śatakatrayam 1.12: knowledge, the hidden treasure

by Jahnabi Barooah

हर्तुर्याति न गोचरं किमपि शं पुष्णाति यत्सर्वदा-
प्यर्थिभ्य: प्रतिपाद्यमानमनिशं प्राप्नोति वृद्धिं पराम् ।
कल्पान्तेष्वपि न प्रयाति निधनं विद्याख्यमन्तर्धनं
येषां तान्प्रति मानमुज्झत नृपा: कस्तै: सह स्पर्धते ।।१२।।
नीतिशतके

thieves cannot steal it,
it brings indescribable joy,
it multiplies infinitely upon dividing,
and it will never perish–
it is knowledge, the hidden treasure.
o kings, don’t be angry at wise men!
can anyone rival them? ||12||
nītiśataka

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