[INDOLOGY] A distraction from the Coronavirus

Zoe Slatoff zoepearl1 at gmail.com
Sat Apr 25 12:47:41 UTC 2020

Dear Madhav and others,

Thank you for the lovely distraction. I feel inspired to join in:

यं लब्ध्वा चापरं लाभं मन्यते नाधिकं ततः ।

यस्मिन् स्थितो न दुःखेन कोरोनयापि विचाल्यते* ॥

And when, having attained this [infinite happiness],

One cannot imagine a higher gain.

Established in this, one is not agitated,

Even by the Coronavirus suffering. 

(based on Bhagavad Gītā 6.22)

* please forgive the hypermetric 4th pāda


सन्त्यत्र बहवो विघ्नाः कोरोना दुर्निवारणा ।

तथापि साधयेद्योगी प्राणैः कण्ठगतैरपि ॥

Here, in yoga practice, there are many obstacles - 

The Coronavirus is difficult to ward off.

Nevertheless, the yogī should practice, 

Even if he is at his last breath.

(based on Śivasaṃhitā 3.53)

Warm wishes to all,


> On Apr 24, 2020, at 9:19 AM, Madhav Deshpande via INDOLOGY <indology at list.indology.info> wrote:
> A distraction from the Coronavirus
> कोरोनाऽऽगमनाऽऽरम्भेऽशान्तिरायास्यति ध्रुवम् ।
> कोरोनागमनाऽऽरम्भे शान्तिरायास्यति ध्रुवम् ।।४८।।
> With the arrival of the Coronavirus, peace will certainly be lost.  With the departure of the Coronavirus, peace will certainly return.
> Madhav M. Deshpande
> Professor Emeritus, Sanskrit and Linguistics
> University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
> Senior Fellow, Oxford Center for Hindu Studies
> [Residence: Campbell, California, USA]
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