Wednesday, February 29, 2012

हितोपदेश - देवत्वं


कीटोऽपि सुमनःसंगादारोहति सतां शिरः ।
अश्मापि याति देवत्वं महद्भिः सुप्रतिष्ठितः ॥


- हितोपदेश



kITaH api sumanaH sangAd Arohati satAm shiraH ।
ashmApi yAti devatvam mahadbhiH supratiShThitaH ॥


- hitopadesha


Along with the flower an insect also gets its place on top of the head of a virtuous men. Just like that, even a stone attains divinity if it is installed by a virtuous noble man.


- Hitopadesha

Monday, February 27, 2012

उत्तररामचरित - क्लिष्टो जनः किल


क्लिष्टो जनः किल जनैरनुरंजनीयः
    तन्नो यदुक्तमशुभं च न तत् क्षमं ते ।
नैसर्गिकी सुरभिणः कुसुमस्य सिद्धा
     मूर्ध्नि स्थितिर्न चरणैरवताडनानि ॥


- उत्तररामचरित



kliShTo janaH kila janaiH anuranjanIyaH
    tanno yaduktam ashubham cha na tat kShamam te ।
naisargikI surabhiNaH kusumasya siddhA
    mUrdhni sthitirna charaNaiH avatADanAni ॥


- uttararAmacharita


People should always say good things to others who are in trouble. As much as possible they must reduce their trouble. So, there is no forgiveness for the harsh words that I have uttered and you don't deserve it. A naturally fragrant flower has to placed on the head and not beaten up on by foot. (As told by Rama to Sita)


- Uttararamacharita

Sunday, February 26, 2012

महाभारत - काल


बहुमायासमाकीर्णः नानादोषसमाकुलः ।
लुप्तधर्मक्रियाचारः घोरः कालो भविष्यति ॥


- महाभारत



bahumAyA samAkIrNaH nAnA doSha samAkulaH ।
lupta dharma kriyAchAraH ghoraH kAlo bhaviShyati ॥


- mahAbhArata


The coming times will be very scary. It will filled with various kinds of deceit. Sins will grow. People will follow Dharma less and less. (In Mahabharata, the following epoch of Kali is described thus)


- Mahabharata

Saturday, February 25, 2012

प्रश्नोत्तररत्नमालिका - शूरः


किं लघुताया मूलं
    प्राकृतपुरुषेषु या याञ्छा ।
रामादपि कः शूरः
    स्मरशरनिहतो न यश्चलति ॥


- प्रश्नोत्तररत्नमालिका



kim laghutAyA mUlam
    prAkRutapuruSheShu yA yAnChA ।
rAmAdapi kaH shUraH
    smara shara nihato na yaH achalati ॥


- prashnottararatnamAlikA


What reduces one's weight (perception of self respect)? Having to beg from a lowly person. Who is more stronger than Rama? He who can remain unmoved after being attacked by the arrows of Manmatha (Angel of love).


- Prashnottararatnamalika

Friday, February 24, 2012

सुभाषितसुधानिधि - परानुग्रहतत्पराः


किमत्र चित्रं यत्संतः परानुग्रहतत्पराः ।
न हि स्वदेहसौख्याय जायन्ते चंदनद्रुमाः ॥


- सुभाषितसुधानिधि



kimatra chitram yat santaH para anugraha tatparAH ।
na hi sva deha saukhyAya jAyante chandana drumAH ॥


- subhAShitasudhAnidhi


What is strange in noble men always being busy in helping others? Sandal wood trees do not grow for their own good. They dedicate their whole lives for others.


- Subahshitasudhanidhi

Thursday, February 23, 2012

अभिनवपाठावलि - भूषणं


किं भूषणं रुचिरमत्र यशो न रत्नं
     किं कार्यमार्यचरितं सुकृतं न दोषः ।
किं चक्षुरप्रतिहतं धिषणा न नेत्रं
    किं तापहारि मधुरं वचनं न पाथः ॥


- अभिनवपाठावलि



kim bhUShaNam ruchiram atra yasho na ratnam
    kim kAryam AryacharitaM sukRutaM na doShaH ।
kim chakShuH apratihataM dhiShaNA na netram
    kim tApahAri madhuram vachanam na pAthaH ॥


- abhinavapAThAvali


What decorate you? Fame. Not gems. What is one's duty? To live the Aryan way. Not sin. What gives you unlimited sight? Mind. Not eyes. What gives relief? Sweet words. Not Water.


- Abhinavapathavali

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

किं नु मे स्यादिदं कृत्वा


किं नु मे स्यादिदं कृत्वा किं नु मे स्यादकुर्वतः ।
इति संचित्य मनसा प्राज्ञः कुर्वीत वा नवा ॥




kim nu me syAt idam kRutvA kim nu me syAt akurvataH ।
iti sinchitya manasA prAjnaH kurvIta vA navA ॥



What would happen if I did so? What would happen if I did not do so? A wise man should always think on these lines and finally "do" or "not do". A perfect answer to the eternal question "To do or not to do?"


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

सुभाषितरत्नभाण्डागार - किं धनेन कुबेरस्य


किं धनेन कुबेरस्य सुभाषितगुणेन किं ।
वाचस्पतेश्च दीपेन रवेः सिंधोश्च बिंदुना ॥


- सुभाषितरत्नभाण्डागार



kim dhanena kuberasya subhAShita guNena kim ।
vAchaspateH cha dIpena raveH, sindhoH cha bindunA ॥


- subhAShitaratnabhANDAgAra


What good is wealth for Kubera? What good are subhashitas for Bruhaspati (teacher of Gods)? What good is a torch for Sun? What good is a drop of water for the sea?


- Subhashitaratnabhandagara

Monday, February 20, 2012

भागवत - दुस्त्यजं किं धृतात्मनाम्


किं दुःसहं नु साधूनां विदुषां किमपेक्षितम् ।
किमकार्यं कदर्याणां दुस्त्यजं किं धृतात्मनाम् ॥


- भागवत



kim duH sahaM nu sAdhUnAm vidhUShAm kim apekShitam ।
kim akAryam kadAryANAm suH tyajam kim dhRutAtmanAm ॥


- bhAgavata


What is intolerable for the virtuous people? What will the scholars long for? What will a rogue think as "undoable"? What will self realized people find hard to give up?


- Bhagavata

Sunday, February 19, 2012

योगवासिष्ठ - व्रणे कीट इवास्वाद्य


किंचित् कांतान्नपानादिकलिलं कोमलं गृहे ।
व्रणे कीट इवास्वाद्य वयः कार्यं न भस्मसात् ॥


- योगवासिष्ठ



kinchit kAntA anna pAnAdi kalilam komalam gRuhe ।
vraNe kITa iva AsvAdya vayaH kAryaM na bhasmasAt ॥


- yogavAsiShTha


One must not indulge too much in worldly pleasures like damsels, sweets and other eateries. If you stay at home all day savouring these pleasures, then you will be burning your lifetime into ashes.


- Yogavasishta

Saturday, February 18, 2012

प्रतिज्ञायौगंधरायण - यत्नाः


काष्ठादग्निर्जायते मथ्यमानात्
    भूमिस्तोयं खन्यमाना ददाति ।
सोत्साहानां नास्त्यसाध्यं नराणां
    मार्गारब्धाः सर्वयत्नाः फलंति ॥


- प्रतिज्ञायौगंधरायण



kAShThAt agniH jAyate mathyamAnAt
    bhUmiH toyam khanyamAnA dadAti ।
sotsAhAnAM nAsti asAdhyam narANAm
    mArgarabdhAH sarvayatnAH phalanti ॥


- pratijnAyaugandharAyaNa


Fire can be made from just twigs and nothing else by rubbing together. If one digs the earth with effort, he will get water. If a person has enough enthusiasm, nothing is impossible. When efforts are put in the right direction, then success is guaranteed.


- Pratijnayaugandharayana

Friday, February 17, 2012

भागवत - देह


कालकर्मगुणाधीनो देहोऽयं पांचभौतिकः ।
कथामन्यांस्तु गोपयेत्सर्पग्रस्तो यथा परम् ॥


- भागवत



kAla karma guNa adhIno deho ayam pAncha bhautikaH ।
kathAm anyAMstu gopayet sarpagrasto yathA param ॥


- bhAgavata


Every being in this world is not free. It is always controlled by time, actions and qualities. This body is made of five elements. How can such a being ever help another being escape from this plight? Can an animal (mice) caught in the mouth of a snake save anything else?


- Bhagavata

Thursday, February 16, 2012

भागवत - नारायणाय


कायेन वाच मनसेंद्रियैर्वा
    बुद्ध्यात्मना वा प्रकृतेः स्वभावात् ।
करोति यद्यत्सकलं परस्मै
    नारायणायेति समर्पयेत्तत् ॥


- भागवत



kAyena vAcha manasendriyaiH vA
    buddhya AtmanA vA prakRuteH svabhAvAt ।
karoti yadyat sakalam parasmai
    nArAyaNAya iti samarpayet tat ॥


- bhAgavata


What ever you do with your body, speech, mind, senses, intellect, soul, by innate nature - should be offered in full to Him (Narayana).


- Bhagavata

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

सुभाषितरत्नभाण्डागार - सर्वमुत्पादि भंगुरम्


कायः सन्निहितापायः संपदः पदमापदाम् ।
समागमाः सापगमाः सर्वमुत्पादि भंगुरम् ॥


- सुभाषितरत्नभाण्डागार



kAyaH sannihita apAyaH sampadaH padam Apadam ।
samAgamAH sa apagamAH sarvam utpAdi bhanguram ॥


- subhAShitaratnabhANDAgAra


We have a wonderful body. But there is always danger to it right round the corner. Misery follows closes on the heels of prosperity. All unions are followed by separation. Anything that is made will be destroyed.


- Subhashitaratnabhandagara

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

मनुस्मृति - क्षांत्या शुद्ध्यंति विद्वांसो


क्षांत्या शुद्ध्यंति विद्वांसो दानेनकार्यकारिणः ।
प्रच्छन्नपापा जप्येन तपसा वेदवित्तमाः ॥


- मनुस्मृति



kShAntyA shudhyanti vidvAmso dAnena akArya kAriNaH ।
pracChanna pApA japyena tapasA vedavettamaaH॥


- manusmRiti


A scholar cleanses himself by forgiving. A sinner by resorting to charities. A secret sin is cleansed by meditation. Those who understand the vedas cleanse themselves by penances.


- Manu Smriti

Monday, February 13, 2012

पञ्चतंत्र - मित्रभेद - तृप्ति


काकमांसं शुनोच्छिष्टं स्वल्पं तदपि दुर्लभम् ।
भक्षितेनापि किं तेन तृप्तिर्येन न जायते ॥


- पञ्चतंत्र, मित्रभेद



kAkamAmsam shunocChiShTam svalpam tadapi durlabham ।
bhakShitenApi kiM tena tRuptiH yena na jAyate ॥


- panchatantra, mitrabheda


It is meat from a crow. Left over after a dog has feasted on it. It is very little. Even that is not easy to get. If I eat that, it will not even satisfy the slightest hunger. Why should I even eat it if it is not able to quench any hunger? At a higher level of consciouses, all worldly pleasures seem too insignificant as this.


- Panchatantra, Mitrabheda

Sunday, February 12, 2012

सुभाषितरत्नसमुच्चय - काक याचकोयोः मध्ये


काक आह्वयते काकान् याचको न तु याचकान् ।
काकयाचकयोर्मध्ये वरं काको न याचकः ॥


- सुभाषितरत्नसमुच्चय



kAka Ahvayate kAkAn yAchako na tu yAchakAn ।
kAka yAchakayoH madhye varaM kAko na yAchakaH ॥


- subhaShitaratnasamucchaya


When a crow finds food, it calls out for other crows. A beggar does not do the same. He is greedy and wants it all for himself. So, if you compare a crow and a beggar, a crow is better.


- Subhashitaratnasamucchaya

Saturday, February 11, 2012

भावविलास - साधूनां हि परोपकारकरणे


कस्मादिंदुरसौ धिनोति जगतीं पीयूषगर्भैः करैः
    कस्माद्वा जलधारयैष धरणीं धाराधरः सिंचति ।
भ्रामं भ्राममयं च नंदयति वा कस्मात्त्रिलोकीं रविः
    साधूनां हि परोपकारकरणे नोपाध्यपेक्षं मनः ॥


- भावविलास



kasmAd induH asau dhinoti jagatIm piyUShagarbhaiH karaiH
    kasmAd vA jaladhArayaiSha dharaNIm dhArAdharaH sinchati ।
bhrAmam bhrAmamayam cha nandayati vA kasmAt trilokIm raviH
    sAdhUnAm hi paropakArakaraNe na upAdhyapekSham manaH ॥


- bhAvavilAsa


Why does the moon grace the earth with his pleasant rays? Why do the coulds shower plesant rain on the ground to help us? Why does the Sun go round and round every day to light up all three worlds? All virtuous people never expect anything in return while helping others.


- Bhavavilasa

Friday, February 10, 2012

प्रश्नोत्तररत्नमालिका - कः च श्वा


कस्य न शोको यः स्यात्
    अक्रोधः किं सुखं तुष्टिः ।
को राजा रन्जनकृत्
    कश्च श्वा नीचसेवको यः स्यात् ॥


- प्रश्नोत्तररत्नमालिका



kasya na shoko yaH syAt
    akrodhaH kim sukham tuShTiH ।
ko rAjA ranjanakRut
    kashcha shvA nIcha sevako yaH syAt ॥


- prashnottaratnamAlikA


Who does not have worries? A person who does not get angry. Who is happy? He who is satisfied. Who is the king? Who takes good care of the subjects. Who is a dog? He who serves a wicked man.


- Prashnottararatnamalika

Thursday, February 9, 2012

अन्यापदेश शतक - विधिपरवशा चित्तवृत्तिः


कः संबंधो यदभिरमते वीक्ष्य मेघं मयूरी
    कैवासत्तिर्यदमृतरुचौ सानुबंधा चकोरी ।
को वा हेतुः पतति परितो यत्कृशानौ पतंगः
    प्रायेणैवं विधिपरवशा प्राणिनां चित्तवृत्तिः ॥


- अन्यापदेश शतक



kaH sambandho yat abhiramate vIkShya megham mayUrI
    kaivAsattiH yat amRutaruchau sAnubandhA chakorI ।
ko vA hetuH patati parito yat kRushAnau patangaH
    prAyeNaivaM vidhiparavashA prANinAm chittavRuttiH ॥


- anyApadesha shataka


What is the bonding between clouds and a peacock that makes it dance every time a dark could passes by? What is the source of love between the moon and chakora bird? Why does the moth circle around flames and finally die with it? All these beings are strung together by providence to things that they do.


- Anyapadeshashataka

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

समयोचितपद्यमालिका - कष्टतरं परगृहवासः परान्नं


कष्टं खलु मूर्खत्वं कष्टं खलु यौवनेषु दारिद्र्यं ।
कष्टात् कष्टतरं किं परगृहवासः परान्नं च ॥


- समयोचितपद्यमालिका



kaShTam khalu mUrkhatvam kaShTam khalu yauvaneShu dAridryam ।
kaShTAt kaShTataram kim paragRuhavAsaH parAnnam cha ॥


- samayochitapadyamAlikA


It is difficult being stupid and poor while young. But the most difficulty is when you have to take refuge in someone else's house and eat his food.


- Samayochitapadyamalika

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

विश्वगुणादर्श - अलंकार


कवितस्य गांभीर्यमौदार्यमृद्धेः
    प्रभुत्वस्य शौर्यं गुरुत्वस्य विद्यां ।
महावंश्यतायाः सदाचारपूर्तिं
    महत्त्वस्य सौलभ्यमाकल्पमाहुः ॥


- विश्वगुणादर्श



kavitvasya gAmbhIryam audAryam mRuddheH
    prabhutvasya shauryam gurutvasya vidyAm ।
mahAvamshyatAyAH sadAchArapUrtim
    mahattvasya saulabhyam akalpam AhuH ॥


- vishvaguNAdarsha


A poem is well decorated only when it is pregnant with deep meaning. A charitable mind decorates a wealthy person. Valour decorates a person in power. Knowledge decorates a teacher. A good character decorates a person born in a good family. A great person is decorated by being accessible to everyone.


- Vishvagunadarsha

Monday, February 6, 2012

रामायण - सुंदर - कल्याणी बत गाथेयं


कल्याणी बत गाथेयं लौकिकी प्रतिभाति मे ।
एति जीवन्तमानंदो नरं वर्षाशतादपि ॥


- रामायण, सुंदर



kalyANI bata gAtheyaM laukikI pratibhAti me ।
eti jIvantamAnando naraM varShAshatAdapi ॥


- rAmAyana, sundara


It is perhaps true what people say about patience. Good times will come to people if they stay alive and wait patiently.


- Ramayana, Sundarakanda

Sunday, February 5, 2012

हितोपदेश - विग्रह - क्षमी दाता गुणग्राही


क्षमी दाता गुणग्राही स्वामी दुःखेन लभ्यते ।
शुचिर्दक्षोऽनुरक्तश्च जाने भृत्योऽपि दुर्लभः ॥


- हितोपदेश, विग्रह



kShamI dAtA guNagrAhI svAmI duHkhena labhyate ।
shuchiH dakShH anuraktaH cha jAne bhRutyaH api durlabhaH ॥


- hitopadesha, vigraha


Rare is a master who is forgiving, charitable and who can recognize good qualities in servants. At the same time, it is very rare to find a servant who is clean, efficient and loyal.


- Hitopadesha, Vigraha

Saturday, February 4, 2012

भागवत - क्षमया रोचते


क्षमया रोचते लक्ष्मीर्ब्राह्मी सौरी यथा प्रभा ।
क्षमिणामाशु भगवांस्तुष्यते हरिरीश्वरः ॥


- भागवत



kShamyA rochate lakShmIH brAhmI saurI yathA prabhA ।
kShamiNAmAshu bhagavAMstuShyate hariH eeshvaraH ॥


- bhAgavata


He who forgives, will glow with brilliance similar to that of the pleasant morning Sun. Even the all powerful God will be pleased very soon with people who forgive.


- Bhagavata

Friday, February 3, 2012

अविमारक - क्षमया जय विप्रेंद्रान्


क्षमया जय विप्रेंद्रान् दयया जय संश्रितान् ।
तत्त्वबुद्ध्या जयात्मानं तेजसा जय पार्थिवान् ॥


- अविमारक



kShamayA jaya vipendrAn dayayA jaya saMshritAn ।
tattvabuddhyA jaya AtmAnam tejasA jaya pArthivAn ॥


- avimAraka


Brahmins must be won over by patience, refugees by compassion, self by wisdom and philosophy, other kings by valour and brilliance.


- Avimaraka

Thursday, February 2, 2012

लोचन - मन्मथ


कर्पूर इव दग्धोऽपि शक्तिमान् यो दिने दिने ।
नमोऽस्त्ववार्यवीर्याय तस्मै कुसुमधन्वने ॥


- लोचन



karpUra iva dhagho api shaktimAn yo dine dine ।
namostu AryavIryAya tasmai kusuma dhanvane ॥


- locahana


Salutations to the one who is holding up the flower-arrows - Manmatha, the god of Love. His power increases day by day even after being completely destroyed like the burning of camphor.


- Lochana

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

कुवलयानंद - मनुष्यः


कपिरपि च कापिशायनमदमत्तो वृश्चिकेन संदष्टः ।
अपि च पिशाचग्रस्तः किं ब्रूवो वैकृतं तस्य ॥


- कुवलयानंद



kapirapi cha kApishAyanam adamatto vRushchikena sandaShTaH ।
api cha pishAchagrastaH kim brUvo vaikRutam tasya ॥


- kuvalayAnanda


It is first of all a monkey. On top it, it is drunk. A scorpion has stung it. To add to the chaos, it is possessed. One can only imagine what can happen. It is the state of the human world today - men, intoxicated by wealth, stung by ignorance and possessed by greed.


- Kuvalayananda