2. Ocean of life

I find myself in this ocean of life.
The rising waves splash on my face.
The water has now come up to my chest.
The water has now come up to my neck.
What will I do if the water
rises up to my head?
Listen to my cry for help,
Kudala-sangama-deva, Shiva.
What can I do! What can I do!


Earning, achieving, helping, falling in love — these are the pleasant waves. Expecting from others love, recognition, gratitude and, the disappointment, when these expectations fail — these heartburns are the chest-high waves. The resultant frustrations, anger, jealousy, loss of self-esteem — these are neck-deep waves. Being torn between likes and dislikes, wants and avoidance, irresolvable conflicts — these are the waves which threaten to drown me. So I pray to Shiva.


When things are in my control, I am in command, Shiva is nowhere in the picture. As things get out of hand, I crumble. As I go down, as I give up, as all struggles cease, there is stillness. In this silence Shiva rises.

Vachana No. 2 to 10


The life we lead with all its charms and stress is Samsaara. There are moments of utter helplessness when it is clear we are not in control over the situation in which we find ourselves. This is described as the ‘samsaara-nirasana’ or disillusionment with samsaara. Then, in utter humility, we turn to Shiva.


Vachana Text 2

Samsaara saagarada tere kobbi
mukhada meale alevuttalide noadaa.
Samsaara saagara uraduddave healaa.
Samsaara saagara koraluddave healaa.
Samsaara saagara shiraduddavaada
balika eana heluvenayya.
Ayya, ayya, enna huyyalu kealayya,
— Basavanna

2. ಸಂಸಾರಸಾಗರ

ಸಂಸಾರಸಾಗರದ ತೆರೆ ಕೊಬ್ಬಿ
ಮುಖದ ಮೇಲೆ ಅಲೆವುತ್ತಲಿದೆ ನೋಡಾ.
ಸಂಸಾರಸಾಗರ ಉರದುದ್ದವೆ ಹೇಳಾ.
ಸಂಸಾರಸಾಗರ ಕೊರಳುದ್ದವೆ ಹೇಳಾ.
ಸಂಸಾರಸಾಗರ ಶಿರದುದ್ದವಾದ ಬಳಿಕ ಏನ ಹೇಳುವೆನಯ್ಯ.
ಅಯ್ಯ, ಅಯ್ಯ, ಎನ್ನ ಹುಯ್ಯಲ ಕೇಳಯ್ಯ,
ಕೂಡಲಸಂಗಮದೇವ, ನಾನೇವೆನೇವೆನಯ್ಯ.
-- ಬಸವಣ್ಣ
ಸಹಾಯ : (ಸಾಲಿನ ನಂಬರ್ ಅನುಸರಿಸಿ)
3. ಉರ = ಎದೆ; 5. ಶಿರ = ತಲೆ 6. ಹುಯ್ಯಲು = ಮೊರೆ
7. ನಾನೇವೆನೇವೆನಯ್ಯ = ನಾನೇನು ಮಾಡಲಿ