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Wednesday, 26 December 2007

ಕಗ್ಗ - Realization

I have been reading DVG's "Mankuthimmana Kagga" of late, and have realized that it is not called "Bhagavadgita in Kannada" for nothing. It gives a lot of pleasure while reading, along with deep insights into life itself, and its various uncertainties. At first, I felt bad that DVG, the genius, did not get a Jnaanapeetha for this outstanding work of his; but then felt really happy that he actually did not get one. This priceless collection of 800 odd verses is beyond any award or recognition humanity can ever devise or think of. The only award it can fittingly recieve, would be when every human being who can read and understand it, actually goes on and implements at least a tiny bit of these universal truths in his or her life.

Recently, I read a couple of verses among those priceless ones, and had gotten into a confused state regarding their meaning. They almost seemed contradicting each other, as I myself faced a similar situation in life. These verses are:

ಓರ್ವನೇ ನಿಲುವೆ ನೀನುತ್ಕಟಕ್ಷಣಗಳಲಿ
ಧರ್ಮಸಂಕಟಗಳಲಿ, ಜೀವ ಸಮರದಲಿ
ನಿರ್ವಾಣದೀಕ್ಷೆಯಲಿ ನಿರ್ಯಾಣಘಟ್ಟದಲಿ
ನಿರ್ಮಿತ್ರನಿರಲು ಕಲಿ ಮಂಕುತಿಮ್ಮ ೬೮೯

ಒಬ್ಬನುಣುವೂಟದಲಿ ಸವಿಯಿಲ್ಲ ಸೊಗಸಿಲ್ಲ
ಇಬ್ಬರಾಗುವೆನೆಂದನಂತೆ ಪರಬೊಮ್ಮಂ
ಹೆಬ್ಬದುಕನೊಂಟಿತನದೊಳದೇನು ಬದುಕುವೆಯೊ?
ತಬ್ಬಿಕೊಳೊ ವಿಶ್ವವನು ಮಂಕುತಿಮ್ಮ ೪೩೦

The first one seems to suggest not to have attachments with friends and relatives in life, as the most important stages in anyone's life happens to him or her alone, and no one else would be able to share them, no matter how close they are. The second verse though, suggests to live the big life by embracing the world, since the creator himself could not stand loneliness at one stage and went about creating life.

Although these two do look like they are contradicting each other, both co-exist, as I realized after another round of reading. We are indeed advised to embrace the world and live in harmony with others around us, but deep down, we need to realize the fact that we stand alone when we face those defining moments of our lives. We must just be prepared to face this scenario. Well, that I suppose cleared the doubt for me...

Tuesday, 25 December 2007

Why Kshanaprabhaa?

ಸಂಸ್ಕೃತದ "ಕ್ಷಣಪ್ರಭಾ" ಎಂಬ ಪದಕ್ಕೆ ಕ್ಷಣದಲ್ಲಿ ಪ್ರಭೆ ಬೀರಿ ಮಾಯವಾಗುವ "ಮಿಂಚು" ಎಂದರ್ಥ. ಪ್ರತಿಯೊಬ್ಬ ಮನುಷ್ಯನ ಮನಸ್ಸಿನಲ್ಲಿಯೂ ಕ್ಷಣಾರ್ಧದಲ್ಲಿ ಹಲವಾರು ಯೋಚನಾಲಹರಿಗಳು ಮಿಂಚಿ ಮಾಯವಾಗುತ್ತವೆ. ಹೀಗೆ ನನ್ನ ಮನಸ್ಸಿಗೆ ಬರುವ ಆಲೋಚನೆಗಳನ್ನು ಅಂತರ್ಜಾಲದ ತುದಿಯೊಂದರಲ್ಲಿ ಹಿಡಿದಿಡುವ ಪ್ರಯತ್ನವೇ ಈ "ಕ್ಷಣಪ್ರಭಾ"...