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Goni Marayya (ಗೋಣಿ ಮಾರಯ್ಯ)

Full Name: Goni Marayya
Pen Name (Vachana Signature): Kaateshwaralinga
Kayaka (Occupation): A cowherd


After piercing with the sword
they regret that the tip touched you;
don’t listen to such fools.
In a mind which knows
is there room for forgetfulness.
When faith is born out of faith
observance of faith is not broken.
A sharana who
greets one and all
accepts alms from every house
and lives in joy
has no puzzles or problems.
The reason being
the sharana himself is Keteshwaralinga.
[Vachana No.2276] [1]

Goni Marayya (c. 1600 Post Basava Age) must have been a herdsman or a cowherd as the words Goni, Govu and Bhikshe indicate. 9 of his vachanas have been found under the signature Kaateshwaralinga. He must have moved from house to house begging for alms.


[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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