'Veerashaivism/Lingayatism is a separate religion'

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    Veerashaivism has historically been a separate religion, independent of the influence of Hinduism. Confusion about it started recently owing to lack of awareness among its believers, Tamil Nadu-based researcher and writer G.R. Basavarajan said.

    He was speaking at the seminar on ‘Universalisation of Lingayat religion’ here on Sunday, organised by the Manaveeya Moulyabhivruddhi Kendra and other organisations.

    “Veerashaivism is a separate religion. There is no doubt about it. We have forgotten our roots and stopped reading about the influence Basaveshwara and other Sharanas have had on our lives, which is why we are wondering if it is a separate religion. It’s time followers of Basaveshwara fought for recognition of Veerashaivism as a separate religion,” he said.

    “It has all characters of a religion like Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Sikh, Buddhism or Jainism. We only need to collect all documents and submit them to the government,” he added.

    “Delay in doing so has led to some practical problems. We are a religious minority, but we have no recognition. There is a widespread belief that Lingayats are found only in Karnataka. But hundreds of Lingayats reside in States like Tamil Nadu,” he said.

    Bala Ganapati of Dravidian University in Kuppam in Andhra Pradesh said it was “surprising” that Veerashaivism was not accorded the status of a separate religion under the Constitution. “Veerashaivism is a global religion. It discusses issues and offers solutions that are liberal and progressive. It speaks about the relationship between man and man, and man and god. The concept of the ‘anubhava mantapa’, and the ideas of ‘kayaka’ and ‘dasoha’ can have international appeal. Adapting these ideals will help us eradicate corruption and make the world a better place,” Mr. Ganapati said.

    S.P. Halyal, psychologist, said Veerashaivism spoke of human values in simple language. “That is because Basaveshwara and the other Sharanas wanted to democratise religion and take it to the masses,” he said. He expressed regret at attempts by some people to limit the religion to a caste.

    Annapurna Tayi urged youth to read up about Veerashaivism and spread awareness about it.

    The Hindu : NATIONAL / KARNATAKA : Veerashaivism is a separate religion: writer

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    My CT:

    There was news of Sonia Gandhi recognizing Lingayatism in the constitution. Now, couple this with the ouster of Yeddyurappa in Karnataka.....
     
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    Anyway, is this some new way to splinter and reign in the growth of Hindu political unity?
     
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    Hinduism is the name given by lazy foreigners to hundreds of religions practiced in Jambu dweepa! :innocent:
     
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    Hmmm... they are Shiva bhaktas who wear a shiva linga around their necks and say there is no influence of Hinduism. Ok. Whatever.
     
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    By this logic , vaishnavas , shaktas , Shivas can also claim they are seperate !!:rofl:
     
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    Division of Hindus in India is going on at full speed.
     

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