Publication details for Professor Thom BrooksBrooks, Thom (2002). In Search of Shiva: Mahadeviyakka's Virashaivism. Asian Philosophy 12(1): 21-34.
- Publication type: Journal Article
- ISSN/ISBN: 0955-2367, 1469-2961
- DOI: 10.1080/09552360220142234
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Mahādēviyakka was a radical 12th century Karnataka saint of whom surprisingly little has been written. Considered the most poetic of the Vīraśaivas, her vacanas are characterized by their desperate searching for Śiva. I attempt to convey Mahādēvi's epistemology and its struggle to 'know' Śiva, necessitating a lifetime of searching for him; offer an interpretation of the innate presence of Śiva in the world and its consequences for epistemology; and explore the sense of tragic love inherent in devotional searching for Śiva. My primary goal is to offer a powerful and positive, yet critical, interpretation of Mahādēvi's beautiful prose on her relationship with Śiva.