Selected Basavanna Vachanas, 12th Century Basava Vachanas. Vachanas are not written in Sanskrit, the liturgical language, or not even in the high-brow Kannada of the court, but in local ‘sub-standard’.

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You can distinctly hear the sound I am indicating by the phrase thur-thur-thur at several places. KudalasangamaKarnataka, India.

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Jessica Frazier et al. But Purandara must have see other flautists around his time AD — AD producing such sounds on their flutes, and this of course, he has attributed to Krishna.

The Basava Purana, in Chapter 1, presents a series of impassioned debates between Basava and his father. Most of my pre-translation commentary that does not come straight from Wikipedia comes from this book.

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However, Basava championed devotional worship that rejected temple worship and rituals led by Brahmins, and replaced it with personalized direct worship of Shiva through practices such as individually worn icons and symbols like a small linga. Ravana, who made wonderful music did not lead a full life. Both Hindi and Kannada have great ecosystems which are vastly different from each other, but still have much more in common than what they have with the English ecosystem.


Ramanujan, a distinguished poet himself and a translator par excellence, whose work I repose full faith in. Koodala sangama — A place at the confluence of Krishna and Malaprabha rivers in Karnataka. Jan Peter Schouten states that Virashaivismthe movement championed by Basava, tends towards monotheism with Shiva as the godhead, but with a strong awareness of the unity of the Ultimate Reality.

Wikiquote has quotations related to: In the spirit of the verses, with only my aesthetic sense as a guide, I have also tried my best to find a balance between chaste Hindi and the folk Hindi while translating them. Vachanas literally, that which is said form the backbone of the Veershaiva religious canon.

The six-syllabled mantra[27] the supreme mantra, is its mantra. Scholars state that the poems and legends about Basava were written down long after Basava’s death. Listen, O lord of the meeting rivers, things standing shall fall, but the moving ever shall stay. Retrieved 7 September Other hagiographic works include the 15th-century Mala Basava-raja-charitre and the 17th-century Vrishabhendra Vijayaboth in Kannada.

Basava established, in 12th-century, Anubhava Mantapaa hall for gathering and discussion of spiritual ideas by any member of the society from both genders, where ardent devotees of Shiva shared their achievements and spiritual poems in the local language. Neither is he fond of music Nor is he ij of the Vedas Our good lord of kUDala sangamais bwsaveshwara of devotion!

He is also known as Bhaktibhandari literally, the treasurer of devotion[12] Basavanna elder brother Basava or Basaveswara Lord Basava.


This approach brought Shiva’s presence to everyone and at all vachanws, without gender, class or caste discrimination. There is a very strong likelyhood that the later day haridAsas of Karnataka were influenced by the vachanas of Basavanna and others of the 12th century.

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Basava’s father favors the tradition of rituals, while Basava favors the path of direct, personal devotion bhakti. Here is the text transliterated: Priyank post me reference copy from which you translated, i will explain You in basaveshwata way. Basavanna, a social reformer from Karnataka AD has this in one of his vachanas vachanss.

Many contemporary Vachanakaras people who have scripted Vachanas have described him as Swayankrita Sahajawhich means “self-made”.

Like Liked by 1 person. Oh boy, How wrong our inferences could be!

Basava married a cousin from his mother side. Im emphasized constant personal spiritual development as the path to profound enlightenment. Rich build temples for Shiva What can I, a poor man, do? Basava grew up in Kudalasangama northeast Karnatakanear the banks of rivers Krishna and its tributary Malaprabha.