Kakubha カクバ

Terminalia arjuna (Arjun)

A large, evergeen tree with buttressed trunk and spreading crown with drooping branches, bark smooth, grey outside and flesh coloured inside, flaking off in large flat pieces; leaves simple, subopposite oblong or elliptic, coriaceous, crenate, pale dull green above, pale brown beneath, often unequal sided nerves, 10-15 pairs, reticulate; flowers white in panicles of spikes with linear bractoles; Fruits ovoid or oblong with 5-7 short, hard angles or wings, the lines on the wings oblique and curving upwards. Flowering-fruiting January to June. (Ashok Sheth (Ed.). 2005 The herbs of ayurveda vol.4 Gujarat : Ashok Sheth. p1102)

उत्पश्यामि द्रुतमपि सखे मत्प्रियार्थं यियासोः

कालक्षेपं ककुभसुरभौ पर्वते पर्वते ते ।

शुक्लापाङ्गैः सनयनजलैः स्वागतीकृत्य केकाः

प्रत्युद्यातः कथमपि भवान्गन्तुमाशु व्यवस्येत् ॥ २२ ॥

I foresee, O Friend, though quickly you wish to go for my dear one,
The sweet fragrance of Kakubha will steal your time at every mountain;
And the peacocks will welcome you crying, filling the white corners or their eyes with water.
Somehow you must compel yourself to move forward quickly. (22)

見えるよ わが友 私のいとし人のために急ぐけれども
カクバのかぐわしさに、峰ごとに きみはきっと時間をとられる

After taking some water from the Revā river, in the cloud’s journey.


(c) Tomomi Sato 2013

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