K. Ramanujan, Speaking of Śiva
Vacana #144 by Basavanna (1106-1167)
The crookedness of the serpent
is straight enough for the snake-hole.
The crookedness of the river
is straight enough for the sea.
And the crookedness of our Lord’s men
is straight enough for our Lord!
Vacana #199 by Mahādēviyakka (11th century A.D.)
there is the town’s rice in the begging bowl.
there are tanks, streams, wells.
there are the ruins of temples.
For soul’s company
I have you, O lord
white as jasmine.
Vacana #459 by Allama Prabhu (11th century A.D.)
The world tires itself thinking
it has buried all shadow.
Can shadows die
for limbed animals?
If you rage and curse here
at the thief out there
on the other shore,
will he just drop dead?
These men, they do not know
the stitches of feeling;
would our Lord of Caves
just because they wish it?