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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

never get carried away by the lustre of the gem.

दुर्ज्जनः परिहर्तव्यः विद्ययालङ्कृतोऽपि सन्।
मणिना भूषितः सर्पः किमसौ न भयङ्करः॥४३॥
भर्त्तृहरेः नीतिशतकं
durjjanaḥ parihartavyaḥ vidyayālaṅkṛto'pi san|
maṇinā bhūṣitaḥ sarpaḥ kimasau na bhayaṅkaraḥ||43||
bharttṛhareḥ nītiśatakaṁ

Another nugget from bharttruhari

"A characterless rogue, even if he is endowed with a lot of knowledge  should always be avoided as a friend or companion. Can a venomous serpent become less terrible just because he has a precious gem on his forehead? "

When it comes to a choice between character and learnedness, character should be the priority.  The inherent evil nature of some people will never leave them just because they have acquired a lot of knowledge.. This fact is observed by us too frequently.. many  of the stalwarts wearing  the mantles of   great  writers administrators and statesmen
all in one bundle are seen lacking only in integrity and genuine concern for the society which placed infinite trust on them.  Can such persons be encouraged just on account of their learnedness and capacity to wag their tongues to advantage?  Of course, the masses behave sometimes in an asinine way 
However, even if a venomous snake acquires its maanikkyam ( a priceless gem), it never can abandon its evil instinct to inject venom on whoever that goes near it.  One should never get  carried away by the lustre of the gem.

।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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