This week, we heard about the alleged match fixing story about Pakistani Cricketers in London. This alleged tale reminded us of a Su-Bhaashitam.
को न याति वशं लोके मुखे पिन्द्ड़ेन पूरितः
Ko Na Yaati Vasham Loke Mukhe Pindena Puritaha
Who does not come around (to our side/control) once the mouth is fed
मृदुन्गः अपि मुख लेपेन करोति मधुरधव्निम
Mrudanga Api Mukha Lepen Karoti Madhur Dhvanim
Mrudunga also delivers a lovely sound once the mouth (exterior) is powdered
This reflects a sad but eternal truth.
Since this Su-Bhaashitam did not need much elaboration, we thought to end this article with another praise of the genre of Su-Bhaashitam. This praise itself ends up being a Su-Bhaashitam.
पृथ्वियाम त्रीणि रत्नानी जलं अन्नं सुभाषितम
Prithiyuam treeni Ratnani Jalam Annam Su-Bhaashitam
This earth has Three Jewels – Water, Food and Su-Bhaashitam
मूढः पाषाण खंदेशु रत्न सद्न्या विधीयते
Mudhah Pashan Khandeshu Ratna Sadnyaa Vidhiyate
The Idiots bestow upon pieces of stone the title of Jewel
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