46. Love for Shiva

Love for Shiva
— this is the enchanted paste1
that can be trusted to lead one
to the hidden treasure of devotion.
This is the right path for the devotee.
The divine love experienced
by the Sharanas of our Kudala-sanga, Shiva,
is the right medicine2.
Basavanna

1Used by treasure hunters.
2To cultivate Bhakti

Insight

Love for awareness, Shiva, is Bhakti. This is the secret of the Sharanas’ Shiva Experience. What works for the Sharanas should work for me too.

Focus

Awareness is love.

BHAKTI
Vachana No. 46 to 59

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When we are disillusioned with Samsaara, our heart cries out for Shiva — this is the beginning of Bhakti. However, at this stage, we do not have a complete understanding of what Shiva is, for which we have to wait for the Guru. Once the knowledge of Shiva is imparted by the Guru, the Bhakti for Shiva gushes forth.

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Vachana Text 46

Bhaktiyemba nidhaanava saadhisuvade
Shiva-preamavemba anjanava nechchikombudu.
Bhaktanaadavange ide pathavaagirabeaku.
Namma Koodala-sangana
sharanara anubhaava, gajavaidya.
— Basavanna

46. ಶಿವಪ್ರೇಮ

ಭಕ್ತಿಯೆಂಬ ನಿಧಾನವ ಸಾಧಿಸುವಡೆ
ಶಿವಪ್ರೇಮವೆಂಬ ಅಂಜನವ ನೆಚ್ಚಿಕೊಂಬುದು.
ಭಕ್ತನಾದವಂಗೆ ಇದೇ ಪಥವಾಗಿರಬೇಕು.
ನಮ್ಮ ಕೂಡಲಸಂಗನ ಶರಣರ ಅನುಭಾವ, ಗಜವೈದ್ಯ.
-- ಬಸವಣ್ಣ
ಸಹಾಯ : ( ಸಾಲಿನ ನಂಬರ್ ಅನುಸರಿಸಿ )
1. ನಿಧಾನ= ಭೂಗತ ನಿಧಿ 4. ಗಜವೈದ್ಯ = ಸಿದ್ಧೌಷಧ