January 1st

Sanskrit Pearl of the day:
सन्तोषः परमो लाभः सत्सङ्गः परमा गतिः।
विचारः परमं ज्ञानं शमो हि परमं सुखम्॥

santoShaH paramo laabhaH satsa~ngaH paramaa gatiH|
vichaaraH paramaM j~naanaM shamo hi paramaM sukham||

Meaning of the subhAShita:
Contentment is the highest accrual; company of the wise is the best attainment.  Reflection is the paramount form of knowledge; quietude of the mind is the zenith of happiness. 

One may accumulate wealth in many forms and shapes.  He may be the richest person in the entire world.  But then - he is NOT rich who has most, but who needs least.  Without the factor of contentment, any amount of possessions will not make him happy.  Hence, the accrual of contentment is the accrual of the highest order.

People tend to emulate those that are around them.  But then - one can progressively better himself only if he has someone, better than himself to emulate.  That can happen only in the company of the good and wise.  If one attained that company, bettering himself is only a matter of time.  Hence attaining good company is supreme.

Reading, listening, watching, all these are means of learning.  But unless it is reflected upon and inculcated in one's life, he does not have the authority of that knowledge.  Hence reflection is the best form of knowledge.

Some may say, happiness can be found in many things - having big possessions, a fat bank balance or a sleek car.  But then, they are ephemeral.  The possessions can be lost, the bank balance can dwindle, the car can get rusty.  What lasts forever is, the tranquility of the mind.  If one has succeeded at silencing the mind's chatter, he has found the zenith of happiness.

May everyone attain in this new year - contentment, company of the wise, time to reflect & serenity of the mind.  And hence, may the new year be the harbinger of progress, achievement, knowledge & enjoyment!

pada vigrahaH:
सन्तोषः परमः लाभः सत्-सङ्गः परमा गतिः।
santoShaH paramaH laabhaH sat-sa~ngaH paramaa gatiH|

विचारः परमं ज्ञानं शमो हि परमं सुखम्॥
vichaaraH paramaM j~naanaM shamo hi paramaM sukham||