pray and have conversation with God. Naturally, many holy places are developed to fulfill this need. However, we find that, at these places, access to god is controlled because of prejudice or to extract money. The devotee is subjected to go through complex social and religious rituals to create prestige and power of these places and thereby subjugate the devotee. Veerashaiva Vachana s scriptures empower the devotee to directly relate to God through personal actions of Kayaka and Dasoha which are indeed spiritual pathways. God is not a person but an omnipotent force interconnecting all beings. We can experience God through interconnecting divinity within us with divinity in others.
About the author: Guruswamy Ayya is the founding member of VSNA. He has authored "Book of Vachanas", 2001, "Vachanas for Modern Man, 2009"; "Essays on Veerashaivism in North America, 2013".
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