Bhartrihari

The Passage of Time'

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"yatraAnekah: kvacidapi gRhe tatra tiSTaty athaiko
yatrApy ekas tadanu bahavas tatra naiko2pi cAnte
ittham naiyau rajanidivasau lolayan dvAv ivAkSau
kAlah: kalyo bhuvanaphalake krIDati prANisAraih:"

"In a certain house, where there were once many, there is one now;
Where there were many, at the end none remains!
With night and day as two alternating pieces of dice,
On the chessboard of the world, Time plays with living beings as pawns."

"Adityasya gatAgatair aharahah: saMkSIyate jIvitaM
vyAparair bahukAryabhAragurubhih: kAlo na vijnAyate
dRSTvA janmajarAvipattimaraNaM trAsas' ca notpadyate
pItvA mohamayIM pramAdamadirAm unmattabhUtAM jagat"

"With the endless cycle of sunrise and sunset, life shortens;
Engrossed in mundane tasks, man fails to notice the passage of time!
Nor anxiety is felt at witnessing birth, advance of years, suffering
and finally death;
Oh, the world becomes intoxicated after drinking the wine of delusion!"

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