In the end, the brilliant court he fostered, which gathered together an extraordinary number of saints and poets, such as the female Yogini Akkhamahadevi, and Allamaprabhu all fell apart and he had to leave the kingdom, dying shortly after - his experiment in egalitarian social democracy apparently failing. But what a wonder that court must have been! People gathering not for show, not for ambition, but for love of God and humanity. Many of us might dream about this when young, but Basava actually created it.
I wondered then, as I do now, how could an enlightened sage become both a highly important political figure and a social revolutionary and still have time to write poetry! How he could even do what he did. Truly his personality must have been magnetic.
Devotee of God is indeed of superior birth.
Shadakshra* mantra is the mantra,
Not killing is the dharma
Not accepting that which comes from adharma is the vow
Not having desires is the penance
Not having rage is the chanting
Not having deceit is the devotion
Not inflating or deflating is the righteous path
This is the truth, God knows
And God is the witness.”
Urilingapeddi*Om Namah Shivayah