न जातु कामः

posted Jan 10, 2011, 9:05 AM by Abhishek Ojha   [ updated Nov 10, 2011, 8:39 PM ]
Two days back I finished the Book Yayati by Vishnu Khandekar, a treat to read.  Based on the mythical character Yayati from Mahabharata. The book ends with the following lines from Mahabharata.

न जातु कामः कामानुपभोगेन शाम्यति. हविषा कृष्णवत्मैर्व भुय एवाभिवर्धते.

(जैसे अग्नि में घी डालने से वह और अधिक प्रज्वलित होती है, वैसे ही भोग भोगने से कामना कम होने की जगह और भी बढती जाती है.)

(As fire increases more and more when butter (Ghee) is poured upon it. Desires only increases more with enjoyment and so it can never be satisfied by the enjoyment.)

 
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