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A Sanskrit Proverb

by Kalidasa

Look to this day,
For it is life,
The very life of life.
In its brief course lie all
The realities and verities of existence,
The bliss of growth,
The splendor of action,
The glory of power.

For yesterday is but a dream,
And tomorrow is only a vision,
But today, well lived,
Makes every yesterday a dream of happiness
And every tomorrow a vision of hope

Look well, therefore, to this day.

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Kalidasa was a poet and playwright, from the biography info, little is truly known about him.  When he lived is even in question, either c. 170 BC or during the reign of Candra Gupta II, c. 380-c. 415.  He is known for plays, poetry and monologues, all of which you may choose to read here.

This poem stood out because it speaks of living in the day, making the most of it, that it may be remembered fondly, and provide for the morrow.

I enjoy reading poetry, books, quotes that inspire and bring a moment of contemplation.

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