Dharma Guru Basavanna

Guru Basaveshwara is the Lingayat Dharma Guru Creator of Ishtalinga and introduced the Guru, Linga, Jangama and Prasada

ಬಸವಣ್ಣ ಮಾಡಲಿಕ್ಕೆ ಗುರುವಾಯಿತ್ತು.
ಬಸವಣ್ಣ ಮಾಡಲಿಕ್ಕೆ ಲಿಂಗವಾಯಿತ್ತು.
ಬಸವಣ್ಣ ಮಾಡಲಿಕ್ಕೆ ಜಂಗಮವಾಯಿತ್ತು.
ಬಸವಣ್ಣ ಮಾಡಲಿಕ್ಕೆ ಪ್ರಸಾದವಾಯಿತ್ತು.
ಬಸವಣ್ಣ ಮಾಡಲಿಕ್ಕೆ ಈರೇಳುಲೋಕವಾಯಿತ್ತು.
ಬಸವಣ್ಣನಿಂದಾದ ಕಲಿದೇವಯ್ಯ.

--ಮಡಿವಾಳ ಮಾಚಿದೇವ ಸವಸ 8/682

“Basavanna is reason for Guru,
Basavanna is reason for Linga,
Basavanna is reason for Jangama,
Basavanna is reason for Prsada,
Basavanna is reason for seven worlds,
Basavanna is reason for Lord Kalideva,


Madivala Machideva was the contemporary Sharana of the Guru Basaveshwara. In the above Vachana he specifies clearly that Basaveshwara introduced Guru (preceptor), Linga, Jangama (Priest), Prasada (Grace of God, holy food, Phala/return for the good deed) and even seven worlds.

In another Vachana Madivala Machideva witnessed the historical truth in a beautiful manner along with other essential aspects .

ಎತ್ತೆತ್ತ ನೋಡಿದಡೆ ಅತ್ತತ್ತ ಬಸವನೆಂಬ ಬಳ್ಳಿ,
ಎತ್ತಿ ನೋಡಿದಡೆ ಲಿಂಗವೆಂಬ ಗೊಂಚಲು.
ಒತ್ತಿ ಹಿಂಡಿದಡೆ ಭಕ್ತಿ ಎಂಬ ರಸವಯ್ಯಾ.
ಆಯತ ಬಸವಣ್ಣನಿಂದ, ಸ್ವಾಯತ ಬಸವಣ್ಣನಿಂದ, ಸನ್ನಿಹಿತವು ಬಸವಣ್ಣನಿಂದ,
ಗುರು ಬಸವಣ್ಣನಿಂದ, ಲಿಂಗ ಬಸವಣ್ಣನಿಂದ, ಜಂಗಮವು ಬಸವಣ್ಣನಿಂದ,
ಪಾದೋದಕ ಬಸವಣ್ಣನಿಂದ,ಪ್ರಸಾದ ಬಸವಣ್ಣನಿಂದ
ಅತ್ತ ಬಲ್ಲಡೆ ನೀವು ಕೇಳಿರೇ, ಇತ್ತ ಬಲ್ಲಡೆ ನೀವು ಕೇಳಿರೇ
ಬಸವಾ ಬಸವಾ ಬಸವಾ ಎಂದು ಮಜ್ಜನಕ್ಕೆರೆಯದವನ ಭಕ್ತಿ,
ಶೂನ್ಯ ಕಾಣಾ, ಕಲಿದೇವರದೇವಾ.

--ಮಡಿವಾಳ ಮಾಚಿದೇವ ಸವಸ 8/526

“ See wherever there find Basava as creeper,
If seen it near by find bunch of Linga,
If squeezed find juice of devotion,
Basava is behind adoption (Ayata), realizations (Swayata) and understating (Sannihita),
Basava is behind formation of Guru, Linga, Jangama, Padodaka, and Prasada,
You may enquire here, you may enquire there,
Devotion without chanting Basava is nothing but nil,
O Lord Kalideva.


ಆದಿ ಬಸವಣ್ಣ ಅನಾದಿ ಲಿಂಗವೆಂಬರು,
ಹುಸಿ ಹುಸಿ ಈ ನುಡಿಯ ಕೇಳಲಾಗದು,
ಆದಿ ಲಿಂಗ, ಅನಾದಿ ಬಸವಣ್ಣನು!
ಲಿಂಗವು ಬಸವಣ್ಣನ ಉದರದಲ್ಲಿ ಹುಟ್ಟಿತು,
ಜಂಗಮವು ಬಸವಣ್ಣನ ಉದರದಲ್ಲಿ ಹುಟ್ಟಿತು,
ಪ್ರಸಾದವು ಬಸವಣ್ಣನನುಕರಿಸಲಾಯಿತ್ತು,
ಇಂತೀ ತ್ರಿವಿಧಕ್ಕೆ ಬಸವಣ್ಣನೇ ಕಾರಣನೆಂದರಿದೆನಯ್ಯಾ
ಕೂಡಲಚನ್ನಸಂಗಮದೇವಾ.
--ಚನ್ನಬಸವಣ್ಣ ಸವಸ 3/5

“There is a saying Basaveshwara is beginner (Aadi),
Linga existing from eternity (Anadi),
Lie, lie this cannot be heard,
Linga is beginner (Aadi), Basavanna is senior to Linga (Anadi),
Linga is born in the stomach of Basavanna,
Jangama is born in the stomach of Basavanna,
Prasada is born in the stomach of Basavanna,
I came to notice, Basavanna is the only cause for this three fold ethics,
O Lord Koodalachennasangamadeva.

Like wise number of Vachanas written by number of Sharana/Sharanes witness the inventor of Istalinga is Guru Basavanna and he is the Dharma Guru of Lingayat (founder of the Lingayath religion).

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[1] From the book "Vachana", pub: Basava Samiti Bangalore 2012.