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Marula Muniya Kagga:
« on: January 12, 2013, 06:53:33 PM »
Dear All,

Sometime back Nagaraj gave some verses of Mangu Thimma. This work also by D.V. Gundappa, a Kannada novelist, thinker and poet,
is about blabberings of Marula Muniya, his younger brother. It contains all philosophy coming from the mouth of non literate Marula Muniya.


Come let us seek the lotus feet of Him
Who views with delight his His own
Magnificent images and reflections in the
Vast exposure of the world mirror
Thus sang Marula Muniya.*

(*This last line in the blank verse, should be taken for all verses.)


Come let us seek His Excellency, the Emperor of Emperors
Who built this attractive royal palace
To view the images of His own empire
In the eternal world mirror.


Come, let us bow before the magnificence and majesty
Of the unseen Indweller who shaped these bamboo walls
So as to see His own glory and grandeur
In the vast world mirror.


Come, let us find out the most opulent One
Who created this enormous universe
So as to see and enjoy His masterly sports
In this vast world mirror


Their lies a state of eternal bliss beyond all dualities
Beyond all arguments, beyond all good and evil
Beyond all pleasures and pains of senses
Seek it always and every moment.



I am Marula Muniya, Manguthimma's younger brother,
I would here unburden all the sorrows of my heart,
Will not the wise and good tell me what is righteous?
Is not the world our teacher?


I am Marula Muniya, Manguthimma's younger brother,
I would pour out all the contents of my heart,
Let the wise and pious rightly judge it,
I will surrender myself to them.


Marula Muniya's mind cherishes the dreams of simple life,
Radiating the grace of delight, truth, goodness and peace.
Don't the ripples of a lake rise to sprinkle cool spray
And fall back into the lake? 


Questions of the world galore come charging at me
My stuttering tongue is itching to answer them,
The outpourings seek expression in verses,
That grow unabashedly like Hanuman's tail in Lanka.


This is neither an amusing story, nor a cascade of in-felt sentiments.
But these verses are for reflection and rumination,
Meditating on one verse at a time now and then
Experience and enjoy it.


Arunachala Siva.     



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Re: Marula Muniya Kagga:
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2013, 02:00:16 AM »
Dear Sri Subramanian sir,

Truly Beautiful verses! I never saw them before. So sweet.

Thank You Very much!


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Re: Marula Muniya Kagga:
« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2013, 10:35:23 AM »

Para Brahman.


Iswara is ahead and Brahman stays close behind
Eternal is Para Brahman and ephemeral are the gods
Iswara creates and sustains the universe.
But static remains Brahman.
Thus sang Marula Muniya.


What are breath, hunger, sorrows and joys!
What are heat, cold and the many shining things!
Aren't all these life experiences, the outflow
Of the eternal essence of Brahman's energy?


The ocean looks turbulent with waves on the surface,
But deep down it's an abode of lasting peace,
Likewise the family life of Brahman is a mere myth,
Brahman is really inert and unattached.


The branches, twigs and leaves move above,
But the base and trunk of the tree are static like a pillar,
Likewise the souls sway in the wind of Maya,
But immovable is Brahman.


Firm manliness in the moving world,
A firm progressive mind in the manliness and
Excellence of self is the constant goal of the progressive path
But supremely firm is Brahman for ever.


Just as a person standing before a mirror,
Beams with joy seeing his handsome reflection,
The Eternal Intelligence enjoys His infinite variety,
In the artwork of Creation.


Is the Absolute Existence one or two or one appearing as two?
The indistinct one behind the veils cannot be counted,
Permanent existence is existence but where is permanence in the world?
God only is permanent.


Closing his nose and mouth, the diver plunges into the sea.
There he searches for pearls, rises up and comes to the shore,
Likewise sports the Godpower
In the lake of the world.


The soul abiding merged in the Supreme Brahman
Appears separate in the worldly sport,
It takes human body in different forms
And suffers humiliation.


Brahman is like an infinite reservoir of water,
Gods are like canals facilitating periodical irrigation,
The Chief Gods like Vagheesa, Lakshmeesa and Goureesa
Are only there to fulfill our worldly desires.


Arunachala Siva.   


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Re: Marula Muniya Kagga:
« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2013, 04:26:41 PM »
Offer obeisances to that One:


One alone exists and That one is eternally the same,
It is sans past, sans future and sans beginning and sans end.
It is in lanes, plains, dwellings, and jungles
Salute that Omnipresent One
Thus sang Marula Muniya


That One alone exists at all times, and everywhere,
Remaining unseen It creates and sustains everything.
Transcending everything It dwarfs everything else.
Surrender yourself to that One.


The One God wishes to enjoy a festival feast,
He started the game with two and became many,
His countless forms now march in procession in the elated world
Offer obeisances to that marvel.


I offer my obeisance to the One who accepts
Our offerings and worship in hundreds of shrines
In hundreds and hundreds of names and forms.
With all amusements and displays.


He may be God, Religion, Time or Duty
He may be Goddess, Governing Principle, all pervading Spirit, Master
He may be pure Self, witness or the Supreme Brahman
I ever bow  before Him.


Arunachala Siva. 


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Re: Marula Muniya Kagga:
« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2013, 11:55:19 AM »
Siva is only a Witness:


God if the only immortal substance and the world is His shadow
Steeped in mystery He abides at every place and all times
Sorrows and deaths are all the displays of His ppwer
Let us bow to Him.
Thus sang Marula Muyniya.


Don't you think there's something designated as God
Who is the Creator, Inspirer and Sustainer of the worlds?
Let us ponder over His relations though  He is mysterious
Let us fold our hands to Him.


The wealthy Soul has made this world mirror
Since the very beginning of creation to so as to see and enjoy
His own wealth, prosperity and capabilities.
Salutations to the great God Soul.


Cautiousness, patience and power of discrimination
Qualities these three would solve most of our difficulties
If still unsolved bow and take refuge in God
Bow low with a smile.


He, the All in All remains behind the curtain
And secretly smiles on seeing His children
Playing their roles poorly on the open stage
Obeisance to that perverse pleasure Seeker.


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Re: Marula Muniya Kagga:
« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2013, 01:20:57 PM »
Remember the Protector with reverence:


Creating this world for sport as if all sports stemmed from Him,
Hiding behind the masks of names and forms.
He witnesses this world play quite unseen
Reverently remember that Protector.


This is Chit when the unmanifest Sat chooses to become manifest
It is Jagat when Chit plays spontaenously
The entire universe is nothing but manifest Satchitananda
All should offer their services to That.


Sugar dissolved in a beverage is surely present in it.
Mouth alone can enjoy the sweetness and not eyes or hands
Be a good friend to mankind like sugar in beverage
Be the Self, shedding 'I' ness.


The Infinite, Absolute Intelligent One  who grants
The power of discrimination to devotees is none but Lord Siva
He lives, loves and sports in the lotus of everyone's heart,
Cong to His feet.


The same One exists, manifests and knows,
The same one supports all, ponder over this, oh deluded one
It exists as truth, manifests as world and is realized as Self
Brahman is the One that supports and sustains all.


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Re: Marula Muniya Kagga:
« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2013, 01:21:32 PM »
Siva, the Witness:


Indestructible, indissectable, and unattached is Siva
In truth His supposed qualities of protection and destruction
Are only apparent projections and part of delusion caused by Brahma's play
Siva is only a Witness.


You may weep, rage, fight, kill, or be killed
You may flirt, crave, labor, fear and get elated,
Siva views all your plights as if they are child's play
And always remains remains cool unattached.


Ravana's blinding lust, and Kaurava's blinding greed
Kaushika's severe penance and burning passion
Anger, disease, poverty, and love -- born pranks
Each is a rich feast to Siva.


Harishchandra may grieve and Chandramathi may weep,
Damayanthi may wander in search of her husband
Subhadra and Arjuna may bewail the death of their son
Each is an extra delicacy to Siva, the Witness.


At this world is a pot of fresh  juice and Siva is a libertine,
All beings are flowers with honey of many a taste,
He tastes and enjoys each like a hungry man,
Pasupati is indeed  a Rasapati.


Arunachala Siva.


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Re: Marula Muniya Kagga:
« Reply #7 on: January 18, 2013, 01:11:55 PM »


Truth and falsehood, senses of knowledge and things to be known,
Nature and illusions, wisdom and ignorance
Honor and dishonor, virtue and vices,
All dissolve and become on in Siva.
Thus sang Marula Muniya.


Differences in the water of different rivers become one in the ocean
Differences of ideas and actions become one in life
Differences of the world become one in the pure Eternal Self
The very same Self exists everywhere.


Sides are two to the road of our life,
One is God and the other is the enchanting world,
Either of the two you should not discard even for a moment,
Forget not either of the two.


He who becomes one with the life of all beings in the world
And who does not think that he is separate and
Who forgets himself in embracing the entire universe
Is higher than the high sky.


A moment is the concrete image of the abstract Eternity,
An atom is the familiar face of the unknown Eternal Existence
Never neglect the ephemeral, it enables us to understand the Eternal
Atom is the representative of the Infinite Great.


God's Will is an ocean and you in it are a drop,
Would you search for the limitless mega mass in a particle?
Melt and become one in it to see the whole mass,
Annihilate all separateness.


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Re: Marula Muniya Kagga:
« Reply #8 on: January 19, 2013, 01:31:47 PM »
Awareness of the Universality of the Self:


When you behold the whole world as one complete existence,
You would realize that all the many forms and names come from the One,
When you enjoy the all complete existence in the One,
It is the all comprehensive Yoga.
Thus sang Marula Muniya.


Egoism is annihilated by the Allself awareness
Immutable peace stems from egolessness,
Deisrelessness springs from peace and that is equal vision
Allself awareness leads to Bliss.


Thousands of offsprings are hidden in one seed
Thousands of sentiments lie compressed in one mind
Infinite Spirit exists in the finite human body
Ponder over this subtle truth.


The mutual search of Prakriti and Purusha
Is the limitless sea where plays the universal Soul
The enlightenment that sees the same wave in many seas
Leads one to a blissful state.


Grandfathers, forefathers of many past lives
Are born as sons and grandsons in the present life
Our life's river can always swell and overflow,
When it is fed by the waters of many rivulets.


What are body and mind? What are solids and liquids?
What are things inert and active? What is life's energy?
All are the tiny drops of the eternal, original, selfborn
River of Energy.


All things are bundles of the original basic energy,
The subtle from the gross and the gross from the subtle,
It is not limited by time and space but appears to flow
As a continuous current of changeable living and non living beings.

chapter continues....

Arunachala Siva.       


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Re: Marula Muniya Kagga:
« Reply #9 on: January 20, 2013, 02:21:14 PM »
Awareness of the universality of the Self:



Heredity has planted variety in quality and quantity
In grass, plants, trees, iron and gold
In gems, sand, stones, dogs and deers
In order to teach the principle of mutual dependence.
Thus sang Marula Muniya.


Paddy turns into manure and mingles with the earth and becomes soil
Then it shoots up again as corn, likewise even though
The seeds of human race sink into dark
They rise up again and grow.


However much I harass him he is not wiped out but lives
How brave he is! Surely He is the quintessence of ambrosia
So feels Fate and fights constantly against man
This is an endless fight.


Beyond earth and sun there are hundreds of earths and suns
That are hundreds of times more powerful than that of ours
Nature may again and again issue forth many such astral bodies
Brahman's power is infinite.


The universe is  primordial without beginning and end
Life flows from age to age like a river
When did the roots of virtues and sins first sprout?
What is the future course?


Our soul takes birth assimilating life essence
From mother and father, from mother's father
From uncle, and many uncles of thousands of clans and countless families
Who reflects on all these matters?


Is the Reality One or many?
What is now many in the world was originally One.
Sing the praise  of both with one mind at all times.
You are one of the many from the Original One.


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Re: Marula Muniya Kagga:
« Reply #10 on: January 21, 2013, 04:48:22 PM »
Awareness of the Universality of the Self:


Is the Reality one or two or One appearing as two?
Are flower and fragrance two? Flower is rubbish without fragrance,
Are gem and lustre two? Gem without lustre is a mere pepple,
Realty is a blend  of the two in One,
Thus sang Marula Muniya,


A spark appearing separate from the flame is the marvel of Maya
The blowing wind shakes all things in their places,
It makes each appear as two in its own place
And plays like a child.


Ganga is a river and Yamuna is another river,
The separateness is only up to Prayag, the place of their confluence'
Which is Ganga, and which is Tunga in the Bay of Bengal?
Is it possible to differentiate them?


One who sees many in one and the One in many
Is the Seer who has realized the Supreme Truth.
Sorrow touches him not and attachment moves him not,
His is the Universal Vision.


True wisdom makes us realize
The oneness of life force in the variety of body forms
The oneness of stream in the range of of ripples
The oneness of the sun and the moon in their changes.


The very remembrance of Divine Greatness overcomes
All human differences, differences of time and place,
Differences due to old age and disease and establishes
Unity in diversity of the world.


Beginning less is the universe and beginning less are the souls
Names and forms are different in different ages,
Different are human qualities, ways of conduct and traditions
But in the indwelling Reality is all One.


In a garden full of flowers of many varieties,
A little jasmine may lie unseen but can be smelt by one with keen nose,
Likewise you live in this world apparently unnoticed,
But clearly understood by keen observers.

sub chapter concluded.

Arunachala Siva. 


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Re: Marula Muniya Kagga:
« Reply #11 on: January 22, 2013, 01:41:43 PM »


Reality is One but it appears as two to the outward eye,
One is the manifested world and the other is the unmanifested,
One who ever lives realizing the two as one,
Is really the realized one,
Thus sang Marula Muniya.


One becomes two and two may become ten or hundred,
A new thing is created when any one touches another,
Friction among and modifications of
The parts of molecules cause all creation.


Two shining beads only are seen on the neck of a maiden
One can only guess the necklace covered by her sari
Likewise our eyes grasp only a partial view of God's greatness
Complete vision is the privilege of the enlightened mind.


All things in the universe are made by the cooperation
of the Master and His tool,
One is the immortal Spirit and the other is the mortal body,
The machine is comprehensible but the Maker is not,
Each has its own specific sphere.


If the wisdom and custom of the past are irrelevant at present
Would the wisdom and custom of today be relevant in future?
View all things therefore with the eternal principle
That holds good at all times.


Arunachala Siva.         


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Re: Marula Muniya Kagga:
« Reply #12 on: January 23, 2013, 07:11:26 AM »

So beautiful.. I'm sure its even more beautiful and lyrical in the original. Thanks so for translating.

I googled Marula Muniya.. very interesting story.  Reminded me of Hastamalaka.


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Re: Marula Muniya Kagga:
« Reply #13 on: January 23, 2013, 10:08:26 AM »
Dear Deepa,

Thanks.  I only know how to speak Kannada and not to read or write Kannada. This English translation is not mine. It has been done
by one A. Narasimha Bhatt, Retired Head Master, Kotekani, Kasaragod, Kerala.

Arunachala Siva.


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Re: Marula Muniya Kagga:
« Reply #14 on: January 23, 2013, 10:15:50 AM »


At all times may there be prosperity and happiness
At all times may there be courageous heart to endure and to push ahead,
At all times may Truth, the Light of Inner Self burning bright,
Victory to Truth and Victory to righteousness.
Thus sang Marula Muniya.


The fruit of victory is truly within and not without,
Unflinching adherence to truth and righteousness
Melts all selfishness and strengthens the self
Victory is the experience of becoming one with all the self.


During famine whatever food you get, you grab and gulp,
Even then you would be thinking of and searching for better food,
Whichever religion you can well comprehend
Use it as a ladder to reach the Supreme Truth.


The playful dance of Eternal Substance is Beauty
The Eternal  Substance that is ever ever steady is Truth
Truth and Beauty are the very core of Brahman and Maya
Ever inseparable as they are.


Sat is Existence, that is absolute Beingness
Truth is the Existence, omnipresent and eternal
Purposeless, signless, and actionless.
Sat is nothing but goodness of good.


Arunachala Siva.