96. Finding Shiva in Jangama

When I was told to look for Shiva in Jangama*
I took to daasoha— serving the jangamas,
in front of Kudala-sangama-deva, Shiva.
I’m now happy to see Shiva in Jangama’s face
— Basavanna
*All living beings, particularly wandering mendicants


I sit for hours with eyes closed and then get up with a vague feeling of something missing. I go out and say a kind word to someone or offer water to a thirsty person, there is a fleeting sense of peace in me. Again I sit with eyes closed. The very same faces of those I had served float before me!


Let me see Shiva in the people around me. I see with complete awareness. Seeing points to awareness, Shiva.

Vachanas 94 to 99



Vachana Text 96

Jangama mukhadalli Lingavanarasiko endade,
daasoahavemba pasaranikkidenu
Koodala-sangama-deavara munde.
Jangama mukha Lingadalli endu sukhiyappenu
-- Basavanna

96.ಜಂಗಮ ಮುಖದಲ್ಲಿ

ಜಂಗಮ ಮುಖದಲ್ಲಿ ಲಿಂಗವನರಸಿಕೋ ಎಂದಡೆ
ದಾಸೋಹವೆಂಬ ಪಸರನಿಕ್ಕಿದೆನು,
ಕೂಡಲಸಂಗಮದೇವರ ಮುಂದೆ.
ಜಂಗಮ ಮುಖಲಿಂಗದಲ್ಲಿ ಎಂದು ಸುಖಿಯಪ್ಪೆನು.
-- ಬಸವಣ್ಣ


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