Wednesday, May 7, 2008
HUNDRED VERSES CODE OF RENUNCIATION
CHAPTER NAME IN ENGLISH
CHAPTER 1: PRAARTHANA
CHAPTER 1. INTRODUCTORY PRAYER
CHAPTER 2: TRUSHN`AA DUUSHAN`AM
CHAPTER 2. CONDEMNATION OF LUST
The poet is extremely critical about his surrender to desires.
CHAPTER 3. VISHAYA PARITYAAGA VID`AMBANAMU
CHAPTER 3: DELINEATION OF RELINQUISHMENT OF SENSUAL PLEASURES
The poet extols the virtues of renunciation and laments about his own weaknesses
CHAPTER 4: YACGNAA (YACHANA KHAND`ANAM)
CHAPTER 4: CONDEMNATION OF BEGGING
The poet is extremely critical about begging for money at the doorsteps of stingy barons. At the same time he extols the virtues of bhikshaas`anam (Food obtained by begging for alms).
CHAPTER 5: BHOOGAASTHIRATA VARN`ANAM
CHAPTER 5: DEPICTION OF TRANSIENCE OF LUXURIES
The poet is extremely vexed and concerned with the transience of luxuries and cautions humans to be wary.
CHAPTER 6: KAALA MAHIMAA VARN`ANAM
CHAPTER 6: GREATNESS OF FATE
The poet is astonished by the absolute control of Fate on a person's behaviour and life.
CHAPTER 7: YATI NRUPATI SAMVAADAM
CHAPTER 7: ASCETIC VS KING DEBATE
The poet compares himself with arrogant rulers and condemns their greed and condescending behaviour
CHAPTER 8: MANAS SAMBOODHANA NIYAMANAM
CHAPTER 8: ADDRESSING AND REGULATING MIND
The poet introverts and addresses his mind on the vagaries of pleasures and to discipline it.
CHAPTER 9: NITYA ANITYA VASTU VICAARAM
CHAPTER 9: ETERNAL TRANSIENT ENQUIRY
The poet makes a critical comparison of what is eternal and what is ephemeral.
CHAPTER 10: S`IVAARCANAM
CHAPTER 10: WORSHIP OF SIVA (S`iva)
The poet longs for worship of S`iva. Though he uses the word 'S`iva, the word God can be applied to Gods of all religions.
CHAPTER 11: AVADHUUTA CARYA
CHAPTER 11: ACTIONS OF AN ASCETIC
The poet discusses the actions of an ascetic and wants to be in Union with the Supreme Spirit. In the last verse, he bids farewell to the five elements. This is a masterpiece of example of a decent death.