Thursday, November 05, 2009
Kanakadasa and Udipi
In Udipi Krishna temple, the tradition is that the main Krishna idol in the sanctum would first be seen via a small window before going to the main entrance. This window is called 'Kanakana Kindi' (Kanaka's window) and was the one by which Kanakadasa used to worship Krishna from outside the temple through a crack in the wall since class barriers at that time prevented him from entering the temple. The crack was enlarged into a window. Also the interesting aspect in that temple is that the diety faces west instead of east as in most of the temples.
A philosophical poem by Kanakadasa, Nee MaayeyolagO (You, inside Maya (illusion)) [Courtesy: Wikipedia]
Are you a creature of illusion? or illusion your creation?
Are you a part of the body? Or is the body a part of you?
Is space within the house? Or the house within space? Or are both space and the house within the seeing eye? Is the eye within the mind? Or the mind within the eye? Or are both the eye and the mind within you?
Does sweetness lie in sugar, or sugar in sweetness? Or do both sweetness and sugar lie in the tongue?
Is the tongue within the mind? Or the mind within the tongue? Or are both the tongue and the mind within you?
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?