March 25th

Sanskrit Pearl of the day:
नास्ति विद्यासमं चक्षुर्नास्ति सत्यसमं तपः ।
नास्ति रागसमं दुःखं नास्ति त्यागसमं सुखम् ॥ 
-महाभारत, शान्ति

naasti vidyaasamaM chakShurnaasti satyasamaM tapaH |
naasti raagasamaM duHkhaM naasti tyaagasamaM sukham ||
-mahaabhaarata, shaanti

Meaning of the subhAShita:
There is no eye equal to knowledge; there is no penance parallel to truth; there is no pain akin to desire; there is no happiness synonymous to renunciation/sacrifice.

When one reads or acquires a new knowledge, he says, that was an 'eye-opener'!!  And rightfully so!  If one has to know about something, the best way is seeing it.  For, seeing is believing!  To get the full understanding of anything, one has to use his faculty of vision.  It could be the physical vision or the vision of one's mind.  Without that, the awareness stays incomplete.  Hence, the author says - knowledge is the best tool of perusal that gives the best vision!

To do penance, one doesn't have to go to a remote cave in an abandoned hill!  Penance basically is a task carried out on a constant basis; something that takes effort and resolve to keep up with.  To achieve this, if one resolves to always speak the truth and never utter a lie, that would qualify for penance.  To undergo such a vow and keep up with it might be the toughest task on a day to day basis.  But if one keeps it up, then he does not have to do any other penance!!  Then, what to speak about one's quest for the ultimate truth!!  That would be the ultimate kind of penance.

Vehement desire is the root cause for all sorrows.  Who can deny that!  As soon as a desire arises in the mind, it constantly conspires towards making it a reality.  Just as one begins to entertain the thought, it holds a firm grip on all his thoughts and actions there onwards.  Burning with the desire to satisfy his desires, one may undergo many a hardships or compromise many an ideals.  This road can only lead to distress, disappointment and destruction.  Hence, desire is the sole cause for despair.

The best and easiest way to happiness is renunciation.  Renunciation, not in terms of duties, but in terms of expectations and hopes; not in terms of life, but in terms of attachments and bindings.  As soon as one gives up these restrictions, there is only unbound happiness which knows no horizons!  Hence surrender/relinquishment is the best way to happiness.

And, making oneself happy, is certainly in one's own hands!!

Know thy antonyms and keep trouble at bay!

pada vigrahaH:
न अस्ति विद्या-समं चक्षुः न अस्ति सत्य-समं तपः ।
na asti vidyaa-samaM chakShuH na asti satya-samaM tapaH |

न अस्ति राग-समं दुःखं न अस्ति त्याग-समं सुखम् ॥ 
na asti raaga-samaM duHkhaM na asti tyaaga-samaM sukham ||