One has to be part of Company of Sharanas (Share spiritual experience with sharanas)


If a crow spots a grain of rice
would it not call all its kin?
If a hen sees a morsel
would it not call all its clan?
Being a devotee of Shiva
if one is not partisan to devotion
that is far worse than crows and hens
Koodalasangamadeva. -Guru Basava/152[1]

Look lord
the power of knowledge destroys ignorance.
The power of light destroys darkness.
The power of truth destroys untruth.
The power of parusha gem destroys baser metal.
Look lord
the spiritual experience of Koodalasangama’s sharanas
destroys my worldliness. -Guru Basava/207[1]

What if the water from bathroom is clear’?
What does it matter where the fake coin is?
What if you speak of mango of the skies?
It cannot be plucked or tasted.
The one without the spiritual experience of Koodalasanga,
what does it matter where he is, or how he is?
-Guru Basava/274[1]

If a devotee comes to the house of another devotee
he should serve like a servant.
Thinking that he is the maker
if the devotee allows his feet to be washed
that will destroy all the devotion attained in the past.
Walking a thousand miles
and visiting another devotee is a virtuous act.
If they together make daasoha there
Koodalasangamadeva will be with them. -Guru Basava/294[1]

To make a pot
earth comes first.
To make ornaments
gold comes first.
To know the path of Shiv a
path of guru comes first.
To know Koodalasangamadeva
company of sharanas comes first. -Guru Basava/310[1]

Come: the company of good people is fine.
Get away: the company of wicked people destroys you.
There are two kinds of company-hold on to one
and give up the other.
Always be with the auspicious sharanas of Koodalasangamadeva.
-Guru Basava/383[1]

Come near: be in the company of good.
Go away: be far from the bad.
What does it matter which snake it is?
All have poison.
Don’t be in company of such people.
Company of the wicked
who are not pure within
is the company of world destroying poison,
Koodalasangamadeva. -Guru Basava/384[1]

If the head becomes dirty, take an oil-bath;
if the clothes become dirty, give them to a washer-man.
But if you want to cleanse the dirt in your mind,
you should commune with the spiritual experience
of Koodala Chennasanga’s sharanas. -Chennabasavanna/862[1]

Without union, there is no fire.
Without union, there is no sprouting.
Without union, there is no flower.
Without union, there is no bliss.
in union with those greats who have your spiritual experience
I became supremely happy. -Akkamahadevi/1227 [1]

[1] Number indicates at the end of each Vachana is from the book "Vachana", pub: Basava Samiti Bangalore 2012.

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