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Mummdi Kaaryendra (ಮುಮ್ಮಡಿ ಕಾರ್ಯೇಂದ್ರ)

Full Name: Mummdi Kaaryendra
Pen Name (Vachana Signature): Mahaaghana Doddadeshikaya Guruprabhuve


Can one taste the fruit of the tree
which is still inside the seed?
Can one unite with the wife
who exists in the mind?
Can one string together pearls
formed by dust in rain drops
and wear them?
Can one find the ghee
which is hidden in the milk?
Can one see the jaggery
which is present in the sugarcane?
Can one experience the Shiva principle
which is within him?
The moment he thinks of it
one must imagine it
understand and discuss it
realize it through practice
then indulge in the pleasure of experiencing it.
Can this be possible for anyone
other than the most ingenious Shiva sharana
Mahaaghana Dodda Deshikarya Guruprabhuve?
[Vachana No.2466] [1]

Mummdi Kaaryendra (c. 1700 Post Basava Age) was the son of Immadi Karyendra of Masti dynasty. Kuppamambe was his mother. Doddadeshikaarya was his guru. Since he has called himself Mummbadj Karyakshjthindra he might have been a king or a ruler. It is suggested that he might have ruled the village Karya in Nanjangud taluk of Mysore district.

Setting the milk of devotion
to curdle in the mind,
pouring the curds thickened by the process
into the body vessel,
churning it with the stick of principle
there emerges the butter called linga.
Receiving this butter called linga
perfecting it in the fire of knowledge
partaking the ghee
filled with its own fragrance
the soul itself becomes the linga,
Mahaaghana Dodda Deshikarya Guruprabhuve.
[Vachana No.2467] [1]

He is also the author of Veda Sanjeevini. It contains 11 chapters his 125 vachanas. Mahaaghana Doddadeshikaya Guruprabhuve is his signature phrase. He has recorded that his guru appeared in his dream and asked to him to write the vachanas with philosophical content so that the living beings could overcome their sins.

Can there be darkness when there is daylight?
Can there be daylight when there is darkness?
Can there be dream when one is awake?
Can there be joy when there is sorrow?
Can I be there when you are in bliss?
Can you be there when I am in bliss?
I am not when you are,
you are not when I am
Mahaaghana Dodda Deshikarya Guruprabhuve.
[Vachana No.2467] [1]


[1] "VACHANA" English Version Translation by: O.L. Nagabhushana Swamy, ISBN: 978-93-81457-12-2, 2012, Pub: Basava Samithi, Basava Bhavana Benguluru 560001.

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