A few issues which have nullified the set beliefs in our
literary and religion fields with the revelation of new facts in Siribhuvalaya
“Siribhuvalaya contains certain information because of which many beliefs and issues which have been established over the years in religious and literary fields become topsy-turvy” – this unpalatable truth was declared by Dr. S. Srikanta Shastry around 1956 itself. It is a historical truth that our hard-core scholars never paid any attention to this. The scholars at the University level labelled Siribhuvalaya as a non-readable ‘hard-nut’ to crack and succeeded in keeping it in dark for about 60 years! The dark clouds that had surrounded the brilliance of Kumudendu Muni, the author of Siribhuvalaya appears to have cleared at least now. With the availability of these introductory books on Siribhuvalaya by Sudharthy from Hassan, Karnataka, India, even common readers speak confidently about Siribhuvalaya! The general readers have begun to understand and appreciate the real brilliance of Kumudendu Muni as also his profound human values.
In spite of knowing that many of the philosophies and doctrines being taught by our educators and scholars are false, they feel very uncomfortable when they realize that the same are being wiped away. This is because they have been advocating the same in public and in the educational field over several years. This is a natural fact. The students in Universities, even though they are aware that what is being taught is false, with the sole aim of passing examination and obtaining a degree to eke out a living, never bother to question this. For this reason also many of the true facts remained concealed in Siribhuvalaya. Now the real facts are slowly opening up. Let us now consider some of the beliefs/facts that have become topsy-turvy:
Our scholars strongly believe and advocate that:
a) ‘Kavirajamarga’ of 830 AD is the most ancient Kannada work;
b) The ‘Halmidi’ edict of 630 AD is the ancient script in Kannada;
c) Adikavi Pampa is the first Kannada poet and his works are the ancient poetry in Kannada dialect.
But, the poet himself has declared that Siribhuvalaya is the most ancient poetry in Kannada dialect. But our scholars, sticking to old beliefs and decisions, are teaching the above same old outdated thing to our University students!
As regards the etymology and evolution of Kannada script and numbers, our modern day scholars, citing their own examples and documents added with their imaginary things based on their experience, have decided for themselves certain things. They have taken these things as final and teaching the same in schools and colleges. As per the stand and decision of late D.L. Narasimhachar, before 400AD there was no literature in Kannda language. As per the belief and decision of certain others, during the time of Mangalesha (uncle of Immadi Pulakeshi), the Kannada had no script! But Kumudendu Muni specifically and categorically states that the Kannada numbers emerge from zero (0)!!
Rushabha-Natha teaches his daughters Brahmi Devi and Sundari that, these 64 letter alphabets are the Brahmi script (60 original letters – from ‘ಅ’ () to ಹ () and 4 Yogavahas). He has also explained to her in detail that the locations (the starting, middle, end, equal, unequal) of the number-lines (Kannada numbers from 1-10) on her left thumb finger. He has mentioned that the Kannada alphabets and Kannada numbers and letters are correspondingly similar. Kumudendu Muni has delineated this matter in detail. Based on the literary information, the period of Rushabha-Natha would be behind about 750 crores of years!! Kumudendu has even suggested that the Kannada words were in use during the period of hundred Indras waned subsequently!!! Today, many not agree with this.
‘ಕರುನಾಡ ತಣ್ಪಿನ ನೆಲದೊಳು ಹುಟ್ಟಿದ ಕುರುಹರಿಪುರುವಂಶವೆರೆದು ಪೊರೆದು ಹೊತಿಸಿದ ಅಂಕಜ್ವಾಲೆಯ ಬೆಳಕಿನ ಪರಿಯ ಚಿಜ್ಜ್ಯೋತಿ ಇದರಿಯಾ’ - [karunADa tanPina neladoLu huTTida kuruharipuruvamshaveredu poredu hotisida ankajvAleya beLakina pariya cijjyOti idariyA]. This statement of Kumudendu Muni indicates the existence of Kannada language since a very very long time! This means that Kannada language has a history which is 4000 years prior to the period of Kouravas and Pandavas! It was also natural that Kouravas and Pandavas were using the Kannada language then. Even now, I have observed that, north Indians refer to Kannada script/language as “Pandu BhAshe (language)”. It is hightime that our scholars, without any pre-conceived bias, pay attention to these facts and suitably guide our students.
The number of Kannada alphabets, as now in vogue, is mentioned as 52, 60, 48 etc. As per the specific mention of Kumudendu Muni, Kannada has 64 sound symbols. Without the help of these symbols, it is impossible to form words out of these letters in pronounciation!
Many scholars believe that Bhagavadgeeta was taught by Sage Vyasa to Arjuna through Sri Krishna (Mahabharatha). But Bhagavadgeeta has been taught to Lord Krishna by Nemi Thirthankara! Siribhuvalaya has established this fundamental truth beyond any doubt!
Most of the scholars believe that Jainism came into vogue in Karnataka with the advent of Bhadrabahu Muni to Kalvappu (today’s Shravanabelagola). This is also a decided issue! But Siribhuvlaya categorically states that Rushabha-Natha Thirthankara, who lived crores of years earlier was himself a Kannadiga!
As per the belief of some people, Lord Krishna is now in hell as he had provoked violence in Arjuna at the time of Mahabharatha war and, therefore, Bhagavadgeeta is against the tenets of Jain tradition. But Siribhuvalaya has again clearly mentioned that Bhagavadgeeta is the divine words/voice of Adi Thirthankara Rushabha-Natha!
The Puranic tradition people believe that in the story of Krishna, there is no mention that Nemi was the brother or brother-relative of Krishna. But, in Jain tradition, such a reference is there. Kumudendu Muni also mentiones elsewhere in his poetry as ‘ನೇಮಿಯ ತಮ್ಮ ಕಾಮ’ [nEmiya tamma kAma] – that is ‘brother of Nemi’ and in some other place Lord Krishna himself says to Partha that: ‘ನನ್ನಣ್ಣನೇಮಿ’ [nannaNNa nemi] – My brother is Nemi.
The names of Kaathyaayini, Mythreyee, Gaargi etc. (Brahmavadinis) find a reference in Vedic tradition. Siribhuvalaya mentions the names of Padmakshi, Bhargavashree, Harapatni Gowri and tow Gaargis.
Modern science tells that water is made up of two components: hydrogen and oxygen (H2O). Many people consider this as an invention of modern science. However, the Kannada version of much advanced Vedic Science formula for water can be found in Siribhuvalaya of Kumudendu Muni! Not only that, we come across several facts relating to atomic science also!
ಅಣುವು ನೀರೊಳಗೆಷ್ಟು? ಅನಲ ವಾಯುಗಳೆಷ್ಟು? ನೆನೆದು ಸುಡದ ಅಣುವೆಷ್ಟು?
– [aNuvu nEroLageShTu? anala VaayugaLeShTu? nenedu suDada aNuveShTu?]
What is the quantity of atoms in water? This explains that the water is made up of two parts of Hydrogen and one part of Oxygen. How many varieties of fire are there? How many types of winds are there? How many atoms are which are indestructible in water or fire? (Thus goes the explanation in Siribhuvalaya giving details of the Atomic Science).
The technology of satellite launching and fixing it in a predetermined orbit appears to be of modern invention. Kumudendu Muni describes in Siribhuvalaya as
ತನುವನು ಆಕಾಶಕೆ ಹಾರಿಸಿ ನಿಲಿಸುವ ಘನ ವೈಮಾನಿಕ ಕಾವ್ಯ[tanuvanu AkAshake hArisi nilisuva Ghana vaimAnika kAvya]
i.e., this is a great Aerospace poetry which flies a man to space and stations him there which suggestively throws light on space technology.
Again, Computers are believed to be the inventions of modern science. Siribhuvalaya mentions
‘ಜೋಡಿಯಂಕದ ಕೂಟದಂಗ’, ‘ಯವೆಯ ಕಾಳಿನ ಕ್ಷೇತ್ರದಳತೆಯೊಳಡಗಿಸಿ’
[jODiyankada kUTadanga, yaveya kALina kShetradaLateyoLaDagisi]
[jODiyankada kUTadanga, yaveya kALina kShetradaLateyoLaDagisi]
Which makes it clear (binary system) was known to our ancestors about 1200 years before itself! Siribhuvalaya also gives information about Radio, Telecommunication, Television, Mobile Technology, etc., defying the notion that they are modern day inventions!!
References to Vasectomy, Tubectomy – modern day sterilization techniques – are also found in Siribhuvalaya; this has been titled: ‘Lingachedhana Vijnana’ (ಲಿಂಗಛೇಧನ ವಿಜ್ಞಾನ’). Dr. S. Srikantaiah Shastry, famous Professor of History had rightly said that Siribhuvalaya will nullify or topsy-turvy may of the old beliefs and wrong imaginations that has crept into our Indian literature and culture. The information provided by the uneducated Sudharthi about Siribhuvalaya may be rejected or sidelined by anybody. But the unbiased and specific statements of eminent scholar like Dr. Srikanta Shastry cannot be ignored indifferently!
In the eyes of most of our intellectuals, with the evolution of life on earth, man evolved from monkey and most of our ancestors were ‘uncivilized’, ‘indiscreet’ and ‘superstitious’. This they think is a very scientific view. But when we closely and patiently examine the various tenets, principles and doctrines contained in our Sanatana Dharma, scriptures, traditions and Vedopanishads etc., it becomes evident that our ancestors were more scholarly, intellectual, healthy, and sturdy, more contended and had a longer life-span than us. Kumudendu Muni has given extensive information about this in his Siribhuvalaya.
Extracted from the book
‘A flash sight at Kumudendu Muni’s Sarvabhaashamayi Bhaasa Siribhuvalaya –
The Tenth Wonder of the World’
Kannada Narration by Siribhuvalaya Sudharthy
English Translation by Kavi Suresh