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Chennayya (ಚೆನ್ನಯ್ಯ)

Full Name: Chennayya
Pen Name (Vachana Signature): Chennayyapriya Nirmaayaprabhuve


Why offer a grand feast to ishtalinga
and then gorge on it yourself
didn’t the ishtalinga satisfy you?
It is in sharana
that you see linga satisfied.
Mere body cannot reflect
the satisfaction of sharana.
Those who know scriptures
vrikshascha vadanam bhoorni,
lingascha vadanam jangamam
but have no faith in it
will surely never attain Shiva-lingasays your sharana
O Chennayyapriya Nirmaayaprabhu.
[Vachana No.2277] [1]

Chennayya (c. 17th century, Post Basava age) is different from Maadara Chennayya and apart from this not much is known about him. 42 vachnas have been found under his signature Chennayyapriya Nirmaayaprabhuve. These vachanas are called kanditada vachanagalu and contain explanation of prasaada, paadodaka and other such concepts.

Is earth the face of the tree or
is tree the face of the earth?
Is linga the face of sharana or
is sharana the face of linga?
If you understand the difference
tell me.
If you water the tree
the earth bears fruit;
if you water the earth
the tree bears fruit.
When linga is satisfied
you see it in the face of sharana;
when sharana is satisfied
you see it in the face of linga.
The wretched who do not know
sharana is linga
will surely never attain Shiva lingasays
your sharana
O Chennayyapriya Nirmaayaprabhu
[Vachana No.2278] [1]


[1] "VACHANA" English Version Translation by: O.L. Nagabhushana Swamy, ISBN: 978-93-81457-12-2, 2012, Pub: Basava Samithi, Basava Bhavana Benguluru 560001.

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