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Friday, January 07, 2011

the fool knows no limits.

आत्मनो बलमज्ञाय धर्मार्थपरिवर्जितम्।
अलभ्यन्मिच्छन्नैष्कर्म्यात् मूढबुद्धिरिहोच्यते॥
ātmano balamajñāaya dharmārthaparivarjitam|
alabhyanmicchannaiṣkarmyāt mūḍhabuddhirihocyate||
ആത്മനോ ബാലമജ്നായ ധര്മ്മാര്‍ത്ഥ പരിവര്‍ജിതം
അലഭ്യമിച്ചന്‍ നൈഷ്കര്‍മ്യാത് മൂഡബുദ്ധിരിഹോച്യതെ
One who does not take realistic stock of his strengths and foibles,
  having  abandoned  the thought of merits  and financial viability of an action, 
is simply expecting  benefits which  are unattainable, 
at the same time is remaining inactive too,  
is an idiot of the first order.

Three great truths of life are  enunciated here..
1. One should be always realistic when evaluating ones own strength and weaknesses.
 2. One should embark on a project which is strictly lawful and at the same time viable within his financial capacity. 
3.  One should not pine for something  unattainable especially when he chooses not to take any positive attempt towards attaining a goal

When it is put by Vidhura or any other  great soul  the statement looks very appealing. 
 And  all across the world the same ideas have been reiterated  by the masters to the disciples.  
But when applying the rules in real life we flounder.  
I think it was Shelley who said,
"We look before and after and pine for what is not"


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