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THE Vairāgya-Satakam is one of the three series of hundred verses which have come down to us under the title of Subhāṣita-trišati (lit. “The happily worded. The verse numbers, as available, correspond to Bhartrihari’s numbering. [A translation of verses from Bhartrihari’s Sanskrit poem Vairagya Shatakam]. One can seldom find anything comparable to Bhartrihari Shatak, especially with relation to philosophy of life. The Vairagya Shataka, Neeti Shataka and Shringar .

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The fourteen disciples are said to have accompanied him. The Swami’s translation is from Sister Nivedita’s Unpublished Notes of Some Wanderings with the Swami Vivekananda — selected verses recorded almost verbatim, but not necessarily in Bhartrihari’s order, by Sister Nivedita as Swami Vivekananda translated them orally for some of his Western disciples during a Himalayan pilgrimage in RamachanderMano budhyahankara chithaa ninaham,Na cha srothra jihwe na cha graana nethrer,Na cha vyoma bhoomir na thejo na vayu,Chidananada Roopa Shivoham, Shivoham.

Similarly satalam person who lacks judgement ends up in a plethora of difficulties. Such vaairagya one is called a Satguru, a True Yogi, as in one who has gained mastery over the mind, one who is beyond the mind. For the cows the natural land is their bed and soft grass is their food, because of which bhartriharu are happy. Friendship of the gentlemen is like mixing of milk and water.

May everything cease and get destroyed but hope and desire never gets emaciated. Sivaprakasam Pillai about the year Detachment is simply impossible without aesthetic sense.

Bhartrihari’s Verses

But, Malayachal is indeed meritorious for in its company, trees like neem have become sandalwood. Passion is the crocodile living in that water, Vain resolves are the birds that reside In the tree of virtue on the shores and kill it.


I consider him only to be god. Controlling the sense organs is the only victory. It is the tradition in Sanskrit poetry that whenever anyone begins writing poetry, firstly he pays his respect to God and eulogizes him.

Such great people are indeed rare in the world who devote their mind, words and actions for the charity of others; who magnify even the smallest virtue of the others and who always remain pleased.

Life is like a wave upon the waters, Youth only remains a few days. They fasted and refrained from drink, they stood on their heads and held their arms for weeks in the air; they prayed till their knees were like pads; they disciplined themselves with scourges of wire; and they walked about unclad in the cold season, and in summer they sat within a circle of flaming wood, till they became the envy and admiration of all the plebeian gods that inhabit the lower heavens.

It is better to roam along with wild animals in the inaccessible forests and mountains rather than residing with idiots in the Indraloka. A person devoid of knowledge is like an animal. In this life, all is fraught with fear. A true friend aspires his friend to beneficial things. Verses 85, 90 O Shiva, when shall I be able to cut To the very roots of my Karma, By becoming solitary, desireless, quiet — My hands my only plate, and the cardinal points my clothing? The Shringar Shataka adheres in totality to this concept.

Backbiting is the only sin. A serpent and a garland the same, The strong foe and the friend the same, The flower-bed and the stone-bed the same, A beautiful woman and a blade of grass the same! Similarly in times of distress every person expect fruits corresponding to them perseverance. Friendship of the evil people is like the shade of earlier part of the day, which shortens continuously.


When, wearing only the Kaupina, Loincloth. And those that sang their praises — They have all been swept away from the memory of man.

But the intellect seems to have got destroyed because of constant usage and search. Byartrihari fish swallows the bait, not knowing the hook inside.

The Minimalist Life – Sanskrit Shlok – Bhartrihari Vairagya Satakam!

He cannot get more than his fate bhartrhari on the golden Sumeru Mountain. Greed is the greatest demerit. The fruits are sufficient food, The waters of the mountain sufficient dinner, The earth a sufficient bed, And bark a sufficient garment — These are all welcome.

It is not a fault of the sun if an owl can not see in the day.

The Minimalist Life – Bhartrihari Vairagya Satakam!

One can only experience the beatitude of that manifestation of knowledge, of that divine energy that is indecipherable, invincible, unfathomable, but is present in all the directions, north, south, east west and is present in all the times, past present and future.

It can elimitrate sin, makes and keeps the mind happy and helps in spreading name and fame. Sometimes he wears rags; bhhartrihari others, he enjoys silken clothes.

Angad goes and informs Hanuman who requests Tara to go and allay Lakshman’s wrath. He was born in a Brahmin family in Kerala.