67. Heaven and Hell

There are no two separate worlds
— the world of celestials and the world of mortals.
Speaking truth makes this a world of celestials,
falsehood makes it a world of mortals.
Right conduct makes this world a heaven,
the opposite makes this world a hell.
You are the witness, Kudala-sangama-deva, Shiva.
— Basavanna


Truth and falsehood. Truth comes easy; To be myself is so easy. It needs no efforts. Yet why do I exert myself to be a person – to appear to be someone? This misguided effort is falsehood. This is hell. The effortless being is the truth.


Let me be myself, the true me, stripped of all falsehoods attached to me – name, form, possessions, opinion and so on.

Vachana No. 60 to 84



Vachana Text 67

Deavaloaka martyaloakavembudu bearilla kaaniro.
Satyava nudivude deavaloaka.
Mithyava nudivude martyaloaka.
Aachaarave svarga, anaachaarave naraka.
Koodala-sangama-deava, neeve pramaanu.
-- Basavanna

67. ಆಚಾರವೇ ಸ್ವರ್ಗ, ಅನಾಚಾರವೇ ನರಕ

ದೇವಲೋಕ ಮತ್ರ್ಯಲೋಕವೆಂಬುದು ಬೇರಿಲ್ಲ ಕಾಣಿರೊ.
ಸತ್ಯವ ನುಡಿವುದೇ ದೇವಲೋಕ.
ಮಿಥ್ಯವ ನುಡಿವುದೇ ಮತ್ರ್ಯಲೋಕ.
ಆಚಾರವೇ ಸ್ವರ್ಗ, ಅನಾಚಾರವೇ ನರಕ,
ಕೂಡಲಸಂಗಮದೇವ, ನೀವೇ ಪ್ರಮಾಣು.
-- ಬಸವಣ್ಣ


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