Wednesday, July 13, 2011


The Decline of True Learning

Bhartrhari, Śatakatraya 3.56.5, tr. Arthur William Ryder in Original Poems, together with Translations from the Sanskrit (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1939), p. 66:
Once, learning slew the living woe
Of wise men. That was long ago.
She then disdained such service rare,
Became a practical affair.
But nowadays she sees that kings
Despise all intellectual things,
And sinking lower day by day,
She seems to vanish quite away.

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