Equality in Lingayat
Lingayathism disbelieves in four fold caste system i.e.
4. Shudra & Untouchables (Asprushya)
and considers this classification as man-made and advocates for horizontal type of society based on religions and social equality.
Lingayat completely disagrees to the caste system which is written in Vedas, Sastras and Agamas. These all are not be used for practical lives which were separates people based on birth.
I shall sheathe the Vedas, fetter the Sastras,
Put Tarka in tongs, deface the Agamas.
Look father, most generous Kudalasangamadeva,
I am a son of Madara Chennayy’s family.
ಇವನಾರವ, ಇವನಾರವ, ಇವನಾರವ ನೆಂದೆನಿಸದಿರಯ್ಯಾ,
ಇವ ನಮ್ಮವ, ಇವ ನಮ್ಮವ, ಇವ ನಮ್ಮವ ನೆಂದೆನಿಸಯ್ಯಾ
ಕೂಡಲ ಸಂಗಮದೇವ ನಿಮ್ಮ ಮಹಾ ಮನೆಯ ಮಗನೆಂದೆನಿಸಯ್ಯಾ.
Do not say “who is he”, “who is he”, and “who is he”?
Say that he is ours, he is ours, and he is ours,
Say that he is the son of Thy own house, O Kudalasangamadeva.
Do not say who is he? Who is he? Need to treat all human beings as sons & daughters of GOD’s home (world) (Mahamane); we need to welcome them just like our brothers & sisters since we all are children of GOD.
ಕೊಲ್ಲುವವನೆ ಮಾದಿಗ ಹೊಲಸು ತಿಂಬುವವನೆ ಹೊಲೆಯ,
ಕುಲವೇನು ಆವಂದರ ಕುಲವೇ,
ಸಕಲ ಜೀವಾತ್ಮರಿಗೆ ಲೇಸು ಬಯಸುವ ನಮ್ಮ ಕೂಡಲ ಸಂಗನ ಶರಣರೆ ಕುಲಜರು.
One who kills is a pariah (Madiga)
One who eats filth is indeed an inferior person (Holeya)
What has birth got to do with superior class or inferior class? (By birth all are equal)
Our lord Kudalasangamadeva’s Sharana’s indeed belong to the superior class as they wish for the welfare of all living beings.
Our Sharana’s are well-wishers of all living beings. Sharana’s are the real superior class. We should classify the people by their practice not by birth. One who is killing the living beings need classify as pariah. People who are eating the filth need to classify them as inferior class.
|Kayaka and Daasooha||Akkamahadevi Vachana|
 From the book "Vachana", pub: Basava Samiti Bangalore 2012.