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Deshikendra Sanganabasavayya (ದೇಶಿಕೇಂದ್ರ ಸಂಗನಬಸವಯ್ಯ)

Full Name: Deshikendra Sanganabasavayya
Pen Name (Vachana Signature): Niranjana Chennabasavalinga


A pot cannot become clay,
a fire cannot become wood,
a pearl cannot become water,
sacred words of the real sharana
blessed by the guru cannot become spittle,
O Guru Niranjana Channabasavalinga
[Vachana No.2430] [1]

Deshikendra Sanganabasavayya (c. 17th century Post Basava Age) has called himself Deshikendra and he must have belonged to the tradtion of renuniators. He might have come from a place called Karajge near Sholapur. Niranjana Chennabasavalinga is his signature. 1242 of his vachanas have been found. They are compiled under the title Shatsthala Vachanagalu. In all 53 sthalas have been conceived here.

Like the ghee in milk
like the fruit in a tender plant
like the son in the newly weds
Guru Niranjana Channabasavalinga
remains invisible.
[Vachana No.2433] [1]

Walking without feet
touching without hands
seeing without eyes
hearing without ears
smelling without the nose
speaking without the tongue
being happy without the I
is the union of your sharana with the linga
o Guru Niranjana Channabasavalinga.
[Vachana No.2424] [1]

my legs do not get tired dancing
my hands do not get tired worshipping
my eyes do not get tired seeing
my tongue does not get tired singing
my ears do not get tired hearing
my feelings do not get tired begging
for the love of your sharanas,
O Guru Niranjana Channabasavalinga.
[Vachana No.2419] [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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