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By A. K. Ramanujan

Speaking of Siva is a range of vacanas or free-verse sayings from the Virasaiva non secular flow, devoted to Siva because the best god. Written by way of 4 significant saints, the best exponents of this poetic shape, among the 10th and 12th centuries, they're passionate lyrical expressions of the hunt for an unpredictable and spontaneous religious imaginative and prescient of 'now'. the following, yogic and tantric symbols, riddles and enigmas subvert the language of normal adventure, as references to nighttime and day, intercourse and relatives relationships tackle new mystical meanings. those extreme poems of private devotion to a unmarried deity additionally query conventional trust structures, customs, superstitions, photograph worship or even ethical strictures, in verse that speaks to all women and men despite type and caste.

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