Udupi: Pejawar Swamiji clarifies on his stand about Veerashaiva Lingayat religion

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Udupi, Jul 5: Sri Vishweshateertha Swamiji of Pejawar Math here has clarified about the stand taken by him on Veerashiva Lingayat religion with reference to his statement at Harihara in which he had said that Veerashaiva Lingayat religion does not have an identity different than that of Hinduism. He noted that he has given his response in the past too about the stand taken by some that he does not have the locus standi to speak about Lingayat religion. "My only purpose was that all Hindus should stay together and none of the siblings in the religion should part ways, which might weaken Hindu religion," he said, duly requesting people not to mistake his initiative.

On the question raised by people whether he is ready to follow Lingayat traditions, he pointed out that Advaita and Dvaita philosophies are part of Hinduism but there is no need or compulsion for the followers’ one philosophy to observe the formalities of the other. Each group can follow its own set of beliefs but stay together like a family. "Veerashaivas and Lingayats too should stay united. I have been having good relationship with Veerashiva and Lingayat Swamijis since 1954 and out of that affection, I am expressing myself," he stated.

The Swamiji said that all devotees of Lord Shiva who worship the Lord and the Linga fall under Hinduism. There might be differences in the notion about the form of Lord Shiva they believe in, but all Shaivas are Hindus, he asserted. He also pointed out that Ramakrishna Ashram, Arya Saman, Swami Narayana sect etc do not follow caste system but they are HIndus. He mentioned about the arguments placed by Ramakrishna Ashram in the past claiming it to be separate religion in order to avail of certain facilities, but the Supreme Court had held that it falls under Hindu religion.

"I am prepared for any interaction and discussions on the matter. I have read statements made by various people including Sanehalli Swamiji, M B Patil, Vinay Kulkarni, Jamdar etc. I am prepared for friendly discussions on all issues. Such a programme can be organized at Poornaprajna Vidyapeeta Bengaluru or elsewhere before July 28 as I will be undertaking Chaturmasya Vratha thereafter at Mysuru," he said.

Speaking to media persons, he invited all spiritual leaders to come together for discussion but in an atmosphere of bonhomie without any noise.

On the issue of not choosing a Shishya (disciple) for Shiroor Math, he said that currently the financial condition of the Math is not good as there is debt running into crores of rupees. "Without setting these things right, we cannot choose a successor to the Math. We are doing our best to bring the Math on tracks as early as possible," he explained.

On the question of construction of 'Brindavan’ (tomb) for the late Sri Laxmivarateertha Swamiji of Shiroor Math, he said everything will happen when the time comes.

On political front, he said that Operation Lotus is not on in Karnataka now and all talk about it is just a rumour. He felt that the experiment of all party government can be tried in Karnataka which he feels is better as compared to options like President's rule. Recollecting that an all-party government had ruled England during the Second World War, he said the same concept can be put to use here if leaders of all parties are willing.


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  • k b r, Mangala Uru

    Fri, Jul 5 2019

    most Lingayaths are very knowledgeable about their religion..Lingayaths are mostly Kannadigas and all their religious literature is written in Kannada...whereas Hindus have a disadvantage that all religious texts are in Sanskrith which majority of Hindus do not understand...Most Lingayaths say that they are separate religion and there is no necessity to discuss this fact with Pejavara and engage in debate.

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  • Dhananajaya Jayaram, mangalore

    Sat, Aug 10 2019

    sanskrit text translation books are avaialble in kannada and english...even vachana are in halekannada and need translation...

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  • SmR, Karkala

    Fri, Jul 5 2019

    Lingayat is followers of Basavanna and Sharanas. A 12th-century reformer who rejected discrimination based on caste and gender. Original follower of Basavana reject Vedas, Shastras, Smriti, Upanishad, ISKCON temple, idol worship, they rejected the phallic symbol of Shiva and opted for 'Ishta Linga' which represented inner consequences.

    But in Udupi untouchability is still prevalent in the name of 'Made Snana' rolling over left out of higher caste. The system 'Basavannna' long abolished.

    There is a general misconception that Lingayatism is a sub-sect of Shaivism, which is itself a sect of Hinduism and that Lingayats are Shudras. But the truth based on textual evidence and reasoning is that Lingayatism is not a sect or sub-sect of Hinduism, but an independent religion. This can be shown as follows.

    Temple culture exists in Hindus priest perform rituals in temples there is no wrong if the priest performs his duty as Kayaka , if he adopts Basava tatva inner. Basava Says body itself is a temple. It should try to bring change in youths who are not aware of Basava Dharma and in the eradication of evil practices of society. Among Hindus Lingavanta Dharmis only are not idol worshippers. Anybody who follows Basava (Lingayat) dharma strictly and travels step by step of Shatsthala will become Devine man who always live pleaserly and it the end his soul easily unite with the Supreme soul. Hence Basava Dharma is treated as a heavenly gift to mankind.

    So Swamiji's opinion is personal contrary to the fact Basavanas' Vachanas.

    Jai Hind

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  • Rita, Germany

    Fri, Jul 5 2019

    Swamiji,you express your wish to stay all hindus united is very much disturbing.Is it only Hindus ?But when they come to temple,they are again divided.what about all Indians get together and be one Nation would be a better or?All others are not mention worth?Of course you mean all divisions in hinduism?But all are Hindus and believe in Krishna ,Shiva or Laxmi.whatever it is no division should be made.

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  • SBM, Mangalore

    Fri, Jul 5 2019

    If he would have said we all Indians should live in unity then it would have had a beautiful meaning.

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  • ca girishkk, m'lore/dxb

    Fri, Jul 5 2019

    Everywhere... confusion.....!!!! be it in politics.., economics.., spiritualism..., religion.., society....!!!!
    better give clarification..., not statements...!!!!

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  • Mangalurian, Mangaluru

    Fri, Jul 5 2019

    India is home to a multitude of home-grown religions and belief systems.

    It was the outsiders, Arabs and Persians, who called the region Hind. And they would have assigned a single belief to all those who lived in Hind. And that was Hinduism.

    So, in an equitable world, anyone should be able to declare their own belief system as a separate religion (or non-religion).

    More the merrier!

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Fri, Jul 5 2019

    We are all Indians ...

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