The Egg Ridiculing the Chick

Verses of Vemana – 53

gruddu vachi pilla goradaladina
vidhamuga nerugaka verri janulu
jnanulainavari garhintiruraka
viswadhabhirama vinura vema

Commentary: Vivekananda says that ‘each work has to pass through these stages-ridicule, opposition, and then acceptance. Those who think ahead of their time are sure to be misunderstood’. And the first one to throw the stones of ridicule is the ignoramus. They readily censure the wise.

Vemana uses a classical Telugu idiomatic expression to speak for this mentality: Guudu vachhi pillani vekkirinchinatlu[1]. Literally, it means the egg ridiculing the chick. What could be more absurd than that the foolish denouncing the wise?

[1] It’s meaning finds an equivalent in the popular British saying: teaching your grandmother to suck eggs or as the French say, the goslings want to drive the geese to pasture, Les oisons veulent mener les ois paitre.


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