Basava’s Vachanas

 


 
Sr #VachanaSr #Vachana
1"A trusted wife but signified
A single lordship. The devout too
Who knows of trust have it in one.
Beware! Another God is treachery
Forbear! Another God is adultery
And pays the toll of the culprit's nose
If Kudala Sangama chances to see."
-- Sri Basaveshwar 1
2"Let the words be like the pearls on a string;
Let the deeds be in tune with words
How else can Kudala Sangama be pleased?" 1
3"Like the fire immanent in the deeps
Like the sweetness in the nectar of the moon,
Like the fragrance in the bud,
And, Oh! Kudala Sangama,
Like a maiden's love is it -
The unnameable in Man." 1
4"The all-Knowing Veda took fright at the Linga,
Wherein Knowledge knows not what it is.
The Shastra despaired of attaining Linga,
Where attainment is not what it vaunts.
The Science of Logic that thrashes much beside
And around, linga well alone
The vistas envisaged by Agamas showed
How impossible near is Linga
For, angels and men, help not missing what
Kudala Sangama's servants must measure." 1
5"All mystic names that signalizes Linga
Are charms to conjure shadows
Of distant something Else.
The Linga ever is in spite of
Every name and form.
The Linga never owns but
Chisels figures in the flesh.
Beyond and far above the Great
Almighty stays with Linga
And every flight to Him must
End in Kudala Sanga's Being." 1
6"The self in contact is the same
From this end or from that, Oh! Man,
The mystic whistle, glare and trance
Are tokens of the supreme Linga
Transcending and preserving all
But Kudala Sangamdeva knows
And He alone, the rapture-spell
In which both Man and God are one." 1
7"I am caught in life entanglement;
And I cry out "Help, Oh!, Help"
But all is null and void.
Lord Kudala Sangama,
I cry for mercy."

"Like the moon I was
Under the spell of phases
The Rahu of mundane life
Has finished me completely
By his darkening gulp
Now is my body in full eclipse
When I can expect deliverance Oh! Lord,
Kudala Sangama?
Oh! When?
When will my life's thankless servitude end?
When will it attain fruition in my mind -
When will it, of Kudala Sangama
When shall I be in bliss Supreme." 1
8"Arrayed in blazing splendours unsurpassed,
Supreme, sublime and vast, the "I" held sway.
Sooner than I could say my tongue was mute
A wonder wrapped up in the luminous Dawn
Oh! Kudala Sangama's Day, saw me awake." 1
9"If tree with tree embrace and chafe,
Will not ignition set them ablaze?
Will not the touch of High souled men
Enkindle knowledge and burn up
The grosser tendencies of Man?
It will, Oh! Kudala Sangamadeva
I pray, lead me to pure souled Men." 1
10Before the gray touches cheek, the face shrinks with wrinkles;
the body turns into a nest of bones;
Before becoming toothless a bend back and a burden to others;
Before leaning on one leg with one hand, holding a stick in another;
Before losing the luster of youth, and hearing death's call closing in;
Bow down and worship Lord Kudala Sangama 2

 


 

Sr #`Reference
1"Prophets of Veerashaivism", His Holiness Mahatapsvi Shri Kumarswamiji,1992
2"In Search of Shiva", Dr.Saroja Ullagaddi,Ph.D.,published by The Veerashaiva Samaja of North America,1995
3"Speaking of Siva", Translated with an introduction by A.K.Ramanujam. Penguin Books, 1973
4"Siddharameshwar's Vachanas" - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siddheshwar