विनाशकाले विपरीतबुद्धिः

न भूतपूर्वं न कदापि वार्ता हेम्नः कुरङ्गो न कदापि दृष्टः।
तथापि तृष्णा रघुनन्दनस्य विनाशकाले विपरीतबुद्धिः॥
na bhūtapūrvaṁ na kadāpi vārtā hemnaḥ kuraṅgo na kadāpi dṛṣṭaḥ|
tathāpi tṛṣṇā raghunandanasya vināśakāle viparītabuddhiḥ||

"It had neither happened before nor heard; nor had a golden deer ever been seen;
Even then, Rama desired it — one's thinking goes amiss in bad times!"

विनाशकाले विपरीतबुद्धिः is such a famous quote, but would one think it would be from Ramayana, and that too describing Rama! One would have expected it to be describing one of the bad characters such as दुर्योधनः or रावणः! That's what destiny is… it impels even the great to err…


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