July 21st


Sanskrit Pearl of the day:
अज्ञेभ्यो ग्रन्थिनः श्रेष्ठाः ग्रन्थिभ्यो धारिणो वराः ।
धारिभ्यो ज्ञानिनः श्रेष्ठाः ज्ञानिभ्यो व्यवसायिनः ॥

Transliteration:
aj~nebhyo granthinaH shreShThaaH granthibhyo dhaariNo varaaH |
dhaaribhyo j~naaninaH shreShThaaH j~naanibhyo vyavasaayinaH ||

Meaning of the subhAShita:
Among the ignorant, a well read person is better; amid the well read, those who have a grasp (of the material) are a blessing.  In the midst of those with a good grasp, those that have assimilated the knowledge are considered better; among those that have assimilated the knowledge, those that put it to practice are deemed the best!

Commentary:
There are many an ignorant people in the world.  In their midst, someone who is well read and knowledgeable, is respected.

But then, is it enough to just be well read?  In a crowd of well read people, someone who has a good handle over (memorized) the material, is looked up to.

Obviously, if one had to choose between someone who has memorized against someone who has understood the subject, the vote would go to the person who has understood the subject.

So, is the one who has understood, the best?  Oh, no!  If someone who has understood, stood against someone who has put it to practice, who would be revered?!  Invariably, the one who has put it to practice and made it his own!!

Practice what you preach and preach what you practice!  If one just spoke and never made it his own, he has no authority over that knowledge, nor does his preaching have any value.  The world around respects and reveres who puts his own words and knowledge to practice.  Assimilating the knowledge and putting it to use as assimilated, is the best culminating point for any learning.

If one is incorporating his learning, he doesn't have to proclaim that he knows a lot, about a lot of things.  He doesn't have to blow his own conch about how well read he is, nor does he have to await accolades for his understanding.  When one applies his knowledge in his day to day life, the rest of the 3 factors are given to him, meaning - he is well read, he has understood and assimilated all that knowledge, else, he wouldn't be able to incorporate it into his daily life!

It is said, an ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching!  And then, there is - practice makes perfect!  So get practicing and perfecting!!

pada vigrahaH:
अज्ञेभ्यः ग्रन्थिनः श्रेष्ठाः ग्रन्थिभ्यः धारिणः वराः ।
aj~nebhyaH granthinaH shreShThaaH granthibhyaH dhaariNaH varaaH |

धारिभ्यः ज्ञानिनः श्रेष्ठाः ज्ञानिभ्यः व्यवसायिनः ॥
dhaaribhyaH j~naaninaH shreShThaaH j~naanibhyaH vyavasaayinaH ||

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