We should have understood Basavanna properly: Dr Sha Shettar

Mysuru, May 8:- “If we had understood Basava philosophy properly, there wouldn’t have been so many difficulties and misunderstandings in the society,” said renowned historian Dr Sha Shettar.

He was speaking at Basava Jayanti function held at Kalamandir here, organised in association with Akhila Bharata Veerashaiva Mahasabha, Veerashaiva Lingayatha associations and Union of Basava Balaga on Tuesday.

“We have been trying to analyse the teachings of Basavanna since centuries. We are searching and finding the Vachanas of Basavanna that had gone missing. We had no idea of our tradition before the 19th century. In the latter part of the 19th century, we tried to learn about our tradition. Art, culture, literature, religion and other issues were studied during that period. Even after doing so many researches, we are unable to understand Basavanna properly. There are complexities in our society. The followers of religions have done injustice to society. No founder of any religion has done harm, but the followers are doing. They twist the preachings the way they want,” he said.

Former chief justice of the Supreme Court Padma Vibhushana Dr N M Venkatachalaiah inaugurated the event.

“Basavanna had told that humanity is beyond any religion. Today the society is changing with the help of science,” he opined.

Shivaratri Deshikendra Swamiji of Suttur Mutt, Siddeshwara of Jnana Yogashrama of Vijayapura, Malaya Shanthamuni Shivacharya of Melana Gavimutt, Dr Shivamurthy Kanya of Akhila Bharata Veerashaiva Mahasabha, Jaya Gowda and others were present. (GK/MR)


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