Urgent help requested

Toke Lindegaard Knudsen tlk at MATH.KU.DK
Mon Nov 15 23:15:13 UTC 1999

Dear Dr. Krishna,

> Can any kind soul please send me the Samskrt original of the
> subhAzita which goes as
> " varameko guNiputro" and ends "tArAgaNo'pica"
> and translates as:
>   It is better to have one good son than (many/100) useless ones.
>   Just as one sun outshines the whole collection of stars

I am not sure that this is the precise reference you are seeking, but
in the introduction to the Hitopadesa we learn about the king who
has 4 sons, all of whom have no interest in learning and are ill-
mannered.  I am certain that the king there make the statement
that one good son endowed with good qualities is better than 100
fools.  However, I think he gives an example of how the one moon
dispels darkness whereas any number of stars do not.

I am sorry but I do not have the sanskrit text at hand.

I hope this helps.

Toke Lindegaard Knudsen

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