śatakatrayam 1.77: varaṃ śṛṅgotsaṅgāddhimaśikhariṇaḥ (far better that this body falls)

by Jahnabi Barooah

वरं शृङ्गोत्सङ्गाद्धिमशिखरिण: क्वापि विषमे
पतित्वायं काय: कठिनदृषदन्ते विदलित: ।
वरं न्यस्तो हस्त: फणिपतिमुखे तीक्ष्णदशने
वरं वह्नौ पातस्तदपि न कृत: शीलविलय: ।।७७।।
नीतिशतके

far better that this body falls
from a snowy mountain peak
and is crushed by big rugged boulders,
or that a venomous snake
crushes this hand with its fangs,
or that fire scorches it,
than to be an immoral person. ||77||
nītiśataka

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