Verses of Vemana – 37
kaipu vastuvulanu kanchinchi sevempa
kani panulonarchu menerugaka
atlu punuvari nadhamulanduru
viswadhabhirama vinura vema
Commentary: Intoxicants, whatever they are – addictive or non-addictive- have always been a bane for mankind. Flowing in the path of least resistance, they find followers freely. Drugs lay their icy hands on those whose character hides chinks. Then there are those who take intoxicants and commit crimes under the state of mental excitement or emotional frenzy.
Vemana calls them the meanest of the mean, the lowest of the low, the basest of the base. However, for the man of character, the intoxication of character alone suffices. His is the Earth and everything that’s in it, and–which is more–he’ll be a Man, my son!