The Temple and the Body

The Temple and the Body

The rich
will make temples for Siva.
What shall I,
a poor man,

My legs are pillars,
the body the shrine,
the head a cupola
of gold.

Listen, O lord of the meeting rivers,
things standing shall fall,
but the moving ever shall stay.

by Basava
English version by A. K. Ramanujan
Original Language Kannada