Bhartṛhari is a Sanskrit writer to whom are normally ascribed two influential Sanskrit texts: Bhartrihari was long believed to have lived in the seventh century CE, but according consisting of three thematic compilations on shringara, vairagya and niti (loosely: love, dispassion and moral conduct) of hundred verses each. NITI SHATAKAM of Bhartrihari 1.I bow to God, the self enlightened, the peaceful, free from the bonds of space and time, the infinite, the pure co. Meanwhile he took generic interest in affairs of his state and during this time wrote Niti Shataka. Later on, it is believed that, he resigned from.

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This Shatak unites the complex knots of life and directly captivate the human heart.

Bhartrihari Neeti Shatak | Jai Guru Dev

People could feel divine acquiring inspiration from the Shataka. One can seldom find anything comparable to Bhartrihari Shatak, especially with relation to philosophy of life.

The Vairagya Shataka, Bharrtrihari Shataka and Shringar Shataka are related to spirituality, social life and personal life respectively. But on the whole the benefits of this Shataka encompass every sphere of life. The ultimate aim of human life is attainment of the state of bliss, which shatakka impossible until the mind is vagrant, aimless and instable.

It is because of this reason that one needs love and eroticism in youthhood. Every person is endowed with some aesthetic sense. Detachment is simply impossible without aesthetic sense. The philosophy of Satyam Shivam Sundaram is rightly based on the above-mentioned concept. What is true, that hhartrihari is welfare-oriented and what is welfare-oriented is undoubtedly beautiful.


The Shringar Shataka adheres in totality to this concept. Man attains the highest state of bliss eventually, only after he initially treads on the path bharttihari beauty, understands the concept of morality and finally renounces desire, hatred, sensual-pleasure etc. Bhartrihari was not only a king but was a distinguished scholar, a gifted poet, a philosopher, thinker, and a religious person. He expressed all those feelings through poetry, which he imbibed through different experiences of life.

No amount of discursive writing can ever encompass the uniqueness bhaftrihari style, the benevolence of emotions, the structure of words, all these sublime factors simultaneously. Bhartrihari was the king of Malwa whose capital city was Ujjain. The famous emperor Vikramaditya was the younger stepbrother of king Bhartrihari. After being throned as a king, Bhartrihari became so physically attached to his wife that he spent most of the time with her.

Vikramaditya tried to make him realize his foolishness, but all in vain. On the contrary on the command of Queen Pingala, Bhartrihari, threw Vikramaditya out of the city. So does the story goes that Bhartrihari got such a fruit from a Brahmin that would increase his life span. The king did not eat the fruit himself but gave it to Queen Pingala, because he was madly obsessed with her.


Queen Bhartriharj took the fruit and pretended that she was very happy and said that she would eat the fruit after having a bath. The king agreed to this and happily returned. The Queen Pingala was in love with a horse keeper.

Bhartrihari’s Wisdom: Niti Shataka

She gave the fruit to him. The horse keeper was in love with a prostitute. He presented this fruit in turn to her. The prostitute was a pious women and she decided that she would gift the king with this fruit.

King Bhartrihari was busy along with his councilors in the court. The prostitute came and gifted the fruit to the king and told him about the greatness of the fruit. He immediately, took it bhartrihwri ate it.

Realizing the insincerity of the Queen, Bhartrihari felt very sad. This event had such an impact on Bhartrihari that he became detached to this world and starting abhorring material life. He renounced the palace and all the physical pleasures and went to the forest. The results of his renunciation are these 3 Shatakas. Whatever it may be these three Shatakas shall always guide mankind for ages to come.

Rameshwar Prasad invites you to the Wonderful Spiritual World.