Saint Tuka's Abhangs
Rushikesh K. Joshi
rushi at BRONTO.IITM.ERNET.IN
Sat Nov 2 09:34:36 CST 1996
Greetings from Joshi,
Saint Tuka lived in a Maharashtra town of Dehu.
His contemporaries were Samarth Ramdas and Shivaji Maharaj.
Tukaram, who refers to himself as Tuka, got mantrDiksha from a saint
called Babaji, about whom nothing is known. The mantra was "Ram Krishn Hari".
Tuka wrote down everything that he experienced in the form of verses called
"Abhang". Abhang means without a break.
Tuka's abhangs are read and sung regularly in the Maharashtra tradition of
devotion. They are a marvel. They unfold his experiences, one after the other.
There are a few thousand Abhangs. The language is Marathi.
The story goes that Tuka went to Vaikuntha with body.
A crude translation of the second Abhang in a set of 12 Abhangs that
were found after his Nirvan is given here. Kindly excuse me for my inability
Always be on the spiritual path
Do not place your feet on a wrong way
If one does enter a wrong way
And someone pulls him out from it
The person who pulls him is a Jnani
He is the real Jnani
Who saves others,
Surrender yourself to him
from time to time
He has saved himself,
Is not a surprise.
He will elevate
The generations of all
What is the fruit of surrendering (to him) ?
Tuka says, generations are salvaged !
Hari Om Tatsat
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