Bhartṛhari begins his Vairāgya-śatakam with a verse on Śiva:             चूडोत्तंसितचारुचन्द्रकलिकाचञ्चच्छिकाभास्वरो लीलादग्धविलोलकामशलभः श्रेयोदशाग्रे स्फुरन्। अन्तःस्फूर्जदपारमोहतिमिरप्राग्भारमुच्चाटयं- श्चेतःसद्मनि योगिनां विजयते ज्ञानप्रदीपो हरः॥ Victory to Hara, the lamp of knowledge shining bright in the hearts of Yogis! It is radiant with the flickering flame of the moon that adorns his head. It effortlessly reduced to ashes the...
 
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Ask a random student of Sanskrit to recite a poem—chances are you will hear a verse from Bhartṛhari’s Nīti-śatakam. Go to an Acharya seeking wise counsel—chances are you will hear a verse from Bhartṛhari’s Vairāgya-śatakam. Suppose you are interested in love as it is depicted in Sanskrit literature and consult a book—chances are you will come across a verse from Bhartṛhari’s Śṛṅgāra-śatakam. Such is our poet’s popularity. Despite this,...
 
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