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Re: Nectar from rAmAyanA
« Reply #45 on: August 09, 2013, 06:25:11 PM »
यो हि दत्वा द्विपश्रेष्ठं कक्ष्यायां कुरुते मनः ।
रज्जुस्नेहेन किं तस्य त्यजतः कुञ्जरोत्तमम्॥।

Yo hi datwaa dwipashreshthham kakshyaayaam kurute manah
Rajjusnehena kim tasya tyajatah kunjarottamam
2.37.3

If a  person is gifting away his elephant but his heart is set on the rope used for tying the elephant, of what use is his attachment to the rope when he is giving away the elephant itself.

[Context: Dasaratha wanted to send the royal retinue to follow Rama to the forests.  Kaikeyi objects to this. Rama says that when he is abandoning the kingdom itself what royal paraphernalia to him is. It is like giving away the elephant and setting one’s heart on the rope with which the elephant is tied.]
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Re: Nectar from rAmAyanA
« Reply #46 on: August 09, 2013, 06:33:23 PM »
नातन्त्री विद्यते वीणा नाचक्रो विद्यते रथः।
नापतिः सुखमेधेत या स्यादपि शतात्मजा ॥                           

Naatantree vidyate veenaa naachakro vidyate rathah
Naapatih sukhamedheta yaa syaadapi shataatmajaa     
2.39.29

A Veena cannot exist without its strings.  A chariot cannot exist without its wheels.  Without her husband a woman can never live happily even though she has a hundred sons.

[Context: Sita’s response to Kausalya’s advice asking her to respect and obey Rama in spite of his being deprived of the kingdom.]
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Re: Nectar from rAmAyanA
« Reply #47 on: August 10, 2013, 12:14:56 AM »
शोको नाशयते  धैर्यं शोको नाशयते श्रुतं।
शोको नाशयते सर्वं नास्ति शोकोसमो रिपुः॥

Shoko naashayate dhairyam shoko naashayate shrutam
Shoko naashayete sarvam nasti shokasamo ripuh             
2.62.15

Grief destroys one's courage. It destroys one's learning. It destroys one's everything. There is no enemy greater than grief.


[Context: These are the words of Kausalya. She had spoken harsh words to Dasratha for sending Rama to the forests. She repents and says that she spoke thus because of her intense grief on Rama being sent to the forests]
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Re: Nectar from rAmAyanA
« Reply #48 on: August 10, 2013, 11:22:21 AM »
The ascetic Valmiki aksed that best of sages and foremost of those conversant with words, even engaged in austerities and Vaidika studies, Narada saying: "Who at present in this world is alike crowned with qualities, and endued with prowess, knowing duty, and grateful, and truthful, and firm in vow, who is qualified by virtue of his character and who is ever studious of the welfare of all creatures? Who is learned, hath studied society, and knoweth the art of pleasing his subjects? And who alone is ever lovely to behold? Who had subdued his heart, and controlled his anger, is endowed in battle, do even the Gods fear? Great is my curiosity to hear of such a person. Thou canst, O Maharishi, tell me of a man of this description." Hearing Valmiki's words, Narada, cognizant of the three worlds, said with alacrity: "Do thou listen! Rare as are the qualities mentioned by thee, I will, o sage, having duly considered, describe unto thee a person endued with them. There is one sprung from the line of Ikshvaku, known by the name of Rama. He is subdued soul and exceeding prowess; effulgent; endowed with patience; having senses under control; intelligent; learned in morality; eloquent; crowned with grace; the slayer of foes; broad-shouldered; possessed of mighty arms, a conch-shaped neck, fleshy jaws, and a broad chest; a powerful bowman; the repressor of foes; having plump shoulder blades; of arms reaching down unto his knees; with beautiful head and a graceful forehead; and endowed with excellent might; having symmetrical limbs; and of cool hue; and possessed of prowess; and having a well-developed chest; with expansive eyes; crowned with auspiciousness and favourable marks; knowing duty; firm in promise; aye engaged in the good of subjects; of accomplished renown; furnished with knowledge; pure in body and spirit; modest toward superiors; versed in Self-knowledge; like unto Prajapati himself; blest with prosperity; protecting all; the destroyer of enemies, and supporter of all living beings; and the stay of order, practicing all the duties of his class; and preserving those cleaving unto Him; versed in the profoundities of the Vedas and the Vedangas; accomplished in archery; gifted with good memory; ascertaining with rapidity the truth of things; the darling of all; unreproved; of unvanquished spirit; discerning; proficient in every branch of learning; ever resorted to by the good even as the ocean is by the rivers; worthy of being honored; having equal regard for all; and capable of filling the heart with ever-new sensations. Crowned with every grace, He enhanceth unto the Himavat in patience. In prowess, He is like unto Vishnu, and boesteth of the personal attractions of the Moon. In anger He resembleth the fire raging at the dissolution of all; and in forgiveness, He is like unto the Earth. In giving away, He is like unto (Kuvera) the Bestower of riches, and in truth, he is like another Dharma."
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