Sanskrit saying — taking up new work

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Ramesh Rao

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Nov 29, 2023, 8:54:55 AM11/29/23
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Learned folks, 

Years ago I came across a Sanskrit saying that could be translated somewhat as “Don’t take up anything new unless you have completed your present/old task”. I recall that it seemed to be from a traditional text.

If you happen to know, would you please share it, along with the citation?

Dhanyavada,

Ramesh Rao

Ramanujachar P

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Nov 29, 2023, 9:11:40 AM11/29/23
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अनारम्भो मनुष्याणां प्रथमं बुद्धिलक्षणम् । आरब्धस्यान्तगमनं द्वितीयं बुद्धिलक्षणम् ॥
आरम्भशूराः खलु दाक्षिणात्याः is a derisive way of saying completion is never planned!

Dr. P. Ramanujan

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Ramesh Rao

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Nov 29, 2023, 9:49:14 AM11/29/23
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Ramesh Rao

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Nov 29, 2023, 10:07:14 AM11/29/23
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If this is a shubhashita, any idea from when, from which source?

Ramesh

Ramanujachar P

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Nov 29, 2023, 10:14:55 AM11/29/23
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No idea 

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Lokesh Sharma

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Nov 29, 2023, 10:37:08 AM11/29/23
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नमोनमः

एतत् तुलनीयम् -

प्रारभ्यते न खलु विघ्नभयेन नीचैः 
प्रारभ्य विघ्नविहिता विरमन्ति मध्याः ।
विघ्नैः पुनः पुनरपि प्रतिहन्यमानाः 
प्रारभ्य चोत्तमजनाः न परित्यजन्ति ।।

Prof. PTGY SAMPATH KUMAR ACHARYULU

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Nov 29, 2023, 10:41:16 AM11/29/23
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विघ्नैर्मुहुर्मुहुरपि प्रतिबध्यमानाः 
पिराब्धमुत्तमजना न परित्यजन्ति॥

G S S Murthy

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Nov 29, 2023, 8:20:07 PM11/29/23
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Google Generative AI has this to say, " यह एक संस्कृत सुभाषित है: 
    • प्रारभ्यते न खलु विघ्नभयेन नीचैः
    • प्रारभ्य विघ्नविहता विरमन्ति मध्याः
    • विघ्नैः पुनः पुनरपि प्रतिहन्यमानाः
    • प्रारभ्य च उत्तमजनाः न परित्यजन्ति
    इसका अर्थ है: 
    • नीच लोग विघ्नों के डर से शुरुआत नहीं करते
    • मध्यम लोग विघ्नों के आने पर बीच में ही काम छोड़ देते हैं
    • उत्तम लोग बार-बार विघ्न आने पर भी काम शुरू करना नहीं छोड़ते
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    प्रारभ्यते न खलु विघ्नभयेन नीचैः प्रारभ्य विघ्नविहता विरमन्ति ...
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    अच्छे लोग कठिनाइयों का सामना करने के बावजूद एक बार काम शुरू ...
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    gards,

     
    Murthy

    Ganesan T

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    Nov 29, 2023, 9:27:04 PM11/29/23
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    विघ्नविहता विरमन्ति मध्याः । should be the correct reading.

    Ganesan


    Siddharth Wakankar

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    Nov 30, 2023, 8:36:25 AM11/30/23
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    अनारंभो हि कार्याणां प्रथमं बुद्धिलक्षणम्।
    आरब्धस्यांतगमनं द्वितीयं बुद्धिलक्षणम्।।

    This is the reading which we read and learnt by heart in the school.

    This seems to be a better reading.

    Prof.Dr.Siddharth Y.Wakankar
    Vadodara 9427339942.

    Ramesh Rao

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    Nov 30, 2023, 8:40:20 AM11/30/23
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    Ramanujachar P

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    Nov 30, 2023, 9:17:59 AM11/30/23
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    I agree 

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    kenp

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    Nov 30, 2023, 11:04:36 AM11/30/23
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    Don’t take up anything new unless you have completed your present or old task
    न किमपि नूतनं गृहाण यावत् भवता वर्तमानं पुरातनं वा कार्यं न सम्पन्नम्
    न नूतनं किमपि गृहाण यावत् भवता वर्तमानं पुरातनं वा कार्यं न सम्पन्नम्  ......Google translate


    Along with sayings we also need to define all this well in Sanskrit.

    Vyom A. Shah

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    Dec 3, 2023, 9:48:04 PM12/3/23
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    The verse:

    >अनारम्भो हि कार्याणां प्रथमं बुद्धिलक्षणम्।
    >आरब्धस्याऽन्तगमनं द्वितीयं बुद्धिलक्षणम्॥

    is from Pañcatantra 3.123.

    On a side note, similar sūkti is found in Mallikāmakarandanāṭakam by Rāmacandrasūri (disciple of Hemacandrasūri):

    अनिर्वहणे हि प्रारम्भो नीचतां प्रकाशयति।
    पृ. ३८ L.D. Series 91

    Narendra Dutt Tiwari

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    Dec 4, 2023, 6:59:23 AM12/4/23
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    नमो नमः, प्रारभ्यते न खलु विघ्नभयेन नीचैः इति पद्यं भर्तृहरेः नीतिशतके अस्ति । 

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