1000 petals by axinia

the only truth I know is my own experience

Tukaram September 4, 2009

Tukaram is one of my favourite poet-saints about whom I had one of the strongest spiritual experiences ever. I once visited the place where he lived and was totally smashed into the bliss for hours…. This is the place of his samadhi  (feel the vibrations!!):


Tukaram was born in 1608, in the small village of Dehu in the West Indian state of Maharashtra. Tukaram continuously sang the praises of the Lord, he sang it in the form of abhangs which he wrote. These were in his mother tongue Marathi. The abhangs express his feelings and philosophical outlook. During his 41 years, Tukaram composed over 5,000 abhangs. Many of them speak of events in his life, which make them somewhat autobiographical. Yet, they are focused on God, and not Tukaram. His abhangs became very popular with the masses of common people. It was this very popularity that caused the religious establishment (the high caste Brahmins) to hate and persecute Tukaram. as, he was causing them to lose their power over the people.
There are many miracles attributed to Tukaram.

Here is a small poem of him:

I could not lie anymore so I started to call my dog “God.”
First he looked

then he started smiling, then he even

I kept at it: now he doesn’t even

I am wondering if this 
might work on

His devotion and love for God was awesome. Interestingly, Tukaram opposed the acquisition of siddhis (or spiritual attainments), viewing these as obstructions to authentic spiritual ascent. He urged his listeners to cast away the “clothes of traditions” for often they restrained a devotee from growing in the love of God. He exhorted his followers to see God in all, and to make God the center of life.

Read more of his poems here.

LOVE; axinia


5 Responses to “Tukaram”

  1. John Noyce Says:

    Tukaram in nine languages, and more:

  2. wishtobeanon Says:

    Nice one, axinia. By the way, have you heard of Basavanna? If you haven’t, you might like to read about him too.

  3. axinia Says:

    no, i never heard of him but I will check it, thank you!

  4. Thanks for this post and the link about Tukaram, Axinia! I’ve heard about this great poet-saint but unfortunately I haven’t read his poems so far 😦

    By the way, where is his memorial located? Are his ashes stored there, or was he buried in this place?

    I am wondering if this might work on people?

    I believe the simple answer would be an emphatic NO! The best way to make a person behave worse than a dog is to put him on a pedestal and call him “God” when he’s alive 😐

    He exhorted his followers to see God in all, and to make God the center of life.

    If the saint meant something else by the word “God”, I could have followed what he said. But how can I make a non-existent imaginary entity the centre of life 😕 Will the imaginary entity take responsibility for everything that happens with life? 😐

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