April 2019

Accordingly, Sañjaya went to Upaplavya to meet the Pāṇḍavas. He was welcomed with great respect and was treated with dignity. He inquired about their well-being and exchanged pleasantries. He conveyed Dhṛtarāṣṭra’s message of peace to the assembly, which consisted of the Pāṇḍavas, the Srañjayas, Kṛṣṇa, Sātyakī, Virāṭa, and several others. He requested them not to pave way for a destructive war.   Yudhiṣṭhira explained that he had no heart to...
            Poetry concerns itself with the activities of our inner world. It paints in a motion picture the blossoming of our heart. It sheds light on those aspects of human life—regardless of their significance—that generally escape our attention. The poet’s eye is a veritable camera lens that captures in minute detail the attributes of everything it focuses on. The mirror of his heart reflects those forms and features of objects toward which...
ஒவ்வொரு சமூகமும் அவர்கள் வாழும் அந்தந்த தேசகாலங்களுக்கு தகுங்தாற்போல வாழ்வின் முக்கியமான கட்டங்களை தேர்வு செய்து கொள்கின்றன. ஒருவரது வாழ்க்கைப் பயணம் என்பது அவர் பிறப்புக்குமுன் தொடங்கி, வாழ்நாள் முழுதும் தொடர்ந்து, மரணித்த பின்பு வரையுங்கூட தொடர்கிறது என்பதே அனைவருக்கும் பொதுவான விதி. தமக்கென சந்ததி வேண்டும் என ஒரு தம்பதி கருதுவதால், கருவாக ஒரு குழந்தை உதயமாகிறது. கருத்தரித்தபின் ஊசிநுனியைவிட பதினைந்து மடங்கு அளவு குறைவிலான, ஒரு அங்குலத்தின்...
For an institution to survive for long and to find fulfilment in executing its objectives, it needs a dedicated set of active workers. At least one person will need to keep working on it day and night. He will remain its supporting pillar throughout its existence and the rest will bolster him through their work. The (Kannada Sahitya) Parishat was fortunate to get a dedicated worker of this nature starting from 1915 for about twenty years. It was...
The next great landmark of the tradition of the spirit of Kshatra is available in South India. He is the lodestar of Hindu Dharma, Chhatrapati Shivaji. Shivaji hailed from the Bhosle lineage, considered as Shudras. His roots lie in the Mewad-based Sisodia clan. In other words, we can identify him with Rana Pratap’s lineage. His mother Jijabai hailed from the Yadava (or Jadhava) lineage belonging to Devagiri. Although his father Shahaji began his...
In another part of the country, Śalya, the king of Madra, was on his way along with army and his sons, who were both mahārathas. He was acting as per the wishes of the Pāṇḍavas and Duryodhana happened to notice this. With a view to entice the entourage, he erected delightful pleasure houses on their path. He arranged to host them with myriad luxuries. Śalya was enchanted looking at the marvellous arrangements. He said, “Who built these...
ಭಟ್ಟರು ಭಾರತೀಯವಿದ್ಯಾಕ್ರಮದಲ್ಲಿ ಪಾಶ್ಚಾತ್ಯಪ್ರಭಾವವು ಮಾಡಿದ ಪರಿಣಾಮವನ್ನು ತುಂಬ ಸಮರ್ಥವಾಗಿ ವಿವೇಚಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಮಾತ್ರವಲ್ಲ, ಇಂಥ ಸತ್ತ್ವಶೂನ್ಯಚಿಂತನಕ್ರಮವು ಪಾಶ್ಚಾತ್ಯಸಂಪರ್ಕಕ್ಕಿಂತ ಮೊದಲೇ ಉಂಟಾಗಿತ್ತೆಂದೂ ನಮ್ಮ ಪರಂಪರೆಯ ಗ್ರಂಥಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಕಂಡುಬರುವ ತತ್ತ್ವಸ್ಖಾಲಿತ್ಯವನ್ನು ಗಮನಿಸಿ ತರ್ಕಿಸುತ್ತಾರೆ (ಪು. ೧೦೯-೧೧೨). ಇಂಥ ಮಧ್ಯಯುಗದ ಸತ್ತ್ವಶೂನ್ಯತೆಗೆ ಮುಖ್ಯಕಾರಣ ಇಸ್ಲಾಮಿನ ಬರ್ಬರವಾದ ಆಕ್ರಮಣದಿಂದ ಉಂಟಾದ ರಾಜಕೀಯ-ಸಾಮಾಜಿಕ-ಸಾಂಸ್ಕೃತಿಕ-ಧಾರ್ಮಿಕಕ್ಷೋಭೆಯೆಂಬುದನ್ನು ಅವರು ಕಂಠೋಕ್ತವಾಗಿ ಹೇಳದಿರುವುದು ಆಶ್ಚರ್ಯ ಮಾತ್ರವಲ್ಲ, ಅನ್ಯಾಯ ಕೂಡ...
As I’ve said earlier, it is assumed that sādhanā—rigorous practice—is essential for this. Sādhanā is indeed tapas. This is crystal clear when we see the life of Tirukkodikaval Krishna Iyer. For the sādhaka, while he is undergoing sādhanā, as a result of his tireless efforts, new heartfelt feelings will blossom. Attuned to the new feelings, new rāgas and passages will emerge. Imitation and Creation Now, what does this prove? Our elders had a...
No Hatred Towards Sanskrit Rumours were afloat for some time that B.M. Srikantaiah did not have interest in and hated Sanskrit. I cannot say that these rumours were baseless. Poets before Srikantaiah had profusely employed Sanskrit in their Kannada poems. The works of Rudrabhaṭṭa and Ṣaḍākṣari are good examples. In the poem, “Śrīśailādi”, the only Kannada word used is “māḻke”. “Shreeman Nagendra...”, “Ariroudrankara” etc are also similar. B.M....
Rama Rajya
Every creature felt happy. Everybody was intent on [performing] Dharma. Turning their eyes towards Rama alone, creatures did not kill [or inflict violence upon] one another. While Rama ruled the kingdom, the conversations of the people centered round Rama, Rama and Rama. The whole world became Rama's world. Brahmins, Kshatriyas, Vaishyas, and Shudras were performing their respective duties, satisfied with their own work and bereft of any greed...