A vocalist is advised to regularly do practice, an athlete has to spend time daily on the track, a tabla player needs to do his daily quota of finger practice otherwise all these learnings tend loose their sharpness. Irrespective of our field of expertise all of us needs to do justice to our skills by practicing daily.
अनभ्यासे विषं शास्त्रमजीर्णे भोजनं विषम्।
दरिद्रस्य विषं गोष्ठी वृद्धस्य तरुणी विषम्।।
anabhyāse viṣaṃ śāstramajīrṇe bhojanaṃ viṣam |
daridrasya viṣaṃ goṣṭhī vṛddhasya taruṇī viṣam ||
Scriptural lessons not put into practice are poison. For someone who suffers from indigestion food is poison. For a poor man, a social function is poison. And for an old man, a young woman is poison.
This is one of the teachings from the 375 BCE born philosopher Chanakya. He is traditionally identified as Kauṭilya or Vishnugupta, who authored the ancient Indian political treatise, the Arthashastra. In another place Chanakya pandit writes
abhyasad dharyate vidya
kulam silena dharyate
that, learning is retained through practice and a family’s prestige through proper behavior. Similarly we find another sloka
vittena raksyate dharma
vidya yogena raksyate
Wealth preserves religion, and practice preserves learning. So we get to learn from one of the greatest philosopher the great significance of putting into practice whatever we learn otherwise over a period of time it is lost, this is the law of this transient world.
1. Sampurna Chanakya Niti – Manoj Publications, Sharma Vishvamitra