Lingayat rejects five pollutions (ಪಂಚಸೂತಕ)


Is there pollution where linga is?
Is there caste where jangama is?
Is there impurity where the prasaada is?
Speaking impure words is sin.
Pure and true union with guru, linga and jangama
is for none but your sharanas Koodalasangamadeva. -431 [1]

Do not listen to the words of the impious persons who say:
Shivachaara consists in inter-dining,
and Kulachaara in inter-caste wedding.
Regarding all Shiva devotees, including all,
from the Brahmins to the untouchables, as one,
and going in forinter-caste wedding
is righteous conduct, and all else unrighteousness.
For instance,
it is like looking for a black spot in a crystal pot
and bitterness in sweetness.
If a person talks of impurities
pertaining to menstruation, caste,
birth, death, and the left-over,
for him, there is no guru, no linga,
no jangama, no teertha, and no prasaada.
Unless he sheds these impurities, he is no devotee.
Going in for inter-dining and inter-caste wedding
with such devotees is righteous conduct,
Koodala Chennasangamadeva. -Chennabasavanna/707 [1]

The impurity of caste does not leave them;
the impurity of birth does not leave them;
the impurity of death does not leave them;
the impurity of menstruation does not leave them;
the impurity of leftovers does not leave them;
the impurity of illusions does not leave them,
then what sort of devotees are they?
Will not guru-linga chop off their nose
for flaunting their ash-mark and
for making the mouth of the linga sweet with jaggery?
Piety should be like the dry grass
cut at the hands of wild fire,
leaving nothing, neither sieve nor stack behind.
Therefore, Koodala Chennasanga’s bhaktisthala
cannot be incorporated in none but your devotee.

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

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