Monday, June 17, 2019

On Introspection - Sanskrit subhashitam

प्रत्यहं प्रत्यवेक्षेत नरश्चरितमात्मनः।
किं नु मे पशुभिस्तुल्यं किं नु सत्पुर्षैरिति॥
pratyahaṁ pratyavekṣeta naraścaritamātmanaḥ|
kiṁ nu me paśubhistulyaṁ kiṁ nu satpurṣairiti||

A worthy reminder for all from Subhaashitaratnabhandagaram.. the huge treasury of noble sayings.

A person should review his own conduct and activities persistently asking himself
Were my activities today were like that of animals
Were the activities regulated following the path shown by great souls?

An introspection is always worth its weight in gold.
Many of our activities are controlled by our instincts... and most of the instincts are rough and base.. Our reactions to situations in most cases would not be different from those of animals. And sure, such beastly reactions can bring grief to us too..
But the noble and wise people have set great precedents in proper behaviour.. they have faced many situations and they have responded to them in the best manner.. In a manner that would bring least disturbance to all concerned.. and would bestow all possible benefits of all around.. Human race have progressed through thousands of years.. and the acts of great men are abundantly chronicled.. The advice given here is that it would be best to consider the precedents set out by such great persons while conducting our day to day activities..

The quote from H W Longfellow.. in his "A Psalm of Life " comes to mind

Lives of great men all remind us 
We can make our lives sublime, 
And, departing, leave behind us 
Footprints on the sands of time

Mahabharatham also echoes the same idea 
महाजनो येन गतः स पन्था the path followed by great men is the right path..

Have a nice day
k v ananthanarayanan

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