Work Ethics of Kodangi Sastra

The kodangiguru (‘ Kokoka Muni’ in the local dialect), always emphasizes  on a unique life style which is close to nature, consciousness friendly, and human friendly. He speaks of detachment in one’s deeds, thoughts and words. He believes in the power of ‘now’, admonishing others to live in the present moment. The bliss that he advocates is based on this paradigm shift.

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According to Kokokamuni, the misery of the world is the result of man’s alienation from nature and his self. An invitation for an inward journey to nature and to one’s personality is thus the basic steps of following the ‘kodangimarga’ ( kodangi way). However, it doesn’t put forward any specific rituals to be meticulously followed. On the other hand, it believes that each person is unique and he or she has to foster  his individuality and personality to obtain self-realization or enlightenment or nirvana( a term used in Buddhism for enlightenment.

The ‘Garhic jeevitham’ or  ‘loukika jeevitam’ is a mystery. Each moment is a mystery. The beauty of each moment is explored and exploited by a person who has really seen the ins and outs of the world. This enlightened one can go beyond all those empirical realms. It is based on transcending the empirical realm.

A life close to nature has the following unique traits:

1. Simplicity

2. Natural

3. Detachment from worldly pleasures

4. Basic contentment

6. Happiness from within

7. Serenity

8. Openness

9.Compassion and mercy

10. Responsibility towards fellow beings

11. Belonging to nature

12. Optimistic attitude to life

13. life encouraging

14. Lack of over enthusiasm

15. Good habits

16. Going beyond time

17. Faith in oneself, others and God

18. Intuitive life

19. Reason is governed by responsibility and docility

20. Collaborative living

Being a social animal, man tends to be in company with others and most of the frustrations derive from his relationship with others. Those relationships lead to tension only when one finds that he is separate from them. The breaks in such rapports happen when one is trying to compete and compare with others. And when one tries to be in harmony with them considering others also a part of his own entity, this alienation  disappears. As a result others problems become his own. He is not happy when others suffer. On the other hand, he is sympathetic and shows empathy for them. And such a follower of kodangi sastra would never expect the behaviour from others. He is practicing ‘nishkamakarma'( action without desiring the fruit of one’s deeds. Rather, he does so because of his commitment to universal nature and law. His actions, words and thoughts are in harmony that he never contradicts them. He is in tune with his ego and others.

Therefore, he calls for a brotherhood and universal living although he never tries to impose his views on others. He tries to be a role model for them. To follow or reject his path is left to them. Moreover, he never condemns other’s life which are contradictory to his ideology. He incorporates them, includes them and leaves the option to see the light in him as he tries to be the light itself. Others would see their own personality in that light. He is self- illuminated and guiding star for those who are struggling in darkness and in finding light they would never feel inferior to him because he never shows his superiority.



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