1. Reaching Shiva

Bhakti or devotion is the earth;
Guru, the seed.
The seed sprouts into leaves,
the leaves of Linga1, the Shiva Consciousness.
The leaves give rise to a flower,
the flower of Vichaara, the right thinking.
The flower transforms into a fruit,
the fruit of Aachaara, right action.
The fruit ripens,
this is the fruit of Nishpatti or fullness.
As the complete fruit is coming off the plant,
wanting the fruit for himself,
Kudala-sangama-deva, Shiva,
gathers it in his hands2.

1The Linga given by the Guru for one’s own worship is called ISHTA LINGA which is spherical in shape, small in size
2The last two lines indicate Aikya — the Bhakta or devotee, after attaining Nishpatti or the state of fullness, becomes one with Shiva. The two, Shiva and Bhakta become one, hence Aikya( ‘eka’ means one)


Awareness is Shiva. Shiva is represented by Linga. The Guru ceremoniously hands over the Linga to the disciple, awakening in him the latent Shiva Consciousness. For Shiva Consciousness to ripen, besides the meditative worship of this ISHTA LINGA with devotion, one has to nurture right thinking and right conduct. When the Shiva Consciousness ripens, Bhakta or the devotee becomes one with Shiva.


Awareness hugging awareness.

Vachana No. 1


In this Vachana, Basavanna lists various stages in the journey towards Shiva Experience — BHAKTI, GURU, LINGA, VICHAARA, AACHAARA, and AIKYA.

In this selection, VICHAARA is clubbed with AACHAARA. Also included are the related themes of SAMSAARA or worldly life, KAAYAKA or honest work, DAASOHA or Serve and PRASAADA or Shiva’s loving gift.


Vachana Text 1

Bhaktiemba prithviya meale
Guruvemba beejavankurisi
Lingavemba eleyaayittu.
Lingavemba eleya meale
Vichaaravemba hoovaayittu.
Aachaaravemba kaayaayittu.
Nishpattiyemba hannaayittu.
Nishpattiyemba hannu
tottu bittu kalachi beeluvalli
tanage beakendetti-kondanu.
-- Basavanna

1. ಶಿವನಿಗೆ ಬೇಕು ಈ ಹಣ್ಣು

ಭಕ್ತಿಯೆಂಬ ಪೃಥ್ವಿಯ ಮೇಲೆ
ಗುರುವೆಂಬ ಬೀಜವಂಕುರಿಸಿ
ಲಿಂಗವೆಂಬ ಎಲೆಯಾಯಿತ್ತು.
ಲಿಂಗವೆಂಬ ಎಲೆಯ ಮೇಲೆ
ವಿಚಾರವೆಂಬ ಹೂವಾಯಿತ್ತು.
ಆಚಾರವೆಂಬ ಕಾಯಾಯಿತ್ತು.
ನಿಷ್ಪತ್ತಿಯೆಂಬ ಹಣ್ಣಾಯಿತ್ತು.
ನಿಷ್ಪತ್ತಿಯೆಂಬ ಹಣ್ಣು
ತೊಟ್ಟು ಬಿಟ್ಟು ಕಳಚಿಬೀಳುವಲ್ಲಿ
ತನಗೆ ಬೇಕೆಂದೆತ್ತಿಕೊಂಡನು.
-- ಬಸವಣ್ಣ
ಸಹಾಯ : (ಸಾಲಿನ ನಂಬರ್ ಅನುಸರಿಸಿ)
1. ಪೃಥ್ವಿ = ಭೂಮಿ 2. ಬೀಜವು ಅಂಕುರಿಸಿ
7. ನಿಷ್ಪತ್ತಿ = ಪೂರ್ಣತೆ 11. ಐಕ್ಯ