शक्तोऽपि जनस्तिरस्क्रियां लभते l
लङ्घ्यो वन्हिर्न तु ज्वलितः ll
Even if a person is powerful (शक्तोऽपि), if he does not show that power (अप्रकटीकृतशक्तिः), people will regard him with contempt (जनस्तिरस्क्रियां लभते).
When the fire is inside the wood (निवसन्नन्तर्दारुणि) (in a latent state), anyone can walk over it (लङ्घ्यो). (But this is not so in the case) of a burning fire (वन्हिर्न तु ज्वलितः).
It is not enough that a person is powerful. On occasion it is necessary to make evident that power. No one should be in doubt of a person's capability to use his power if needed.
What is true about a person is true about a nation also. Sometimes it is necessary to show our strength to stop further aggression.
China is currently testing India by making controversial statements about Arunachal Pradesh- an Indian state. It has protested against Indian PM Manmohan Singh's ' recent visit to the “disputed area” and asked India not to “stir up trouble” there'.
India has merely expressed its “disappointment and concern”.
The Dalai Lama is to visit Arunachal Pradesh next month.
News agency Reuters reports that 'Beijing could see the Dalai Lama's trip as encouraging the Tibetan struggle by undermining Chinese territorial integrity'.
Why does India not protest against such wording?
Who knows whether India even has any potential for fire. But if we do have some, now is the time to show China that we do.