धर्मो यशो नयो दाक्ष्यं मनोहारि सुभाषितम् ।
इत्यादि गुणरत्नानां सङ्ग्रही नावसीदति ॥
( Source – सुभाषितरत्नभाण्डागार )
पद विग्रह :
धर्मः यशः नयः दाक्ष्यं मनोहारि सुभाषितम् ।
इत्यादि गुण-रत्नानां सङ्ग्रही न अवसीदति ॥
The one who has in him or has collection of jewels of merits such as dharma (virtue), fame and glory, virtuous conduct , cleverness , mind captivating ‘subhashitas ‘, etc, will never perish.
Objects of collection, which are worth collecting, always attract the attention of the rich, high and mighty. Such objects are in the material form and perishable one day or the other. At least the form of the object changes with passage of time. Inspite of the impermanent nature of such objects, people collect them in an effort to remember and relive to have a connection with the past and its memories. Objects can connect the collector to his valued past, or it can be a pride of possession, or it has the merit by which the standing of the possessor of the object goes high up in the eyes of those who do not have such an object. But, one’s collections should be the time-tested treasures extracted from the experiences of his elders and ancestors. In other words, one’s collection should be in the form of legacy of values, not in the material form, to him.
One has to address to himself the hard question. Whether the purpose of our life is to collect or preserve only the material objects. If not, then what should one collect to flourish in life? Not real estate, not cash, not jewels nor property., nor paintings, nor sculptures , nor the statement of one’s Demat account. The answer is ; a good collection of merit is what one needs. The best of them are – dharma (virtue), fame and glory, virtuous conduct , cleverness , mind captivating subhāṣitas, and the like. One may lead a life without money or property or embellishments. But without principles, virtues and politeness, good conduct, there is no life. How about subhāṣitas? It is said, “the wisdom of a culture lies in its proverbs and sayings, although brief and pithy.” They have much to say in very little words. They hit nail on it’s head. They save time in speaking and upon occasion. And maybe, provide the fullest and safest answers. Collect and learn them; they are notable measures of guidance for human life. Another name for ‘ subhashita ‘ is ‘ subhashita ‘ only. There is no substitute.
The obvious question that arises is the mode of collecting the subhāṣitas. Well, the basic requirement is immense liking for the ‘ subhashitas ‘. In order to build a ship, one doesn’t need to collect wood or put down timelines to build, but rather, needs to learn to long for the endless immensity of the sea. Then, the task of building the ship will automatically get propelled. To collect subhāṣitas, one has to develop a love for learning the deep-set values in them, appreciate their brevity and acknowledge their immense importance in shaping the culture and society. Then, the collection will happen naturally. Essentially, develop a value for the values. If one wants to live a value based life, intense longing for the values is essential.
Once we collect these invaluable treasures, it makes life precious to treasure them dearer than life. As the Subhashit kar puts it, such a person shall never be subdued or stressed out. Success just follows him.
Let’s accumulate all the virtuous qualities. Accumulation of material objects is no match for the innate and acquired virtuous qualities.