śatakatrayam 1.47: maunānmūkaḥ (if taciturn, one is considered dumb)

by Jahnabi Barooah

मौनान्मूक: प्रावचनपटुर्वाचको जल्पको वा
धृष्ट: पार्श्वे भवति च वसन्दूरतोऽप्यप्रगल्भ: ।
क्षान्या भीरुर्यदि न सहते प्रायशो नाभिजात:
सेवाधर्म: परमगहनो योगिनामप्यगम्य: ।।४७।।
नीतिशतके

if taciturn, one is considered dumb.
if articulate, either talkative or garrulous.
if one is near, one is viewed as impudent.
if far away, then one is seen as shy.
if softhearted, one is judged as cowardly,
otherwise, one is believed to be irate.
what is the prudent way to serve superiors?
it is so mysterious that
even spiritual adepts cannot fathom it.||47||
nītiśataka

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