Vol. 2, Issue 3 (2017)
Reflection of educational ideals values and contributions of Sri Basaveshwara
Author(s): Barakatali Halakeri
Abstract: There are numerous great reformer saints in this land who have marked their ideologies for the well being of the society on the whole and for the spiritual elevation of the individual in particular. Jagad Jyothi Basaveshwara is one such reformer saint who lived in 12th century in Karnataka. A true visionary with ideas ahead of his time; he envisioned a society that flourished enriching one and all. He was a mystic by nature, an idealist by choice and statesmen by profession. He was the prime minister in the kingdom of the Kalachuri King Bijjala (1156-1167). He could balance his life as a bureaucrat and as a spiritual reformer so well without one interfering with the other. To bring about social justice for the uncared, Basava founded of Lingayatism including every one from the high class to the untouchables into the sect and called them all Sharanas Hence Basava is popularly called as Vishwa Guru (Teacher of the World) and Bhakti-Bhandari. Basava coined the famous quote “Kayakave Kailasa” Work is Worship. Methodology: The present paper is primarily based on secondary sources like the Books, Journals and Articles etc. The method used is historic-analytic method. Objective of the Paper: The objective of the paper is to analyze the educational values and ideals and contributions of Basaveshwara in the field of education.