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पौलस्त्यः कथमन्यदारहरणे

पौलस्त्यः कथमन्यदारहरणे दोषं न विज्ञातवान्
रामेणापि कथं न हेमहरिणस्यासम्भवोऽलक्षितः।
अक्षैस्चापि युधिष्ठिरेण सहसा प्राप्तो ह्यनर्थः कथम्
प्रत्यासन्न-विपत्ति-मूढ-मनसां प्रायो मतिः क्षीयते॥४॥
— मित्रसम्प्राप्तिर्नाम द्वितीये तन्त्रे
paulastyaḥ kathamanyadāraharaṇe doṣaṁ na vijñātavān
rāmeṇāpi kathaṁ na hemahariṇasyāsambhavo’lakṣitaḥ|
akṣaiscāpi yudhiṣṭhireṇa sahasā prāpto hyanarthaḥ katham
pratyāsanna-vipatti-mūḍha-manasāṁ prāyo matiḥ kṣīyate||4||
— mitrasamprāptirnāma dvitīye tantre
How come the grandson of Pulastya (Ravana) failed to see that it is wrong to abduct another’s wife!
How come Rama failed to see that a golden deer could never exist!
How come Yudhishthira that gambling would lead to misery?
Attaching to evil dims senses and clouds the intellect!

See also: विनाशकाले-विपरीतबुद्धिः

नश्यति प्रज्ञा

अथवा नश्यति प्रज्ञा प्राज्ञस्यापि नरस्य हि।
प्रतिकूले गते दैवे विनाशे समुपस्थिते॥
athavā naśyati prajñā prājñasyāpi narasya hi|
pratikūle gate daive vināśe samupasthite||
The intelligence of even a wise man perishes,
when fate is unfavourable and destruction is imminent.

विनाशकाले विपरीतबुद्धिः
vināśakāle viparītabuddhiḥ

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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