Mankuthimmana Kagga is one of the most famous and popular major literary works treated almost "21st Century Bhagavadgita in Kannada, composed by Dr. D. V. Gundappa, and published in 1943. It is widely regarded as a masterpiece among the Kannada speaking population in southern India. DVG is known for his simplicity and high thinking. This Kagga triggers thought process for everybody irrespective of the individuals knowledge level. Its meaning assumes wider dimensions as one repeatedly reads it. The verses are very practical, straight, rich in moral values, not confined any religion, caste or creed. It need not be read in any order . One can choose to read it randomly . Because they are called ” Muktakas”.

The following are the chief characters of “Kagga”

1. All are 4 lines (Chowpadi Rachanegalu).

2. All are in (Aaadi praasa) means 2nd Letter of every line is the same (Prasa) in all the four lines.

3. They are called “Muktaka galu”. Independant verses.

4. They all end with the ankitan naama ” Mankutimma”.

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Monday, September 9, 2013

106-Choukattanantavadarolu chittapata saanta....

1.  English Translation:          The borders of the painting (and hence the canvas) is infinite. The painting itself is finite, definite and short lived. In the infinite formless sky, we see objects that are finite (like clouds, moon, starts, sun etc...) and have forms. For a person enlightened about the truth, all worldly objects are to be measured and valued against the value of the universal truth. Any other valuation is false. - Mankutimma.

[Translator's note: It took some time for me to arrive at my understanding of the verse. Here it is - Most of what we see is limited - by space, by time, by intellectual depth. To understand the objects or phenomena we observe we use our own scale which are inherently finite and hence incomplete. But, it is good enough for the time being. For example, to explain the distance between two wickets on a pitch - we use yards (or meters); between two cities - kilometers; between two stars - light years; between two electrons - angstroms. All the units are measuring space, that too in one dimension only - yet so different and so imperfect when applied where they are not intended for. Another example is about object valuation. Most of us (even countries as entities) think Gold is very precious and hence valuable. But that is true only in a context. Ask a starving man whether he wants assured supply of three square meals a day or a truck load of gold with no food for years, you will know how distorted was our valuation. When one realizes the essence of being one with the universe - he starts seeing things for what they are and valuing everything / every phenomenon against the only scale he knows; against the universal truth.]

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