Contentment Be The Key

Content are we with barks of tree,
You with wealth and money,
Nor more nor yet any a less
Be our content nevertheless.
He's piteous, in poverty cast,
Wants and wishes of whose are vast.
If mind is haply contented,
Who's rich and who's poorly fated.
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This is translation of a verse from vairāgya śhataka of Bhartŗhari, who was a king of Mālawā (part of today's Madhya Pradesh) . He renounced everything to become a monk. Here is transliteration of the original verse in Sanskrit:

Meter: mālinī
vayam iha parituśhţā valkalaih tvam cha lakśhmyā
sama iha paritośhah nirvisheśhah visheśhah |
sah hi bhavati daridrah yasya tŗśhņā vishālā
manasi cha parituśhţe kah arthavān kah daridrah ||
- from vairāgya-shataka
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Translations|01.06.2019 |

by Aniruddha Pathak

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