Vemana’s poems on Philosophy -2

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

Lets look at these 12 philosophy verses by Vemana.

1. Get spiritual enlightenment for eternal happiness.

Alpa sukhamu lella naasinchi manujundu
Bahula duhkhamulanu badhapadunu |
Parasukhmabu nondi bratukanga neradu
Vishwadaabhiraama vinura Vemaa ||

We are attracted to small pleasures which causes more pains and agony. If we are attracted to spiritual enlightenment that gives more pleasure, eternal happiness and relieved of pains/agony.

Understand this truth and essence of life.

2. Explore inner-self, meditate with pure mind to see god.

Aatmalona Shivuni anuvugaa shodhinchi
Nischalamuga bhakti nilipe neni |
Sarvamuktudaunu sarvambu taanaunu
Vishwadaabhiraama vinura Vemaa ||

Focused and exploring inner-self on atma, when prayed with devotion he will be blessed by Shiva. He will get salvation and infact he will be omnipotent.
Explore and know yourself with devotion

3. Attain tatvam by leading moral and ethical life

Illu naali vidachi inupakachhalu gatti
Vamtakambu neeti vaamcha ludigi |
Vomtinunna yamta odavunaa tatvambu
Vishwadaabhiraama vinura Vemaa ||

Leavig house, wife, having self-control, leaving food, water, desires, staying alone will not make one jnani and get tatvam/philosophy.
Attain tatvam/philosophy by leading moral, ethical life

4. Have control on senses to see god

Indriyamulu batti eedchuchu nundagaa
Verri manujudela vedaku Shivuni |
Indriyamula rosi Eeshuni choodaraa
Vishwadaabhiraama vinura Vemaa ||

Without self control on indriyas foolish humans can’t explore Shiva. Control indriyas and see Shiva.

5. Look within to see god than roaming places.

Vunnataavu vadali voorooru dirigina
Kannademi Narudu graasamunaku |
Tannulonu jooda tamamella veedunu
Vishwadaabhiraama vinura Vemaa ||

Roaming places doing pilgrimage what one gains? By looking inner-self the ignorance is removed and gets real wisdom.

6. Know about supreme being which give salvation.

Enni tanuvulaina mrutiki naddam gaavu
Mrutini geluvaleni erukalela |
Dongareetingaaka dorakuna mokshambu
Vishwadaabhiraama vinura Vemaa ||

Any creature cannot escape death. Its all useless when you can’t learn what can escape you from death. Life is like a thief entering many houses but do not get salvation.

7. Balance and control of senses is important to know about god and self.

Ninnujoocheneni tannu taamarachunu
Tannu joocheneni ninnumarachu |
Yevidhamuna janudu nerugu ninnunu dannu
Vishwadaabhiraama vinura Vemaa ||

Who sees gods forgets himself, when he sees himself he forgets god. How will a person will know god and self same time?

8. External showoffs is not true devotion

Nosalu bathudayye noru todelayye
Manasu Bhootamatlu malayagaanu |
Shivuni goltu nanaga siggettu raaduraa
Vishwadaabhiraama vinura Vemaa ||

Wearing forehead full of Vibhoodhi (ash), having mouth like wolf, mind like devil – how one can say that he will pray Shiva – is he not shameful? One need to meditate and pray with pure mind and thoughts.

9. No one can escape destiny – make righteous living

Pekku janula gotti pedala vadhiyinchi
Dokkakoraku noollu dongilinchi |
Ekkadikini bova erigi yamudu jampu
Vishwadaabhiraama vinura Vemaa ||

Earning by harassing people, killing poor people, looting villages for feeding stomach and escaping to protect self? where ever you go Yama will take away your life.

10. Body is temporary and Aatma is eternal and changes bodies

Mantikundavanti maaya samsaarambu
Chachhu nennadaina jaavadaatma |
Ghatamulenniyaina gaganambe ekame
Vishwadaabhiraama vinura Vemaa ||

This samsaaram/ jeevitam/life is like earthen pot. Body dies but atma never dies but moves to another body. Pots may be many but the sky is one. Only body decays and no dying for aatma.

11. Meditation is only way to get salvation

Maata ludugakunna mantrambu dorakadu
Mantra muduga kunna madi kudaradu |
Manasu nilpakunna mari Mukhtiledayaa
Vishwadaabhiraama vinura Vemaa ||

When not silent you do not get mantram, without mantra practice mind control will not come. Without mind control and meditation no Mukhti is possible.

12. Meditation and knowing self is important for salvation

Mukkutaalla gruchi muriki povagadomi
Kachaneeru ninchi kadigi kadigi |
Dokka dolachinantha dorakunaa mokshambu
Vishwadaabhiraama vinura Vemaa ||

Some people do rope cleaning in nose by sending it one nostril and taking out in another, some drink plenty of water to clean stomach. These only clean body and not soul which is required for salvation.

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