Quotation by Hla Stavhana

O Bee,
yoked with greed
for a drink of sap,
the jasmine bud
hasn't even opened
its petals
in the least,
and yet
you rub against it.
Hla Stavhana (c. 50 A.D.), South Indian king, Prkrit poet. translated from The Gthsaptaat of Stavhana Hla by Martha Ann Selby, vs. 444, Nirnaya Sgara Press (1889).

A sixteenth-century commentator writes that a woman may have said this to ridicule a man who was making love with a wife who was young and inexperienced. In Prkrit convention, a lustful man is often symbolized by a bee, and an innocent girl is represented by a flower.
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