Proverb Expansion


There is a saying in Sanskrit that a king rules only his own kingdom while a scholar has a sway over the whole world. Of course since the beginning of the world the principle of might is right has been followed. The physically superior eliminates the weak. According to thinkers like Darwin only the strong have the right to live. Many kings and even religious sects have expanded their empires and spread their religions with the help of sword. Even today the nations having latest arms and ammunitions and nuclear bombs have the veto power in the UNO.

The human race, the common man, anywhere in the world has no respect – no regard for these ferocious animals in the shape of human beings. The control of the mighty kings and dictators evaporates as soon as they are in their grave. With the development of culture and civilization it is the scholar, the writer, the poet who rules over the heart and mind of the common man. It is easy to have control through armed forces. But it is a temporary aspect. In the long life of a nation or the world it is just a minor storm that rises and disappears. It is the scientist, the play right, the philosopher who has a sway and shines in the sky for ever guiding the fate of the common man.

The pen that wrote the Vedas was mightier than the sword of the attackers that destroyed the human achievements again and again – that plundered temples – the abode of gods – the Ashramas that created saints like Valmiki and scholars like Chanakya, Plato, Aristotle, Kautilya, Tagore, Tolstoy, Shakespeare, Milton, Newton and Vivekanand have a permanent; sway and guide the destiny of nations even today. Pen is omnipotent. Sword kisses the dust from where it sprang.