Pandering to the Sense of Taste

Verses of Vemana – 39

jihwalampatambu jivanambaiyundu
jihwalampatambe jivaposha
jihwacheta narulu chikaku padaraya
viswadhabhirama vinura vema

Commentary: In this verse Vemana points out to the danger of pandering to the sense of taste. He says that inordinate liking for taste is the root of life. It is the reason for making a living. Indeed, it is the cause of all troubles.

In the Uddhava Gita, Lord Krishna tells Uddhava of a dialogue between Yadu and an Avaduta[1]. The young Brahmin Avaduta speaks of the 24 teachers who helped him gain transcendental understanding. One of the teachers is the fish.

He says that just as a fish, incited by the desire to enjoy taste, is fatally trapped on the fisherman’s hook, similarly, a foolish person is infatuated with delicacies by the over-greedy urges of the tongue and thus is ruined. He continues that when the organ of taste is controlled, everything is controlled.

Thought provoking, isn’t it?


[1] Yadu is the son of Yayati and grandson of Nahusha,  powerful kings of the Lunar Race, and ancestors of Shri Krishna and Avadhuta is a class of liberated saints who wear no external badge, and whose realization of sameness in everything lifts them above the ordinary duties of life. Source: Uddhava Gita, translated by Swami Madhavananda, (Kokatta : Advaita Ashrama, 1987), pp.28,51

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