January 15, 2011

Sanskrit Wisdom - 59

ahanyahani bhootaani gacchanti yamaalayam |
shesham sthaavaramicchanti kimaashcharyamatah param ||

Ahnyahina BaUtaina gacCint yamaalayama\ a
SaoYaa: sqaavarimacCint ikmaaScaya-mat: prma\ aa

Even though all creatures reach the abode of death (Yamalayam) eventually, the rest still desire to remain on the earth. What else can be more surprising than this fact? (Yudhishthira utters this verse in reply to the question of Gandharva, “What is the most surprising thing on the earth” (Mahabharata).

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