62. To think is to act

Action is knowledge, that knowledge is action.
Knowledge means to know.
Action means, to act on what you know.
Do not covet another woman — this is knowledge.
And you don’t — this is action.
And you do — here knowledge fails,
so what you have is ignorance,
Kudala-chenna-sangama-deva, Shiva.
— Chenna-basavanna

Insight

Right thinking and Right action are the two faces of the same coin. If the right thinking is not reflected in the right action, it means the right thinking is absent.

Focus

Why is there a gap between the right thought and the resulting right action? When I slip from awareness, there will be a gap between the right thought and the right action. Awareness bridges the right thought and the right action.

AACHAARA
Vachana No. 60 to 84

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Vachana Text 62

Kriyeye jnaana, aa jnaanave kriye.
Jnaanavendade tiliyuvudu.
Kriyeyendade tilidante maaduvudu.
Para-streeya bhoagisa baaradembude jnaana.
Adarante aacharisuvude kriye.
Antu aacharisadiddade ade ajnaana noadaa,
Koodala-chenna-sangama-deava.
-- Chenna-basavanna

62. ಬಣ್ಣ ಬಯಲು

ಕ್ರಿಯೆಯೆ ಜ್ಞಾನ, ಆ ಜ್ಞಾನವೆ ಕ್ರಿಯೆ.
ಜ್ಞಾನವೆಂದಡೆ ತಿಳಿಯುವುದು.
ಕ್ರಿಯೆಯೆಂದಡೆ ತಿಳಿದಂತೆ ಮಾಡುವುದು.
ಪರಸ್ತ್ರೀಯ ಭೋಗಿಸಬಾರದೆಂಬುದೆ ಜ್ಞಾನ;
ಅದರಂತೆ ಆಚರಿಸುವುದೆ ಕ್ರಿಯೆ.
ಅಂತು ಆಚರಿಸದಿದ್ದಡೆ ಅದೆ ಅಜ್ಞಾನ ನೋಡಾ,
ಕೂಡಲಚೆನ್ನಸಂಗಮದೇವ.
-- ಚೆನ್ನಬಸವಣ್ಣ

 

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