September 2nd


Sanskrit Pearl of the day:
सदा वक्रस्सदारुष्टः सदापूजामपेक्षते ।
कन्याराशिस्थितो नित्यं जामाता दशमो ग्रहः ॥

Transliteration:
sadaa vakrassadaaruShTaH sadaapUjaamapekShate |
kanyaaraashisthito nityaM jaamaataa dashamo grahaH ||

Meaning of the subhAShita:
Always crooked, always angry, always expecting veneration - put up in the 'kanyaa raashi' (sun sign virgo, also implying the daughter) eternally, son-in-law is the tenth planet.

Commentary:
It is a norm amongst some, that a son-in-law should be given special care and treatment  by the parents of the girl.  Such a son-in-law is known to be ever angry and always finding faults with anything that is done.  The parents are constantly anxious about providing the best possible care and attention to their son-in-law.  They are weary tending to him all the time.  This seems to be a verse emerging out of the plight of such parents who have given their daughter in marriage to a very demanding man.  Hence, they are expressing their plight in a satirical way, comparing the son-in-law to be the tenth planet, sitting in the 'kanyaa raashi' (kanyaa happens to be one of the 'zodiac signs' (virgo) and also means 'daughter') eternally.

Not necessarily all son-in-laws have this attitude, but some of them that do have, bring out the poet in a person to say such a verse.  More than what this stands for, this one is shared for its sense of humor, in which a given scenario is presented in the language.  How even a mundane issue is addressed humorously and satirically!

May not any parents feel this kind of pain, nor a son-in-law get this kind of a name....

pada vigrahaH:
सदा वक्रः सदा रुष्टः सदा पूजाम् अपेक्षते ।
sadaa vakraH sadaa ruShTaH sadaa pUjaam apekShate |

कन्या-राशि-स्थितो नित्यं जामाता दशमः ग्रहः ॥
kanyaa-raashi-sthito nityaM jaamaataa dashamaH grahaH ||

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