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manakke (to/of the mind) naacada (not ashamed) vacana (the word) vacanakke (to/of the word) naacada (not ashamed) mana (the mind)
VACHANA IN ENGLISH
The word not ashamed (shy of) of the mind, the mind not ashamed of the word.
This Vachana reflects the intense inspection on part of Basavanna of the duality of the internal and the external. The characteristic of the mind (internal) is to jump from thought to thought. It keeps this hopping going on and we hardly notice what the mind is up to. It becomes our second nature to let the mind wander without paying any attention to it, especially when we start speaking (external). Only when we start observing our mind and speech, we notice that most often what we speak is not what is on our mind. For instance, we start thinking that we should be extremely courteous to the gentleman approaching us. But, as he approaches us we simply do not offer him the courtesy we deemed he deserves, rather we start speaking to him in ordinary tones. Our mind keeps telling us not to eat the sweets offered to us since they have ill effect on our health. But, we start saying how tasty the sweets are and indulge in consuming them. Basavanna comments on this duality saying that the mind is not paying attention to the speech and the speech is ignoring the mind. He feels that he does not really weigh his words before they are spoken and hence they are flawed. He feels that the spoken words are unnecessarily excessive since speaking has become a routine habit. Further, we make a statement and will even be prepared to fight to justify what we said is right. Basavanna says ‘I say that I am the servant of devotees of the Lord, just to show off rather than being a true devotee’.