Sarvagna

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The time of Sarvagna cannot be placed definitively. Research based on the early references to his work and his usage of script some of which became extinct later, one can place him to be in the early seventeenth century. According to Sarvagna (which is a pen name), his real name was Pushpadatta. His father was a Shaivaite Brahmin and his mother was a Shudra widow named Mali. His father met his mother at a place in present day Dharwar district in Karnataka on his way to Benares on a pilgrimage. Sarvagna grew up as a wandering monk. About a thousand verses are attributed to him, all in the meter Tripadi or three line stanzas. His poems deal with religion, morals, customs, astrology, weather-lores and even riddles. His Vachanas or sayings are often quoted by scholars and common folks alike. No two books of his work are alike and it is probable that several verses attributed to him were composed by imitators.

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The period of Sarvajña's life[1] has not been determined accurately, and very little is known about his personal life. Based on studies of his literary style and the references of later writers, historians estimate that he may have lived during the first half of the 16th century. Some references in his works indicate that his real name was Pushpadatta - Sarvajña appears to have been his pseudonym. His father was a Shaivaite Brahmin and his mother was a Shudra widow named Mali. His father met his mother at a place in present day Dharwar district in Karnataka on his way to Benares on a pilgrimage.He always upheld the wisdom of pastoral life in rural areas and tried to persuade villagers to give up superstition, meaningless customs and traditions.

 

Tripadis

Here is one more 16th century poet called Sarvajna. His name means 'one who knows everything'. He lived as a wandering monk. His witty 3-liners are very famous and interesting. 

Being a monk, he says how he became an "all-knower" in one of his tripadi.

  • Sarvajna-nembuvanu garvadind-adanvane

Sarvarolagondu nudi-galitu vidyeya-parvatave aad noda Sarvajna "All-knower has not become All-knower merely out of vanityhe learnt one bit of information from everyoneand became a veritable mountain of knowledge"

  • chittavillade guDiya suttidare falavEnu? : ???????????? ????? ????????? ???????

ettu gANavanu hottu tA nityadali : ????? ???? ?????? ????????sutti baNdaNte sarvajna : ?????? ?????? ???????Meaning : Circling around the temple without devotion without dedication is as useless as an ox circling around a mill. 



  • Elu kotiye koti, Elu lakshave laksha ??? ?????? ????, ??? ?????? ????

Elu savirada Eppattu vachanagala ??? ?????? ???????? ?????Helidanu kela Sarvajna ??????? ??? ??????? " Over all meaning is Saravajna has said 7070 vachanas (Tripadi)" 



  • Majjige illada oota ??????? ????? ??

lajjegetta hennanthe Sarvajna ?????????? ???????? ??????? " Dinner without butter milk is like a woman without finesse". 



  • saalavanu koMbaaga haalOgaruM UnDante, - ?????? ?????? ????????????

saaliganu baMdu keLuvaaga - ??????? ???? ??????kibbadiya keelu muridante sarvgjna - ???????? ???? ???????? ??????? "Sweet as milk and nectar it is to get a loan..but when the creditor comes after you,..its painful as a broken ribcage"

  • "A drunkard is like a pig.

The poor pig, however, is helpful.The drunk is worse and useless."

  • "Wearing marks of ash,

if one goes to heaven,a donkey (that rolls in ash) sure goes."

 

 


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