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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

age does not mellow ...

वयसः परिणामेपि यः खल खल एव सः।
सुपक्वमपि माधुर्यम् नोपयातीन्द्रवारुणं॥
vayasaḥ pariṇāmepi yaḥ khala khala eva saḥ|
supakvamapi mādhuryam nopayātīndravāruṇaṁ||
വയസ: പരിണാമേപി യ: ഖല ഖല ഏവ സ:
സുപക്വമപി മാധുര്യം നോപയാതി ഇന്ദ്രവാരുണം

Just because one is advanced in age, his inherent nature of being cruel and idiotic does not undergo any change.  The bitter gourd, even if it has become very ripe and red will not leave its bitter taste and become sweet.
The master chanakya here underlines the force of habits.  If one has become used to being cruel and adamant in his younger days, he will not be able to give up his natural propensities and become a saint just because he has grown old.  The appearance of a man of ripe age can be very deceptive. In physical stature and in behaviour, he may appear to be very pious. But the poison inside will be still potent.  We are seeing many 'uncles' and "granddads' of this genre in our daily lives.

।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
let all my relatives abandon me, let the great people insult me, still I am in supreme bliss since my life  is GOVINDA alone.
Iकृष्णात् परं किमपि तत्वं अहं न जाने"I
लोकाः समस्ताः सुखिनो भवन्तु।
lokāḥ samastāḥ sukhino bhavantu|

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