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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Thursday, September 5, 2013

74 -Palbrahmhanorasrushti-SummanobbanTiyantihudu bEsaravahudu...

English translation:   O! Mankutimma, a tree grows big and wide out of a seed by destroying it. Just like that, the creation has kept hidden its origin and is exhibiting diversity to our eyes. In a tumbler full of milk, the foam is creation and milk is the creator himself.

[Translator's note: No one knows the origin of this creation. In our lifetimes, we may not even know it ever. We only come close to some approximations and hypothesis about the origin and nature of this universe. One such theory is that it that the creator and the creation are not two different things - its one. The creator manifests in the ever changing form of creation and returns to original (if any one form can be called so) form every now and then. The foam on the milk, is essentially made of milk only... in a different form. The bubbles are varied - some small, some big live for a short time before going back to milk which is permanent.]

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