The Lord of the Caves

Looking for your light,
I went out:

it was like the sudden dawn
of a million million suns,

a ganglion of lightnings
for my wonder.

      O Lord of Caves,
if you are light,
there can be no metaphor.

~Allama Prabhu

Allama Prabhu’s poetic style has been described as mystic and cryptic, rich in paradoxes and inversions (bedagu mode), staunchly against any form of symbolism, occult powers (siddhis) and their acquisition, temple worship, conventional systems and ritualistic practices, and even critical of fellow Veerashaiva devotees and poets. However, all his poems are non-sectarian and some of them even use straight forward language.[21] About 1,300 hymns are attributed to him.[2]