Sanskrit is regarded as a language which has little relevance today. It is also regarded as a complex language, hard to understand. But by viewing Sanskrit in this way, we are depriving ourselves of a wonderful part of our cultural heritage.
In reality, Sanskrit literature has many facets. It can be difficult to understand, its grammar can be complicated, but it can also be fun! Sanskrit Subhaashits ( सुभाषितानि) or 'wise sayings', fall into this last category.
Subhaashits are not only 'fun' but they are also what is called imperishable -'Akshar' ( अक्षर ) - literature, since they deal with various aspects of human nature which is pretty much the same in any age. Thus they were relevant not only in the time when they were written, but even today.
So through this blog, I hope to give an introduction to these Subhaashits and also try to show their relevance to our lives- personal as well as social.
I'm afraid that my enthusiasm for Sanskrit Subhaashits is greater than my knowledge of the Sanskrit language, though- which is quite limited. So it is possible that grammatical and other errors may creep into my posts here. My apologies in advance, for that!
I shall not translate the verses literally, but rather try to write free translations so they may be more easily understood.
Today I am posting a Subhaashit about Subhaashits-
भाषासु मुख्या मधुरा दिव्या गीर्वाणभारती l
तस्माद्धि काव्यं मधुरं तस्मादपि सुभाषितम् ll
Of all the languages (भाषासु ) , the most important (मुख्या ) and sweetest (मधुरा ) of all languages is the divine (दिव्या ) language of the Gods (Sanskrit).
Even sweeter than the Sanskrit language is its poetry (काव्यं ) and sweeter than all the other poetry is the Subhaashit ( सुभाषितम् ).
I'll end this post with a riddle-
अपदो दूरगामी च साक्षरो न च पंडितः l
अमुखस्फुटवक्ता च यो जानाति स पंडितः ll
Does not have legs, but travels far,
Is connected with the alphabet but is not learned,
Lacks a mouth but speaks plainly,
Whoever guesses who this is, is a wise person.
Can anyone guess the answer?