July 29th


Sanskrit Pearl of the day:
उपकर्तुं यथा स्वल्पः समर्थो न तथा महान् ।
प्रायः कूपस्तृषां हन्ति न कदापि तु वारिधिः ॥
- सुभाषितरत्नसमुच्चय

Transliteration:
upakartuM yathaa svalpaH samartho na tathaa mahaan |
praayaH kUpastRuShaaM hanti na kadaapi tu vaaridhiH ||
- subhaaShitaratnasamuchchaya

Meaning of the subhAShita:
In the way a trifle can be of assistance, the great may not be able to.  Probably a well can quench the thirst, but never the (mighty) ocean.

Commentary:
Each in its own space and time.  The purpose of one can not be served by the other.  An ocean may be all mighty and magnificent.  But when a thirsty man comes to it, he will look for a different source of drinking water.  Although the ocean is a store house of the most percentage of water available on earth, although torrential rains are an ounce in the face of its capacity, not a drop of it is useful in quenching the thirst of a weary traveler!  But then, a well, which is a minuscule speck in comparison to the ocean, may very well be a heavenly sight to the parched throat of a tired hiker.

Same holds good in all aspects of life.  Each person can not be the leader of the world!  If that is true, then who will they lead?!  As much as leaders are required, people that need to be lead are essential as well.  Every man can't be an architect, there needs to be someone to build the structure as well.  That means, the builder can not become the architect either.  One person's shoe can not fit another. At the same time, the existence of each and every being is very important.

For that matter, the existence of every grain of sand and blade of grass is crucial.  If it wasn't required to be there, He would have already made sure that it was not there!  If it is there, it already is important and essential.  So are beings.  If they weren't special and essential, the Lord wouldn't have made them!! 

Never disrespect anything or anyone based on their pervasiveness.  All are indispensable in their own unique ways!  Value for what they essentially are.  A great man once said, 'Everybody is a genius.  But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.'!!  What a profound statement that is!

pada vigrahaH: 
उपकर्तुं यथा स्वल्पः समर्थः न तथा महान् ।
upakartuM yathaa svalpaH samarthaH na tathaa mahaan |


प्रायः कूपः तृषां हन्ति न कदा अपि तु वारिधिः ॥
praayaH kUpaH tRuShaaM hanti na kadaa api tu vaaridhiH ||


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