Vemana’s poems on Morals and Ethics – 3

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. Anger is the root cause of destruction.

Kopamunanu ghanata konchamai povunu
Kopamunanu migula godu galugu |
Kopamadache neni korika leederu
Vishwadaabhiraama vinura Vemaa ||

With anger mightiness will come down, with anger more suffering will remain. If one controls anger all the desires will be fulfilled.

Anger is the root cause of destruction. Control anger for fulfilling desires.

2. Immoral people cannot recognize and behave properly with moral people.

Kukka yemerungu gurulinga jamgambu
Pikkabatti yodisi peeku gaaka |
Santapaaka totthu sanyaasi nerugunaa
Vishwadaabhiraama vinura Vemaa ||

What Dog knows is to bite anyone even jamgama guru. A waylaid vesya takes money by profession even from sadhu sanyaasi.

3. Leading righteous life one can understand philosophy of life

Kompalona nunna korkelu chedinchi
Hrudaya matte migula padila parachi |
Gruhamu nilpuvaadu bahutatvavediraa
Vishwadaabhiraama vinura Vemaa ||

Control desires at home, live in simple discipline, carry all daily scores in house and lead family life. This helps in attaining peace and philosophy.

4. Superstitions are more dangerous illogical feats

Gooba chera guram gunisipaaduga betti
Vellipodu renta verri vaaro |
Gooba guram lemi koorchuraa karmambu
Vishwadaabhiraama vinura Vemaa ||

When Owl sits on a house its abandoned – the people are foolish.

They don’t realize that its their karma that they have to go houseless and blame owl for it.

5. Know your moves and opponents. Never trust anyone by face, analyze actions and be wise in making friends and decisions.

Champadalachu Raaju chanavaggalambimchu
Cherupa nunna pagara chelimi cheyu |
Karava nunna paamu nerigaachukoni yundu
Vishwadaabhiraama vinura Vemaa ||

King moves closely with those he wants to kill them. Makes friendship with enemies whom to be destroyed. A snake waits for the opportunity to bite

Know your moves and opponents. Never trust anyone by face, analyse actions and be wise in making friends and decisions.

6. Any help done with pure heart is great help

Chittashuddhi gagli chesina puNyambu
Konchamaina nadiyu koduva gaadu |
Vithanambu marrivrikshambunaku nenta
Vishwadaabhiraama vinura Vemaa ||

Any good act done with sincere and pure mind may be small, but that is great rewarding performance.
Like a Banian tree seed which is small but when sprouted it becomes huge tree.

7. Speak only when you can do what you say

Teerpanaarpaleni teerpari tanamela
Koorpavippaleni nerparela |
Pettipoyaleni vattibeeramu lela
Vishwadaabhiraama vinura Vemaa ||

Who canot give justice, solve problems – what for his judgement skills?
Who cannot make or break – what for his skills?
Who cannot feed stomach – what for false pride boasting?

8. Never be greedy and fall to traps

Neellalona chepa nerimaamsamaasaku
Gaalamandu jikki koolinatlu |
Aashabutti manujudaareethi jedipovi
Vishwadaabhiraama vinura Vemaa ||

A fish gets captured by falling to a prey tied to fish hook
like that a greedy man gets captured by false traps and gets ruined.

9. Speak less and truth, be righteous

Nerananna vaadu nerajaaNa mahilona
Nerthu nannavaadu vaartha kaadu |
Voorakunna vaade vuttamottamudayaa
Vishwadaabhiraama vinura Vemaa ||

In this world

Who say I don’t know, even when he knows is manipulator – he enjoys play. Who says I know , even if he does not know is half knowledged and not real news holder. He wants to get highlighted
Who is silent is great as he does not care what is going on and carry out his work.

10. Remember ancestors by doing their favorite offerings to needy and not by superstitions

Pindamulanu jesi pitarula dalaposi
Kaakulakunu bettu gaadedalaara |
Piyya dinedu kaaki pitaru detlayeraa
Vishwadaabhiraama vinura Vemaa ||

Rites are done to the departed souls and as part of that pindas made of rice are offered to crows. Its belief that pitrudevulu ancestors come on their anniversary dates in the form of crows and eat pindam. As such crow eats everything and how it represents pitrudevulu.

Remember ancestors by doing their favorite offerings to needy and not by superstitions

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