Vemana’s poems on Morals and Ethics – 2

Vemana is great Telugu philosopher and poet born in mid 17th c AD. Vemana’s poems are filled with facts and provide practical guidance to life.

Lets look at these 10 powerful and popular Vemana’ poems on morals and ethics

1. Meals offered with bhakti is good even if its fistful.

Gangigovupaalu gantedainanu chaalu
Kadive daina nemi Kharamu paalu |
Bhakhti galugu koodu pattedainanu chaalu
Vishwadaabhiraama vinura Vemaa ||

Cow milk is enough even a spoonful, what we will do with big vessel full of donkey’s milk?  Meals offered with bhakhti is good even if its fistful.

2. Know your position and capability to react on any situation

Neellalona mosali nigidi Yenugu battu
Bayata kukka cheta bhangapadunu |
Sthanabalimi kaani tana balmi kaadayaa
Vishwadaabhiraama vinura Vemaa ||

A crocodile is strong in waters and catches even an elephant. But when out of waters a dog also troubles him. That’s the strength attributed to place/position and not of self.

One should know what is his position and without caring for it acts – the consequences could be disastrous.  One is safe at home/office, while on the road one needs to be careful of all dangers.

3. Success or failure are all results of one’s good/bad deeds due to karma

Chetu vacheneni chedanaadu daivambu
Melu vacheneni mechu tannu |
Chetu melu talapa chesina karmamul
Vishwadaabhiraama vinura Vemaa ||

When wrong happens one abuses its all because of god, vidhi raatha. When good happens one feels self achievement.

Know that what ever happened be it good or bad – its all your karma phalam (paapam, punyam) only. Generally seen that in any achievement – we take credit, in failure – credit someone else as the reason. Karma is what we do and the results we get. Nothing in our control, our duty is to do, perform only and what is destined you will get.

4. Act for act, tit for tat will never end enmity. Show mercy even on enemy

Champadagina yatti shatruvu tanacheta
Chikkeneni keedu cheyaraadu |
Posaga melu chesi pommanute chaavu
Vishwadaabhiraama vinura Vemaa ||

When got hold of an enemy who desires to be killed, Don’t kill him, don’t harm him.
Do some favor and reflect good deed, show mercy and let him go – that is more than killing him. It can change him forever to good man.

Act for act, tit for tat will never end enmity. With open mind show mercy/daya even on enemy and that can subside the angers and make friendship.

5. Keep doing your part sincerely and result is sure to come.

Chippalona badda chinuku mutyambayye
Neetabadda chinuku neella galise |
Praaptamunna chota phalamela tappuraa
Vishwadaabhiraama vinura Vemaa ||

When rain drops fall in pearl shell (swathi chinukulu) it becomes pearl. Same rain drops when fell in water will mix with water. When destined to get success/phalam, it will be received and efforts will not be wasted.

6. Work hard earn livelihood and never depend on others earning

Chemata kaarunatlu shramapetti dehambu
Gadanachesi koodu kuduvavalayu |
Tallidandri sommu taadinta kaaraadu
Vishwadaabhiraama vinura Vemaa ||

One has to sweat and earn living and enjoy that earnings. Never ever live by earnings of parents

7. Preaching is easy and practice is difficult

Tanuvu lasthiramani dhanamu lasthiramani
Telupa galadu taanu teliya ledu |
Cheppavachu panulu cheyuta kashtamau
Vishwadaabhiraama vinura Vemaa ||

One will preach that Body is not eternal, money is not eternal but he doesn’t know for himself. Preaching is easy and practice is difficult

Any thing practice first before preaching and follow it always. Generally people do not like listen to the preachings even if its good for him.

8. Don’t roam around characterless person.

Kothibatti techhi kothaputtamu gatti
Kondamuchhu lella kolichinatlu |
Neetiheenu noddha nirbhagyulunduru
Vishwadaabhiraama vinura Vemaa ||

Capture a monkey, wear new cloths and praying it is like unfortunate people roaming around characterless person.

Know what you are doing and count and do your acts wisely to yield positive results. Don’t roaming around characterless person

9. Wealthy gets attention even for small things while poor gets unnoticed whatever may happen to them

Putthadi gala vaani pundu badhayu gooda
Vasudhalona chaala vaartha kekku |
Pedavaani inta pendlaina nerugaru
Vishwadaabhiraama vinura Vemaa ||

Wealthy person’s pain form a wound becomes world news
Whereas marriage in poor man’s house no one knows.

World is after money, wealth which need not be acquired through moral, ethical means. Wealthy gets attention even for small things while poor gets unnoticed whatever may happen to them

10. Control senses, avoid greed and lead righteous life

Paalasaagaramuna pavaalinchina vaadu
Gollaindla paalu kora nela |
Eduti vaari sommu lellavaariki teepi
Vishwadaabhiraama vinura Vemaa ||

This one is direct targeting god Vishnu – It is Kirhsna leea and cannot understand with straight meaning of his acts in Brindavanam and Dwarka and infact he protected them from all dangers.

Lord Vishnu rests on Aadisheshu in Ksheerasaagaram (sea of milk) along with Lakshmi devi, Lord Krishna is avatar of Vishnu who is born in Yadava clan for a noble cause. He used to steal milk and butter from Yadava’s households. Everything is his creation he is taking away whose wealth>. He is lord and its his leela. Everyone loves to acquire the property of others.

In general its greed that makes one jealous and long for others wealth. Control senses and lead righteous life.

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