Words of wisdom: Great men are rare (and hence precious), like genuine gems

How one leads one own life is, very much, a matter of individual’s choice. There may be some who would argue that  life is is a mere existence; something that one needs to enjoy and/or endure?

I wonder, what is the difference between a man’s life and that of a beast. Rather, I consider the life of a beast better than that of such a life

I am reminded of a famous quote from Karl Marx which goes as: …a bee puts to shame many an architect in the construction of her cells. But what distinguishes the worst of architects from the best of bees is this, that the architect raises his structure in imagination before he erects it in reality

That translates to me in the context as : man’s life and his works are not mere existence but rather a conscious experience and intentional creation.

Aahaaranidraabhayamaithunam Cha


Dharmohi Teshhaamadhiko Visheshho

Dharmena Hiinaah Pashubhih Samaanaah

Eating, sleeping, sex etc are all common to both animals and humans; what is special about men is their consciousness (of what is good and what is bad, what is right and what is not). A man devoid of such a consciousness is comparable to a beast.

Successful life has both an element of responsibility as well as fun; a responsibility to self and the world around.

People who are able to combine both, and get true life experience, effectively are rare. No wonder, it is said:

Saile Saile Na Maanikyam Mauktikam Na Gaje Gaje

Saadhavo Na Hi Sarvatra Chandanam Na Vane Vane

Precious stones are not in every mountain, Diamond is not on every elephant, Good people are not everywhere and Sandalwood is not in every forest

But, fortunately for us, they are lost in the archives of time. They are very much amongst us, if only we care to look around. They serve as our role models and guiding light.  Here is one such example from the thick of action:

3 Responses to “Words of wisdom: Great men are rare (and hence precious), like genuine gems”

  1. Dr.Mahesh Chandra Panda Says:

    Try not to become a man of success,but rather try to become a man of value .Strive for excellence rather than perfection.

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