97. Milk for stone

On spotting a snake etched on stone,
they say, let’s give it a milk bath.
When actually a snake is seen
they say, let’s kill it.
When a hungry man comes to the door
they ask him to leave.
They take food as offering to a Linga
which cannot eat.
If one is indifferent to a Sharana, a devotee of our
Kudala-sangama-deva, Shiva,his devotion is
as brittle as a lump of soil hit with a stone.
— Basavanna


Is there any logic in giving a milk bath to a snake etched on stone while pelting stones when a snake is actually spotted? Is it not equally paradoxical that we drive away hungry supplicants who come to our doors while carrying food as offering to a Linga which cannot eat?


May I not hurt anyone. If I hurt someone, I hurt Shiva. May I feed the hungry. When I feed a hungry man, I feed Shiva.

Vachanas 94 to 99



Vachana Text 97

Kalla naagara kandade haalanere embaru.
Ditada naagara kandade kollembarayya.
Umba jangama bandade nade embaru.
Unnada Lingakke boanava hidiyembarayya.
Namma Koodala-sangana Sharanara kandu
udaaseenava maadidade
kalla taagida mitteyantapparayya.
-- Basavanna

97. ಕಲ್ಲ ನಾಗರ ಕಂಡರೆ

ಕಲ್ಲ ನಾಗರ ಕಂಡಡೆ ಹಾಲನೆರೆ ಎಂಬರು,
ದಿಟದ ನಾಗರ ಕಂಡಡೆ ಕೊಲ್ಲೆಂಬರಯ್ಯ.
ಉಂಬ ಜಂಗಮ ಬಂದಡೆ ನಡೆ ಎಂಬರು,
ಉಣ್ಣದ ಲಿಂಗಕ್ಕೆ ಬೋನವ ಹಿಡಿಯೆಂಬರಯ್ಯ.
ನಮ್ಮ ಕೂಡಲಸಂಗನ ಶರಣರ ಕಂಡು
ಉದಾಸೀನವ ಮಾಡಿದಡೆ
ಕಲ್ಲ ತಾಗಿದ ಮಿಟ್ಟೆಯಂತಪ್ಪರಯ್ಯ.
-- ಬಸವಣ್ಣ
ಸಹಾಯ : (ಸಾಲಿನ ನಂಬರ್ ಅನುಸರಿಸಿ)
4. ಬೋನ = ನೈವೇದ್ಯ 7 ಮಿಟ್ಟೆಯಂತೆ = ಮಣ್ಣು ಹೆಂಟೆಯಂತೆ


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