Human Equality in Lingayat

In Lingayat by birth all humans are equal

One who kills is maadiga,
one who eats filth is holeya.
What caste for them, what caste?
Koodalasanga's sharanas who wish good for all creatures
are of the higher caste. -Guru Basava/175 [1]

Father is our Maadaara Chennayya,
elder uncle is our DOahara Kakkayya,
uncle is Chikkayya,
elder brother is our Kinnari Bommayya.
Why do you not know me as such Koodalasangayya? -14 [1]

Whatever be his clan,
one who has Shiva linga is born pious.
Would one bother about the caste of the sharanas
after the castes are mingled?
As it is said that
shivadharniakule jaataha punarjanrnavivarjitaha
Urna niataa pitaa rudra eshwarain kulameva cha.
Koodalasangamadeva
I will take what they cook,
I will offer daughter in marriage to them,
I will trust your sharanas. -54 [1]

Who is this
who is this- do not let them feel like this.
He is ours, he is ours
let them feel like this,
Koodalasangamadeva let me be known
as the vassal of your house. -64 [1]

One who kills is maadiga,
one who eats filth is holeya.
What caste for them, what caste?
Koodalasanga’s sharanas who wish good for all creatures
are of the higher caste. -175 [1]

Holding on to caste you search for pollution,
holding light you search for darkness.
Why, oh foolish man, speak of higher caste?
What use if there are millions of Brahmins?
Devotee is the crown jewel, said the Vachana.
Don’t be undone.
Have faith in the parusha feet of sharanas of
Koodalasangamadeva. -205 [1]

Let him be a son of slave maid,
or a son of a whore,
after Shiva-initiation he should be considered Shiva,
should be respected and worshipped,
one should partake his paadodaka and prasaada.
That is the right way.
If one is indifferent to him
into a hell reserved for five deadly sins will
Koodalasangamadeva hurtle you. -224 [1]

Lord, o lord, listen to my petition:
starting with the Brahmin and ending with the untouchable all Shiva devotees are one, I say;
starting with the Brahmin and ending with the dog-eater
all worldly persons are one, I say.
My mind believes like this.
If I have doubt as tiny as a sesame seed in these words
cut my nose deep Koodalasangamadeva. -229 [1]

If a bhakta comes to my place along with godliness,
and if I ask what his kaayaka is,
I swear on you, I swear on the ancients,
let my head be the penalty.
Koodalasangamadeva I will swear on your queen
I will not seek the caste of a devotee. -Guru Basava/233 [1]

The earth is the same,
for the home of untouchables and for the temple.
Water is the same,
for washing dirt and for ablution.
Caste is the same,
for one who knows the self.
Fruit is the same,
for six darshanas of liberation.
Stance is the same,
for one who knows Koodalasangamadeva. -Guru Basava/263 [1]

How can I say Siriyaala is a merchant?
How can I say Machayya is a washer man?
How can I say Kakkayya is cobbler?
How can I say Chennayya is tanner?
If Isay lam a Brahmin
Will not Koodalasangayya laugh? -Guru Basava/388 [1]

Unless a woman enters her courses the embryo has no shelter. Functions of semen and egg are the same.
Desire, greed, anger, pleasures are all same.
Whatever you read or listen what is the fruit?
What is the proof of a highborn?
saptadhaatusamain pindam sanayoni samudhbhavam atma jeevasamaayuktam varnaanam kim prayojanam
Hence-
Heating the metal one became a blacksmith.
Washing the clothes one became a washerman.
Weaving a cloth one became a weaver.
Reading the Vedas one became a Brahmin.
Is there any one in this world who is born through the ears?
That’s why Koodalasangamadeva
One who knows lingasthala is the highborn. -Guru Basava/428 [1]

If an untouchable becomes a devotee
don’t I felicitate his dog with five great musical instruments?
Don’t I shout and cheer in joy?
Does a Brahmin attain fulfillment
just because he is of higher caste?
The glory of your sharana is greater than the greatest. Koodalasangamadeva
and one who has no faith in you is the untouchable. - Guru Basava/429 [1]

Is there pollution where linga is?
Is there caste where jangama is?
Is there impurity where the prasaada is?
Speaking impure words is sin.
Pure and true union with guru, linga and jangama is for none but your sharanas Koodalasangamadeva. -Guru Basava/431 [1]

They ask a person to stay out,
calling him pariah again and again.
But who is a pariah, tatner’
o great giver of gifts, Koodala Chennasngamadeva,
What can I call the corrupt fellows, who,
not knowing their own impurity,
seek impurity in the ancients? -Chennabasavanna/941 [1]

What if I am born to a higher caste?
God is not in the caste,
he is in the mind.
What matters who one is born to?
One who has your love,
is the one of higher caste, Kapilasiddha Mallikaarjuna. -Siddharameshwara/995 [1]

Listen,
brothers, who fight about caste
what caste was Dohara?
What caste was Madara?
What caste was Doorvasa?
What caste was Vyaasa?
What caste was Valmika?
What caste was Kaundinya?
There is no substance in caste.
In the three worlds there is none
who is like them in virtue, Kapilasiddha Mallikaarjuna -Siddharameshawara/996 [1]

Is there such a thing as
the space inside the town and
the space outside the town?
Is there such a thing as
the Brahmin space inside the town
the Holeya space outside the town?
Space is the same wherever you are.
It is the wall of your body
which names it inside and outside.
He who answers your call anywhere is Bidadi. -1322 [1]

One who does not bow in reverence
to those who have given up the arrogance of caste and
have won your affection
has a head which is a head on pike, Raamanaatha. -Jedara Dasimayya/1739 [1]

Pollution of race, clan and caste has undone millions.
Pollution of birth has undone endless millions.
Pollution of word has deceived uncountable millions of rishis.
Pollution of soul has undone Vishnu, Shiva and Brahma.
Not kiiowing that yaddrishtam tannashtam
acquiring and gathering karma
all the fourteen worlds are taking birth again and again.
These heretic mad people who cannot leave this world of pollution Can they attain parabrahma?
That’s why un-reachable un-evident un-seen
not caught in the web of name-form-action
Basavapriya Vishwakarmatakke Kalikavimala Raajeshwaralinga is not for others. -1846 [1]

Brahmin for the Veda and Shaastra
Kshatriya while showing courage
Vyshya while looking at everything with concern
Shudra while doing agriculture
thus only two castes, higher and lower
according to the work done
and there are no eighteen castes of pollution and untouchables.
Knowing Brahma one becomes Brahmin,
Being subjected to karma that kills all living one becomes a cobbler.
Know this duality and do not forget.
Don’t be a mere servant to awl, scissors, and lower millstone,
know Nijaatma Raama. -Maadara Chennayya/1931 [1]

Difference only in blood, bones, marrow and body juices
difference only in passions and obsessions
difference only in different occupations
difference only between what appears and the soul that knows.
Whatever the caste, one who knows attains the Thing.
If one forgets, one becomes related to Maya and pollution.
Don’t be a mere servant to awl, scissors, and lower millstone,
know Nijaatma Raama. -Maadara Chennayya/1932[1]

The eating plate is no other bronze
nor the looking glass another bronze,
the vessel is the same,
the metal is the same,
if made to shine
it is known as the mirror.
If aware you are a sharana,
if unaware you are mere mortal.
Without oblivion
worship Koodalasanga. -Guru Basava/65 [1]

After the coronation
should one search for the features of the king?
After worshiping linga
should one search for caste?
Koodalasangamadeva said bod
of devotee is my body. -Guru Basava/267 [1]

Does a Shiva devotee have any other caste than Shiva caste,
after guru has purged him of the properties of a ritualist
and made him a merit-born person?
Shivadharma kulejatah poorvajanma vivarjitah
Uma mataa pitaa Rudra Ishvaram kulameva cha
I do not see any other caste
than the Shiva caste for your devotee,
O Koodala Chennasanga. - Chennabasavanna/738 [1]

Should you look for virtue in the guru?
Should you for looks in the linga?
Should you look for caste in the jangama?
If you do it, you cannot escape the arch hell,
Koodala Chennasanga - Chennabasavanna/763 [1]

What if a Brahmin becomes a devotee?
He cannot give up impurities.
What if a Kshatriya becomes a devotee?
He cannot give up anger.
What if a Vaishya becomes a devotee?
He cannot give up guile.
What if a Shudra becomes a devotee?
He cannot give up his caste spirit.
Will Koodala Chennasangamadeva be pleased with those
who make a vulgar display of their castes? - Chennabasavanna/848 [1]

They say there are seven days and eighteen castes;
but we do not accept this.
There are only two days:
one is night, and the other, day;
there are only two castes:
one is bhakta, and the other, bhavi;
we know only this much, look,
Koodala Chennasangamadeva. - Chennabasavanna/900 [1]

What if I am born to a higher caste?
God is not in the caste,
he is in the mind.
What matters who one is born to?
One who has your love,
is the one of higher caste,
Kapilasiddha Mallikaarjuna. - Siddharameshwara/995 [1]

Difference only in blood, bones, marrow and body juices
difference only in passions and obsessions
difference only in different occupations
difference only between what appears and the soul that knows.
Whatever the caste, one who knows attains the Thing. If one forgets, one becomes related to Maya and pollution.
Don't be a mere servant to awl, scissors, and lower millstone,
know Nijaatma Raama -Maadara Chennayya/1932 [1]

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

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