śatakatrayam 1.10: the ganga’s ruin

by Jahnabi Barooah

शिर: शार्वं स्वर्गात्पशुपतिशिरस्त: क्षितिधरं
महीध्रादुत्तुङ्गादवनिमवनेश्चापि जलधिम् ।
अधो गङ्गा सेयं पदमुपगता स्तोकमथ वा
विवेकभ्रष्टानां भवति विनिपात: शतमुख: ।।१०।।
नीतिशतके

first, it fell from heaven to śiva’s crown,
from there to the himalaya,
from the lofty peaks to the ground,
and from there still into the ocean.
each time, the ganges descended a little lower.
indeed, great ruin befalls those without judgement. ||10||
nītiśataka

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