Posted by: Vinod Varma | January 8, 2010

Vidyasmat Paradevatha!

Vidyasmat Paradevatha!  What does this mean? It translates roughly to mean knowledge is our supreme God.

In all belief systems, God is perfect, complete and ultimate! It is all powerful, omnipresent, omnipotent, beyond confines of space and time!!

World seems to be yet coming to terms with accepting importance of knowledge. And, here is words of wisdom highlighting importance of knowledge, equating knowledge to God and perhaps even beyond. On hindsight, we must accept wisdom of these words, and I think it is more true now than ever

Rulers across the world were caught in continuous warfare in perpetual quest to increase their frontiers of control in the physical world. In contrast, rulers in Kerala devoted quite a lot of their time in fostering art, literature, culture and knowledge.  They gave importance to peace and prosperity rather than to continuous warfare and constant unsettlement. No wonder, Kerala stands out even today as a model of peaceful co-existence of diverse culture

Consequently, history of Kerala is not much about conquests but rather about social interactions, right from the times of ancient Greek and Roman culture. Unfortunately, as with history of rest of Kerala, very little recorded evidence is available on Kodungallur to form comprehensive records though there is a lot in the folklore.

Anyway,  Kodungallur Kovilakam is remembered now, not for the conquests won but for contributions made.  Kodungallur Kovilakam has made India richer in terms of art, literature and culture. It is great to find references on Kodungallur Kovilakam written in golden words in the annals of history, even in recent times

Ancient wisdom reminds us that ‘Swarajye poojyathe Rajan, Vidwan sarvathra poojyathe’. That is, king is  respected only in his country but a scholar is respected everywhere. It is important to rule minds of people in the virtual world rather than vast areas of land in the physical world. There lies the importance of having ‘Vidyasmat Paradevatha!’ as the motto

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