Saint Tukaram

Saint Tukaram is the foremost Vaishnav saint of Maharashtra, who spearheaded the Varkari movement. The Maharashtrians lovingly call him ‘santa-shreshtha’ or the ‘King of saints’. He is famous for his ‘abhangas’ – universal teachings – that noone can refute. The literal menaing is ‘unbreakable statements’.

ata sanskrita athava prakrita, bhasha zali je harikatha.

te pavanachi tatvata, satya sarvatha manli.

 

“As long as we speak Harikathaa  – it doesn’t matter whether the language is Sanskrit or vernacular. If we discuss Krishna, that tongue is pure and speaks the truth, this is the fact.”

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