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Hemagalla Hampa (ಹೇಮಗಲ್ಲ ಹಂಪ)

Full Name: Hemagalla Hampa
Pen Name (Vachana Signature): Paramaguru Paduvidi Siddha Mallinaathaprabhu


would one who doesn’t care to eat
care about growing food?
Would one learning to fly in air
wish to walk on earth?
Would one wearing diamond armor
fear the arrow?
Would one without illusions
care about Maya?
Would one without vices
care about vices?
Would one who is in union with
Paramaguru Paduvidi Mallinaathaprabhu
care about other deities?
[Vachana No.2489] [1]

Hemagalla Hampa (c. 17th century, Post Basava age) was from Hemagallu and lived in the region of Hampi. He belongs to paduvidi sect among the lingayats. Rajeshwara was his guru. Siddamallinaatha is his signature. Hemagalla Shatsthala is the name of his work. We now have his 282 vachanas pertaining to Bhakta sthala.

Can a log which chisel and hammer cannot split
be split with axe and sickle?
Would a mind which
after being chiseled with the nectar of elders’ vachanas feels no shame
yield to the axe and sickle of the Veda and aagama?
It will not.
Fallen into the mind-web that is
dried up and useless
vacant and wretched
slanderous and angry
and everything despicable
I was in distress
O self-created, complete, blemish-less, care-less, true guru
Paramaguru Paduvidi Siddha Mallinaathaprabhu.
[Vachana No.2490] [1]

if a lame man who cannot walk gets a blind wife
can they carry on with life?
If a mute who cannot speak is crowned king
can he manage the kingdom and its subjects?
until deceitful ignorance is removed
can there be an enlightened world
while the mind is immersed in worldly life
can it remain fixed in thoughts of God?
To those for whom the illusory world is life-breath
can there be life without worldliness
Paramaguru Paduvidi Siddha Mallinaathaprabhu?
[Vachana No.2494] [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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