Vachana of the Month

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ಅರಿದೆವರಿದೆವೆಂಬಿರಿ ಅರಿದ ಪರಿಯೆಂತು ಹೇಳಿರೆ?
ಅರಿದವರು ಅರಿದೆವೆಂಬರೆ?
ಅರಿಯಬಾರದ ಘನವನರಿದವರು
ಅರಿಯದಂತಿಪ್ಪರು ಗುಹೇಶ್ವರಾ.


aridevarideveMbiri arida pariyeMtu hELire?
aridavaru arideveMbare?
ariyabaarada ghanavaridavaru
ariyadaMtipparu guhEshvaraa.


You say you know, would you tell me how you came to know?
Do people who know say that they know?
Those who know the absolute which cannot be known live as if they don’t know, Guhesvara![/twocol_one]


Allama Prabhu distinguishes between two types of individuals in this Vachana: those who know and those who say that they know. He is referring to knowing the absolute (Truth), the Divine. The absolute cannot be known. He does not have a form; He cannot be felt; He cannot be seen. Those who know Him cannot even say what he is. They are just Him. There is no duality of Him and Me in them. They are one with Him. they cannot explain this state of awareness, neither they feel like expressing that awareness. they don’t feel the need for showing off to others that they know the Absolute. On the other hand, there are people who feel that they know the divine. They try to impress others of this divine awareness. Allama prabhu says that those who are in this state are simply in the illusion that they know. Their awareness is superficial! The only way to know the Absolute is to be one with HIm.
Although Allama Prabhu is referring to knowing the Divine in this Vachana, the message of the Vachana is equally applicable to all aspects of our lives. Those who have the complete knowledge of any aspect will not have a tendency to show off their accomplishment. Thos who are half-way knowledgeable are the ones who feel the need to attract others with their accomplishment! The pot that is full does not spill the water when carried; a half full pot tends to spill readily![/twocol_one_last]

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