Let us become nobler

Sanskrit word 'Arya' or 'Aryam' stands for nobility. Let us implore everyone to become noble, the Arya or Aryam. Christians, Muslims, Hindus or Jews, communists or capitalists, rich or poor, clever or dumb, weak, meek or bully. Uncomfortable perhaps are they with other, threatening peace. Ray of hope for the world is ‘include-all’ ideas of ancient Indian wisdom popularly known as Hinduism. Only they knew how to celebrate individuality of each person. Aryas respect ideas of others, respect way of worship of others, help others and become a noble citizen of this wide and varied world. Idea behind this blog is to bring out those ideas and help each of us become better than what we are. 'N' in the 'Aryan', by the way, was a mistake made by colonial 'experts' who wanted to underplay and undermine the culture and religion of those who they clandestinely enslaved.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Classic Sanskrit Play "Naganand" – Written by ancient Emperor Harsha Vardhan

Naganand – Play written by ancient Emperor Harsha Vardhan; Literary Sanskrit Classic

Reread after perhaps more than fifty years. Harsha Vardhan had written many stories and plays during his lifetime until he died in 648 AD, however as of now only three of his work (Ratnavali, Priya-darshika and Naganand) have survived.

Naganand tries to propogate nonviolence and renunciation, through a love story of prince Jimutvahana and princess Malayvati and animosity between Naag-People and Garuda-People. It is a gripping story with happy ending.

It is an amazing text. Loved to reread. In its Gujarati translation, was puzzled at mention of Ostrich bird, I thought it was only on the Australian continent. In the curious wonderland, Ostrich was guiding group of blind Sanyasis (the way these days dogs are applied), Lioness allowed baby deer to suckle and so did Cows to tigers. Peace was alround with Sanyasis engaged in Yagna everywhere in that forest.

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