śatakatrayam 1.36: parikṣīṇaḥ kaścitspṛhayati (an impoverished person yearns)

by Jahnabi Barooah

परिक्षीण: कश्चित्स्पृहयति यवानां प्रसृतये
स पश्चात्संपूर्ण: कलयति धरित्रीं तृणसमाम्।
अतश्चानेकान्ता गुरुलघुतयार्थेषु धनिना-
मवस्था वस्तूनि प्रथयति च संकोचयति च।।३६।।
नीतिशतके

an impoverished person yearns
for a handful of barley.
when satiated,
the earth is but mere grass
for him.
thus,
whether objects are
significant or trifle
depends upon the possessor’s situation.
it can equally magnify and lessen them. ||36||
nītiśataka

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