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As you may or may not know April is Autism Acceptance / Awareness Month and this year I am putting out a plea that everyone read, share, and encourage anyone talking about Autism to read blogs, watch videos, and learn from actual Autistic people – not big organizations like Autism Speaks.
If you are an Autistic person with something to day, or anyone with something positive to say, I would like to encourage you to write, share your experiences, and be a light of truth in the world. We need more Autistics Speaking and less Autism Speaks (and other organizations about Autism run by Neurotypical people) speaking about Autism.
Finally, thanks to the internet, many of us can no speak (I use that term loosely since some of us prefer to type) for ourselves and it’s time to speak up (and share). If you can’t share publicly, I’ve found anonymous…
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This article is translated by me, Rashmi Malapur, and the author had written it in Marathi, the author is anonymous.
महिला सबलीकरणाचे जागतिक प्रथम प्रणेते — विश्वगुरु समतानायक जगतज्योती महात्मा बसवण्णा
The first leader to introduce women empowerment – World leader, proponent of equality, Mahatma Basveshwar.
In the Medieval Age woman was burdened and restricted by religious shackles. She was subdued and had an inferior position in the society with respect to social, economic, educational and religious rights. She was considered an object of desire, thus was bereft of all rights and wasn’t valued for her contribution towards the society.
These were the days when women lurked under darkness of orthodox ideologies. They were chained in Santana ideologies and lived a horrible life. Amidst this hopelessness and darkness Mahatma Basvanna freed her from the repressive shackles of Santana Dharma.
Mahatma Basvanna for the first time in India, took up the cause of educating women and transitioned Indian into modernity. It’s quite surprising and revolutionary that in an age when even men weren’t educated, he became the torch bearer of women’s education. It was a rebellious act to think about women’s education in an India that thrived under the force of Sanatan Dharma.
Mahatma Basvanna brought women under one platform and he made them realize their collective force; a historic step taken by Mahatma Basvanna in 12th century.
He spread the belief that our universe is created beautifully by the Almighty and women have equal rights to enjoy it’s beauty. All Sharanas (followers of Lingayat Religion) brought it into action and encouraged women to live a respectful life.
Shivyogi Siddharameshwar says in his vachana, “A woman is not just a woman or she ain’t a demon, a woman is an embodiment or incarnation of Kapilsiddha Mallikarjun”.
In this manner women were given the status of God Almighty and this proved to be like a Sanjeevani (gift of life) for women due to Mahatma Basveshwar and Sharans.
Mahatma Baveshwar started a movement by which he propagated independence through employment for women:
Kayaka (work or employment) was believed to be something for men and Mahatma Basvanna challenged this belief; he started a revolution to give economic freedom to women.
Infact, when women were made a part of Anubhav Mantapa, the first rule was, they had to engage themselves in a profession, get employed and become economically independent. Women were an integral part of Anubhav Mantapa and they were involved in either kind of Kayaka.
Kashmir Maharani ‘Molgi Mahadevi’ sold ‘Moli’ ( a type of root).
Ayyakki Lakkamma collected rice that was dropped on the ground.
Remavva wove threads. She sold beauty products too.
Somamma used सोमम्मा या धान्ये कांडण्याचे कायक करत (couldn’t translate this).
Kalavva did carpentry work
Lingamma made paan vida (preparation from betel leaves)
Madhuvayya prepared footwear
Satyakka cleaned the premises
Akkamma did farming
So many Sharanis’ confidence was boosted, they became committed, independent, self-respecting and created place for themselves in the society.
Yugpurush Basveshwar established woman’s right to express:
Under the towering leadership of Mahatma Basveshwara women didn’t only get the right to education but, were given the freedom to express their ideas for the first time in India. Women spent time taking care of household chores and bringing up children, so her role was restricted. But, he believed that women shouldn’t be restricted to this role, they should involve themselves in other activities. This was one of the revolutionary thoughts that he brought under practise in the regressive Sanatana Age.
Anubhav Mantapa was based on democratic values where men and women were given equal rights. Women were given intellectual and emotional freedom.
Now, women were not only spiritually and religiously inclined, they took part in intellectual endeavours too. Basvanna took the first step to modernise society in the true sense.
Mahatma Basvanna granted this freedom of expression to women who were called Sharanis.
Some of them were Akka Nagaai, Akka Mahadevi, Mata Neelambika, Sharani Akkamma, Aidakki Lakkamma, Kalavve, Sharani Masnamma, Sharani Remmavva, Sharani Rechavve, Sharani Kamma, Sharani Lakshamma, Sharani Ketaldevi, Sharani Govgavve, Sharani Veeramma, Sharani Duggul, Sharani Guddavva, Sharani Kalavva, Sharani Bontadevi, Sharani Muktayakka, Sharani Molgi Mahadevi, Sharani Satyakka, Sharani Rayamma, Sharani Rekamma, Sharani Kalavva, Sharani Sule Sankavve, Sharani Lingamma, Sharani Gangamma.
Many Sharanis were a part of Anubhava Mantapa and flourished under the guidance and encouragement of Vishwaguru Basvanna.
Mata Nagai was the first receiver of diksha from Mahatma Basvanna.
She is the founder of Basava Nirmiti. Mahatma Basvanna initiated intellectual freedom from his home. Mata Nagai guided the Sharana and Sharanis at Anubhava Mantapa. She herself laid the foundation of Basavanna’s ideas and thoughts. She penned many Vachanas (poetic expression) and during Kalyan Kranti she didn’t care for her life while defending Vachana Sahitya.
For centuries, women who were imprisoned by religious laws were freed by Mahatma Basvanna.
She describes this in her words as below:
“Basvanna destroyed the religious restrictions I was bound by,
He eliminated the harassment I faced since ages,
He destroyed the physical restrictions,
Now, all the emotional impediments have been destroyed.
Basvanna has freed me from discrimination.”
In these effective words, she describes the revolutionary work of Basvanna.
Dyanan Gangotri Akka Mahadevi
For Ages woman is described or connoted as Maya, Rakshasi or demon, Shudra, Impure, and Sinner. During these times, Mahatma Basvanna laid the foundation of woman empowerment by calling ‘woman is Mahadevi or a Goddess’. This triggered a social revolution to emancipate women; he called upon women to break all social shackles and fight for her rights to equality. Thus, Anubhava Mantapa became a symbol of gender equality and amongst many of such enlightened Sharani was ‘Akka Mahadevi’.
Akka Mahadevi has expressed her religious, spiritual, political, social, economic and scientific thoughts in vachanas. She was inspired by Mahatma Basvanna and she describes her experience in her words as below:
“When you speak about courage
Iam already armoured.
Flaunting a symbol of courage on my forehead,
I have embarked upon this brave battle,
I care not if my clothes or my body gets tattered,
I swear upon Chennamallikarjuna”.
In these powerful words she instills confidence and courage among women. Mahatma Basveshwar empowered her with courage, ability to bravely fight against injustice and discrimination.
Widow rehabilitation by Mahatma Basveshwar:
During those days, child marriage was common thus, many women became widows and they had to jump in burning fire after their husband’s death (custom called ‘Sati’). They couldn’t be a part of any auspicious occasion or religious ceremony, were considered ill-fated and one’s who brought bad omen.
Mahatma Basvanna emancipated these women and brought social revolution to rehabilitate widows. With the aim to emancipate widows he wished to bring a social revolution. Especially Lingayat women who had to go bald (keshavapan) and to go Sati; all practised under the Santana ideologies. Lingayat women had to be freed from these regressive ideologies.
By encouraging inter-caste marriage Mahatma Basvanna took another step towards equality.
The herculean task of rehabilitating prostitutes:
“I may be a daasi’s (servant’s) daughter or a prostitute’s daughter,
After Linga diksha I emancipated,
I will only bow down to you,
Anyone who despises you will be damned to hell
These words reflect Mahatma Basvanna’s desire to do good for all living souls. He realized the sorrows of women from all strata of society and he also realized that women became prostitutes due to lack of family support, challenging social and economic circumstances. His work wasn’t restricted only to giving a new life to them but, he brought them into the mainstream society and through Kayaka brought them respect. He encouraged them to be a part of Anubhava Mantapa and share their feelings and experience.
Many of them created revolution through their writings in the form of vachanas.
One of them was Sharani Sankavva.
In this manner women were given their rights, they were psychologically supported. Basvanna heard their desperate cry, instilled self-confidence in them, he is the one who emancipated women. This way he is honoured as the first leader to work tirelessly towards the cause of women empowerment and gender equality.
World leader, propagator of equality and founder of Lingayat religion, Mahatma Basvanna
Superb movie indeed.
At last I saw it too!
I’m talking about “La La Land” the famous American film that has given new life to the musical . This genre is attested since the superb opening sequence, a masterpiece of chorality featuring hundreds of people stuck in traffic on the highway
It is a romantic comedy about a jazz pianist and an aspiring actress, who meet and fall in love in Los Angeles. The passion they both appreciate in the other, forces them to decisions that deteriorate the fragile fabric of their love affair. The pursuit of their individual dreams will take all of their energies, and nothing will be left for their relationship. Yet, any compromise they might make to get ahead would change the person they have fallen in love with. And this prevents a happy ending.
In the final scene she has become a famous actress, married to another man…
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Yes I said winning, how am I doing that you ask ?
well first I had to acknowledge that I was suffering from depression, I’m aware of the symptoms and understand when those emotions and feeling are strongest, I know those negative thoughts that comes and where they were going to lead me, by being aware, it led me to discover that I had the power to control them. When those hurtful memories from the past knocks, before, I used to open the door and invite them in and allow myself to linger in those feelings, agreeing with those emotions allowing myself to be a victim all over again, I was reliving those painful moments, I was feeding my energy negative thoughts from my past. onced I discovered that I had rights to my present feelings, I begin to fight against the negative thoughts, when they came knocking. I knew…
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Today’s guest writer / poet is my closest friend Vishwas Vaidya. Initially to me, his poems seemed like one endless chain of romantic melodies. But, as I delved deep into them, re-reading them, each poem bloomed into a spiritual song. Here is one of his poems which I absolutely loved. I have also reviewed his book, ‘Symphony of The Night-flower’ on this blog.
Vishwas is your friendly neighbourhood poet . His poems sound outwardly romantic but, discerning readers can sense a subtle spiritual under-undercurrent flowing through out his lyrics. His book ‘Symphony of The Night-flower‘ is published by Aasra Publications USA and is available on Amazon.
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Iam singing away,
And crooning away in the breeze,
While you gently fathom into my mind,
And decode my thoughts,
Iam lost in this musical maze,
When you candidly blurt out the decoded thoughts,
And startle me,
While I feel like a child who has just been caught doing mischief,
You end my solitude.
I often feel detached,
Iam in my solitary solace even with people around me,
But, your presence challenges my wall of thoughts
And I so hate this solitary solace.
© Copyright 2017 Rashmi S. Malapur
So true !!! Lovely post and words…..
Your AHAmoment for today is brought to you by Sean McConnell. It is too good not to share.
Heart and soul. That is what matters. It is not what you have or what you do or where you are from. It is what lies behind your shirt pocket.
So true that it almost knocks the air out of me. Take me back to that ‘dying day.’ I refuse to believe it is dead.
Ironic how we call it ‘connected.’ Connected by internet and email and cell phones. I have never felt so disconnected with more of those things. But, What do I know? I am only 28.
Give me something…
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