ಕರೆಯದೇ ತನ್ನ ಬಳಗವನ್ನು ?
ಕೋಳಿಯೊಂದು ಕುಟುಕ ಕಂಡರೆ
ಕೂಗಿ ಕರೆಯದೇ ತನ್ನ ಕುಲವೆಲ್ಲವನ್ನು ?
ಕಾಗೆ ಕೋಳಿಯಿಂದ ಕರಕಷ್ಟ ಕೂಡಲಸಂಗಮದೇವ.
kareyadE tanna baLagavannu ?
kOLiyoMdu kuTuka kaMDare
kUgi kareyadE tanna kulavellavannu ?
kAge kOLiyiMda karakaShTa kUDalasaMgamadEva.
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When a crow sees a crumb,
does it not call its flock to share?
When a hen finds a morsel,
does it not call its brood to share?
If one is a devotee of Shiva, but has not cultivated a family of Lord's devotees,
one is worse than a hen or a crow,
Oh! Lord Kudala Sangama!
In this Vachana, Basavanna emphasizes that it is not enough if one is focused on one's individual success; such success should be shared to multiply it and contribute to a harmonious, glorious society. The harmony and interdependence among individuals is the basis for a great society. In fact, in all species of animal kingdom we see harmony and interdependence. The crow and the hen used as examples represent the animal kingdom, which share even simple findings of crumbs and morsels.
In all religions, the reformers who appeared to instruct mankind about the highest aspirations of life indicated that the greatest enemy of spiritual achievement (self realization) is selfishness. Acting and living merely for one’s own sake has resulted in human beings to behave ruthlessly with fellow human beings. In animals, although selfishness is a natural function due to the instincts of feeding and reproduction, it never crosses the limit to become a psychic perversion. In human beings, the over-identification with the body and other belongings makes one believe that one exists only for oneself (ego). The ego in general prompts the thoughts and actions of individuals. It keeps on building stronger boundaries around itself and weakens the soul. Further, the ego prevents the soul from communicating harmoniously with another soul.
Basavanna advocated two aspects as musts for daily living: 'Kayaka' and 'Dasoha'. Kayaka is our work (duty). It must be done with utmost sincerity. Sincere work creates heaven here (Kayakave Kailasa – Work is heaven). Dasoha is service to community. This is the selfless act expected of us, and sharing of our success with the fellow beings.
We normally think in terms of Career, Family and Community. Success in career is a must for our well being. As such, we try to put all our efforts to achieve it. Family is our immediate community with which we generally share our success. For most of us, the development stops there. It should not be the case. We must strive to share our success with the community at large, at least after the career and family needs are satisfied.