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Saturday, October 6, 2012


पुरा सरसि मानसे विकचसारसालिस्खलत्-
-परागसुरभीकृते पयसि यस्य यातं वयः ।
स पल्वलजलेऽधुना मिलदनेकभेकाकुले
मरालकुलनायकः कथय रे कथं वर्तताम् ॥ ३ ॥
Tell me how the chief of a swan-flock, who earlier spent its life in the waters of Manasa lake, which was made fragrant by the pollens fallen off rows of lotuses, could now live in the waters of a pond, full of many jostling frogs? [A person who had seen better days is in a pitiable plight in his old age.]

तृष्णालोलविलोचने कलयति प्राचीं चकोरीगणे
मौनं मुञ्चति किंच कैरवकुले कामे धनुर्धुन्वति ।
माने मानवतीजनस्य सपदि प्रस्थानकामेऽधुना
धातः किन्नु विधौ विधातुमुचितो धाराधराडम्बरः ॥ ४ ॥
When the flock of chakori birds groups in the East with their eyes trembling with eagerness (for the moon-beams), when the white lotuses are no more silent, when the God of love is twanging his bow, when the modesty of bashful women is intending to make a hasty departure, o creator, is it right that the rumbling rain-bearing clouds cover the moon?  [1.Chakori is the female of a type of partridge which is supposed to feed on moon beams. This is one of the many myths often encountered in Sanskrit literature. 2. The poet’s expression “ मौनं मुञ्चति किंच कैरवकुले” may either refer to the humming of the bees around the lotuses or to the fluttering of the full blown lotuses due to a breeze. 3. The poet indirectly refers to a state of helplessness felt at a last minute obstacle to an otherwise smooth flowing chain of events.]

अयि दलदरविन्द स्यन्दमानं मरन्दम्
तव किमपि लिहन्तो मञ्जु गुञ्जन्तु भृङ्गाः ।
दिशि दिशि निरपेक्षः तावकीनं विवृण्वन्
परिमलमयमन्यो बान्धवो गन्धवाहः ॥ ५ ॥
O blooming lotus, after tasting a bit of your oozing nectar let the bumble bees hum pleasantly. Here is wind, another relative of yours who spreads your fragrance in all directions without any expectations. [ The contrast between the bumble bee which makes a lot of sound after sucking the nectar of lotus and the wind which carries the fragrance, without any expectations is beautifully brought out.]

समुपागतवति दैवात् अवहेलां कुटज मधुकरे मा गाः ।
मकरन्दतुन्दिलानाम् अरविन्दानाम् अयं महामान्यः ॥ ६ ॥
O Kutaja (A flower bearing plant), do not neglect the bee which has fortunately come near you. It is highly respected by lotuses which are brimming with nectar. [ A related human situation can be easily imagined.]
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