śatakatrayam 1.13: enchaining with lotus stalks

by Jahnabi Barooah

अधिगतपरमार्थान्पण्डितान्मावमंस्था-
स्तृणमिव लघु लक्ष्मीर्नैव तान्संरुणद्धि ।
अभिनवमदरेखाश्यामगण्डस्थलानां
न भवति बिसतन्तुर्वारणं वारणानाम् ।।१३।।
नीतिशतके

hey mister president,
you dare scorn intellectuals!
why, even the goddess flowing with riches
cannot impede them.
thus they say–
you cannot enchain
with lotus stalks,
impassioned elephants
whose cheeks are blackened
with lines of fresh rut. ||13||
nītiśataka

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