Quotation by Hla Stavhana

Eat what you can get.
Where's the salt
in this dump of a village?
And, Lucky Man,
what's the use
of a salty thing
if there's no oil in it?
Hla Stavhana (c. 50 A.D.), South Indian king, Prkrit poet. translated from The Gthsaptaat of Stavhana Hla by Martha Ann Selby, vs. 316, Nirnaya Sgara Press (1889).

This verse is a simple double-entendre. A sixteenth-century commentator notes that in this verse, salt represents beauty, and oil represents affection. The interpretation of the last stanza would then read, "What's the use of a lovely woman in whom there is no affection?"
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