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Know Basaveshwara's philosophy of life and governance who found a mention in PM's parliamentary speech
Speaking for hours in the Parliament recently, PM Narendra Modi, aimed at broadening the BJP's base ahead of general elections with all the oratory, drama and emotions thrown in.

He was in heckled off and on by the opposition when he attacked them and the Gandhi family.

Replying to the motion of thanks to the presidential address, he quoted Basaveshwara, a Kannada spiritualist, reformer and statesman of the 12th Century: "Listen, O! Lord / Standing things shall fall, / That which moves shall stay". It seemed to be advising the opposition not to stall Parliament's proceeding.

Here, it would be pertinent to know about Basavanna who had focussed on Bhakti movement, democratic governance and social reforms during the reign of the Kalachuri-dynasty king Bijjala I in Karnataka whose greatness lied in the fact that he lived his words.

He had believed that a combination of rationalism, empiricism and mysticism should be preferred way discover the truth. To him, mysticism was the immediate feeling of the unity of the self with God. He had preached that to be spiritual is to pursue and strive for both self-realisation and God-realisation.

He had firmly held that unity of humanity was possible through in-divinity of individuals. He wrote his teaching through simple verses called 'vachanas' to understand the physical and non-physical life.

His writings indicate that he was for the establishment of 'Kalyana Rajya' or welfare state devoid of class, caste, creed or gender. His poetry preached welfare of all through Socialistic and Democratic approach to governance and life.

His most loved vachana is: "Do not steal, do not kill, and do not utter lies; do not lose your temper, do not detest others; do not glorify yourself, do not blame others." He would often say this vachna would lead to purity within and without as well as please God.

In nutshell, he held that spirituality pertain to a life that is lived unbound, moving and with purity of mind.

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