In the previous post, we considered a Subhaashit which explains why helping a person to obtain knowledge is important.
This following Subhaashit tells us that knowledge is the best kind of wealth.
न चोरहार्यं न च राजहार्यं
न भ्रातृभाज्यं न च भारकारि l
व्यये कृते वर्धत एव नित्यं
विद्याधनं सर्वधनप्रधानम् ll
A thief cannot steal it (न चोरहार्यं), neither can a King confiscate it (न च राजहार्यं).
It cannot be divided among brothers (न भ्रातृभाज्यं), nor is it a burden (न च भारकारि).
If spent (व्यये कृते) it constantly increases (वर्धत एव नित्यं).
(Therefore) the wealth of knowledge (विद्याधनं) is the most superior among all wealths (सर्वधनप्रधानम् ).
On a lighter note-
In this following verse श्लेष (multiple meaning/ pun) is used to interesting effect.
शंकरं पतितं दृष्ट्वा पार्वती हर्षनिर्भरा l
रुरुदे पन्नगाः सर्वे हा हा शंकर शंकर ll
Seeing (दृष्ट्वा) that (Lord) Shankar had fallen (शंकरं पतितं) Parvati (पार्वती) could not contain her joy (हर्षनिर्भरा).
All the serpents started wailing (रुरुदे पन्नगाः सर्वे) Alas! Shankar! Shankar!(हा हा शंकर शंकर).
Here we are surprised that Parvati (The goddess Parvati- daughter of the Lord of the Mountains ) would be happy to see that Shankar (her husband) had fallen.
But there are double meanings of 'Shankar' and 'Parvati'. The other meaning of Shankar is the Sandalwood (चंदन) tree and the second meaning of Parvati is 'a female who resides in the mountains' -which refers to a tribal woman.
Since a tribal woman makes her living by selling bundles of wood, she would be happy to see a fallen sandalwood tree. And the snakes which live in the base of the tree would be unhappy because their home was destroyed.