Optimum Blend of the Old and the New

We often find that Subhaashits give us insights into how people perceive things in diverse situations. Or why people act the way they do.
 Superficial details may be different in different ages. But the underlying reasons or principles remain more or less the same.
In the following verse, the Subhaashitkar explains that a person should always use his own judgement, and not follow others blindly. He says-
पुराणमित्येव साधु सर्वं
चापि काव्यं नवमित्यवद्यम् l
सन्तः परीक्ष्यान्यतरद् भजन्ते
मूढः परप्रत्ययनेयबुध्दिः ll
All things (सर्वं) are not beneficial (न साधु) just because they are old (पुराणमित्येव). Likewise, no poetry (न चापि काव्यं) is faultless (perfect) (अवद्यम्) just because it is new(नवम् इति).
Wise (good) people ( सन्तः) accept (anything) (भजन्ते) from either, after examining (both) carefully(परीक्ष्यान्यतरद्). An  ignorant person (मूढः) has the tendency to accept whatever others have accepted (परप्रत्ययनेयबुध्दिः).
The thoughts expressed in this Subhaashit are as relevant today as they were in earlier times.
Some people are fond of saying that ‘old is gold’. That the traditional ways of doing things are best. That we should not change our way of life in any situation.
On the other hand, some people are quick to brand anything traditional as ‘out of date’. They feel that we should move with the times. That we should not follow any traditions and accept new ways because they are modern.
But there is a golden mean, in between these two extreme views.
An ignorant person would perhaps accept anything because others do, because something is politically correct, or socially accepted. Such a person does not use his own judgement and blindly does what his peers do.
A wise person though, examines the traditional ways and decides which are of enduring value and should be retained. At the same time, he accepts the modern methods which he judges to be beneficial. In using his own judgement in this way, he attains an optimum blend of the old and the new.


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