ನುಡಿದರೆ ಮಾಣಿಕ್ಯದ ದೀಪ್ತಿಯಂತಿರಬೇಕು!
ನುಡಿದರೆ ಸ್ಫಟಿಕದ ಶಲಾಕೆಯಂತಿರಬೇಕು!
ನುಡಿದರೆ ಲಿಂಗ ಮೆಚ್ಚಿ ಅಹುದೆನಬೇಕು!
ನುಡಿಯೊಳಗಾಗಿ ನಡೆಯದಿದ್ದರೆಕೂಡಲಸಂಗಮದೇವನೆಂತೊಲಿವನಯ್ಯ ?
nuDidare muttina hAradaMtirabEku!
nuDidare mANikyada dIptiyaMtirabEku!
nuDidare sPaTikada SalAkeyaMtirabEku!
nuDidare liMga mecci ahudenabEku ?
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If you should speak, your words should be like pearls strung on a thread!
If you should speak, your words should be like the luster shed by a ruby!
If you should speak, your words should be like a crystal's flash that cleaves the blue!
If you should speak, the Lord must say "yes, yes, that is true"!
But, if your deeds do not reflect your words, how can Lord Kudala Sangama accept you?
Shiva Sharanas chose to express their deep feelings and profound thoughts in ordinary spoken Kannada language (instead of scholarly Sanskrit vocabulary) to facilitate understanding by common people. As such, they had to pay special attention to the clarity and simplicity while keeping Vachanas to the point. In this Vachana, in addition to stressing the importance of righteous speech, Basvanna adds the dimension of right action to go with the right speech.
The purpose of the speech is to convey well formed thoughts in a subtle way so the listener is made comfortable in receiving the thoughts conveyed by the speaker. Spoken words either make us or break us. Spoken words cannot be taken back, just as a broken pearl cannot be glued back! The powers and proper use of the speech have helped mankind achieve great things while their misuse has destroyed man and his environment.
The first line of the Vachana states that we should speak with such intensity and clarity that our words must be as beautiful and attractive as well strung pearls. Pearl is a precious gem that produces a subdued yet gentle brilliance resembling a circle of light (aura) around it. While each pearl's brilliance is gentle and subdued, when they are strung into a necklace, the combined effect is breathtaking. Each word of our speech should be meaningful and subtle, while the assembly of these words should result in a high intensity and clarity to make an impact on the listener.
The second line states that the speech should be as illuminative as the bright luster shed by a ruby. Unlike a pearl, the luster of a ruby spreads far beyond its periphery. Thus, our speech should be such that its impact is extended beyond the immediate.
The third line states that the speech should be as sharp and to the point as possible. It should be like the effulgence flashing from a crystal, piercing through whatever it encounters. That is, its influence should be inestimable and invaluable. It should be well thought off and should have the transparent clarity of a crystal i.e. it must be crystal clear.
The fourth line provides the ultimate characteristic of the speech. It must be so well formed and reflect our total sincerity and intensity of thought, that even if the God hears it, He should nod his head in approval. Since each individual soul is considered a spark from the super soul (the ‘God’), the God nodding his head in approval may actually imply the approval from those around us.
The last line stresses that the total sincerity of our speech must be associated with fitting conduct. Our speech must match our deeds and vice versa. If either our words betray our deeds or deeds betray our words, Lord Kudala Sangama will not approve of it!
While the first four lines appear to characterize ‘speech’, they each seem to be connected to the last line addressing the right ‘conduct’. While the pearls are our words, the conduct is the string tying them together. When our conduct and speech match, and both are transparent to our fellow beings, we can bring about a tremendous effect on everyone around us. Our speech and conduct should be such that they are appreciated by everyone around us, and should not hurt anyone. This is possible only when we have deep love for our fellow beings. Such love is though inherent to humans, it seem to be lost due to the influence of our surroundings and events. Kindling such love back and cultivating a transparent speech-conduct pattern must be our goal.