Akkana Vachana

ಅಕ್ಕನ ವಚನ~

ಬಿಟ್ಟೆನೆಂದರೂ ಬಿಡದೀ ಮಾಯೆ !

ಬಿಡದಿದ್ದರೆ ಬೆಂಬತ್ತಿತ್ತು ಮಾಯೆ !

ಯೋಗಿಗೆ ಯೋಗಿಣಿಯಾಯಿತ್ತು ಮಾಯೆ!

ಸವಣಂಗೆ ಸವಣಿಯಾಯಿತ್ತು ಮಾಯೆ !

ಯತಿಗೆ ಪರಾಕಿಯಾಯಿತ್ತು ಮಾಯೆ !

ನಿನ್ನ ಮಾಯೆಗೆ ನಾನಂಜುವವಳಲ್ಲ

ಚೆನ್ನಮಲ್ಲಿಕಾರ್ಜುನದೇವ, ನಿಮ್ಮಾಣೆ.

The above ‘Vachana’ (Poem) was written by famous poetess Akkamahedevi. Akka was a bhakti saint who worshipped Chennamallikarjuna (Lord Shiva).
She has composed nearly 430 spontaneous mystical poems on various topics. Composition was in such a way that even the common people of that time (12th Century) were able to understand and appreciate the work.

Translation in English;

Even if I want to free myself form Maye(illusion), The Maye follows!
If I don’t, then Maye keeps chasing me!
For a Yogi, Maye takes the form of Yogini!
For a Jain Monk, Maye takes the form of a Nun!
Even the priest, faraway from worldly affairs is bonded by Maye in the form of his sincerity towards his rituals!
Lord chennamallikarjuna (Lord Shiva), I will not be afraid of the Maye you have cast, I swear upon you.


One might have observed, if one wants to get rid of some habit, he becomes a target of some other habit. To illustrate, if an alcohol drinker wants to quit alcohol, he drops alcohol and chooses some non-alcoholic drink. After some time, he realises that he is addicted to non-alcoholic drink. So here, Maye is chasing the person in the form of addiction to non-alcohol in spite of the fact that he has already stopped drinking alcohol.

If you are not bothered about giving up any habit that is damaging you, then in no way the habit is going to abandon you, it will enslave you instead.

Further poetess tries to explain with examples the ways in which Maye(Illusion) has blindfolded people. Especially those, who think they are far away from clutches of the illusion.

A Yogi who has achieved liberation by ceasing the fluctuations of mind will be deceived by the Yogini who has reached the same heights. The Yogi has to be aware of the thoughts that enter mind even after achieving Samadhi.

The Jain Muni(Monk) who has disciplined himself intensely by giving pain to the body, the muni who has burnt all his desires for self-realisation can be trapped by the sadhvi (nun) who has common goal as that of muni.

The priest who thinks he has escaped from the grip of Maye by practicing numerous rituals and austerities will only end up accumulating false pride and ego, because maye has caught him in the form of the practices he carries out.

So for a women maye troubles in the form of men and for men it troubles in the form of women.

Having analysed the people of both category i.e., people who are under the veils of maye and the people, who think that they are far away from maye, akka concludes that it is unworthy task classifying people. Maye is present everywhere, only thing we can do is accept its presence and be aware of the way in which it manifests, only then maye does not disturb the mind. Awareness brings the extremes on same platform and allows one to go above it. This erases the false fear associated with maye.

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