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

Swaminathan Madhuresan smadhuresan at YAHOO.COM
Tue Nov 23 14:38:00 UTC 1999

  In tamil classical texts, it's fairly common to compare the infidelity
of the male lover. Like bees hopping from flower to flower.
May be this is transferred to sevaAdhama - referring to the shuudra's
changing bosses (given a choice).

--- Jan Brzezinski <jankbrz at YAHOO.COM> wrote:
> 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
> 10.46.12)
> 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
> slave.
> If these two are the harbingers of the sweet season,
> then what further knavishness can we expect from it?"
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