June 22nd


Sanskrit Pearl of the day:
उभयोर्नास्ति भोगेच्छा परार्थं धनसञ्चयः ।
कृपणोदारयोः पश्य तथापि महदन्तरम् ॥
- सुभाषितसुधानिधि

Transliteration:
ubhayornaasti bhogechChaa paraarthaM dhanasa~nchayaH |
kRupaNodaarayoH pashya tathaapi mahadantaram ||
- subhaaShitasudhaanidhi

Meaning of the subhAShita:
Neither has the desire to indulge, (both) earn wealth for the benefit of others!  Yet, see the huge difference (between) a miser and a generous (one).

Commentary:
The poet very tactfully compares and (in a moment,) contrasts the attributes of a miser vs a giver.  In the first part of the verse he says there is a stark similarity between two people - both of them earn wealth for the benefit of others!  On first thought the listener would think the verse is about two noble people.  But the second half brings attention to the distinct disparity between the two!

If one has to see the difference between the miser and a giver, it is quite easy.  A miser hoards his assets where as a generous, charitable, giver is readily parting with his bounty!  The world considers a giver as a magnanimous soul where as, a hoarder is considered stingy and selfish.  So far, the points are precise and comprehensible.

How about the similarity between the two?  Well, the author is cleverly pointing to the impact of each one's actions.  When a hoarder accumulates wealth, he is neither enjoying the resources himself, nor is he utilizing it for the benefit of others.  His affluence gets stagnated and comes to no use for anyone.  But one day, at least on the day he passes away, he has to part with his wealth.  What he had so carefully and diligently accumulated is finally enjoyed (or misused) by his survivors! After all, there is no saying if one's assets were put to good use or utilized for the wrong causes...
Where as, a generous giver willingly parts with his money when alive.  He gets the opportunity to revel in the happiness of the beneficiaries of his good deeds, which in turn makes him happy!  At least there is a guarantee that it was used for a right cause.

It is impossible that one's heart is enlightened and he is still a miser! Whether willingly or unwillingly, when the wealth accumulated is for the benefit of others eventually, might as well do good and be happy.  Happiness isn't a result of what we get, but of what we give.  For, it is in the giving that we receive!

pada vigrahaH:
उभयोः न अस्ति भोग इच्छा परार्थं धन-सञ्चयः ।
ubhayoH na asti bhoga ichChaa paraarthaM dhana-sa~nchayaH |

कृपण उदारयोः पश्य तथा-अपि महत् अन्तरम् ॥
kRupaNa udaarayoH pashya tathaa-api mahat antaram ||