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Basavanna Quotes - A Collection Of Basavanna Teachings

Basavanna is the founder of Lingayatism or Lingayat Sect or Veerashaivism. Here is a collection of quotes and teachings of Basavanna.

Action itself is knowledge, and
Knowledge is action; knowledge means
To understand; and action means
To act according as one understands

To think adultery to be wrong
Is knowledge; and action is
To act accordingly;
No to do so, is ignorance.

The human body is a basket
The mind is the snake
See how they live together
Anytime the snake may bit and kill you
But for the grace of Kudala Sangama (Shiva)

Do not rely on the perishable body,
It is like trying to fix an iron frame around a bubble of water,
Live and worship Kudala Sangama (Shiva).

What you call life,
Is a wind blown lamp,
What you call wealth,
Is a crowd in the market place which disperses,
And it is like the splendor of the moonlit night
which disappears with the dawn
The only thing that does not perish
Is Kudala Sangama’s grace.

The rich will make temples for Siva.
What shall I, a poor man, do?
My legs are pillars, the body the shrine,
the head a cupola of gold.
Listen, O lord of the meeting rivers,
things standing shall fall,
but the moving ever shall stay.
The power of knowledge destroys ignorance;
The power of light dissipates darkness;
The power of truth is foe of all untruth;
The sharana's experience of God is the sole cure of worldliness;

Why should you try to mend
The failings of the world, sirs?
Correct your bodies first, each one of you!
Correct your minds first, each one!
Lord Shiva does not approve of
Those who shed crocodile tears
To their neighbor’s grief.
The rich will make temples for Siva.
What shall I, a poor man, do?
My legs are pillars, the body the shrine,
the head a cupola of gold.
Listen, O lord of the meeting rivers,
things standing shall fall,
but the moving ever shall stay



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