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Mahamane Programs

Lord Basava has explained in this vachana, that the association of non-virtuous people is as poisonous as venom from a cobra. Therefore, the association of people by virtue is very important for the spiritual well-being and stability of an individual. Mahamane programs – ‘Maha’ means great and ‘Mane’ means home. Mahamane program is an attempt to imbibe and inculcate virtues among individuals. ‘Basava philosophy’ recognises that family is the smallest unit of society, and radical changes in society can be achieved by bringing small changes to the family.

ಸಾರ ಸಜ್ಜನರ ಸಂಗವ ಮಾಡು ದೂರ ದುರ್ಜನರ ಸಂಗ ಬೇಡವಯ್ಯ ಯಾವ ಹಾವಾದಡೇನು ವಿಷವೊಂದೆ ಅಂಥವರ ಸಂಗ ಬೇಡವಯ್ಯ .  ಅಂತರಂಗ  ಶುದ್ಧ ವಿಲ್ಲದವರ ಸಂಗ  ಸಿಂಗಿಕಾಳ ಕೂಟ ವಿಷದ ಸಂಗ  ಕೂಡಲಸಂಗಮ ದೇವಯ್ಯ

Mahamane Agendas

  • Implement good values and virtues,
  • Advocate them to the younger generation
  • Understand the key concepts of ‘Daasoha’ selfless service to society
  • Promote Basava philosophy
  • Inculcate the need for congregation
  • Contribute to a society in an evolutionary manner.

Key activities

  • Group chanting and meditation
  • Individual vachana recitation by children
  • Understand the key concepts of ‘Daasoha’ selfless service to society
  • “Vachana Chintana” – where one vachana is discussed at length by the assembled groups and its forms
  • Mangala Aarathi
  • Discussion about BSOA chapter activities

Brisbane Branch commenced its first Mahamane program in March 2007 at one of the devotee's homes. As part of this program, Lord Basava is worshipped, and ‘prasada’ is distributed at the end. Brisbane Branch has conducted over 40 Mahamane Programs in due course of time and it is great to see young children learn vachanas and sing them in Kannada language. Children look forward to these programs to learn and recite new vachanas to the group as well as to catch up with their peers. At times, Mahamane programs also provide an opportunity to other experts in this field to deliver their message on key topics. One such noted discussion was held in Nov 2011. Mr. G. S. Mahagaonkar from Bangalore, India provided an overview of the relationship between science and vachanas. He discussed the relation between one of the vachanas to the modern Quantum Mechanics Theory. He also provided an overview of the ‘vachanas in science convention’ held in Dec 2008, Dharawad, India.

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Basava Jayanthi Celebrations

The stated vachana is written by Shri. Jangama Moorthy Allama Prabhudevaru, one of the contemporaries during Lord Basava’s time. Shri. Allama Prabhu attained one of the highest spiritual orders during the 12th Century. He headed the ‘Shoonya Simhasana’ or the ultimate spiritual state of self-realisation one can attain. In one of his vachanas, he describes the greatness of Lord Basava by saying that every sound ‘ba’, ‘sa’, ‘va’ produced has a profound impact on an individual to attain moral virtues and self- realisation. Such is the power of Lord Basava.

‘ಬ’ಎಂಬಲ್ಲಿ ಎನ್ನ ಭವವು ಬಯಲಾಯಿತಯ್ಯ ‘ಸ’ ಎಂಬಲ್ಲಿ ಸರ್ವ ಜ್ನಾನಿಯಾದೆನು ’ವ’ ಎಂದು ವಚಿಸುವಡೇ ಚೈತನ್ಯಾತ್ಮಕನಾದೆನು. ಇಂತೀಬಸವಾಕ್ಷರತ್ರಯವೆನ್ನ ಸರ್ವಾಂಗದಲ್ಲಿ ತೊಳಗಿ ಬೆಳಗುವ ಭೇದವನರಿದು ಆನೂ ನೀನೂ ‘ಬಸವಾ’,‘ಬಸವಾ’ , ‘ ಬಸವಾ’ ಎನುತಿರ್ದೆನಯ್ಯಾ ಗುಹೇಶ್ವರಾ.

Basava Jayanthi Celebration Documentation

Every year, the organisation endeavours to recognise the birth anniversary of Lord Basava who is basically a statesman, a philosopher, a renowned economist, a social scientist, a social psychologist with a scientific temperament. The organisation normally invites renowned ‘Swamijis’ (pontiffs) from India, who preside over the function and enlighten the audience through their inspiring speeches. Other well- known speakers, who are well-versed with Basava philosophy accompany the pontiff to participate in the proceedings.

A number of cultural programs are showcased during this celebration. People of all ages are provided the opportunity to perform on this special occasion and seek the blessings of the Swamiji. In the 2014 Basava Jayanthi celebrations senior citizens also performed in an adults drama ‘Sharanara Nataka’. Many of these performers were visitors from India. This was indeed a memorable experience for them to have the opportunity to perform on stage. ‘Vacahana Abhinayaa’ (dance version of vachanas), ‘Vachana Gaayana’ (singing and recitation of vachanas) are other programs showcased at these celebrations. The most auspicious part of the celebration is listening to the Swamiji’s’ enlightening speeches that explain and provide instances of application of Basava philosophy.