66. Heal thyself

Why do you correct the crooked ways of others?
Heal your body.
Heal your mind.
Our Kudala-sangama-deva, Shiva,
does not approve of those who shed tears
over a neighbour’s suffering.
— Basavanna


I begin to be aware of others. Next moment, my judgment that he is crooked rushes in. I’m lost in this judgment and thus, I drift away from the Self, the awareness.

I try to ‘correct’ others, while there is a need to ‘heal’ myself. I don’t have to correct myself, I’ve to ‘heal’ myself. Similarly each one has to make effort to heal oneself.

Crooked ways of body and mind is suffering. Let me watch my body and mind without judgment. In the very act of watching, the body is healed, the mind is healed. What is fragmented and therefore ‘crooked,’becomes ‘whole.’ And then the body and mind are charged with awareness. Only when I become ‘whole’ can I be of some help to others.


Let me watch the world without judging and stay put in awareness.

Vachana No. 60 to 84



Vachana Text 66

Loakada donka neeveake tidduviri?
Nimma nimma tanuva santaisikolli.
Nimma nimma manava santaisikolli.
Nere-maneya duhkhakke aluvavara mechcha
namma Koodala-sangama-deava.
-- Basavanna

66. ಲೋಕದ ಡೊಂಕು

ಲೋಕದ ಡೊಂಕ ನೀವೇಕೆ ತಿದ್ದುವಿರಿ?
ನಿಮ್ಮ ನಿಮ್ಮ ತನುವ ಸಂತೈಸಿಕೊಳ್ಳಿ.
ನಿಮ್ಮ ನಿಮ್ಮ ಮನವ ಸಂತೈಸಿಕೊಳ್ಳಿ.
ನೆರೆಮನೆಯ ದುಃಖಕ್ಕೆ ಅಳುವವರ ಮೆಚ್ಚ
ನಮ್ಮ ಕೂಡಲಸಂಗಮದೇವ.
-- ಬಸವಣ್ಣ


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