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’ .*
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.