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Srimathe Ramanujaya Nama:

Sri Vedanta Desikar's Vairagya Pancakam

Shloka 2:
silam kimanalam bhavet analam audaram bAdhitum
paya:prasruti pUrakam kimu na dhArakam sArasam |
ayatnamalamallakam pathi pataccaram kaccaram
bhajanti vibudhA mudhA hyahaha kukshita: kukshita: ||

To satisfy hunger, is it not sufficient to gather
grains from the fields and eat? If that is not 
available, could one not drink a handful water from
a well? Is not a piece of dirty cloth lying in the
wayside enough? Alas! In spite of this, these
vidwans are praising these kings for the sake of
their stomachs.

Sri PBA Swami's Commentary:
The fourth adhyaya of Manu Smriti teaches the way a
Brahmin is supposed to live. It says that a brahmin
can earn money only for protecting his family, 
performing his daily duties and his own survival.
It also explains how this wealth has to be earned.
Desikar is saying the same that he does not need to
do more than that.

Vedanta Desikar Thiruvadigale Sharanam
Azhvar Emberumanar Jeeyar Thiruvadigale Sharanam

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