of Bhartrihari1.I bow to God, the self
enlightened, the peaceful, free from the bonds of space and time,the infinite, the pure consciousness personified and experienced by Self.2.A fool can be pleased easily, and it is even easier to please the wise. However, evenBrahma (the creator) cannot satisfy a conceited person with a bit of knowledge.3.It may be possible to forcibly retrieve a gem from the fanged jaws of a crocodile; onemay even swim across the sea full of turbulent waves, or place an angry serpent on one¶shead like a flower, but it is impossible to please a conceited fool.4.One can, perhaps, extract oil by squeezing sand; a man may be able to quench his thirst by drinking water from a mirage; during travel one may even find the horns of a hare; butit is impossible to please a conceited fool.5.Wanting to reform the wicked with nectar
sweet advice, is like trying to control anelephant with the pith of a lotus
stem, or cutting a diamond with delicate petals of theShireesh flower, or sweetening the salty ocean with a drop of honey.6.The creator has provided only one means for hiding one¶s ignorance which is alwaysunder his own control. It is to keep silent, particularly, in the company of the learned.7.When my knowledge was limited, I assumed that I was fully proficient. I was blinded by pride like an elephant in frenzy. However, when I started learning in the company of theerudite and realized my short comings, the conceit of mine disappeared like fever.8.A dog is not afraid even if Indra, the lord of Gods, is standing by its side, so long as it isdevouring a donkey¶s bone which might be vermin
infested, loathsome, saliva
doused,stinking and flesh
less. Similarly, a wretch will never pay heed to the unworthiness of hisacquisitions.9.The Ganges descended from the heavens upon the head of the Shiva, and thence, to themountains. From the high mountains, she flowed down the plains to finally lapse into thesea. Thus, the Ganges kept drifting downwards from one level to another. Similarly,those who have lost their sagacity plunge downwards in a hundred ways.10.With water, a fire can be extinguished; an umbrella protects one from the heat of the sun;a frenzied elephant can be tamed by a mahout¶s sharp iron
goad, and so can a cow and adonkey with a stick; diseases can be cured by an assortment of medicines, and theincantation of various mantras is an antidote to toxicants. The scriptures contain remediesfor all, but there is none for a conceited fool.11.Those who are devoid of Literature, Music, and Art, are veritable animals without tailsand horns. It is the great good luck of other beasts that they don¶t graze grass, and stillsurvive.