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Dakkeya Bommanna (ಢಕ್ಕೆಯ ಬೊಮ್ಮಣ್ಣ)

Full Name: Dakkeya Bommanna (Dakkeya Maarayya)
Pen Name (Vachana Signature): Kaalantaka Bhimeshwaralinga
Kayaka (Occupation): A folk artiste


Just as boatful of people sail because of one oarsman
let me show the path to cross over
in the body-boat of all organs
with the oarsman called linga, Kaalantaka Bhimeswaralinga.
[Vachana No.1781] [1]

A stone losing its quality
became a sign through the hands of a sculptor.
A stone losing its stony feeling
became idol in the hands of master sculptor.
Idol became established in the mind of the worshiper.
Mind becoming one with the Thing
became Kaalantaka Bhimeswaralinga.
[Vachana No.1784] [1]

Dakkeya Bommanna was also known as Dakkeya Maarayya. He was a folk artiste. Before he became a sharana he carried the image of Maari on his head and begged alms. Veerashaivamrutha Mahaapurna says that he broke the pride of Shankaradaasimayya. 90 of his vahanas have been found with the signature phrase Kaalantaka Bhimeshwaralinga. He remembers Basava and other sharanas who shaped up his personality.

When the hand holds a weapon and fights
which is it that fights, hand or mind?
When relating body and linga
which is it that is related, body, linga or the soul?
If these three are known
Kaalantaka Bhimeshwaralinga is known.
[Vachana No.1780] [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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