May 2021

Satkāvya and Adhyātma Among the readers, those who have seen a Nāgarakaṭṭe of the yesteryears might recognise the twin serpents sculpted in stone there. The sculpture depicts two serpents, intertwined like a braid, facing each other, and affectionately staring at each other. Similar to those two serpents, there were two abiding interests that occupied Venkannayya’s inner life. One was satkāvya [good literature] and the other was adhyātma [...
Kaliṅgasenā grew up. Once while she was playing on the terrace, Somaprabhā, the daughter of Mayāsura saw her and thought, ‘Who is this girl who is radiant like the Moon? I think we were friends in our past lives; or else why would I feel so much affection towards her!’ She came down and became friends with her. Then she said, “Living with princes is an ordeal; they are quickly angered from even trivial mistakes; I’ll narrate you the story of the...
N Ranganatha Sharma
A Heart for the Welfare of the Society There is absolutely no doubt that Sharma was always loyal to the tradition. There are some typical ‘norms’ connected with the scholarly world. One such ‘norm’ is that a person who is known to be a scholar in a certain field of learning usually does not even explore the bounds of the particular subject. It is hard to find scholars who are experts of multiple domains. Though this ‘norm’ appears to be...
The fault of Arjuna’s compassion is not just that it was indiscriminate and unexamined. It was mixed with ego. The self-delusion that he was responsible for deciding the nature of his dharma, that the others were fit for compassion, that the decision to fight the war was out of his own free will (see BG 18.58–59) was included in it. Among the various forms of human relationship, compassion is indeed great. There are very few people in the world...
ಮಾಘ ಮಾಘನು “ಶಿಶುಪಾಲವಧ”ಮಹಾಕಾವ್ಯದ ಎರಡನೆಯ ಸರ್ಗದಲ್ಲಿ ಅನೇಕಶಾಸ್ತ್ರಗಳನ್ನು ಉದಾಹರಣೆಗಳಾಗಿ ಬಳಸಿಕೊಳ್ಳುತ್ತ ರಾಜನೀತಿಯನ್ನು ಪೋಷಿಸುತ್ತಾನೆ. ಈ ಶಾಸ್ತ್ರಸಮೂಹದಲ್ಲಿ ಅಲಂಕಾರಶಾಸ್ತ್ರಕ್ಕೂ ಅವಕಾಶವನ್ನು ಕೊಟ್ಟಿರುವುದು ಕವಿಯ ಔಚಿತ್ಯಪ್ರಜ್ಞೆಗೆ ಸಾಕ್ಷಿ. ಇಲ್ಲಿಯ ಕೆಲವು ಮಾತುಗಳು ನಿಜಕ್ಕೂ ಮನನೀಯವಾಗಿವೆ. ಅವನ್ನೀಗ ಪರಿಶೀಲಿಸೋಣ. ಬಹ್ವಪಿ ಸ್ವೇಚ್ಛಯಾ ಕಾಮಂ ಪ್ರಕೀರ್ಣಮಭಿಧೀಯತೇ | ಅನುಜ್ಝಿತಾರ್ಥಸಂಬಂಧಃ ಪ್ರಬಂಧೋ ದುರುದಾಹರಃ || (೨.೭೩) ಅಸ್ತವ್ಯಸ್ತವಾದ ವಿಷಯಗಳನ್ನು ಮನಬಂದಂತೆ ಎಷ್ಟೂ ಹೇಳಬಹುದು. ಆದರೆ ಪರಸ್ಪರಸಾಂಗತ್ಯವಿರುವ...
Volume Two (1917–1922)                Journalism today has mostly been reduced to a racy reportage of colourful caprices, half-truths, and open propaganda. These were the precise journalistic evils DVG repeatedly warned against. His standards were exacting, and he made sure that he practised what he preached. His essays and editorials in The Karnataka unceasingly celebrated enduring values such as gratitude, trustworthiness, independence,...