Five characteristics of the student

Sanjay Kumar sanjay.kumar at MAIL.MCGILL.CA
Wed Nov 22 16:57:06 UTC 2006

[Sharp-]eyed like a crow, attentive like a crane, [short-]slept like a dog, non-indulgent, and living away from home, these are five characteristics of a student.

Sanjay Kumar

McGill University


From: Indology on behalf of jkirk
Sent: Wed 22/11/2006 11:04 AM
Subject: Re: Five characteristics of the student

Sorry to ask but would someone translate what the five characteristics are,
in English?  Is "paying attention" one of them :)

Joanna Kirkpatrick
----- Original Message -----
From: "girish jha" <jhakgirish at YAHOO.COM>
Sent: Wednesday, November 22, 2006 5:35 AM
Subject: Re: Five characteristics of the student

Dear Mr Griffiths,

> From my childhood I have heard the traditional sloka
as follows:
Kakacesta vakadhyanam suno nidra tathaiva ca
Alpaharo grhatyago vidyarthi  pancalaksanah.
I am not aware of Diacritical signs on computer;kindly
excuse me.
Girish K. Jha Dept of Sanskrit  Patna Univ. India

--- Arlo Griffiths <arlo.griffiths at LET.LEIDENUNIV.NL>

> Dear Indologists,
> My 'grandfather' in Orissa once quoted to me a small
> verse of which I
> remember only one half of an uneven paada plus the
> final paada:
> ... bakadhyaayii ... vidyaarthipa;
> Reading Manu 7.106 reminds me of it. I tried
> googling to fill in the
> blanks, but to no avail. Can anyone help me restore
> my poor memory?
> Best wishes,
> Arlo Griffiths
> Instituut Kern, Universiteit Leiden
> Postbus 9515
> 2300 RA Leiden, the Netherlands
> phone: +31-(0)71-5272622
> fax: +31-(0)71-5272956
> email: <arlo.griffiths at>
> <>

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