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Kanakadasa Thoughts and Quotes

A small collection of thoughts and quotes of Kanakadasa

Bathing in the holy river without conquering internal pride, envy and wrath is meaningless.

Exhibiting hyperbolic devotion is like an actress exhibiting her illusory beauty.

Does fragrance lie in the flower? Or the flower in fragrance?
Or do both the flower and fragrance lie in the nostrils?
I cannot say, O Lord Adikeshava of Kaginele,
O! peerless one, are all things within you alone?

It is better to quarrel with the wise than to be with the ignorant; it is better to beg in a populous city than to starve in a royal palace; it is better to live in a deserted temple than to live in the company of the jealous.

According to Kanakadasa untouchable is one – ‘who preaches virtue but does not practice it; who serves the king and yet wishes him ill; who lusts after a whore; who poisons the patient through medicine.’

Teachings from the Poems of Kanakadasa

I am a humble non-entity and you are the donor of the entire world. I am without any wisdom and you are the all influential Lord, granting salvation to the devotee.

Just as the learned ones bring up a young parrot, teach it and pleasingly to listen to its gentle words, O Lord, kindly instruct me so that my tongue utters your string of names, and protect me forever.

Protect us, O Lord forever.

Haribhakti Sara of Kanakadasa