Friday, November 13, 2009

जननी जन्मभूमिश्च स्वर्गादपि गरीयसी l

This following verse is not strictly considered a Subhaashit, but since it is included in one of the books of Subhaashits that I refer to, I am posting it here.

अपि स्वर्णमयी लङ्का न मे लक्ष्मण रोचते ।
जननी जन्मभूमिश्च स्वर्गादपि गरीयसी ।।

After defeating Ravana, and freeing Sita, Lord Rama established Vibhishana as the ruler of Lanka. Rama's younger brother, Lakshmana, requested him to stay for some more time in Lanka, as it was such a beautiful city.

Rama replied that he was not tempted to tarry there. He did not like (न मे रोचते) Lanka (लङ्का) , even though it was filled with gold (अपि स्वर्णमयी), and very wonderful.

In Rama's view, ones's mother and one's motherland (जननी जन्मभूमिश्च), were both superior to even heaven (स्वर्गादपि गरीयसी).

So how could a mere earthly city like Lanka keep him from returning to Ayodhya ?

The coat of arms of Nepal was changed in December, 2006, to include the flag of Nepal, Mount Everest, green hills, etc., plus a white silhouette in the shape of Nepal. The national motto of Nepal, though, written on the earlier coat of arms, was retained in the new one too.

It is-" जननी जन्मभूमिश्च स्वर्गादपि गरीयसी l "!

[Picture of coat of arms of Nepal- courtesy- Wikipedia]


Vinod_Sharma said...

How the world has changed! These days, step mother land is in demand!
Perhaps this subhashit with translation should be printed on all Indian passports

manju said...

Vinodji- Good idea!

It's particularly interesting that this sentiment about Janmabhoomi is still thought important in our neighbouring country, but not in India!

Ugich Konitari said...

Manju, what a contrast.

Janani of Manu Sharma, telling lies about her health, to get her murderer son, parole under false pretenses, even including her late m-in-law in it.

And Lord Rama, pining to return to the place where Kaikeyi conspired to send him to Vanawas, and caused the whole Ramayana.

And while one applauds Nepal for the words on their coat of arms, I wish some of their Princes had thought about this while cruelly shooting their Janani...

Sandhya said...

'ones's mother and one's motherland (जननी जन्मभूमिश्च), were both superior to even heaven (स्वर्गादपि गरीयसी).'

I thought I had taught my children patriotism - 'stand up when the national anthem is recited', taught them 'Vande mataram' when they were tiny children, but they are after the western culture like many of the children of their generation. Sometimes it hursts, Manju. The only thing they follow from our custom is vegetarianism...thank god, for that. 'Janmabhoomi' is no more for most of the children now.

manju said...

Sorry to be so late in replying to comments, but I have not been well, and have had to take a short break from blogging.

Ugich Konitari- It seems that the attitude of mothers has changed as well as that of sons.

Certainly the massacre of members of the royal family of Nepal was a horrible deed. But it is interesting that the present government still believes in the old motto.

Sandhya- This is the experience of many parents today, Sandhya. Whatever we may teach our children, peer pressure often influences them more.

I don't think we should blame ourselves, though, as long as we have tried our best. After all- Karmanye Vadhikaraste Ma Phaleshu Kadachana.

Renu said...

Thank you forposting it! it is not like that anymore..everybody wants to go west only for money

manju said...

Renu- Welcome to this blog!

Yes, what you say is true in many cases.