Since it is written in books

purAnamityeva na sAdhu sarvam , na chApi kAvyam navamityavadyam
santaha parikshatart bhajante, muDhah parapratyayena buddhihi

पुरणमित्येव न साधु सर्वं न चापि काव्यं नवमित्यवद्यं |
सनः परीक्श्तरत भजन्ते मूढः परप्रत्ययेन बुद्दिः ||

– Unknown

Can be interpreted as :

Concepts need not be valid just because they are told in books (holy books especially ;-))), mythologies etc. Nor things are right if they are modern. Gentlemen test and then trust, fools believe what is told and written.

I don’t remember who wrote it, guess it is Brutruharai. This is the best spelling I can give for the quote here. If anyone finds better please comment. And also if you find a similar one.

Quote is quite relevant. People when can not justify what they are practicing and what they believe, just hold some outdated books responsible. “Since it is written in…”

7 thoughts on “Since it is written in books

  1. […]..What a nice day. I was walking whole day. So nice weather here. I was thinking about nothing for whole day. what a good thing imho. i found topic which is very interesting for me and hope it can be interesting for you too. PurAnamit yeva na sAdhu sarvam , na chApi kAvyam navamityavadyam…[…]

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  2. This quotation is from the play ‘Malavikagnimitram’ by Kalidasa. I give below the quote as given in the text of the play:

    पुराणमित्येव न साधु सर्वं न चापि काव्यं नवमित्यवद्यम् ।
    सन्तः परीक्ष्यान्यतरद् भजन्ते मूढः पर:प्रत्ययनेयबुद्धिः ॥

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  3. The saying used by Kalidasa in MalavikAgnimitram is attributed to Adi SankarAcharya by many commentaors but there is no concrete evidence for that. One thing is for certain. The Assembly of Scholars of the Bhoja Raj’s court did not contest Kalidasa’s observation through his character in the drama, and therefore the wise men of that time had realised the truth of the statement. There are differing perceptions on the dates of Sankaracharya as well as Kalidasa. So we do not know for certain who preced whom.

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  4. पुरणमित्येव न साधु सर्वं न चापि काव्यं नवमित्यवद्यं |
    सनः परीक्श्तरत भजन्ते मूढः परप्रत्ययेन बुद्दिः ||

    puranamityeva na sadhu sarvam
    Na capi kavyam navamityavadhyam
    santaha parikshatart bhajante,
    muDhah parapratyayena buddhihi

    This was written by Mahakavi Kalidas in Vikramorvasiya. Not Bhartṛhari

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