felt weary. The woman who was subjected to only angry looks and sneering questions from society comes to receive kind hospitality in the house of Basava Kalyana! She refers to Basava as her spiritual father and Basava on the other hand, looks upon her as his mother. She was in age younger than he, but in her pursuit for spiritual salvation, he notes that she was superior to him. It speaks of his humility and at the same time his recognition of Mahadeviyakkaâ€™s greatness. And in honouring her he has honoured womanhood. It is significant to note here that it is he who introduces her to Allamaprabhu. Then a spiritual discourse ensues wherein Mahadeviyakka is tested by Allam and other Saranas. Amd Mahadeviyakks emerges as the Saint among Saints. Basava along with others joins in the chorus of her praise: Enna bhaktiya shaktiyu nine, Enna muktiya shaktiyu nine, Enna yuktiya shaktiyu nine. Women could not have been honored better. There are good number of reformers who worked for securing social, economic and political rights for women. None, however, worked to secure equal rights in the field of religion, too. The jains and Buddhists opened doors to women, but after a lot of hesitation. Basava is the one and only one declared that woman is entitled to religious initiation and salvation same as man.
But let us remember that womanâ€™s emancipation with Basava was not a matter for merely a social reform but a veritable article of faith. He not only anticipated but lived and practiced the spirit of the Hindu Code Bill.
References: Sri Basaveshvara Vachana
About the author: Danashree Suresh served as Vice-President of VSNA Chicago Chapter. Danashree is banking professional. Danashree and Suresh Koratagere have two sons Sachin and Sathish. Sachin is Computer Science graduate from University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign (UIUC) and works at Microsoft. Sathish is pursuing his Business degree in UIUC.
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