Vemana’s poems on family

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.

1. One must have Tolerant wife, intelligent children and good education

Orpuleni Bhaarya yunna phalambemi
Buddhileni bidda putti yemi |
SadguNambu leni chaduvadi yelaraa
Vishwadaabhiraama vinura Vemaa ||

This is about – Family, wife, good children and education
Whats the use in having Intolerant wife, foolish children.
Whats the use of learning which doesn’t teach sadgunam/ character, morals, ethics.

>A wife is supposed to be tolerant and wise to lead family. Children are expected to be wise, intelligent and respecting. What is the use of education which does not give knowledge and character.

2. When son is bad and merciless, parents are not concerned whether he is living or dead

Tallidandri meeda dayaleni puthrundu
Puttanemi vaadu gittanemi |
Puttalona chedalu puttadaa gittadaa
Vishwadaabhiraama vinura Vemaa ||

A son who has no respect and mercy on his parents – what is the use whether he lives or dies?  Like white ants/pests are born and die in ant holes.

A son is expected to respect parents, receive good education and behave well sharing responsibilities. If son is merciless, abusing,  abandoning them – parents are not concerned whether he is living or dead.

3. One great vs. many common – prefer great possession

Pandipilla leenu padiyu naidintini
Kunjarambu eenu kodama nokati |
Uttamudagu purushu dokkadu chaaladaa
Vishwadaabhiraama vinura Vemaa ||

A pig gives birth to many and an elephant gives birth to one. Like one elephant is better than many piglets/pigs – Is it not enough to have one good character son?

4. Where else is heaven when having understanding  wife and Intelligent children

SuguNavanturaalu sudathiyai yundina
Buddhimanthu laguchu putru loppa |
Swarga meti kayya samsaari kinkanu
Vishwadaabhiraama vinura Vemaa ||

When one has:
Understanding, virtuous  wife and Intelligent, wise matured, productive sons, Is that not heaven for married person which gives ultimate happiness , why does he need another heaven?

Family life is like a heaven – When family members are all walk on same rope – bound by the same values, thoughts, actions – respect each other, know and perform their duties – upkeep traditions, culture.

5. Treat all relations same after marriage

Aali vamkavaara laatma bandhuvu lairi
Talli vamkavaaru taginapaati |
Tandri vamkavaaru daayaadu lairayaa
Vishwadaabhiraama vinura Vemaa ||

Wife’s relations are most respected relations, mother relations are normal relations, father’s relations are enemies.

In general a persons is close his wife, wife relations, mother and her relations and give less importance to paternal side. This is general statement and not applicable to all.   Once married how relations get treated? Treat all relations same after marriage

6. Fool born to learned man will destroy the entire family

Uttamuni kadupuna nogu janminchina
Vaadu cherachu vaani vamshamella |
Cheraku vennu butti cherapadaa teepella
Vishwadaabhiraama vinura Vemaa ||

Fool born to learned man will destroy the entire family like pest in sugarcane spoiling sweetness

Poorva janma sukrutam – as per our karma we get the right education, right family and children. Be pious and do noble deeds for great living.


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