Guru Basava Vachanas

Sharana must be resolute,
not to desire another’s wealth.
Sharana must be resolute,
not to desire another’s wife.
Sharana must be resolute,
not to desire another’s gods.
Sharana must be resolute,
that linga and jangama are one.
Sharana must be resolute
that prasaada is truth.
Koodalasangama does not love
those who are not resolute. -Guru Basava/196/[1]

In the presence ofjangama,
never will I step on a vehicle.
It is because, in future, I will be impaled.
In the presence of jangama,
never will I be seated.
It is because, in future, I will be made to sit on hot brick.
In the presence of jangama
never will I be bold enough to stand and stare.
It is because, if I do I will not be rid of this worldliness.
It is because, in future, my hands and feet will be bound.
I am afraid of these travails of births and rebirths.
Feeling that very trace of your people to be your own self
I will be a seving like servant Koodalasangamadeva. -Guru Basava/197/[1]

It is good for a devotee to worship linga
in company ofjangama.
It is good for jangama to worship linga
in company of devotee.
To serve jangama is daasoha for devotee.
Service of devotee
is daasoha for jangama.
Jangama being one with those devotees,
devotees being one with that jangama,
how shall I describe this great Thing?
To what shall I compare this great Thing?
As your scriptures say that these two have no rebirths
I have your grace Koodalasangamadeva. -Guru Basava/198/[1]

Worship of linga without jangamais
like water poured into a cracked pot.
Worship of linga with jangamait
is the path of devotion.
Partaking with joy the prasaada of jangama
is the worship of linga for me.
If I think something else
Koodalasangamadeva will place me in hell. -Guru Basava/199/[1]

On Jumbudveepa, this earth of nine continents,
listen to the challenge of these two:
i’ll kill is the challenge of god,
I’ll win is the challenge of devotee.
Drawing the sharp edge of truth’s sword
the good devotees have won, Koodalasangamadeva. -Guru Basava/200/[1]

The width of the world, the width of the sky
still greater width is your width.
Below the nether world are your holy feet,
beyond the universe is your holy crown.
Oh, impenetrable, invisible, incomparable linga
oh, lord Koodalasangama
you appeared so tiny in the hollow of my palm. -Guru Basava/201/[1]

Being mother to birth Maya delivered,
being daughter of desire Maya was born,
being woman for union Maya united,
in so many ways does Maya vex.
Shedding Maya is beyond me
you alone know it. -Guru Basava/202/[1]

Not allowing me to take many births,
not making me say ‘soham’, make me say ‘dasoham’.
Show me the prasaada of linga-jangama
and make me live Koodalasangamadeva. -Guru Basava/203/[1]

In my waking, dreaming or deep sleep states
jf I think anything else,
then let my head, my head be the penalty.
If I turn false
then let my head, my head be the penalty.
if I think anything other than you
then let my head, my head be the penalty. -Guru Basava/204/[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. -Guru Basava/205/[1]

I am not a slave bonded for sake of food.
I am a slave bonded for life, for time.
I am not the one who runs away.
Listen, Koodalasangamadeva,
very death is the great festival. -Guru Basava/206/[1]

Look lord
the power of knowledge destroys ignorance.
The power of light destroys darkness.
The power of truth destroys untruth.
The power of parusha gem destroys baser metal.
Look lord
the spiritual experience of Koodalasangama’s sharanas
destroys my worldliness. -Guru Basava/207/[1]

Why feel anger for those who resent you?
What do you gain from it? What do they losefrom it?
Anger shown destroys one’s status.
Anger retained in the mind destroys one’s knowledge.
Flame set in your house destroys youi own house
and not the neighbor’s, Koodalasangamadeva. -Guru Basava/208/[1]

After the body has become yours, I have no other body.
After the mind has become yours, I have no other mind.
After the wealth has become yours, I have no other wealth.
Knowing these three kinds are yours,
do I have my own thoughts, Koodalasangamadeva? -Guru Basava/209/[1]

This body is yours, I say.
This mind is yours, I say.
This wealth is yours, I say.
Yet, deception will not go away.
Linga is jangama I say.
Jangama is linga I say.
Yet, deception will not go away.
Not knowing the body, wealth and money obtained are yours
I am just undone, Koodalasangamadeva. -Guru Basava/210/[1]

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

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