November 20th


Sanskrit Pearl of the day:
अनायासेन मरणं विना दैन्येन जीवनम् ।
देहान्ते तव सायुज्यं देहि मे पार्वतीपते ॥ 

Transliteration:
anaayaasena maraNaM vinaa dainyena jeevanam |
dehaante tava saayujyaM dehi me paarvatIpate ||

Meaning of the subhAShita:
Death without exertion; Life without affliction; Thy proximity (Attainment of thy abode) upon leaving the body - grant me these O Lord of paarvatI. 

Commentary:
Upon asking 'what do you want', there may be a plethora of wishes one wants to ask for.  Grant me a big house, a bigger bank balance, plentiful youth, good children, lots of friends, good health.....  The list can be endless!

But the author of this verse has very simple, but most profound and eternal wishes to ask for!

No matter how many riches one is showered with, if he is living a painful existence in his body, who would not want to be liberated from that pain?!  The best of the ambiances and the greatest of the food will prove repulsive for someone who is suffering from pain of any kind - it could be physical pain, being on life support, etc., or a mental affliction of the highest order.  Anyone would want to live a fruitful, satisfying life and pass away peacefully, without much effort, exertion or toil.  This is something to pray for.

While living, there can be multitudes of scarcities - there are places where there is not enough drinking water, there are people who do not have food to eat or a shelter to sleep under.  Such scenarios are not pleasant for any being and would want to be released from the affliction of poverty of any kind.  That sure is something to pray for, so that he can pursue his goal in life without worries.

Through out our lives, we are taught to engage in good deeds, so that we are liberated from the bondage of the cycle of birth and death.  That really is the final goal of any being anyway.  If one is granted the abode of the Lord Himself, a merger with the Lord of paarvatI, being one with parashiva Himself, what more would one ever want?!!

Think about it....  Aren't these the aspects one should contemplate upon and ask for?!

pada vigrahaH:
अनायासेन मरणं विना दैन्येन जीवनम् ।
anaayaasena maraNaM vinaa dainyena jeevanam |

देह-अन्ते तव सायुज्यं देहि मे पार्वती-पते ॥ 
deha-ante tava saayujyaM dehi me paarvatI-pate ||