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Saturday, May 22, 2010

Thrift is really a great virtue

शनैःशनैश्च भोक्तव्यं स्वयं वित्तम् उपार्जितम्।
रसायनम् इव प्राज्ञैर् हेलया न कदाचन
śanaiaḥśanaiśca bhoktavyaṁ svayaṁ vittam upārjitam |
rasāyanam iva prājñair helayā na kadācana
ശനൈഹ്ശനൈഹ് ച ഭോക്തവ്യം സ്വയം വിത്തമുപാര്‍ജിതം
രസായനം ഇവ പ്രാജ്ഞയ് ഹേലയാ ന കദാചന
the money one earns, if he is an intelligent person (for an idiot, no advice is necessary),  should be spent at a very slow pace with a lot of caution, and not in a carefree manner.  It is like taking medicines at the prescribed time and dosage.
what we find in this world is that people go all out to earn and amass money by fair means or foul.  But when it comes to spending  they throw caution to the winds. The advice in panchantantram is that  one should earn money by himself but when it comes to spending he should definitely be very cautious and slow.  There is no room for frivolity. It is just like many medicinal preparations especially in ayurveda.. to prepare the rasaayanaas the doctor has to spend a lot of time..the medicine maybe even very delicious.  But for the patient the doctor prescribes appropriated dosages...may be in small quantities.  The patient has to be insane to gobble up the whole medicine at a single sitting rather than consuming it at timed intervals.  Thrift is really a great virtue.... perhaps miserliness is not.
।श्रीकृष्णो रक्षतु।
|śrīkṛṣṇo rakṣatu|
Have a nice and happy day
with profound respect and warm regards
K V Ananthanarayanan