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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Experience has no substitute even in assembly

न सा सभा यत्र न सन्ति वृद्धाः
न ते वृद्धाः ये च न वदन्ति धर्मं।
नासौ धर्मो न यत्र सत्यमस्ति
न तद् सत्यं यच्छलेनाभ्युपेतं॥
चाणक्यसूत्राणि
na sā sabhā yatra na vṛddhāḥ
na te vṛddhāḥ ye ca na vadanti dharmaṁ|
nāsau dharmo na yatra satyamasti
na tad satyaṁ yacchalenābhyupetaṁ||
cāṇakyasūtrāṇi
ന സാ സഭാ യത്ര ന വൃദ്ധാ:
ന തേ വൃദ്ധാ: യെ ച ന വദന്തി ധര്‍മ്മം
ന അസവ്‌ ധര്‍മോ ന യത്ര സത്യമസ്തി
ന തദ്‌ സത്യം യത് ച്ഹലേന അഭ്യുപേതം
ചാണക്യന്‍

An assembly for administration is inadequate if it is not represented by scholars wizened by age and experience.   The elders who do not expound virtue cannot be treated as wise and grown up.   It is not to be treated as virtue if it is not  buttressed by truth.  And truth cannot be a  contraption with external brilliance  with contents  ridden by deception...meaning half-truths and ad-hoc truths are not to be given the status  of pure truth.

The political astuteness of the Master stands out here.  Human beings, however brilliant they are intellectually, however erudite they are, they can reach the apex of brilliance of thought and discretion onlly as they attain ripe age.  Experience has no substitute.   Consider the ages of our Presidents, Prime Ministers, Judges of the apex court and so on.  May be the exceptions are Shankara or Jesus.. But they are godheads with no age.
  Mere greying of hair does not make one an old gentleman.  We have seen many gerontocracies  in autocratic juntas. And politicians with nothing to their credit other  than the donkey years reaching the legislative fora are also not rare.   But the master prescribes advanced age only because with advancing age the knowledge and sense of virtue and detachment will get ripened. 
 And whatever may be the virtue of an action if that action is not based on truth, then it cannot be a virtue.  
And most important,  the truth mentioned here should be absolute and not what was propagated by Rasputins and Goebbels as also many of their contemporary avatars. 

--
।श्रीकृष्णो रक्षतु।
|śrīkṛṣṇo rakṣatu|
Have a nice and happy day
with profound respect and warm regards
K V Ananthanarayanan
(kanfusion)
blog   http://kanfusion.blogspot.com/
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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