kiM ca raaja'-rShibhis taavad
asurair vaa sur'-aadhibhiH
mah'-endraaH shatashaH petur
maahaatmyam api na sthiraM
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But why such citing of royal seers,
Or of asuras, suras, and the like?
Mighty Indras have fallen in their hundreds!
Even the most exalted position is not secure.
There is no such thing as a right position, stated FM Alexander, but there is such a thing as a right direction.
If Alexander's statement is true, what is the point of being ambitious to secure any position, however exalted the position may be?
Moreover, if the Buddha's ultimate teaching is true, what is the point of being ambitious even to go in a particular direction, however right the direction may be?
Perhaps the main point is to prevent oneself travelling too far in the wrong direction, by consciously being not too ambitious.
Whatever happens, I don't want to stiffen my neck and shorten in stature, any more than is unavoidable.
But what need to instance the royal seers, the Asuras, Suras and the rest ? Great Indras have fallen hundreds of times; there is no security even in the highest position.
But why list examples of royal seers, asuras and gods? Great Indras have fallen in their hundreds -- even the most exalted state is not fixed!
kiM ca: ind. moreover , further ; what more (expressing impatience) raaja'-rShibhiH (inst. pl.): m. royal seers
taavat: ind. so much , so greatly , to such an extent , in such a number ; indeed, really
asuraiH (inst. pl.): m. asuras
sur'-aadhibhiH (inst. pl. m.): the sura-gods and so on
mah'-endraaH (nom. pl.): m. the great indra
shatashaH: ind. by or in hundred , a hundred times
petur = 3rd pers. pl. perfect pat: to fall
maahaatmyam (nom. sg.): n. (fr. mah'-ātman) magnanimity , highmindedness ; exalted state or position , majesty , dignity
sthiram (nom. sg. n.): mfn. firm , hard , solid , compact , strong; fixed , immovable , motionless , still , calm ; firm , not wavering or tottering , steady ; unfluctuating , durable , lasting , permanent , changeless ; settled , ascertained , undoubted , sure , certain