Having made a home atop a mountain
Can I say I am afraid of wild animals?
Having made a home on the seashore
Can I say I am scared of foaming waves?
Having made a home inside the market
Can I say the noise embarrasses me?
Since I am born into this world
When praise or blame comes
I cannot let brimming anger
Disturb my mind’s calm.
My Translation of Akkamahadevi’s vacana – Bettathe Melae Maniaya Maadi
This Kannada Vacana was translated from the book Vacanas of Akkamahadevi by Menzes and Angadi, 1973. You can hear the above vacana being sung in the second half of the video below.