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A Very Short Post about Bees and Bees


It’s well known by now that many an American has a Bee in her bonnet since Donald Trump became President.

By the way, can anyone have a bee in her bonnet nowadays since presumably no one wears bonnets anymore? Perhaps people should wear bonnets again? So Bees can get caught in them. Continue reading A Very Short Post about Bees and Bees


Trying to Sweeten the Ocean with a Single Drop of Honey.

In this next shloka in the category, “अज्ञ-पध्दति” (the way of the ignorant), Bhartrihari has continued the explanation of the earlier verses.

He tells us that is impossible to make a (wilfully) foolish person change his mind, so obstinate is such a person. Continue reading Trying to Sweeten the Ocean with a Single Drop of Honey.

न तु प्रतिनिविष्टमूर्खजनचित्तमाराधायेत्

In the earlier post, we considered the first shloka in the category, “अज्ञ-पध्दति” (the way of the ignorant). 

Here are the next two verses. These verses are very lyrical and  Bhartrihari has given some interesting and graphic examples to make his point!

It is easy to explain something to an ignorant person, and even easier to explain something to a learned one.

But it is very difficult to explain anything to someone who is wilfully ignorant . Continue reading न तु प्रतिनिविष्टमूर्खजनचित्तमाराधायेत्

“A little learning is a dangerous thing”

This is the first verse in the category, “अज्ञ-पध्दति” (the way of the ignorant) in Bhartrihari’s Nitishatakam.

अज्ञः सुखमाराध्यः सुखतरमाराध्यते विशेषज्ञः ।
ज्ञानलवदुर्विदग्धं ब्रह्मापि नरं न रञ्जयति ll

Continue reading “A little learning is a dangerous thing”

Bhartrihari’s Nitishatakam

As is the case with many writers/ poets who lived several centuries ago, there is not much definite information about Bhartrihari (भर्तृहरि).

Bhartrihari, the poet who wrote the Shatakatrayammay have been the grammarian, Bhartrihari, who lived in the 5th century AD, (author of the Vakyapada, the seminal text on Sanskrit grammar).

Or he may have been a scholar living at an entirely different time. Continue reading Bhartrihari’s Nitishatakam


केवलं शास्त्रमाश्रित्य न कर्तव्यो विनिर्णयः |

युक्तिहीने विचारे तु धर्महानिः प्रजायते ||

A decision (विनिर्णयः) should not be taken (न कर्तव्यो) by considering only the rules/words of any discipline (or science) (केवलं शास्त्रमाश्रित्य).

Any consideration (thought) ( विचार) without reasoning (युक्तिहीने) will only result in damage or destruction of Dharma  (धर्महानिः प्रजायते). Continue reading Decision


अकृत्वा परसन्तापमगत्वा खलमन्दिरम्  |

अनुत्सृज्य सतां वर्त्म यत्स्वल्पमपि तद्बहु ||

Without causing (अकृत्वा) pain to others (परसन्तापं), without going (अगत्वा) to the house of a bad person (खलमन्दिरम् ) (with any request),

and without leaving (अनुत्सृज्य) the path (वर्त्म) taken by good persons (सतां), whatever little is gained (यत्स्वल्पमपि) should be (considered) ample (तद्बहु). Continue reading Contentment


The Shataktraya  comprises three collections of verses, having about 100 stanzas each. These are said to have been written by Bhartrihari.

The Nitishatakam is one of  these three collections. In the Nitishatakam, Bhartrihari deals with a variety of subjects such as duty of rulers, education, social relationships, etc.

The following Subhaashit is from the Nitishatakam. Continue reading Bravery


We’ve often heard that shallow water makes a noisy splash. The inference is, that loud talk is often accompanied by minimal action. Of what use is talk without action?

The Subhaashitkars of earlier times seem to have had this same thought- as can be seen in the following couple of Subhaashits. Continue reading Action