ತನುವ ತೋಂಟವ ಮಾಡಿ, ಮನವ ಗುದ್ದಲಿಯ ಮಾಡಿ, ಅಗೆದು ಕಳೆದೆನಯ್ಯಾ ಭ್ರಾಂತಿನ ಬೇರ;
ಒಡೆದು ಸಂಸಾರದ ಹೆಂಟೆಯ, ಬಗೆದು ಬಿತ್ತಿದೆನಯ್ಯಾ ಬ್ರಹ್ಮ ಬೀಜವ;
ಅಖಂಡ ಮಂಡಲವೆಂಬ ಬಾವಿ, ಪವನವೇ ರಾಟಾಳ, ಸುಷುಮ್ನ ನಾಳದಿಂದ ಉದಕವ ತಿದ್ದಿ,
ಬಸವಗಳೈವರು ಹಸಗೆಡಿಸಿಹವೆಂದು, ಸಮತೆ ಸೈರಣೆ ಎಂಬ ಬೇಲಿಯನಿಕ್ಕಿ,
ಆವಾಗಲೂ ಈ ತೋಟದಲ್ಲಿ ಜಾಗರವಿದ್ದು, ಸಸಿಯ ಸಲಹಿದೆನುಕಾಣಾ ಗುಹೇಶ್ವರಾ
Tanuva tOMTava maaDi, manava guddaliya maaDi, Agedu kaLedenayyaa bhraaMtina bEra;
oDedu saMsaarada heMTeya, Bagedu bittidenayyaa brahma bIjava;
aKaMDa maMDalaveMba baavi, pavanavE raaTAALa, suShumna naaLadiMda udakava tiddi,
basavagaLaivaru hasageDisihaveMdu, samate sairaNe eMba bEliyanikki,
aavaagalU I tOTadalli jaagaraviddu, sasiya salahidenu kaaNaa guheshvaraa
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Tanuva (the body) tOMTava (garden) maaDi, ( I made) manava ( the mind) guddaliya (pick axe) maaDi (I made), Agedu ( by digging)` kaLedenayyaa (I got rid of) bhraaMtina (illusion )bEra (the roots of); oDedu (breaking) saMsaarada (worldly) heMTeya ( chunks of mud), Bagedu(after digging,raking) bittidenayyaa ( sowed) brahma bIjava (the seed of Brahma);
aKaMDa (complete, non fragmented) maMDalavu(space, expanse ) eMba (called) baavi (well ), pavanavE (breath alone) raaTAALa ( is pulley), suShumna naaLadiMda ( with the energy channel called sushumna) udakava (water) tiddi ( I irrigated the garden)’
basavagaLaivaru (five bulls) hasageDisihavu (will destroy) eMdu (thinking that), samate (balance, equanimity)sairaNe(tolerance) eMba (called) bEliyanikki,(put the fence of)
aavaagalU (all the time) I (this) tOTadalli (in garden) jaagaraviddu (being awake),
sasiya (of plant) salahidenu (I took care) kaaNaa (you see) guheshvaraa (Guheshvaraa)
I made the body a garden and the mind a pick axe,
I dug and got rid of the roots of illusion; I broke the worldly mud chunks and sowed the seeds of Brahma;
From the well of non-fragmented expanse, with breath alone as the pump and from the deoths of sushumna, I irrigated the garden;
Concerned that the five bulls will destroy it, I installed the fence of balance and tolerance;
Being awake all the time, I took care of the sapling, you see Guhesvaraa!
In this beautiful Vachana, Allama Prabhu comments on the ingredients needed to implant and enhance the Godliness within us to make the body into a true temple, using the various gardening activities as simile. The body is made into a garden plat (Body is the temple). The mind is made into a pick axe, a tool that helps digging. The characteristic of the mind is to always ‘dig’, dig the past, dig the present and dig (worry about) the future. Allama Prabhu uses this mind pick axe to dig and get rid of the roots of illusion. For a garden to flourish, the soil has to be free of knots. Allama Prabhu compares the worldly activities to the knots (chunks) of mud that need to be broken. Indeed, our worldly activities tie our lives into knots that keep us bound. We need to untie those knots. Into this tended soil, the seed of Brahma (profound knowledge, awareness) is sown. The word ‘bagedu’ has two meanings: digging or raking, and learning. Allama Prabhu is emphasizing that he learnt all about the seed of Brahma (the divine) before planting it; he did not just dig the soil and plant the seed. We need learn to all about the seed and make sure it is the right kind, to get the right crop. Once the seeds are sown, it is time to irrigate them. The source for this irrigation is the well of the whole expanse (Universe). Allama Prabhu uses the channel of Sushumna to fetch the water from the deep well. Sushumna is the channel of energy flow in the (subtle) body that starts at the lowest and ends at the highest Chakra (nerve/ energy bundle) locations. Essentially, Allama Prabhu is invoking the deepest energy source in the body and carries this energy through the body to soak the seeds just sown. This is the concept of awakening the Kundalini Shakti (power/energy). Farmers use a mechanism called ‘Etha’ or ‘raataala’ (in Kannada) to fetch the water from wells. The farmer moves the Eetha down (collecting water from the well) and up (bringing up and releasing the water into the garden). Allama Prabhu uses ‘breath’ as Etha. The up/down motion of Etha is compared to inhale/exhale aspects of breath. As the seeds sprout, Allama Prabhu is concerned that the five bulls (referring to the five senses) might destroy the garden. As such, he builds a fence around the garden with balance (equality) and tolerance as the components. In addition, he is staying awake all the time to make sure that the garden flourishes, meaning that it is a must for us to be aware and awake for the divine knowledge in us to sprout and flourish – just planting it is not sufficient. The Vachana is thus a complete guide to self-realization!
Let us grow the garden of self-realization!