(16th Century / Abalur,Hirekerur Taluq,Haveri District / India)

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Sarvajña (Sanskrit for "all-knowing", Kannada: ಸರ್ವಜ್ಞ) was a Kannada poet, Pragmatist and Philosopher. He is famous for his pithy three-lined poems which are called tripadis, "with three padas, three-liners", a form of Vachanas. He is also referred as Sarvagna in modern translation.

Early Life

The period of Sarvajña's life has not been determined accurately, and very little is known about his personal life. Based on studies of his literary style and the references of later writers, historians estimate that he may have lived during the first half of the 16th century. Some references in his works indicate that his real name was Pushpadatta - Sarvajña ... more »

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Better Befriend A Barking Dog


Better befriend a barking dog
Than be friends with a Tamil,
Crocodile's mouth is safer
Than thorntree shade.


Forcefruit green mango by squeezing;
Profit from peddling your wars by foot;
Pain eyes from crying for the dead
Are all in vain.


A town without fellowship;
A house without children;
A merchant without records;
Walkways to woe.


Donkey is not for riding;
Whore is not for heirs;
Think Before you Jump
Naked into the lake.


A meal without salt;
Wife without breasts;
Chewing the...

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