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Hadapada Rechanna (ಹಡಪದ ರೇಚಣ್ಣ)

Full Name: Hadapada Rechanna
Pen Name (Vachana Signature): Nihkalanka Koodalasangamadeva
Kayaka (Occupation): Carrying the betel leaves nut in a box for the sharanas


A devotee! Does he immerse
his mind in the three infirmities?
An ascetic! Is he in the senses
which are the capital for all commerce?
Can there be an ascetic without a virtuous mind?
If this duality can be made clear
then, like the fragrance of a flower
like the reflection in a mirror
like the manner of being of the burning camphor
the sharana becomes the
Nihkalanka Koodalasangamadeva himself.
[Vachana No.2180] [1]

Hadapada Rechanna carried betel-leaf box for sharanas. It is learnt that he went to Uluve along with the soldiers during the revolution of Kalyaana; 9 of vachanas have been found with the signature Nihkalanka Koodalasangamadeva.

Can the wood god be worshipped with fire?
Can the flooded river be crossed with clay boat?
Trusting the absconder can one fight a war?
Thus if quality is overlooked
even when he is proved
what will it avail?
the rogues, the un-virtuous and the clowns
the debaters, and the suppliants
the gamblers, the traitors
who set out to find fault with threefold virtue
the evil doers without proof,
calling him devotee
if he wears the guise of devotion
calling him doer
if he wears the guise of an ascetic
calling him gum
if he gives initiation
if I see a fault, I will point it out.
If in private
habitual will is not renounced
I will say this is not for you
even then if they hold on to this
even if it is
Nihkalanka Koodalasangamadeva himself
I shall throw him out.
[Vachana No.2181] [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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