In our world, there is an abundance of love and a multitude of hate. I have not seen extreme hatred but, I have also not felt a loving embrace. Do I complain about the lack of love, or should I feel great for the absence of hate?
I have a family that is overprotective to the point of suffocation, I know they will not leave me alone to take the fall, but I do not get to try something new and adventurous. Do I complain about being held back from flying, or should I feel safe that I will never fall?
There is an ocean of opportunities for the talented and the educated. When my job does not appreciate my talent, and I can only get this mediocre job, Do I complain about my talent that goes waste, or should I be thankful to even have a job that pays?
I have the drive and desire to succeed. I lack the guidance and wisdom needed to move ahead and succeed. Do I complain about the absence of guiding light or succumb to the desire to succeed by any means?
I have my life planned out for me and well-wishers who will arm-twist all my hurdles. I am standing at the top of the podium getting applause for a victory that I did not win, Do I complain that I did not get to work my way towards a victory, or should I just stand and soak in all the ill-gotten success?
In an earlier post, I had introduced you to the poems of Yogi Vemana. This 17th-century ascetic had written extensively on morality, ethics, human pathos and spread this wisdom through verses known as Vemana Satakam or Vemana Padhyalu.
The current verse is another pearl of wisdom from him: Alpudepudu palkunadambaramuganu sajjanundu balku callaganu kancumroginatlu kanakambu mroguna visvadabhirama vinura Vema !
In this verse, Vemana talks about how an unintelligent person can fool others with his loud voice and grand plans. His words are extravagant, but they hold little water. However, a wise man speaks softly, without any drama. His words are few, yet the meaning and impact are profound.
He compares the words of an unwise speaker to a brass pot that makes a lot of noise when disturbed. At the same time, pure gold may appear similar to brass, but it makes no noise.
I know I am being irrational, But I can’t seem to form a rational thought I can see that I need to be brave, But I can’t seem to find the courage I know the problem is small, But I can’t help finding it insurmountable
How do I overcome this state of mind? How can I find a way past this hurdle? How can I see past this fear that is blocking my sight?
Subconsciously I asked God for help. Subconsciously I chanted his name asking for guidance. Subconsciously I heard his answer to keep the faith and do my job.
This poem was written by Yogi Vemana. Yogi Vemana is a famous Telugu ascetic. He wrote a series of poems that spread wisdom, morality, and ethics based on the social fabric of south Indian society in the 17th-century. His poems highlighted the flaws and inconsistencies in society in his times. Sadly, they are relevant in society today as well. The above verse is close to my heart, I hope you see the wisdom in it too.
This verse in Telugu, speaks about wholeheartedly understanding and supporting your beliefs. Vemana points out the futility of your faith when your heart and mind is not invested in it. He tells that there is no sense in following the ceremonies when the heart and soul are not invested in it. It is the same as cooking a fancy meal in a dirty kitchen with soiled utensils and impure ingredients. He questions you about the purpose of all your prayers when your intentions are not genuine.
This poem rings true in most of the current situations that the world is facing. We have laws, constitutional rights, being used and abused to serve evil intents and purposes. We also see god’s gospel is misused to spread the wrong message. People are following the rule of law in word, not in spirit. We see people offer insincere apologies, offer assistance that will only hurt you more than it helps or offer a helping hand while pulling the rug from under you.