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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Allama Prabhu – Allama Prabhu Poems – Poem Hunter

Look here, the legs are two wheels; the body is a wagon, full of things Five men drive the wagon and one man is ij like another. Critic Joseph Shipley simply categorises Allama’s poems as those of a “perfect Jnani” “saint”. Raayasada Manchannagala Punyastree Raayamma. Allama’s poetry inn spirituality is “intensely personal and experimental,” [30] and the vachanas in general “bear [ According to the Kannada scholar Shiva PrakashAllama’s poems are more akin to the Koans riddles in the Japanese Zen tradition, and have the effect of awakening the senses out of complacency.

Allama is implying that in the above vachana, when he says he removed the roots of delusion by digging into the farm, using mind as his pickaxe. If the devotee is wordly, what will they compare him with? Some vachanas are extant.

Some of Allama’s poems are known to question and probe the absolute rejection of the temporal by fellow Veerashaiva devotees—even Basavanna was not spared. All you have to do is to bring them in contact with each other and lo and behold! Even before the advent of the revolution of Kalyaana he leaves the place and achieves union with the GOD at Srishaila.

Allama Prabhu’s poetic style has been described as mystic and cryptic, rich in paradoxes and inversions bedagu modestaunchly against any form kannsda symbolism, occult powers siddhis and their acquisition, temple worship, conventional systems and ritualistic practices, and even critical of fellow Veerashaiva devotees and poets.

It is curious that he has expressed his experiences in a mystical language.

He is included among the “Trinity of Lingayatism Veera Shaivism “, along with Basavanna, the founder of the movement, and Akka Mahadevi, the most prominent woman poet.

Prabhu is the ni saint Prabhu, lit, “Master” ,the undisputed spiritual authority, and an integral part of the Lingayata lit, “Devotees of the god Para-Shiva or Lingadeva” movement that decisively shaped society in medieval Karnataka and forever changed the contour of popular Kannada poetry. Sharana names T, U. Allama Prabhu spread his message with songs, playing a lyre as he wandered from place to place.


Basava Samithi, Basava Bhavana Benguluru Shivasharanas have used a new style to epitomize the concept of divinity. Share Email Facebook Google Print.

Allama Prabhu Vachanas

Non-dual Kashmir Alpamafor example, was influenced by, and took over doctrines from, several orthodox and heterodox Indian religious and philosophical traditions.

I saw the fragrance fleeing, when the bee came, What a wonder! He came from a family of temple performers, was himself an expert at playing the a type of drum called maddaleand his father was a dance teacher.

HariGods, Heroes and their Story Tellers: Part of a series on. Guheshvara also spelt Guheswara or Guhesvara Kayaka Occupation: Although we know sensual pleasures only lead us to more and more wants and will never satisfy us, we still are lost in the web of desires, asking for more and toiling for kanmada. He becomes the president of Anubhavamantapa The Vachana of Experience and leads all sharanas in their spiritual quest.

Standing at the brink, they know not how to enter the honey well Only he who crosses the chilling oceans drinks the elixir! Allama Prabhu was the protagonist of some important writings in the Kannada language. Its philosophy and practice is presented in the Panchacarasfive codes of conduct, and the Shatsthalasix phases or steps toward unity with Shiva.

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According to the scholars K. Allama Prabhu propagated the unitary consciousness of Self and Shiva, [web 1] using poetry to express this unity.

Himself into Self having joined with great yoke, For him there’s no dual, no unity broke, O Lord of the Caves! By the time he reached the prime of youth, he had become well-versed in playing the drum in the service of Lord Mudhukesvara. The poems give little information about Allama’s early life and worldly experiences before enlightenment. Many of his poems are addressed to Shiva as Guhesvara or “the Lord of Caves.

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 — He de-emphasized the need to perfect difficult feats of Yoga and emphasized overcoming the boundaries between relative and absolute knowledge, between devotee and guru teacher. University of California Press. With its beautiful narration, the irony and the paradoxical nature of this allegory makes it all the more interesting to read, learn and perhaps follow.


Early 12th century [1] BalligaviShimoga districtKarnatakaIndia. His poems use the phrase “Lord of the caves” or “Guheswara” to refer to Shiva, and this practice states Subramanian is because Allama Prabhu received his enlightenment in a cave temple. Allama Prabhu was the protagonist of some important writings in the Kannada language. He used his vachanas to spread Virasaivism, which is monotheistic and nondualistic, and has a strong egalitarian message.

These positive qualities of love, compassion and fortitude alone take the shivayogi on a arduous task of reaching Aikya Sthala. Nagaraj explains that Allama’s “insistence on opaque and mysterious modes of metaphor is in stark contrast with the emotionally transparent model of bhakti. Once the farm is clean of all the dirt and weeds, he then sows the seeds of spirituality — the knowledge of Brahman. Mind has two components, the emotions and the intellect. Lord of the caves!

In these vachanas, the deepest philosophical thoughts are eulogized using symbols from day-to- day life. Allama Prabhu is one of the celebrated poets and the patron saint of the Lingayata movement that reshaped medieval Karnataka society and popular Kannada literature.

Allegoric Vachanas of Allama Prabhu

Rice characterises Vachana poems as brief parallelistic allusive poems, each ending with vachannas of the popular local names of the god Shiva and preaching the common folk detachment from worldly pleasures and adherence to devotion to the god Shiva Shiva Bhakti. Such a pond, he says will be an eternal one and the rest are temporary. I saw intellect fleeing, when the heart came.