Another (!) Subhashita search (the trouble with ali)

Jan Brzezinski jankbrz at YAHOO.COM
Tue Nov 23 11:52:44 UTC 1999

The trouble with ali as "bee" is, in what way does a
bee characterize a type of sevakAdhama?

A bee usually is seen positively because of its
pleasant buzzing sound and its associations with
flowers and honey, what to speak of the western image
of a "busy bee."

madhulobhAd yathA bhRGgaH
puSpAt puSpAntaraM vrajet
jJAnalobhAd tathA ziSyaH
guror gurvantaraM vrajet

It is also associated with inconstancy and fickleness
in the erotic mood.

madhupa kitavabandho mA spRzAGghriM sapatnyAH
kucavilulitamAlAkuGkumasmazrubhir naH
vahatu madhupatis tanmAninInAM prasAdaM
yadusadasi viDambyaM yasya dUtas tvam IdRk (BhP

And with foolishness apparently,

dvirepho barbaraH proktaH
parapuSTaz ca ceTakaH |
tau cAgraNyau madhor dRSTau
yApyatA kApy ataH kim u? || GopAlacampU 1.22.47

"The bumblebee is known to be a fool or blockhead,
and the cuckoo, one maintained by others, is a lowly
If these two are the harbingers of the sweet season,
then what further knavishness can we expect from it?"
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