Part 2
५. किं संसारे सारं? बहुशॊपि चिन्त्यमानमिदमेव ।
किं मनुजेष्विष्टतमं? स्वपरहितायोद्यतं जन्म॥
5. Kim samsaare saaram? Bahusho’pi chintyamaanamidameva
Kim manujeshwishtatamam? Swaparahitaayodyatam janma

Q: What is the essence of this samsaara (cycle of births and deaths)
A: It is the frequent contemplation on the question ‘What is this samsaara?’

Q: What should a man ask for?
A: Take birth in this world for the benefit of oneself and others

६. मदिरेव मोहजनकः कः? स्नेहः, के च दस्यवो? विषयाः।
का भववल्ली? तृष्णा, को वैरी? यस्त्वनुद्योगः
6. madireva mohajanakah kah? Snehah, ke cha dasyavo? Vishayaah
Kaa bhavavallee? Trishna, ko vairee? yastwanudyogah

Q: Which is as intoxicating as liquor?
A: Love

Q: Who are thieves?
A: Pleasures of the senses

Q: Which is the samsaara-creeper?
A: desire

Q: Who is the enemy?
A: Laziness
७. कस्माद्भयमिह? मरणात्, अन्धादिह को विशिष्यते? रागी।
कः शूरो? यो ललनालोचनबाणैर्नव्यथितः॥

7. kasmaad bhayamiha? maranaat, andhaadiha ko vishishyate? Raagee
Kah shooro? Yo lalanaa lochanabaanairna vyathitah

Q: From who is fear?
A: From death

Q: Who is worse than a blind person?
A: One who is in the grip of love (desire)

Q: who is valiant
A: One who does not become afflicted by the eye-arrows (gaze) of beautiful women

८. पातुम् कर्णाञ्जलिभिः किममृतमिह युज्यते? सदुपदेशः।
किं गुरुताया मूलं? यदेतदप्रार्थनं नाम
8. paatum karnaanjalibhih kimamritamiha yujyate? Sadupadeshah
Kim gurutaayaa moolam? Yadetadapraarthanam naama

Q: What is fit to be drunk like nectar by cupping the ears?
A: Advice of good (saintly) persons

Q: What is the root of dignity?
A: Not requesting any one anything

९. किं गहनं? स्त्रीचरितं, कश्चतुरो? यो न खण्डितस्तेन ।
को दु:खं असंतोषः किं लाघवं? अधमतो याच्ञा॥
9. kim gahanam? Streecharitam, kashchaturo? Yo na khanditastena
Ka dukham? Asamtoshah kim laaghavam? Adhamato yaachjnaa

Q: Which is deep?
A: Character of women

Q: Who is clever?
A: One who is not deceived by the conduct of a woman

Q: What is sorrow?
A: Want of contentment

Q: What makes one light (laughing stock) in the eyes of others ?
A: Begging from a mean person

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१०. किं जीवितं? अनवद्यं, किं जाड्यं? पाठतॊप्यनभ्यासः।
को जागर्ति? विवेकी, का निद्रा? मूढता जन्तोः॥

10. kim jeevitam? Anavadyam, kim jaadyam? Paathatopyanabhyaasah
Ko jaagarti? Vivekee, kaa nidraa? Moodhataa jantoh

Q: What is life as it should be?
A: That which is unblemished

Q: What is stupidity (foolishness)?
A: Not practicing what one has learned

Q: Who is awake?
A: He who has discrimination, who can discriminate good from bad, dharma from adharma, the eternal from the ephemeral

Q: What is sleep?
A: Ignorance of a person

११. नलिनीदलगतजलवत्तरलं किं? यौवनं धनं चायुः।
कथय पुनः के शशिनः किरणसमानाः? सज्जना एव॥

11. nalineedalagatajalavattaralam kim? Yauvanam dhanam chaayuh
Kathaya punah ke shashinah kiranasamaah? Sajjanaa eva

Q: Which is volatile like a drop of water on a lotus leaf?
A: Youth, wealth and life span of a person (aayuh)

Q: Who are those who, like the rays of the moon, make people happy?
A: Good persons (sajjanaah)

१२. को नरकः? परवशता, किं सौख्यं?सर्वसङ्गविरतिर्या।
किं साध्यं भूतहितं, प्रियं च किं प्राणिनां? असवः॥

12. Ko narakah? Paravashataa, kim saukhyam? Sarvasangaviratiryaa
Kim saadhyam? Bhootahitam, priyam cha kim praaninaam? Asavah

Q: Which is Hell?
A: Being under the control of another

Q: What is happiness?
A: Giving up all attachments

Q: What is to be achieved?
A: Doing good to all living beings

Q: What is dear to all beings?
A: One’s own life

Cont'd in part 3