Taking bath in holy water (Ganga) is not enough need to cleans own mind


What if the body is bare, when the mind is not pure?
What if the head is shaved, when feeling has not disappeared?
What if one wears the sacred ash, when the sense qualities are not
The words of such guises of desire I detest
and Guheshwara, you are the witness. -Allama Prabhu/530[1]

Listen O Man,
you, a doubter, think.
You have bathed and worshipped god.
Does the fish not bathe?
Does the crocodile not bathe?
If you bathe and your mind is not bathed
does our Guheshwara appreciate mere showy words?
-Allama Prabhu/593 [1]

It is of no worth to go round and round.
It is of no worth to bathe a million times in Ganga.
It is of no worth to climb the high mountain and shout.
It is of no worth to touch the body with daily rituals.
If one can fix the mind that always moves firm
then, the linga called Guheshwara is sheer light itself. -Allama Prabhu/625 [1]

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

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