The days that used to lie
by penetrating frost,
bit by bit
now that winter’s past.
~ Sri Dharanidhara
from Vidyadhara’s Subhaashita Ratnakosha
Translated from the Sanskrit by Daniel HH Ingalls, Harvard University Press
The original verses were composed between the 8th and 10th century. Vidyadhara probably compiled these before the year 1100, when he had access to the library housed in the ancient monastery of Jagaddala.
For scale, the height of the paving stone is about 2 inches above the soil.