23. As vast as the universe …

You are vaster than the universe.
You are vaster than the sky.
You are as vast as only you can be.
Your feet go beyond the nether world.
Your head rises above outer space.
Incomprehensible, immeasurable, incomparable,
Oh, Linga that cannot be seen,
Kudala-sangama-devayya, Shiva,
You choose to show yourself to me,
fitting into my palm.
Basavanna

Insight

Shiva, the very embodiment of awareness, stretches across the universe, across the sky and beyond. No, such a limitless Shiva is not beyond my grasp, for He chooses to manifest on my palm — in the ISHTA LINGA bestowed on me by the Guru. I gaze at the Linga, filling my eyes with the form of the Linga, I’m aware my eyes are filled with the form of the Linga, I feel the awareness to the marrow of my bones. I melt away in awareness.

Focus

Awareness is universal, stretching to outer space. The Link to this limitless Awareness is the awareness I experience right here where I am.

LINGA
Vachana No. 23 to 45

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The Guru awakens the latent Shiva Consciousness in us. This is symbolically represented when the Guru hands over a Linga to the disciple. This is called Ishta Linga, to which ceremonial worship is offered daily. The miniature Linga, spherical in shape, symbolizes the all-pervading Shiva, the Universal Awareness.

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Vachana Text 23

Jagadagala mugilagala migeyagala nimmagala.
Paataaladindave attatta nimma shri-charana.
Brahmaandadindave attatta nimma shri-mukuta.
Agamya agoachara apratima Lingave,
Koodala-sangama-deavayya,
enna karasthalakke bandu chulukaadirayya.
— Basavanna

23. ಅಲ್ಲೂ ಶಿವ, ಇಲ್ಲೂ ಶಿವ

ಜಗದಗಲ ಮುಗಿಲಗಲ ಮಿಗೆಯಗಲ ನಿಮ್ಮಗಲ.
ಪಾತಾಳದಿಂದವೆ ಅತ್ತತ್ತ ನಿಮ್ಮ ಶ್ರೀಚರಣ.
ಬ್ರಹ್ಮಾಂಡದಿಂದವೆ ಅತ್ತತ್ತ ನಿಮ್ಮ ಶ್ರೀಮಕುಟ.
ಅಗಮ್ಯ ಅಗೋಚರ ಅಪ್ರತಿಮ, ಲಿಂಗವೆ,
ಕೂಡಲಸಂಗಮದೇವಯ್ಯ,
ಎನ್ನ ಕರಸ್ಥಲಕ್ಕೆ ಬಂದು ಚುಳುಕಾದಿರಯ್ಯ.
-- ಬಸವಣ್ಣ
ಸಹಾಯ : (ಸಾಲಿನ ನಂಬರ್ ಅನುಸರಿಸಿ)
1. ಮುಗಿಲು =ಆಕಾಶ; ಮಿಗೆ ಅಗಲ = ಅದಕ್ಕದೇ ಸಮ 3. ಶ್ರೀಮಕುಟ= ಶಿರ 4. ಬುದ್ಧಿಗೆ ಎಟಕದ, ಕಾಣಲಾಗದ, ಅಳೆಯಲಾಗದ, ಅದರಂತೆ ಇನ್ನೊಂದಿಲ್ಲ
6. ಚುಳುಕಾದಿರಯ್ಯ = ಚಿಕ್ಕದಾಗಿ ಕಾಣಿಸಿಕೊಂಡಿರಿ