कालिदासस्य सर्वस्वम् अभिज्ञान शाकुन्तलम्
काव्येषु नाटकं रम्यं तत्रापि च शकुन्तला .
तत्रापि च चतुर्थोङ्क: तत्र श्लोक चतुष्टयम् ..
Drama is the best among literature, among dramas Sakuntala, in Sakuntala the 4th act and in that only 4 slokas.
यास्यद्य शकुन्तलेति हृदयं संस्पृष्टमुत्कण्ठया
कण्ठ: स्तंभित बाष्पवृत्ति कलुष श्चिन्ता जडं दर्शनम् .
वैक्लव्यं मम तवाद्रुशीमिदं स्नेहाद्रन्यौकस:
पीड्यन्ते गृहिण: कथं नु तनयाविश्लेषदु:खैर्नवै: ..
The very thought that sakuntala will leave us today, is making my heart heavy with grief. My throat is choked due to tears and I have no words to speak. My vision is blurred. If an ascetic like me, who has renounced the world can suffer so much with the pangs of separation, what would be the plight of a family man, when his daughter leaves his home after wedlock!
पातुं न प्रथमं व्यवस्यति जलं यौमास्वपीतेषु या
नादत्ते प्रियमण्डनापि भवतां स्नेहेन या पल्लवम् .
आद्ये व: कुसुमप्रसूतिसमये यस्या भवत्युत्सव:
सेयं याति शकुन्तला पतिगृहं सर्वैरनुग्यायताम् ..
Sakuntala is leaving for her husband's place oh kingdom of vegetation, please bid her adieu! She is the same Sakuntala, who would not quench her thirst before watering you. Though she loves to adorn herself, she will not pluck even a leaf, as she loves you so dearly. The day you blossom and flowers bloom that day, used to be a festive day for her.
शुश्रूषस्व गुरून् कुरु प्रियसखीवृत्तिं सपत्नीजने
भर्तुर्विप्रकृतापि रोषणतया मा स्म प्रतीमं गम: .
भूयिष्टं भव दक्षिणा परिजने भाग्येष्वनुत्सेकिनी
यान्त्येवं गृहिणीपदं यवतयो वामा: कुलस्याधय: ..
Serve your in-laws and elders with devotion. Be very friendly with your co wives/sisters. Do not act against your husband's wishes even if he displeases you. Be very generous with the servants. Do not be proud of your good fortune. Women, who thus follow the righteous path, are extolled, and those who act otherwise, bring shame to their families.
अर्थो हि कन्या परकीय एव तामद्यसंप्रेष्य परिग्रहीतु: .
जातो ममायं विशद: प्रकामं प्रत्यर्पितन्यास इवान्तरात्मा ..
The daughter is essentially a loan, a precious jewel. She belongs to the family where she gets wedded. I feel greatly relieved having performed the duty of a custodian and have handed her over to her husband.
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