Category Archives: Bhartrihari’s Nitishatakam

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