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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Fwd: determination

रत्नैर् महाब्धेः तुतुषुर्न देवाः
न भेजिरे भीमविषेण भीतिं।
सुधां विना न प्रययुर्विरामं
न निश्चितार्त्थाद् विरमनित् धीराः॥
भर्तृहरेः नीतिशतकं॥७१॥
ratnair mahābdheḥ tutuṣurna devāḥ
na bhejire bhīmaviṣeṇa bhītiṁ|
sudhāṁ vinā na prayayurvirāmaṁ
na niścitārtthād viramanit dhīrāḥ||

bhartṛhareḥ nītiśatakaṁ ||71||
ratnair mahaabdhey tututshurna devaah na bhejirey bheemavishena bheethim
sudhhaam vinaa na prayayaur viraamam na nischitharthat viramanthi dheeraah

when we set our eyes on a target, there should be no second thoughts and we should not be content with the second best by products of our attempts. In the history of churning the Oceans for amrutha or the producer of eternal youth, this is evident. The Devaas set out for the amrutha.. First, the churning of the milk ocean brought out great, invaluable gems..some of the minions took them away but the devas were not satisfied. Then came the calamity of the churning rope, the great snake vasuki vomiting the killer poison halahala, (usually second step in investigation) then the devas did not run away in fear (they found a calm sage of a God Lord Siva to drink all the poison...the poor guy was very kind but had his wife not managed to fix the poison on his throat itself and not allowed it to go down he would have attained martyrdom, it is a different story) . The devas stopped only when they got the nectar ultimately (thank god, they were not Income taxmen, if it were so they would have continued to churn up facts and more fiction and they would have confiscated the gems, consumed the poison without any ill effects --they were the better candidates than siva for no poison ever kills the source itself-- and seized the ambrosia and with notices for additional demands dried up the milky ocean and even put the owner of the ocean lord krishna to civil prison.) The moral of the story is that the really bold people do not stop until the ultimate goal is reached

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