Category Archives: miscellaneous

A Very Short Post about Bees and Bees

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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

Decision

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

Contentment

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

Bravery

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

Action

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

Of Names and Identities

 

This morning’s  newspaper brought the interesting news that

“a 15-year-old Icelandic girl is suing the state for the right to legally use the name given to her by her mother.

Apparently, Iceland has specific rules regarding what names can be given to a baby. There are 1,853 female names and 1712 male names that parents can choose from. Continue reading Of Names and Identities

A Couple of Riddles and a Blogversary

Today, I’ve decided to bore my blogging friends with a couple of riddles in Sanskrit. 🙂

No one really knows who composed these Subhaashit-riddles, they have been passed down by one generation to the next for many centuries.

See if you can guess the answers…… Continue reading A Couple of Riddles and a Blogversary