During the vigorous need for the revival of ancient wisdom, the Saivaite saints did their best in rejuvenating the unity of humanity and divinity. In them, Master Basava played a prominent role in ending the inequalities of Gender, cast,e and creed. He, as a minister of the kingdom of Bijjala, became the co-founder of Anubhava Mandapa along with Ascended Master Akka Mahadevi.
At the mandapa, all people have welcomed regardless o their ethnicity, gender or beliefs; to openly discuss their realizations and they’re taught extensively about Advaita that Shiva is one’s soul and one’s Soul is Shiva! Basava openly rejected all the outer rituals and restrictions that came from foreign invasions. He’s one of the chief disciples of Akka Mahadevi and a guru to Telugu Poet Palkuriki Somanatha. Much has been written about this 12th century lingayat saint in Somanatha’s Basavapurana regarding his startling reformations.
In the year 2003, Basaveswara’s statue at parliament has been inaugurated by President APJ Abdul Kalam. When we take a look at Basava’s writings, we’ll see that how openly he says about the identity of true self and the true God!
The rich will make temples for Shiva.
What shall I, a poor man do?
My legs are pillars,
the body the shrine,
the head a cupola of gold.
Listen, O lord Kudalasangama,
things standing shall fall,
but the moving will stay forever!
-Viswanath Venkat Dasari