LORD BASAVA, is also known as Basaveshwara was a divine prophet of 12th Century (1134 - 1196 A.D.) He is considered as the first Indian Free thinker. His teachings and sayings are so inspiring and profound to lead us into a blissfull life. He was compassionate like Budha, simple like Mahaveera, loving like Jesus and bold like Mohammed.
Palkurki Somanatha wrote first Basava Purana in Telugu. Bheemakavi on its base wrote in Kannada. According to these puranas Basava was born to Saiva Brahmin parents, Madarasa and madalamba. His father was head of Agrahara of Bagewadi Village and Basava is incarnation of Nandishwara. Because of kalyana Kranthi during 1196 AD Vachana literature wrote by Basava and his associate Shiva Sharanas was put under dark According to Sarvajna. Sharana. Literature written for the benefit of mankind again will spread and Basava coins also exists which are happened true. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh released basava coin 23-06-2006.
Basava Vachanas are available in all languages. According to vachana literature, formless Supreme God worship is to be followed. The shape of Ishta Linga Supreme God (Paramashiva) worship was introduced by Basava which is to be used for meditation also.
Basava established a parliament in Kalyana Kingdom of Chalukya dynasty known as Anubhava Mantapa where people from all walks of life assembled, discussed, debated and finally arrived at conclusion to make human life worthy and ideal. These teachings were propagated in simple prose - poems called Vachanas. So that people may understand and follow them easily. The Vachanas are so inspiring that they are equal in importance as Bhagavdgita, Bible and Quran.
Some of the Basava Vachanas are :
It is wrong to say there are two or three Gods, Veda scriptures clearly testify that, There is only one God, He is our Lord Kudala Sangamadeva. (Supreme God)
Don't steal, don't tell lies, Don't be jealous; don't disrespect others, Don't praise yourself, don't think others are inferior. This is the only way to please Lord Kudala Sangama Deva... i.e. Supreme God.
Basava aimed at a casteless and classless society based on liberty, equality and fraternity. Almighty grace made Basava Prime Minister of Chalukya dynasty and King Bijjala accepted his Anubhavamantapa activities in Kalyana Capital, which is now called as Basava Kalyana and is in Bidar District of Karnataka State. Hence Basava created casteless society and declared that those who wear Istalinga symbol of Supreme God (Paramashiva) are called as Lingavantha dharmaites.Thus existed new philosophy and spread for the welfare or mankind. Basava Vachanas reveal the ideal that each one should be for each other. Putting Basava's sayings into practice one should make people pure and righteous and the society would be without any strive and struggle and it will be peace and happiness.