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When wisdom dawns, we recognize we know precious little!

  • यदा किञ्चिज्ज्ञोऽहं द्विप इव मदान्धः समभवं
    तदा सर्वज्ञोऽस्मीत्यभवदवलिप्तं मम मनः।
    यदा किञ्चित्किञ्चिद्बुधजनसकाशादवगतं
    तदा मूर्खोऽस्मीति ज्वर इव मदो मे व्यपगतः॥
  • yadā kiñcijjño’haṁ dvipa iva madāndhaḥ samabhavaṁ
    tadā sarvajño’smītyabhavadavaliptaṁ mama manaḥ|
    yadā kiñcitkiñcidbudhajanasakāśādavagataṁ
    tadā mūrkho’smīti jvara iva mado me vyapagataḥ||
  • When I knew very little, my mind was painted with the arrogance that I know everything. As I cultivated little knowledge through the union of wise, it dawned in me that I was a fool, and the fever of arrogance relinquished its hold on me summarily!
  • – Nītiśatakam

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