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Sharanas are brave they do not fear to tell the truth (or about death)


With their fury what could anyone do to us?
The rage of the land, what can it do to us?
To our boy do not give your girl,
To our dog do not feed on a platter.
Would a dog bite
one who rides the elephant?
As long as we have our own Koodalasanga, why worry?
-Guru Basava/51[1]

On Jumbudveepa, this earth of nine continents,
listen to the challenge of these two:
I’ll kill is the challenge of god,
I’ll win is the challenge of devotee.
Drawing the sharp edge of truth’s sword
the good devotees have won, Koodalasangamadeva.
-Guru Basava/200[1]

I am not a slave bonded for sake of food.
I am a slave bonded for life, for time.
I am not the one who runs away.
Listen, Koodalasangamadeva,
very death is the great festival. -Guru Basava/206[1]

What has to happen tomorrow, let it happen today.
What has to happen today, let it be this very instant.
Why fear it, why shrink from it?
One who is born is sure to die.
What our Koodalasangamadeva has inscribed
not even Han, Brahma and other gods can undo it
-Guru Basava/249[1]

As rigorously just, he need not oblige,
Opposing the world, the sharana is not afraid of any one,
as he dwells in effulgence of emperor Koodalasangamadeva.
-Guru Basava/266[1]

Look at the house,
they are poor.
Look at the mind,
they are rich.
Remaining pure regarding women,
they are brave in every sense.
Nothing in store,
but have enough when they need.
The sharanas of Koodalasanga are independent and brave.
-Guru Basava/313[1]

In the wilderness of worldly life
there are tigers and bears.
Sharana is not afraid, brave sharana is not afraid.
Sharana of Koodalasanga is fearless. -Guru Basava/373[1]

Who would use a whip for a well-bred horse?
Who would go looking for the genealogy of the king?
Would the all-knowing care about his life?
For a sharana in communion with the linga,
would it matter if strangers insult him?
Why worry about the words of these mere mortals?
For a sharana who has realized Amugeshwaralinga,
would it matter if people bless him or curse him?
-Amuge Rayamma/1266 [1]

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

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