Allama Prabhu’s Vachans

 


 
Sr #VachanaSr #Vachana
1"I appeared as sthul-kaya-ganeshwara
to exemplify Bhakti in the Krta-yuga.

I appeared as Shuna-kaya-ganeshwara
to glorify Bhakti in the Tretayuga

I appeared as Animisha-ganeshvara
to enliven Bhakti in the Dwapara-yuga

I have appeared as Allama-prabhu ganeshvara
to enlighten Bhakti in Kali-yuga.
Oh! Guheshvara."

-- Allama Prabhu 1
2"When the earth and ether were non-existent,
When the concept of I and mine had not emerged,
When the notion of rest and motion did not originate,
When the subtle and casual were not evolved,
When the moveable and immoveable were not formulated,
Then was Guheshvara's sharana or votary
Born of Chit-shakti or Will." 1
3"A merchant of Jambu Isle
Gathering his bales and bundles;
Sets up his stall
In the womb of Mother Earth
Stricken with a crazy thirst
He drank up the seven oceans
Until to his own dismay
At the unquenchable thirst
He sucked the ooze itself
An infant carries his mother's corpse
Upon his back and goes
Mumbling her name
Behold a globe-like icon
Has swallowed the glory of Guheshwara! 1
4On Heaven's expanse
A strange parrot was born;
And she built her a house
In vain glorious pomp.
But of that one parrot
There are born five and twenty
Brahma was the parrot's cage
Vishnu his victuals;
And Rudra his perch
Whe she swallowed her young ones
In front of those three
Behold! Oh! Guheshwara
The phenomenal play cease to have its sway." 1
5"It is a curious cow of a small shape
having an udder of abnormal size
With horn of palmyra height"




Comments -
The simile used in this vachana is rather hyperbolic nature and yet it is very significant. The cow in the form of Jiva is described
as having two longhorns in the form of 'I' and 'mine', and an udder in the form of juicy sense object. The Jiva courts his own ruin through
unreasonable pride and unconscious prejudice.
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6"A strange animal it is !
With one body.
With two heads of tiger and deer,
It is neither a tiger nor a deer.
A different one stands by the side,
Chewing its cud.
It's headless body browses a dry leaf
A great leaf leaps off the sight
Oh! Guheshwara!1



Comments -
Time is depicted here as a tiger, because the tiger is fierce in nature and devours man. Similarly, time is stern in its course; it is the reatest equalizer in life and it respects none. Maya is pictured as a deer, because it is lovely to look at, it has fleet-feet and bewitchingly attractive. Besides, Kala and Maya there is a third factor that enters into the composition of Jiva. It is Karma. Jiva being caught in the clutches of these three monsters is unable to realize its true nature. He who knows the truth and abides by its law will surely rise victorious over these monsters. Abstract principles are made concrete by suggestive imagery.
7"If I deem it One
It looks like twain
If I assume it to be twain
It looks as one.
What is this mystery
Of One and twain ?
For a union inseparable
A world of grace is indispensable."1


Comments -
The Reality is beyond the reach of dualities and realities. To described it
as dual or non-dual is only a play of reason. The soul's union with God is a love union, a mutual inhabitation
which expresses not a self-mergence that leaves no room for personality. Love in its innermost motive is a unifying principle.
8"The musk deer, Oh! Sire! Has moved about.
A form of the vast expanse
Has stood in front of me
What spirit has seized me
I know not
Feeling the presence of Guru
In the lotus of my heart
I saw and adored him and found him all illustrious one
I was surprised to see
An unknown stream of my previous births
Gone withered, Oh! Guheshwara!1



Comments -
The aspiration for the Divine has pervaded the entire being of Prabhu to such an extent that the abstract Divine has become the concrete in the form of Linga.
The musk deer symbolizes Linga.By a constant contact with Ishtalinga, he has become possessed of the Divine afflatus. The Guru who favored him with Ishtalinga dwells in his heart and by his grace the cycle of birth and death is rounded off.
9"Who can comprehend
the whole of Thy Truth?
All the Universes fourteen
are inherent in the Linga in Thy plam
Is there a God
who stands a match to Thee?

"When Gods in infinite number jostle with each other
to lay at Thy feet in groups
The silver dust sprayed out by the friction of their crowns
piles into the mounts of silver

Infront of Thee." "Hari fathoms not Thy feet
Nor Brahma scales the height of Thy crown.
Nor the saints and sages sound the depth of Thy heart
Nor the deities all measure the magnitude of Thy hair's end.
Nor suns myriad discern Thy refulgence
Can I apprehend Thee."1



Comments -
Modern scientific research in the realms of mythology and symbology states that this truth: "Reality is too large a thing for the human mind to apprehend in its completeness and all the more ultimate conceptions of it must be relative and in a measure symbolic. This is apparent even in the case of the most precise of all sciences, the astrophysics
where we seem to reach an order of reality that is only knowable symbolically."
10"It is a curious cow of a small shape
having an udder of abnormal size
With horn of palmyra height"




Comments -
The simile used in this vachana is rather hyperbolic nature and yet it is very significant. The cow in the form of Jiva is described
as having two longhorns in the form of 'I' and 'mine', and an udder in the form of juicy sense object. The Jiva courts his own ruin through
unreasonable pride and unconscious prejudice.

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Sr #`Reference
1"Prophets of Veerashaivism", His Holiness Mahatapsvi Shri Kumarswamiji,1992
2"In Search of Shiva", Dr.Saroja Ullagaddi,Ph.D.,published by The Veerashaiva Samaja of North America,1995
3"Speaking of Siva", Translated with an introduction by A.K.Ramanujam. Penguin Books, 1973
4"Siddharameshwar's Vachanas" - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siddheshwar