Saturday, March 6, 2010

Vemana Padyam

ఒకరి నోరుకొట్టి యొకరు భక్షించిన
వాని నోరు మిత్తి వరుసగొట్టు
చేపపిండు బెద్ద చేపలు చంపును
చేపలన్ని జనుడు చంపు వేమ.

okari nOru koTTi yokaru BakSincina
vAni nOru mitti varusa goTTu

cEpa pinDu bedda cEpalu jampunu
cEpalanni januDu jampu vEma

ఒకరి నోరుకొట్టి = Snatching the food from one
యొకరు = another
భక్షించిన = if eats
వాని నోరు = his food
మిత్తి = death
వరుసగొట్టు = beats in a line
చేపపిండు = school of fish
బెద్ద చేపలు = big fish
చంపును = kills
చేపలన్ని= all the fish
జనుడు చంపు = man would kill
వేమ = O! Vema


If one snatches the food from another's mouth and eats, he will be looked after by death in the cyclic manner. Big fish eats small fish in large numbers. Then man would kill that big fish.

You harm someone. That someone may not be in a position to retaliate or take revenge. But, as a course of natural justice there would be another party which will level your ill doings. One steals the food from the others plate. This is more metaphorical than realistic. One causes grief or loss to another. It is not necessary that then and there, something would happen to the offender. Vemana says at least death makes the offender pay for his sins. He gives the example with the well known big fish eat small fish paradigm. But, interestingly Vemana brings humans as the ultimate killer in the cycle. Man kills the big fish that earlier killed many small fish. But, what would be the fate of this man if he has also violated the balance in nature by his act of killing?

Vemana is an unending source of inspiration!

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