But the crowning glory of Anubhava Mantapa was Allama Prabhu, the great sage for his allegoric vachanas, known as “beDagina vachana” in Kannada. In this vachana, Allama Prabhu mocks the mere mortals who are subdued by the.

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He then explains beautifully how he grew the plant that sprouted from the seeds of spirituality.

Allama Prabhu

In the words of the scholar Ramanujan, to a saint like Allama, “the butterfly has no memory of the caterpillar”. Sharana names V, Y. It is curious that he has expressed his experiences in a mystical language. Allama died in Kadalivana near Srishila Andhra Pradeshand allana has it that he “became one with the linga “. Allama Prabhu connects this philosophy with a simple well used for irrigating the farm.

The saint gave him a linga icon, blessed him with knowledge on god, and, Allama was enlightened and transformed into a seeker of spirituality. Allama Prabhu ‘s poetic style has been described as mystic and cryptic, rich in paradoxes and inversions bedagu modestaunchly against any form of symbolism, occult powers siddhis and their acquisition, temple worship, conventional systems and ritualistic practices.

These allegories also add to the poetic and literary grandeur of the vachana literature. Allama was devoted to the worship of Shiva. They were critics of social evils. Guheshvara also spelt Guheswara or Guhesvara Kayaka Occupation: He is included among the “Trinity of Lingayathism”, along with Basavannathe founder of the movement, and Akka Mahadevithe most prominent woman poet.

Allama Prabhu married a dancer named Kamalathe, but she died prematurely.

He dispels the doubts in the minds of the seekers such as Muktayakka, Goggayya, Siddharaama, Goraksha and others and makes them tread the righteons path. Non-dual Kashmir Shaivismfor example, was influenced by, and took over doctrines from, several orthodox and heterodox Indian religious and philosophical traditions. During the fifteenth century Virashaiva priests consolidated the Virashaiva lore, over-emphasizing the theological and meta-physical aspects, and ignoring the socio-political aspects.


The two faculties children of humans, the body and mind forms the cradle, the five children in the cradle are the five senses. I saw the fragrance fleeing, when the bee came, What a wonder! In the farm of my body, with mind as my pickaxe, digging into the farm; I removed the roots of my delusion Breaking the dirt and rocks in my mundane farm, I sowed the kabnada of divinity.

Allegoric Vachanas of Allama Prabhu

It is well accepted that though Basavanna was the inspiration behind the Veerashaiva movement and earned the honorific “elder brother” anna at the “mansion kkannada experience” Anubhava MantapaAllama was the real guru who presided over it. Look, another came to chew close by When the trunk with no head grazes dry leaves, Look, all vanishes, O Guheswara. Unless you ride it in full knowledge of its ways the axle will break O Lord of Caves! Animal represents the desire that is never satiated and hence is busy grazing.

Lord of the caves! To be happy, one has to ask for less and simply look within oneself, which is perhaps too simple for us to understand. Staying awake day and night means the shivayogi must develop and maintain constant awareness to reach ni ultimate Shivatva to become Shiva himself.

He compares this mundane world to a well baavi. Sharana name B, C. With mind given rest from its usual toil, For him who has merged his own Self with the Lord, All thoughts of attainment his knowledge be spoil.

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Such a pond, he says will be an eternal one and the rest are temporary. In the words of the scholar Ramanujan, to a saint like Allama, “the butterfly has no memory of the caterpillar”. More than half of the poems dwell on the later phase sthala in the life of a saint, most are about union with god and of realization aikyapoems — Allama then refers to the predators that attack the farm — the five animals. Allama’s poetry and spirituality is “intensely personal and experimental,” and the vachanas in general “bear [ Most of his compositions were spontaneous and in vernacular language, but some were written in Sandhya Bhasha a code filled language of secret vachanaa understood by Yogi Sidhasa riddle-filled questions-packed poetry in the Vacuanas and Upanishadic tradition.

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Love and compassion are key ingredients in practicing spirituality. Later, translations were made into Prbhu and Marathi languages.

The poems give little information about Allama’s early life and worldly experiences before enlightenment.

With Allama as its central figure, these anthologies give a vivid account of his interaction, in the form of dialogues, with contemporary saints and devotees. Unless we shut off these five senses and journey inwards, one cannot touch the Self that is blissfully ever present within us.

Dasgupta and Mohanta also note that Buddhism and Shankara’s Advaita Vedanta are not opposing systems, but “different phases of development of the same non-dualistic metaphysics from the Upanishadic period to the time of Sankara.

Allamas allwma are known to cover an entire range, from devotion to final union with God. Yedemathada Nagidevayyagala Punyastree Masanamma. Literary Cultures in History: