śatakatrayam 1.68: jātaḥ kūrmaḥ sa ekaḥ (one tortoise alone)

by Jahnabi Barooah

जात: कूर्म: स एक: पृथुभुवनभरायार्पितं येन पृष्ठं
श्लाघ्यं जन्म ध्रुवस्य भ्रमति नियमितं यत्र तेजस्विचक्रम् ।
संजातव्यर्थपक्षा: परहितकरणे नोपरिष्टान्न चाधो
ब्रह्माण्डोदुम्बरान्तर्मशकवदपरे जन्तवो जातनष्टा: ।।६८।।
नीतिशतके

one tortoise alone
bears the weight of the
whole wide world on its back.
the pole star too
too is applauded greatly
as all the celestial bodies
revolve around it.
on the other hand–
most other creatures haven’t
the slightest inclination
to help others.
they are already dead when born.
like wasps trapped inside figs,
they try to fly in vain. ||68||
nītiśataka

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