GHHF Baka SAMSKAR Kendras- students are learning about Vemana, Telugu poet, his life, literary greatness and accomplishments

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Thomas Paine

It is far better that we admitted a thousand devils to roam at large than that we permitted one such impostor and monster as Moses, Joshua, Samuel, and the Bible prophets, to come with the pretended word of God and have credit among us. [The Age of Reason]

Global Hindu Heritage Foundation is very happy to inform that our students were taught about Poet Vemana and his literary excellence. u: There was a fabulous saint in Andhra Pradesh named Vemana. There is no home in Andhra Pradesh who would not have at least a little book about him. Though his name was something else, they called him Vemana. When he was a young boy, he was known to be an utter fool. He lived with his teacher who tried to teach him the basics of the alphabet, but though Vemana was already fifteen, he still could not grasp more than a few letters because he was supposed to be so dim-witted.

His poems are known for their use of simple language and native idioms. They discuss the subjects of yoga, wisdom and morality.

There is no consensus among scholars about the period in which Vemana lived. C.P. Brown, known for his research on Vemana, estimates his year of birth to be 1652 based on some of his verses. Various sources say he was born in the fifteenth, sixteenth, seventeenth centuries and eighteenth centuries Vemana was a Vedic scholar and a great yogi in achala sidhantha.

Many lines of Yogi Vemana's poems are now colloquial phrases of the Telugu language. They end with the signature line Viswadaabhi Raama Vinura Vema, literally "Beloved of Viswada, listen Vema." There are multiple interpretations of what the last line signifies.

Vemana's poems were collected and published by Brown in the 19th century.[3] His poems follow various themes: social, moral, satirical and mystical. Most of them are in Ataveladi 

Basic Teachings Of Vemana

The mortal earnestness of his basic ideas is remarkable. He declared that Vedas are not divine origin and that they are not infallible guides for a good life. Puranas are much worse according to him. Idol worship and belief in priests and their rituals, pilgrimages to sacred rivers and temples are utterly foolish, he claimed. Truth and non-violence are the fundamental ideals for a happy life. He claimed that God is not outside man but inside him. One must try to look inwards to find the truth.

Vemana denounced the caste system and untouchability. Work is the highest form of worship according to him. He asks the rich to be liberal to the poor. In extreme cases, he even advocates plundering the rich to help the poor.

Vemana believed that the world itself was an illusion and that we cannot get happiness until we get away from that illusion. He believed in the path of knowledge, as opposed to temple worship and yogic practices. He did not believe in the efficacy of rituals involving bloodshed.

Vemana is considered “the prince” of Shataka writers (collection of a hundred verses is called shataka). He wrote hundreds of verses of ethical and didactic value in a desi meter (local meter) called ataveladi, which are popular among the Telugu people. The poems are written in direct and simple style, and are very popular even now.

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