Prakarana of Yogavasishtham Rama speaks to Viswamitra and other
sages about the pitfalls and dangers of
निपाताय यौवनं संभ्रमेण तु ॥१॥
problems of childhood man, his mind numbed,
climbs into Youth with excitement, only to face a downfall.
लोलस्य स्वस्य चेतसः
याति दुःखाद् दुःखान्तरं जडः ॥२॥
the different moods of his fickle and
wavering mind indulging in endless pleasures. The fool is led from misery and sorrow to
greater misery and sorrow.
विवशः परिभूयते ॥३॥
himself and is forcefully overcome by the demon of carnal desires which abide
in his heart creating lot of excitement
यौवनं मे न रोचते ॥४॥
thundering of clouds next moment, like lightning yet another moment and always
स्वादु तिक्तं च दूषणं दोषभूषणम्
यौवनं मे न रोचते ॥५॥
which is sweet, tasty, bitter, full of bad qualities and their ornament and
like waves in sura, intoxicating drink.
समारंभास्ते सर्वे सर्वदुःखदाः
सन्निधिं यान्ति महोत्पाता इव क्षये ॥६॥
which are sources of misery and sorrow
youth like the fires, floods and earthquakes during deluge.
दह्यते जन्तुः तरुर्दावाग्निना यथा ॥७॥
youth by the unbearable fire in the heart born of separation from a wife. It is
like a tree being burnt in a wildfire.
विस्तीर्णा पावन्यपि हि यौवने
कलुषतामेति प्रावृषीव तरङ्गिणी ॥८॥
holy mind becomes polluted in youth just like a river becomes turbid during the
दोषालिं निकृन्तति गुणावलिम्
यौवनोल्लासो विलासो दुष्कृतश्रियाम् ॥९॥
of men. The exuberance of youth is the
play of all sinful activities.
कतिचिद्योऽयं फलिता देहजङ्गले
शरदस्यां हि न समाश्वासमर्हति ॥१०॥
of joy only for a few days as in sharat
be complacent ( as winter is not far away)
प्रयात्येव शरीरात् युवताखगः
away from the body all of a sudden like the Chintamani gem slips from the hand
of a person of little luck.
यदा परा कोटिमध्यारोहति यौवनम्
सज्वरा कामास्तदा नाशाय केवलम् ॥१२॥
its highest point then feverish desires
envelope man only to destroy him.
यो मोहात् पुरुषः क्षणभङ्गिना
महामुग्धः स वै साक्षात् मृगः
and deluded by this fleeting youth, becomes overjoyed, is considered a mere
स दुर्बुद्धिः पश्चात्तापेन युज्यते ॥१४॥
mind who desires this youth which is full of pride, delusion and intoxication
will, before long, regret the decision he has made.
महात्मानस्त एव पुरुषा भुवि
समुत्तीर्णा साधो यौवनसङ्कटात् ॥१५॥
youth with ease are great men deserving to be worshipped and real men on this