60. Milestones in the road to Shiva

A devotee is at peace in his natural state.
He speaks truth.
His speech exudes love for all beings.
Seeing no blemish in others,
he looks upon all others as himself.
He serves guru-linga-jangama1
with body, mind and riches.
He does not make an offering to the undeserving.
He is in control of all senses.
This is the way of purifying oneself,
This is the way to offer worship to Linga,
And receive the grace of
Kudala-chenna-sangama-deva, Shiva.
— Chenna-basavanna

1Anything that moves, particularly a wandering minstrel of Shiva.
Note: This Vachana is in the form of instructions; the translator has made it descriptive. 


Purity is living in the present. Purity is to be aware, to keep cool, to be truthful, to be gentle in speech, to look upon others as oneself. This then is worship, the means to obtain Shiva’s grace.


How do I remain calm no matter what happens? The moment I’m drawn into things I see, I lose myself. If I only watch, whatever happens, only watch, I stay anchored in Self, in awareness, in Shiva.

Vachana No. 60 to 84


Right Thinking and Right Action help us to live in the present. Living in the present is living in awareness. So, speak truth, speak gently without hurting the feelings of others; no hoarding, no stealing, no violence, no anger, no hatred and so on. Sharanas see Shiva in all and therefore, for a Sharana all are equal irrespective of gender, caste and the kind of work one does.


Vachana Text 60

Bhakta shaantanaagirabeaku,
tanna kuritu banda thaavinalli.
Bhoota hitavaha vachanava nudiya beaku.
Jangamadalli nindeyillade sakala praanigala
tannante bhaavisoodu maada beaku.
Guru-linga jangamakke savesale beaku.
Apaatra daanava maadalaagadu.
Sakaleandriyagala tanna vashava maada beaku.
Ide modalalli deaha shaucha noadaa.
Lingava poojisi prasaadava padevade
enagide saadhana,
-- Chenna-basavanna 

60. ಹೀಗಿರಬೇಕು ಭಕ್ತ

ಭಕ್ತ ಶಾಂತನಾಗಿರಬೇಕು
ತನ್ನ ಕುರಿತು ಬಂದ ಠಾವಿನಲ್ಲಿ.
ಭೂತ ಹಿತವಹ ವಚನವ ನುಡಿಯಬೇಕು.
ಜಂಗಮದಲ್ಲಿ ನಿಂದೆಯಿಲ್ಲದೆ
ಸಕಲ ಪ್ರಾಣಿಗಳ ತನ್ನಂತೆ ಭಾವಿಸೂದು ಮಾಡಬೇಕು.
ತನು-ಮನ-ಧನವ ಗುರುಲಿಂಗ ಜಂಗಮಕ್ಕೆ ಸವೆಸಲೇ ಬೇಕು.
ಅಪಾತ್ರ ದಾನವ ಮಾಡಲಾಗದು.
ಸಕಲೇಂದ್ರಿಯಗಳ ತನ್ನ ವಶವ ಮಾಡಬೇಕು.
ಇದೇ ಮೊದಲಲ್ಲಿ ಬೇಹ ಶೌಚ ನೋಡಾ.
ಲಿಂಗವ ಪೂಜಿಸಿ ಪ್ರಸಾದವ ಪಡೆವಡೆ
ಎನಗಿದೇ ಸಾಧನ, ಕೂಡಲಚೆನ್ನಸಂಗಮದೇವ.
-- ಚೆನ್ನಬಸವಣ್ಣ
ಸಹಾಯ : (ಸಾಲಿನ ನಂಬರ್ ಅನುಸರಿಸಿ)
4. ಭೂತಹಿತ = ಎಲ್ಲರ ಹಿತ10. ಬೇಹ ಶೌಚ = ದೇಹ ಶುದ್ಧೀಕರಣ


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