Gender Equality in Lingayat

If breasts sprout they call it woman.
If moustache grows they call it man.
The knowledge of this duality,
is it man or woman, Nasthinatha? -Goggavve/1312 [1]

Give up gold and pray to linga, they say.
Are gold and linga opposed to each other?
Give up woman and pray to linga, they say.
Are woman and linga opposed to each other?
Give up land and pray to linga, they say.
Are land and linga opposed to each other?
Give up the body and pray to linga, they say.
Are body and linga opposed to each other?
Give up the senses and pray, they say.
Are senses and linga opposed to each other?
Give up the world and pray, they say.
Are the world and linga opposed to each other?
That’s why the linga that is divine light, most merciful,
and most compassionate, can be seen only if anger is conquered.
You cannot see if you are forgetful.
Masanayyapriya Gajeswara
is the bliss that comes from awareness. -Gajesha Masanayyagala Punyastri/1309 [1]

When a man goes after a woman
She will be considered his asset
When a woman goes after a man
What should one make of it?
If one can get over this duality and be contented
I shall say that Nasthinatha is perfect - Goggavve/1311[1]

Did the soul of wife have breasts and long hair?
Did the soul of master have the sacred thread?
Did the soul of the last born carry a stick?
What do the ignorant of this world know of the riddle
you have posed, Raamanaatha? -Jedara Dasimayya/1760 [1]

If breasts and long hairs appear they call it woman,
if beards and moustache appear they call it man,
the soul that lingers in between
is neither woman nor man, Raamanaatha - Jedara Dasimayya/1764[1]

They say wealth is Maya,
wealth is not Maya.
They say woman is Maya,
woman is not Maya.
They say earth is Maya,
earth is not Maya.
Guheshwara,
the desire before the mind itself is Maya.
-Allama Prabhu/648[1]

The woman he created ascended to his head,
the woman he created ascended to his lap,
the woman he created ascended to Brahma's tongue,
the woman he created ascended to Narayanas chest.
The reason being,
the woman is no woman,
the woman is no demon.
Look,
the woman is Kapilasiddha Mallikaarjuna
before your very eyes. - Siddharameshwara/1018[1]

There is no proof to claim
if one has breasts and hair
it is a woman.
There is no proof to claim
if one has moustache and beard
it is a man.
it is just the way of this world,
and it is not the way of the wise.
It is its sweetness that makes it a fruit
it is its fragrance that makes it a flower.
Only you would know these ways
O Shambhujakkeshwara. -Sathayakka/1348[1]

Husband should search for the qualities in wife,
A wife need not search for qualities in husband,
they say. Will not the contamination of husband affect the wife?
Will not the contamination of the wife affect the husband?
If one eye of the body is hurt who will be affected?
If you know this you will attain Kaalantaka Bhimeswaralinga.
-Dhakkeya Bomanna/1785

[1] Number indicates at the end of each Vachana is from the book "Vachana", pub: Basava Samiti Bangalore 2012.

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