  Similarly, when something is not even a choice, how can that be deemed as dharma?!!

Trust is a silken thread, that keeps everything in the world functioning.  If there was no trust factor, then one would not trust the grain grown by the farmer or the fruit brought by the gardener!  One would have to depend on himself for everything and be entirely self sufficient!  Even then, he will have to trust in his own abilities and mother nature at least, to assist in his efforts!  Hence, it is quite unlikely for anyone to live like without trusting anyone.  That means, trust, is a very essential ingredient for basic survival also.  It is the very thread on which the world keeps functioning.  Breaking that bond is not something small.  Like someone said, 'I am not upset that you lied to me, but because, I can't believe you anymore'.  It breaks not only the faith in the current situation alone, but for all the forthcoming scenarios as well!  That which breaks the very reason for co-existence, can not be dharma!

Anything that is not coherent with dharma, is punishable.  Whether one likes it or not, he has to reap the fruit of all his actions.  The fruit for such breakage of bonds of trust is, they shall rot in hell!  When the poet says they shall attain hell, till the sun and moon exist,  it does not mean, they stay in hell till the sun and moon exist, but that, this law holds good as long as the sun and moon are shining!

To be trusted, is a much greater compliment than to be loved!  Be trust worthy!

pada vigrahaH:
मित्र-द्रोही कृतघ्नः च यः च विश्वास-घातकः ।
mitra-drohI kRutaghnaH cha yaH cha vishvaasa-ghaatakaH |

ते नराः नरकं यान्ति यावत् चन्द्र-दिवाकरौ ॥
te naraaH narakaM yaanti yaavat chandra-divaakarau ||

3 comments:

  1. In friendship and in spiritual life our ideals may not be a meeting point .The human spirit has to overcome this by relating to one another by responding to the situation . Yes when you pray for someone do not make him your prey .While praying we make and sustain friendship and not break it .So be trustworthy even if you do not elicit a compliment for your action ......

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  2. मित्रद्रोहीकृतघ्नश्च = मित्रद्रोही कृतघ्नश्च

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