atyaakraanto hi kaay'-aagnir
guruN" aannena shaamyati
avacchanna iv' aalpo 'gniH
sahasaa mahat" endhasaa
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For the fire of the body is damped down
When it is burdened by a heavy load of food,
Like a small blaze suddenly covered
With a big heap of firewood.
Fuel can create an activation energy barrier to the burning of fuel.
That may be why old teachers much wiser than I am were sometimes heard to say, "Less is more."
If jiblet, kartikeya or any other pandit is passing, I would be grateful for clarification of the grammar of the final word of the verse, which seems to be an instrumental of a stem related to the root indh, to kindle.
For the fire of the body, if loaded with heavy food, dies down like a small fire covered all at once with a great load of fuel.
for when it is weighed down with heavy food, the fire of the body dies down like a small fire all at once covered with a lot of fuel.
ati: As a prefix to verbs and their derivatives , expresses beyond , over ; is often prefixed to nouns and adjectives , and rarely to verbs , in the sense excessive , extraordinary
aakraantaH (nom.): on which anything lies heavily , pressed by (instr. or in comp.) ; overcome , overrun , attacked , in the possession of (instr. or in comp.)
aagniH (nom.): fire ; the fire of the stomach , digestive faculty , gastric fluid
guruNa =inst. of guru: heavy, heavy in the stomach, difficult to digest
aannena (inst.): by food
shaamyati = 3rd pers. sg. of sham: to become tired , finish , stop; to cease , be allayed or extinguished
avacchanna: mfn. covered over , overspread , covered with (instr.)
aalpaH (nom.): small
agniH (nom.): fire
sahasaa (instr. of sahas): forcibly , vehemently , suddenly , quickly , precipitately , immediately
mahataa (instr. of mahat): great
indh: to kindle , light , set on fire
indha [Apte dictionary]: m. fuel
indhana: n. kindling , lighting ; fuel ; wood , grass &c used for this purpose
indhasaa = instr. of ?[stem untraced]?