The bulk of the literature on Basava and Lingayatism incorporates both the Brahman and Bhakti movements. To do this is to lose sight of innovations that Basava introduced in reaction to his Brahman-dominated environment. Also, to look at Lingayatism as a direct linear descendant of the Hindu tradition is to ignore the revolutionary thrust of Lingayatism in its origin in the twelfth century A.O. and its continuing dynamism in the subsequent centuries.

chapter 1|14 pages

Introduction: The Context and the Theme

chapter 2|25 pages


chapter 3|18 pages

The Historical Context

chapter 4|28 pages

The Story of Basava

chapter 6|31 pages

A Sarana Religion, Not a Bhakti Religion

chapter 7|37 pages

The Teachings and Doctrines

chapter 8|22 pages

An Appraisal

chapter 9|45 pages

Some Vacanas of Sociological Significance