Sunday, December 6, 2009

हितोपदेश - सुहृद्भेद - स्वभाव

    भूमौ निपत्य वदनोदरदर्शनं च |
श्वा पिण्डदस्य कुरुते गजपुंगवस्तु
    धीरं विलोकयति चाटुशतैश्च भुङ्क्ते ||

- हितोपदेश, सुहृद्भेद

Look at the difference between a dog and an elephant. A dog shakes its tail, falls at the feet, shows a sorry face and does belly up antics in front of the person who gives it food. But an elephant maintains its composure, majestic look. On the other hand, the mahout has to cajole the elephant with hundred nice words in order to make it eat. We all have choices whether to behave like a dog or an elephant.

- Hitopadesha, Suhrudbheda

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