Indian Wisdom and Sayings of Bhartrihari
Give yourself up to meditation on the Supreme Being, who is eternal and who
grows not old, increasing his authority by his own will. What profit can be drawn
from the delusions of this world ? If a person is really bent upon being united with the
Supreme Spirit, all the power and pleasures afforded by the earth seem to him/her to be fitted
only for persons of narrow understanding.
We are men lacking in intelligence, and we take it for granted that day and night
go on indefinitely, consequently we take up our task day by day, and continue it where
we left off. Alas! ought we not to be ashamed of our folly ? We put up with the pains of this world, while we are entirely
given over to enjoying the same objects of the senses over and over again.
So long as the temple of the body is well and strong; so long as old age is still
far in the distance; so long as the senses remain unimpaired, and so long as there is
no diminution of life : precisely so long must the wise man make every effort to enter into
eternal glory. What does it avail to dig a well when the house is on fire ?
Why should the wise man be anxious over a small portion of this world? Is the mighty sea ever agitated by the movements
of the little fish ?
In good men knowledge casts out pride, but in others it leads to arrogance.
Enter the temple of that Master who rules The Universe - that shrine that affords
us boundless blessing, full of love and mercy, and where the coarse speech of gate-keepers cannot be heard.
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