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Friday, May 23, 2014
Vachana 195: Bhaavadalli Shuchi – The Untainted Mind
(by your grace) shaaraNgaMgalladilla (only Sharanas can do it)
untainted mind and no fear of life:
will be able to possess these qualities, Sir?
one refuses it if the wealth comes by mistake.
one tells the truth if it came by error.
and fearlessness: Lord Kudalasangama,
Sharanas can achieve them with your grace!
this Vachana, Basavanna comments on two major attributes everyone must strive
to possess: Being desire less and being fearless. He says that only Sharanas
with the grace of the Lord can achieve these. Without these attributes,
ordinary men will not have the strength to refuse to accept the wealth that
comes in their way by mistake. They will not even be able to tell the truth
that it is not theirs, when the wealth arrives by mistake. The tainted mind is
the result of the six passions of mind (arishadvargas): desire (kama), anger (Krodha), greed
(Lobha), infatuation (Moha), pride (Madha) and jealousy (Matsarya). These are oursix inner enemies, with ‘desire’ being
the root cause of all. Anger is the result of unfulfilled desires. Greed is the
desire for more and more. Infatuation is the attachment to all the material one
possesses. Pride is the cause of feeling that one possesses all and the
jealousy appears when others possess something that one desires to have. The fear of life (i.e. the fear of not having
the desired material) is a consequence of the six passions. The way to achieve
an untainted mind then is to overcome ‘desire’ and overcome the fear of life. This
requires a determined query into the ways of material life, a realization that
the never ending quest for fulfilling desires is useless, and developing a
fearless attitude towards material life. The Vachana implies that a true
Sharana will have achieved these attributes through the grace of the Divine.