TEXT 102
doṣa-guṇa-vicāra--ei alpa kari' māni
kavitva-karaṇe śakti, tāṅhā se vākhāni
SYNONYMS
doṣa-guṇa-vicāra—therefore to criticize one's poetry as good or bad; ei—this; alpa—negligible; kari'-making; māni—I consider; kavitva—poetic ingenuity; karaṇe—in performing; śakti—power; tāṅhā—that; se—we; vākhāni—describe.
TRANSLATION
"Such mistakes should be considered negligible. One should see only how such poets have displayed their poetic power.
PURPORT
In Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (1.5.11) it is said:
tad-vāg-visargo janatāgha-viplavo
yasmin prati-ślokam abaddhavaty api
nāmany anantasya yaśo 'ṅkitāni yat
śṛṇvanti gāyanti gṛṇanti sādhavaḥ
"In explaining the glories of the Lord, inexperienced men may compose poetry with many faults, but because it contains glorification of the Lord, great personalities read it, hear it and chant it." Despite its minute literary discrepancies, one must study poetry on the merit of its subject matter. According to Vaiṣṇava philosophy, any literature that glorifies the Lord, whether properly written or not, is first class. There need be no other considerations. The poetic compositions of Bhavabhūti, or Śrīkaṇṭha, include Mālatī-mādhava, Uttara-carita, Vīra-carita and many other similar Sanskrit dramas. This great poet was born during the time of Bhojarāja as the son of Nīlakaṇṭha, a brāhmaṇa. Kālidāsa flourished during the time of Mahārāja Vikramāditya, and he became the state poet. He composed some thirty or forty Sanskrit dramas, including Kumāra-sambhava, Abhijñāna-śakuntala and Megha-dūta. His drama Raghu-vaṁśa is especially famous. We have already described Jayadeva in Chapter Thirteen of this Ādi-līlā.

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