||Book Review by Mrs. M. Rajya Sri
Lalleswari Vaakkulu by V.V.Bhaskara Rama
A man once told Socrates, ‘Sir I am getting married, but I am worried
about it.’ Socrates consoled him, ‘Don’t worry, if she
is good, you will be the happiest man. If she isn’t you will be
the greatest philosopher’.
It was true in the case of Lalladevi. Lalladevi, originally
named Padmavathi, was born into a Kashmiri Brahmin family and was married
at the age of 12. She was not highly educated. She was not a Sanskrit
Pandit. She had no desire for name and fame, but the suffering she faced
in the hands of her mother-in-law, wrought out a poet in her. They turned
out to be gems of philosophy on the law of life and won her the name of
Siva Yogini Lalla Devi, in the 14th century.
The mother-in-law kept a big stone in her plate and covered it with a
few grains of rice to give the impression she served her a heap of rice.
That gave rise to the lines.
‘Undane undikada Lallaku gundrayi’.
This means they may have a sumptuous meal but I have only the stone. The
father-in-law came to know of her fate through those lines.
She was in quest of knowledge. She went in search of Lord Siva, streaking.
One day, she saw Shahamadas. She felt her search had come to an end.
Naa Atma Neekosam
Neekosam na dukham
The Buddhist philosophy was imbibed in it. A Buddhist monk demonstrated
that we were bound by chains to the material world. In her days Buddhism
was prevalent in Kashmir.
Gundenunna Avesaalanu durimanu
Kongu parachukuni akkade
Mokarilli saranaagathi vedukontuu-
Lallaga naaperu suduram vyaptamaindi.
She rose to the level of advising her Guru Srikanta by her incessant prayer
to God and by her self-realization.
Lalladevi was no ordinary woman and V.V.Bhaskara Rama Rao who portrayed
her in his book ‘Lalleswari Vakkulu’ is no ordinary writer.
He is a famous writer in Telugu and English and he translates one into
This book Lalleswari Vakkulu is a Telugu rendering of English translation
of Lalladevi’s Kashmiri sayings. What makes Lalladevi special? Her
legend goes that she informed her guru Srikant that she would be born
to a horse and after that to a dog and so. The guru checked every birth
thus, till her sixth birth as Lalledevi. She proved that anybody can attain
knowledge of the self through Vairagya and Viveka.
What makes this book special? The author has made a perfect blend of Lalladevi’s
life and her sayings. He had intertwined some anecdotes, legends and historical
events with her sayings.
Name of the book - Lalleswari Vakkulu
Writer - V.V.Bhaskara Rama Rao
Language - Telugu
Price - Rs.40/-
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New Delhi - 110044.
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