vapuSh" aagryena yo naama
sundar' opapadaM dadhe
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Long in the arm, broad in the chest,
With shoulders of a lion and eyes of a bull,
He because of his superlative looks
Bore the epithet "handsome."
We are prone to think that Dharma is all about spiritual brightness and not about looking good, but this might be a view that is not true.
It might be a view that deserves to be challenged.
For example: Is being long in the arm and wide across the torso only a matter of genetic inheritance; or is it possible, through undue muscular contraction, to become unduly short in the arm and narrow across the torso -- and conversely, through muscular release, to allow oneself to be as long as nature intended in the arm and as wide as nature intended across the chest?
Again, how are the shoulders of a lion? Pulled up in fear around the lion's ears? Or pulled down in the other direction, so that the lion's breathing is restricted?
And how are the eyes of a bull? As round and full as nature intended? Or misshapen and contracted by undue muscular tension?
In general, what kind of person has superlative looks? One whose face is distorted by violent emotions, suffering and ill-health? Or, on the contrary, one who is relatively free of those afflictions?
If I personalize this comment -- not always a sensible or necessary thing to do, but somehow I can't resist it -- when I began my Alexander teacher training at the age of 35, one of my fellow trainees was a French woman who, on seeing a photo of me aged 22, exclaimed in evident astonishment in her thick French accent, "But Mike, you wazz 'an-some!"
Evidently, the honest perception of my French friend Solauge was that somewhere between the age of 22 and 35 I had somehow gone wrong.
Did I go wrong because of failure to adhere to a view?
Or did I go wrong because of adhering to a view?
I went wrong because of tethering myself to a view, an -ism. And that point is not up for discussion. That is me telling you the truth. If you can't hear it, the fault is not in me. It is your fault that you don't yet have ears to listen.
Long in the arm he was, deep-chested, with the shoulders of a lion and the eyes of a bull, and because of his wondrous form he was styled 'the Fair'.
He was long-armed and wide-chested, with the shoulders of a lion and the eyes of a bull -- and he bore the epithet "handsome" due to his superlative looks.
diirgha-baahuH (nom. sg. m.): long-armed
mahaa-vakShaaH (nom. sg. m.): broad-chested
mahat: great, broad, deep
siMh'-aaMsaH (nom. sg. m): with shoulders of a lion
vRShabh'-ekShaNaH: with eyes of a bull
vapuShaa = inst. sg. vapus: n. form , figure , (esp.) a beautiful form or figure , wonderful appearance , beauty
agryena = inst. sg. agrya: foremost , topmost , principal , best
yaH (nom. sg. m.): who
naama = acc. sg. naaman: n. name ; ind. (acc. of naaman) by name i.e. named , called
sundara: mfn. beautiful , handsome
upapadam (acc. sg): n. a word standing near or accompanying another to which it is subordinate
upa: near to
pada: n. a step; a word
dadhe = 3rd pers. sg. perfect (middle voice) dhaa: to accept , obtain , conceive (esp. in the womb) , get , take ; to assume , have , possess