Bhartrhari’s Nitisatakam

From today, we shall be posting verses from the poetic work, ‘Nitisatakam’ [ नीतिशतकम्], composed by the poet-king Bhartrhari in the latter half of the seventh century CE. The verses and translations are inspired by, though not always  reproduced from,  Dr. H. K. Ramapriyan’s publication, ‘Bhartrharinitisatakam’ [1999].*


बोद्धारो मत्सरग्रस्ताः प्रभवः स्मयदूषिताः /

अबोधोपहताश्चान्ये जीर्णमङ्गे सुभाषितम् //


bOdDArO mathsaragrasthAha praBHavaha smayadhUSHithAha/

abODHOpahathAshchAnyE jIrNamangE suBHASHitham//


The intelligent are steeped in envy, the leaders are corrupted by pride, and the rest are submerged in ignorance. Good words, therefore, remain unspoken [as there is no one to listen].


Dr. Ramapriyan’s address, as provided in the publication: 11860 Linden Chapel Road, Clarksville, MD 21029, United States of America.


4 thoughts on “Bhartrhari’s Nitisatakam

  1. this is really a wonderful website- as a student of Sanskrit I appreciate the language more. I was wondering whether it would be possible to have the full sanskrit text of nitishatakam? my Acharya wants to take this text in our next class and I can’t find it anywhere but your website. I would be very grateful for your help- please send text to
    thank you for sharing all your knowledge.

  2. Thank you, Anjana. Unfortunately, we don’t have a soft copy of the text and can upload it only a verse or two at a time. You can try contacting Dr. Ramapriyan at the address given in the post, if you’re in the US. We don’t have his e-mail id.

    Please do let us know if you are able to access a soft copy somewhere.

    • Thank you for your interest in Nitisatakam. Unfortunately, I do not know where in the US you could find this book. Google may be able to help is the only suggestion we can offer.

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