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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Sanskrit blog-A modern fable

गृध्रशशौ

उत्तुङ्गवृक्षे ससुखं निषण्णं गृध्रं क्रियाहीनमवेक्ष्य कंचित्

धरानिविष्टः शशकस्तमूचे साध्या नु किं निष्क्रियता मयापि ।।

किं संशयं मित्र, सुखेन तिष्ठेत्युक्तो स भूमौ निषसाद तूष्णीं ।

हन्त क्षुधार्तेन स जंबुकॆन व्यापादितो भक्षित एव तूर्णम् ।।

उच्चैः स्थितस्यैव हि जीवयात्रा सिद्ध्येत् न कुर्वन्नपि कर्म किञ्चित् ।

अन्योऽनुवृत्तिं यदि कर्तुंमिच्छेत् ध्रुवं विनश्येत् शशवत् स शीघ्रम् ॥

A rendering in Sanskrit of a modern fable:

An eagle was sitting on a tree resting, doing nothing.
A small rabbit saw the eagle and asked him, 'Can I also sit like you and do nothing?'
The eagle answered: 'Sure, why not.'
So, the rabbit sat on the ground below the eagle and rested.

All of a sudden, a fox appeared, jumped on the rabbit and ate it.
Moral of the story:
To be sitting and doing nothing, you must be sitting very, very high up.

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