śatakatrayam 1.58: saṁtaptāyasi saṁsthitasya (a drop of water vaporizes instantly)

by Jahnabi Barooah

संतप्तायसि संस्थितस्य पयसो नामापि न श्रूयते
मुक्ताकारतया तदेव नलिनीपत्रस्थितं दृश्यते ।
अन्त:सागरशुक्तिमध्यपतितं तन्मौक्तिकं जायते
प्रायेणाधममध्यमोत्तमजुषामेवंविधा वृत्तय: ।।५८।।
नीतिशतके

a drop of water vaporizes instantly
from a block of red-hot iron,
it glistens with the sheen of a pearl
on a lotus leaf,
and metamorphoses into a pearl
in an oyster’s womb in the depths
of the ocean.
so too, whether people are
wicked, mediocre or virtuous
depends on their social circles. ||58||
nītiśataka

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