May 21st


Sanskrit Pearl of the day:
खल्वाटो दिवसेश्वरस्य किरणैस्सन्तापितो मस्तके 
गच्छन्देशमनातपं द्रुतगतिस्तालस्य मूलं गतः ।
तत्राप्यस्य महाफलेन पतता भग्नं सशब्दं शिरः 
प्रायो गच्छति यत्र दैवहतकस्तत्रैव यान्त्यापदः ॥
-नीतिशतक

Transliteration:
khalvaaTo divaseshwarasya kiraNaissantaapito mastake
gachChandeshamanaatapaM drutagatistaalasya mUlaM gataH |
tatraapyasya mahaaphalena patataa bhagnaM sashabdaM shiraH
praayo gachChati yatra daivahatakastatraiva yaantyaapadaH ||
-nItishataka

Meaning of the subhAShita:
A bald man, scorched in the head due to the sun's rays, looking for a place of shade rushed hurriedly to the base of a palm tree.  There too, due to the falling of a huge palm fruit, his head was fractured with a huge noise!  Alas! perils probably go where ever those cursed by destiny go...

Commentary:
To begin with, he is a bald man, not even a strand of hair to protect him from the scorching sun.  On a hot day, in a barren place, all he could find was a palm tree.  He scurried beneath the tree to get some scraps of shade (a palm tree isn't very dense to cast a huge shadow anyway.)  There too, as soon as he stood, a huge palm fruit (palm fruits are not very large to begin with), fell on his head.  Just for that, with a loud noise, his head cracked!

Looks like he was ill fated!  Reminds of the saying 'Sometimes, the road of life takes an unexpected turn and you have no choice but to follow it and end up in the place you are supposed to be!'  Otherwise, why would he go beneath a palm tree of all places and offer his scorching bald head to the falling fruit, so it can break?!!  There were a million other places he could have been at that time, but he chose to be where he was...  There will be times in one's life, where sometimes, no matter how one prepares or handles his circumstances, things may not appear to be going right.

In such circumstances, where no logic, rhyme or reason can explain away the happenings, one decides to attribute it to destiny.  Rightly so!  There is only so much a human can understand and explain.  Somethings are beyond his limitations sometimes.  It is just the way it is!  Whatever has to happen, happens.  If we would be able to explain everything at all times, wouldn't we deem ourselves as God?!  Even with our infinite limitations, human as a species, is known to have such a complex ego.  What if he were given that ultimate power where he knew and understood why everything happened a certain way?!  Then there would be no respite for the universe :).

There is luck, but one can do things to better his chances.  Then again, the Lord may choose to over ride them all!  At that time, one's mantra should be - what can't be cured, has to be endured!

pada vigrahaH:
खल्वाटः दिवसेश्वरस्य किरणैः सन्तापितः मस्तके 
khalvaaTaH divaseshwarasya kiraNaiH santaapitaH mastake

गच्छन् देशम् अनातपं द्रुत-गतिः तालस्य मूलं गतः ।
gachChan desham anaatapaM druta-gatiH taalasya mUlaM gataH |

तत्र अपि अस्य महा-फलेन पतता भग्नं सशब्दं शिरः 
tatra api asya mahaa-phalena patataa bhagnaM sashabdaM shiraH

प्रायः गच्छति यत्र दैव-हतकः तत्र एव यान्ति आपदः ॥
praayaH gachChati yatra daiva-hatakaH tatra eva yaanti aapadaH ||