[Advaita-l] Objective of Life by Mahakavi Kalidasa

Siva Senani Nori sivasenani at yahoo.com
Wed Sep 14 03:03:21 CDT 2011

Aren't there four more slokas which together with the one quoted by you explain the virtues of the Raghuvamshis, esp. with phrases like 'satyAya mitabhAdshiNah' ?

From: Venkata sriram P <venkatasriramp at yahoo.in>
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>This is the verse taken from the great work of Mahakavi Kalidasa called "Raghuvamsa".
>By explaining the dyanasty of Raghu, the great poet Kalidasa
>explains the virtues of Raghu Dynasty.  Though, a pointer
>towards the Raghu Dynasty, it also hints the objectives of
>we human beings and the duties at different phases of life.
>This sloka is taken from 1st chapter of Raghuvamsa
>and Mahakavi Kalidasa says that during adolescence ie,
>during brahmacharya ashrama, one should engage himself
>in studies (veda & shastra adhyayana); in grihasthAshrama, 
>one should strive for material pleasures (ofcourse, keeping dharma in mind)
>to support his family; in vAnaprasthAshrama, having discharged all
>the responsibilities, one should engage in adhyAtmika sAdhana;
>thus, when the sAdhana bears the fruit, one should shed his 
>mortal coil by attaining the yoga samAdhi (yogenaante tanutyajaam).  
>This beautiful sloka is represented here which is 
>my favourite verse in Raghuvamsa:
>shaishave.abhyastavidyaanaaa.m yauvane viSayaiSiNaam
>vaardhake munivR^ittiinaa.m yogenaante tanutyajaam 
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