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The Five Qualities of a Good Student

October 28, 2017

This information is from a well-known Sanskrit Slokha (Text) that describes the five qualities of a person that make for a good student. They use analogies from the animal kingdom to convey the qualities in a descriptive and poetic way. When learning anything in life whether it be yoga or any new venture we can trust in these tools to guide us on the path to mastery and understanding.

काकचेष्टा बकोध्यानं श्वाननिद्रा तथैव च |
अल्पाहारी ब्रह्मचारी विद्यार्थी पञ्चलक्षणम् ||

Kaaka-chesh Taa Bako Dhyaanam

Shvaana-Nidraa Tathaiva Cha
Swalpa-Haari Grihtyaagi

Brahmachaari Vidyaarthee

Pancha-lakshaNam

 

Kaaka- The Agility, Alertness and Persistence of a Crow

 

Baka- The Concentration, Single Pointed Focus, and Patience of a Crane

 

Shvaana Nidra- Sleeping Lightly and Springing into Action Like a Dog

 

Swalpaa-Haari- Eating Lightly to Maintain Optimum Energy Level

 

Grihtyaagi- Be Ready to Live Away From Home (Ashram, Travel)

 

Brahmachaari- Not Wasting Energy on Unnecessary Actions or Thoughts

 

Vidyaarthee- Pursuing Knowledge, Intelligence or Information

 

Pancha- Five

 

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