Wednesday, April 18, 2012


The Elephant and the Sage

Mahabharata 12.104.51, tr. Arthur William Ryder in Original Poems, together with Translations from the Sanskrit (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1939), p. 163:
The pole-tusked elephant
  Is like the sage; for he
Lives lonely in the woods,
  Gladly, and frugally.
The same, tr. Kisari Mohan Ganguli in The Mahabharata...Çanti Parva, [I] (Calcutta: Bhārata Press, 1890), p. 340:
He that cheerfully leads such a life in the forest, with large-tusked elephants for companions, with no human being by his side, and contented with the produce of the wilderness, is said to act after the manner of the wise.

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