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Saturday, June 19, 2010

woes of a guest

कष्टं च खलु मूर्खत्वं
कष्टं च खलु यौवनं
कष्टात् कष्टतरं चैव
kaṣṭaṁ ca khalu mūrkhatvaṁ
kaṣṭaṁ ca khalu yauvanaṁ
kaṣṭāt kaṣṭataraṁ caiva

चाणक्य नीति
cāṇakya nīti
കഷ്ടം ച ഖലു മൂര്ഖത്വം
കഷ്ടം ച ഖലു യവ്വനം
കഷ്ടാത് കഷ്ടതരം ചൈവ

It is indeed very miserable for one to remain an ignoramus.  Similarly for everyone the adolescence will be quite cumbersome because one has to learn the lessons of life and master the means of livelihood in the hard way during that stage in life.  But the most unbearable misery is to stay in the household of some other person.
The difficulties we face even when we stay for a few days as a guest in the house of the most cordial host would have been realized by all.  One cannot have any privacy, and after a few hours one become an imposition on the rhythm of life of the host.  So many compromises  have to be made both by the guest and the host. If by some quirk of fate one is forced to live as an outsider in closely  knit family circuit, life becomes most miserable.  It is even more so when the hosts are not much compassionate.  The mushrooming of old age homes everywhere  bears eloquent testimony to this sad fact.

।श्रीकृष्णो रक्षतु।
|śrīkṛṣṇo rakṣatu|
Have a nice and happy day
with profound respect and warm regards
K V Ananthanarayanan
त्यजन्तु बान्धवाः सर्वे निन्दन्तु गुरवो जनाःI
तदापि परमानन्दो गोविन्दो मम जीवनंII

Iकृष्णात् परं किमपि तत्वं अहं न जाने"I