Sharana Vachana about Guru Basavanna
Out of the timeless Parashiva principle
Consiousness was born;
That immaculate supramental consiousness
Is Basavanna; from him
Were Nāda, Bindu and Kalā
When these were made one, the incarnate light,
Integral, perfect, circular shaped,
Became the form of Linga,
Out of this Mahālinga arose
The fivefold Sādākhya. Therefore, I call
The timeless Sarana the Primal Linga,
Because Linga arose from Basavanna.
O Mahālinga Guru Sivasiddhēshvara Lord!
Basavanna is Beyond Time and Timelessness;
Basavanna is The three gods' root and soil;
Basavanna is The primal purity that transcends
Nāda, Bindu and Kalā.
Because that Nāda incarnate
Is Basavanna, I say, again and again,
Hail, O hail!
To Basavanna's feet:
Mark that, Chenna Mallikārjuna Lord!
ಗುರುವಾಗಿ ಬಂದೆನಗೆ ದೀಕ್ಷೆಯ ಮಾಡಿದಿರಿ,
ಲಿಂಗವಾಗಿ ಬಂದೆನ್ನ ಮನದ ಮಲಿನವ ಕಳೆದಿರಿ,
ಜಂಗಮವಾಗಿ ಬಂದೆನ್ನ ಪ್ರಪಂಚಕತನವ ಕಳೆದು ಪರಮ ಸೀಮೆಯ ಮಾಡಿದಿರಿ.
ಇಂತಿವೆಲ್ಲವೂ ಬಸವಣ್ಣನಾಗಿ ಎನಗೆ
ಪ್ರಸಾವ ನೀಡಿಸಲಹಿದ ಕಪಿಲಸಿದ್ದಮಲ್ಲಿಕಾರ್ಜುನ
-- -- ಸಿದ್ದರಾಮೇಶ್ವರ ಸವಸ
Basavanna, you are like the earthworm unsoiled,
you are like the lotus in water, touching yet not touched,
you are like the pearl formed in water, yet is not water.
you have come by the order of Guheshwara
to undo the beliefs of the wealth-blind
and of those body-intoxicated. -Allama Prabhu/509
In the lamp called Kalyana
pouring the oil of devotion
placing the wick of righteousness
touched by the light called Basavanna
the glory of Shiva was bright.
Innumerable devotees were shining in that light.
Is it false that the place where the Shiva devotees are
is the holy place?
Is it false that the land where the Shiva devotees are
is the holy land?
Seeing the eminent Sanganabasavanna within Guheswaralinga,
I lived, Siddharamayya. -Allama Prabhu/496
Being the wife
Basavanna became an observer of rite.
Once an observer of rite,
Basavanna became chaste.
Once being chaste
Basavanna lost the worldliness.
Guheshwara, Basavanna alone
is chaste since his birth. -Allama Prabhu/618
Descending from heaven,
Basavanna built the Great House in this mortal world,
and while he was waving prominently
the lamp of devotion and knowledge,
the light of true enlightenment spread in the world.
Having seen and known the Truth in the light of true knowledge,
all the dispersed companions of Shiva gathered at the Great House.
O Koodala Chennasangamadeva,
having known through Basavanna’s grace the essence of Prabhudeva,
all the companions of Shiva became free from care.
Basavanna has turned his body of flesh into a body of mantra;
Basavanna has changed himself from
the breather of air into a breather of divinity;
my supreme master Basavanna,
without assimilating the notion that god pervades the world made
Him dwell in the body of a devotee
in Koodala Chennasangayya. -Chennabasavanna/872
He is not one who has come for gold.
He is not one who has come for woman.
He is not one who has come for food.
He is not one who has come for clothes.
Basavanna is one who has come
to show to the world the path of piety,
Koodala Chennasangayya - Chennabasavanna/939
By performing daasoha with the body
Basavanna became guruprasaadi;
by performing daasoha with the mind
Basavanna became lingaprasaadi;
by performing daasoha with wealth
Basavanna became jangamaprasaadi.
By performing the three kinds of daasoha in this way
your sharana Basavanna became swayaprasadi,
benevolent guru Kapilasiddha Mallikaarjuna.
because of you
I could conquer Shiva
the foe of lust;
because of you
I could embrace Shiva
who wears the moon.
What if I am called
Because of you
I could imagine myself
as a man.
With your grace upon me,
to lustful Chennamallikaarjuna
I merged with him
the difference between the two of us
Taste in the mouth-
can you spit and swallow it again?
Form in the eyes-
can you see anything separate from it?
Thing in the hand-
can you let go and hold it again?
Can you separate the Thing in you and search for it?
the whole world survived because of Basava.
Basava’s name is the divine Kaamadhenu
Basava’s name is the wish-giving Kalpavriksha
Basava’s name is the magical chintaamani
Basava’s name is the mine of touchstone
Basava’s name is the life-restoring Sanjeevini herb
since such a nectar of Basava’s name
filled my tongue
flooded into my mind
after filling the mind
flooded out to fill all the senses
after filling the senses
overflowed to touch every hair on my body
I boarded the ship called Basava
and crossed the ocean of births
chanting Basava Basava Basava, Akhandeshwara.
-Shanmukha Swaamy/2480 
 Number indicates at the end of each Vachana is from the book "Vachana", pub: Basava Samiti Bangalore 2012.
: Book “Essence of Shatsthala”, Vachana No 53 (Page No.32), Pub: Karnataka University, Dharwad, 1978.
: 1311th Vachana in the 4th Volume, (Samagra Vachana-Samputa in 15 volumes) Publisher: Kannada Pustaka Pradikhara Govt of Karnataka, Bangalore, 2001.
|Quotes About Basava||Guru_Basava|
 From the book "Vachana", pub: Basava Samiti Bangalore 2012.