February 12th

Sanskrit Pearl of the day:
न त्वहं कामये राज्यं न स्वर्गं नापुनर्भवम् ।
कामये दुःखतप्तानां प्रणिनां आर्तिनाशनम् ॥

na tvahaM kaamaye raajyaM na swargaM naapunarbhavam |
kaamaye duHkhataptaanaaM praNinaaM aartinaashanam ||

Meaning of the subhAShita:
I certainly am desirous of neither sovereignty nor (want to attain) heaven nor mokSha(salvation).  I yearn for the relinquishment of grief, of all beings afflicted with pain.  

Everyone wants to acquire land; reach heaven on passing; or better yet, attain mokSha.  But then, the author says that he does not wish for any of these!  These may be of primordial importance on the agenda of all beings.  The underlying drive for wanting these is - attaining happiness.  One may acquire land, property, possessions or even want to attain mokSha, so that he can escape the bondage or burdens of life.  But then, there is something much more desirable for any existing creature.  It is - freedom from pain!

Pain is a strange thing.  It has a such a tight grip on a being's mind.  From a new born, to a ripe old man, everyone avoids pain!  If the main cause for any kind of fear is death, the true source of that fear is - the pain one might have to go through during death!

Also, the fear of pain - whether emotional, spiritual or physical - is the driving force behind many of the actions a person undertakes.  But then, the most pain we are dealing with, are really only thoughts!  Guess it is time to energize our thoughts!  Keeping positive thoughts shall banish half the pains one has.

What if one was assured that there would be no pain, no matter what..., what a wonderful place the world would be!!  Hence, the author is praying for a very essential ingredient in the life of all beings afflicted with pain.  And that, very well encompasses every creature that ever took breath.  What a wonderful prayer this is!!

(In that case, who would want possessions, or dislike being born again and again :).  That would be heaven on earth!)

pada vigrahaH:

न तु अहं कामये राज्यं न स्वर्गं न अपुनः भवम् ।
na tu ahaM kaamaye raajyaM na swargaM na apunaH bhavam |

कामये दुःख-तप्तानां प्रणिनां आर्ति-नाशनम् ॥
kaamaye duHkha-taptaanaaM praNinaaM aarti-naashanam ||