11. Guru Comes First

To make a pot, we must first have the clay.
To make an ornament,
we must first have the gold.
To get to know the path to Shiva,
we must first have a Guru to show us the way.
To get to know Kudala-sangama-deva, Shiva,
we must first seek
the companionship of Sharanas.
Basavanna

Insight

The Guru lights up the path to Shiva. Sharanas devoted to Shiva have the Shiva Experience. Let me walk with them on the path to Shiva.

Focus

Think of the Guru, awareness floods the mind.

GURU
Vachana No. 11 to 22

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Sharanas tell us that the Guru who shows us the path to Shiva is none other than Shiva himself who comes to us in the form of the Guru. Two other related topics are taken under this head: SHARANAS whose company leads us to Shiva and VACHANAS that light up the path to Shiva.

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Vachana Text 11

Madakeya maaduvade manne modalu.
Todigeya maaduvade honne modalu.
Shivapathavanarivade
gurupathave modalu.
Koodala-sangama-deavanarivade
sharanara sangave modalu.
— Basavanna

11. ಗುರುಪಾದವೇ ಮೊದಲು

ಮಡಕೆಯ ಮಾಡುವಡೆ ಮಣ್ಣೆ ಮೊದಲು.
ತೊಡಿಗೆಯ ಮಾಡುವಡೆ ಹೊನ್ನೆ ಮೊದಲು.
ಶಿವಪಥವನರಿವಡೆ ಗುರುಪಥವೆ ಮೊದಲು.
ಕೂಡಲಸಂಗಮದೇವನರಿವಡೆ
ಶರಣರ ಸಂಗವೆ ಮೊದಲು.
--ಬಸವಣ್ಣ
ಸಹಾಯ : (ಸಾಲಿನ ನಂಬರ್ ಅನುಸರಿಸಿ)
2. ತೊಡಿಗೆ = ಆಭರಣ3. ಶಿವಪಥವನು ಅರಿವಡೆ