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Ghandalingideva (ಘನಲಿಂಗದೇವ)

Full Name: Ghandalingideva
Pen Name (Vachana Signature): Ghandlingiya Mohada Mallikaarjuna


when fire meets fire there is light
when fire meets grass
there can only be smoke.
How can there be any light?
when a great scholar
who knows what the highest truth is
speaks with one
who has experienced the ultimate truth;
body, mind and senses of both
can only become pure
like statues of crystal.
How can they turn black?
when a scholar speaks with an ignorant person
it is like mixing sour stuff with creamy milk
Ghanalingiya Mohada Chennamallikaarjuna.
[Vachana No.2379] [1]

Ghandalingideva (c. 16th century Post Basava Age) was a disciple of Tontada Siddhalinga, the guru of Suttur. He achieved died at Kaggere. 66 of his vachanas are available with the signature phrase Ghandlingiya Mohada Mallikaarjuna.

only a goldsmith knows
what precious stone combines best with pure gold.
How can a labouring son of the soil know it?
only a negotiator with the linga knows
the brilliance of words of union;
of negotiation with the linga.
How can tnose wflo wear oniy tue costume
who are subject to awareness and forgetfulness know it,
Ghanalingiya Mohada Chennamallikaarjuna?
[Vachana No.2380] [1]

hearing the cuckoo sing
if the crow perches in front of it
and crows a mocking note
what does the cuckoo lose?
If the owl, blind during the day
speaks ill of the bright sun
says he is full of darkness
what does the sun lose?
If a person with severed nose
derides the mirror
says it is without a nose
what does the mirror lose?
A sharana who has rejected duality and non-duality
knows the way of the body and linga
is himself a lingi
if lame mortals subject to sensual passions
deride and mock him
what does he
who has realized the linga lose,
Ghanalingiya Mohada Chennamallikaarjuna?
[Vachana No.2380] [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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