Salutations to Vyāsa (Part 2)

In the earlier era, Vedic literature was one large body of wisdom with different ṛṣis having memorized different ṛks and mantras; different mantras had become scattered across different regions of the land. Had this situation continued, over a period of time there would have arisen a possibility of the Vedas getting destroyed; this would have resulted in an impediment to dharma and to culture.

ಅವಧಾನಕಲೆಯ ಕಣ್ವ ಶ್ರೀ ಲಂಕಾ ಕೃಷ್ಣಮೂರ್ತಿ

ನಾನು ಮತ್ತೆ ಮತ್ತೆ ನೆನೆಯುವ ಮಹನೀಯರ ಪೈಕಿ ಶ್ರದ್ಧೇಯರಾದ ಲಂಕಾ ಕೃಷ್ಣಮೂರ್ತಿಯವರೂ ಒಬ್ಬರು. ಸತ್ಯನಿಷ್ಠೆ, ಪ್ರತಿಷ್ಠಾಪರಾಙ್ಮುಖತೆ, ಸಮಾಜಸೇವೆ, ಸಾಹಿತ್ಯ-ಸಂಸ್ಕೃತಿಗಳ ಸಕ್ರಿಯಾರಾಧನೆಗಳನ್ನು ಕುರಿತ ಯಾವ ಪ್ರಸ್ತಾವ ಬಂದಾಗಲೂ ನನಗೆ ತತ್ಕ್ಷಣ ನೆನಪಾಗುವುದು ಲಂಕಾ ಕೃಷ್ಣಮೂರ್ತಿಗಳ ವ್ಯಕ್ತಿತ್ವ-ಕೃತಿತ್ವಗಳೇ. ನನ್ನ ಸ್ವಭಾವಕ್ಕಿಂತ ಅವರದ್ದು ಅದೆಷ್ಟೋ ಬಗೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಭಿನ್ನ ಮತ್ತು ಸಮುನ್ನತ. ವಯಸ್ಸು, ತಪಸ್ಸು, ಅನುಭವಗಳ ದೃಷ್ಟಿಯಿಂದಲಂತೂ ನನಗೂ ಅವರಿಗೂ ಅಜ-ಗಜಾಂತರ. ಇಂತಿದ್ದರೂ ಅವರು ನನ್ನನ್ನು ಪ್ರೀತಿಯಿಂದ ಆದರಿಸಿದರು, ವಾತ್ಸಲ್ಯದಿಂದ ಅನುಗ್ರಹಿಸಿದರು. ಅಷ್ಟೇ ಅಲ್ಲ, ಆಗ್ರಹ-ಅನುಶಾಸನಗಳ ಸ್ಪರ್ಶವೂ ಜಗತ್ತಿಗೆ ಕಾಣದಂತೆ ಆದರ-ಅಭಿಮಾನಗಳನ್ನು ನನ್ನ ಮೇಲೆ ಸುರಿಸಿದರು.

Salutations to Vyāsa (Part 1)

The Life of Vyāsa

It is in the literature bestowed upon us by Maharṣi Veda-vyāsa that we find the roots of the elements that we today identify as being unique to Indian cultural heritage. Vyāsa was the one who organized and arranged the Vedas, which are the fundamental records of all the wisdom-treasure of India. In fact, it is this extraordinary accomplishment that gave him the name ‘Vyāsa.’[1]

Two Venerable Individuals

1. Veeresalingam Pantulu

The stature that belonged to R Narasimhacharya[1] in the history of Kannada literature was earned in Telugu literature by Kandakuri Veeresalingam Pantulu.  

Veeresalingam Pantulu has written the history of Telugu poets[2]. He has written a few novels as well. I’ve heard that he has also composed a few poetical works. A few of his novels have been translated into Kannada:

Dr. T V Arumugam Mudaliar

Renowned as a doctor, a compassionate man, and an extremely capable surgeon in the old Mysore area, Rao Bahadur Dr. T V Arumugam Mudaliar was a contemporary of Sir. M Visvesvaraya. When he was the Chief Superintendent of Bangalore’s Victoria Hospital, its fame spread far and wide. The primary reason for this was his medical skill combined with his compassion for people. His sympathy was like medicine. The two together made him valuable to society.

Arumugam Mudaliar came from one of the reputed families of Bangalore. His parents were well-to-do.