Bhartṛhari is a Sanskrit writer to whom are normally ascribed two influential Sanskrit texts: Bhartrihari was long believed to have lived in the seventh century CE, but according consisting of three thematic compilations on shringara, vairagya and niti (loosely: love, dispassion and moral conduct) of hundred verses each. NITI SHATAKAM of Bhartrihari 1.I bow to God, the self enlightened, the peaceful, free from the bonds of space and time, the infinite, the pure co. Meanwhile he took generic interest in affairs of his state and during this time wrote Niti Shataka. Later on, it is believed that, he resigned from.

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Niti Shataka of Bhartrihari :: The Fool

You may take the fruits of the earth at your will ; in every wood there is no lack of trees ; in every place there is water, sweet and cool, of the sacred streams ; there is a soft couch strewn for you, made up of the shoots of the delicate creepers. On this earth everything is frought with fear. Should not those bad examiners be worthy of condemnations who through carelessness cause jewels to fall from their true value?

We lie on the banks of Siva’s own river, and we in- voke him with piercing cries, calling ” Siva! Now I sit on a stone in a mountain cave, and in the intervals of my meditation I am filled with laughter at the recollection of my former life. Wealth can either be donated or spent for enjoyment.

Eyes are blurred and wet. This verse criticises the ways of the bhartrihsri who describe women with eloquent similes. The begging should not be for the purpose of storing. Riches are like mental conceptions Translator’s comment: There are ten chief incarnations: With more than 74, verses, plus long prose passages, or neeit 1.

So Kala and Kali toss day and night backward and forward as though they were dice, and play with men on the chessboard of this world as if they were chessmen. Aldna, ” The post to which an elephant is tied. Angad goes and informs Hanuman who requests Tara to go and allay Lakshman’s wrath. The explanation for this stanza may be supplied from the fable which represents Indra as cutting neetk the wings of the mountains.


But a lion looks seriously at the person who gives him food and eats it only after much insistence.

I shall not propose anything. The leading Sanskrit scholar Ingalls submitted that “I see no reason why he should not have written poems as well as grammar and metaphysics”, like DharmakirtiShankaracharyaand many others. When they go, much misery results. There are imponderables and uncertainties.

It is no use to ask favours of mean persons. A dwelling in a sacred forest, with the deer bhargrihari as companions ; a life nourished on the fruits of the earth on the banks of every stream, the flat rock surface for a couch: Ears get decorated by listening to and reading scriptures and not by ear-rings. A deer sustains himself on grass and water.

The poet is ready to forego even the Lordship of the three worlds, for the sake of the Festival of Union with the Supreme Spirit. I did not think of bhxrtrihari lotus feet of Lord Shiva, which are given of liberation. The poet compares him to a lamp enkindled by the flame of knowledge sjataka resides in the heart of the ascetics; Moon adorning the head of S’iva radiates like an ornament.

We know not what we shall do, seeing the life of man endures but the twinkling of an eye. What sin can be worse than backbiting? A true friend always wishes well for his friends. A beautiful body and form is anxious of losing it by lurking old age. Neither in the pardoning of injuries nor in the abandon- ment of home was there any idea of self-abnegation ; the first proceeding from want of power to revenge the injuries, the second, because the pleasures of home were unattainable.


Please enter an answer in digits: Youthhood is also momentary.

The understanding man therefore avoids women as he would a vessel used in a burying-place. The poet has also done all these, for a different purpose. Day and night, the longevity is leaking out like water from a porous pot. Bed is the Mother Earth.

Bhartrihari’s Wisdom: Niti Shataka – Vedic Management Center

Mind that is focused has a boundles. S’iva destroys sensual pleasure compared to moths. It all shows that the fate is supreme and futile enterprise has no use. All the qualities take shelter at gold. The story goes that when he was walking along the streets of Kashi, he was pained to observe an elderly man try […]. He is truly a son who pleases his father with his virtues.

The firmness of the ocean in retaining the submarine fire is mentioned in Chaura- panch. Then Indra, filled with wrath, cut off the wings of shattaka mountains with his thunderbolt.

Bhartrihari’s Wisdom: Niti Shataka

Praising Kashi the poet Bhartrihari says that where the method of meals in a garden itself is penance where the undergarment Kaupeen is the most beautiful attire, begging for alms itself is the glory, to be on the deathbed is auspiciousness. Fish attracted by the bait of food, fall in the net.

This sloka is given in Hitopadesa, Mitralabha, Blessed are those who dwell in the mountain caves meditating on the glory of the Supreme. Living in unmanned forests, so as not to be tainted by movement with worldly people. If one independently neefi all these material things it shall result in happiness and peace.