Kottanada Somamma (ಕೊಟ್ಟಣದ ಸೊಮ್ಮಮ್ಮ/ಸೊಮ್ಮವ್ವೆ)
|Full Name:||Kottanada Somamma|
|Pen Name (Vachana Signature):||Nirlajjëshwara|
|kāyaka (Occupation):||pound and thrash the rice-paddy into rice grain|
Sommavve worked in Basava’s Mahãmane. Her kayaka was to pound and thrash the rice-paddy into rice, remove the husk and clean the rice so that it could be served as prasãda to the Sharanas visiting Basava’s abode; an ordinary kayaka by any stretch of imagination. She would serve guru, linga and jangarna out of the money she earned from that occupation. Only one vachana of Somamma with the signature Nirlajjeshwara is found. Nirlajja Shaantheshwara must have been her guru. Her vachana emphasises the purity of disciplined living. The following vachana reflects her spiritual attainment and experience:
If you pound improperly (too much force),
There can only be broken rice not whole grain
If you unite with a vow-breaker there can only be hell not liberation.
Ignore those times when I did not know.
If I know and still mingle with him
My ears shall be severed with a searing sword, ayya knowlingly I won’t
I swear on you Nirlajjeshwara.
This simple vachana of Sommavve, an ordinary women at best, brims with profound advice and meaning. It tells us that one should keep the company of righteous folks and should lead a god-fearing life. It tells that a life with no proper guidance and lacking in character leads to one’s ruination and spiritual bankruptcy.
 Vachana No.1303 in "VACHANA" English Version Translation by: O.L. Nagabhushana Swamy, ISBN: 978-93-81457-12-2, 2012, Pub: Basava Samithi, Basava Bhavana Benguluru 560001.
 Shivasharaneyaru, by: Shri Somashekhar Munavalli and Shri Siddhayya Puranik, 1994, Pub: Shree Basaveshwara Peetha, Karnataka University Dharwad-580003.
 Heaven of Equality, Transalted by: Dr. C. R.Yaravintelimath and Dr. M. M. Kalburgi, 2003, Pub: Shree Basaveshwara Peetha, Karnataka University Dharwad-580003.
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