Sunday, March 4, 2012

Got friends? Here are four.

Got friends? Here are four.

The first three are friends in this mortal world, but who is our friend even after death?
Dharma. What we do here in this world, that can take us to heaven or hell or to mokSha forever!
If we follow our natural role in the society earnestly, we will have no regrets and no wants remaining, and the one without wants has already attained mokSha!!

In foreign lands knowledge is friend, at home the spouse.
Medicine is the friend of the sick, and dharma, that of the dead.
विद्या मित्रं प्रवासेषु भार्या मित्रं गृहेषु च ।
व्याधितस्यौषधं मित्रं धर्मो मित्रं मृतस्य च ॥
vidyā mitram pravāséṣhu, bhāryā mitram gṛihéṣhu cha |
vyādhi_tasyau_ṣhadham mitram, dharmo mitram mṛitasya cha || [IAST]

vidyA mitram pravAseShu, bhAryA mitram gRiheShu cha |
vyAdhi_tasyau_Shadham mitram, dharmo mitram mRitasya cha || [ITRANS]

And now the language aspects -

vidyA = knowledge
mitram = friend
pravAseShu = in foreign lands
bhAryA = wife (or spouse for modern times)
mitram = friend
gRiheShu = in the homes
cha = and
vyAdhitasya = of the sick
auShadham = herbs/medicine
mitram = friend
dharmo = dharmaH = good deeds, values, principles
mitram = friend
mRitasya = of the dead
cha = and

(c) shashikant joshi । शशिकांत जोशी । ॐ सर्वे भवन्तु सुखिनः ।
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