In Humility (95-98)
95: Infinite Greatness!
Who can know the greatness of our Lord!
Who can measure His length and breadth!
He is the mighty nameless Flame;
Whose unknown beginnings I venture to speak.
96: Poor Qualifications
I know not the way singers sing,
I know not the way dancers dance,
I know not the way seekers seek,
I know not the way searchers search.
97: Power Of Prayer
By words spoken in Truth’s luminous accents,
Rising on sweetest music’s pious heights
Even Brahma who after Him created this our world,
All, all, seek His imperishable Light.
98: God’s Deep Mystery
At the foot of the Sacred Hills, the Rishis and Devas sat,
Seeking Liberation’s endless Bliss,
Devoutly praising, yet knowing not,
So this deep Mystery I here expound.
The Holy Hymns Three Thousand (99-100)
99: Path To God
Three Thousand Holy Hymns, Mula in Tamil composed,
Did He, Nandi, reveal for all the world to know,
Wake early at dawn and pour forth the strains
Surely you’ll win the splendid soft repose
Of the Bosom of the Lord.
100: General And Specialised Knowledge
In the Holy Three Thousand is the Salvation Finale
Of the diverse works, true and good;
In the Divine Three Thousand, original and wise,
All knowledge is, special and general.
The Spiritual Hierarchy (101-112)
101: Seven Holy Orders
Seven are the Holy Order, spiritual and true;
Mula, of the first, from the Himalayas sprung,
In the Tantras Nine and Hymns Three thousand
Propounds the Word of Agama in beauty dight.
102: Heads Of Seven Orders
Kalanga immanent-living, Agora his very next,
Maligai Deva the goodly and the holy Nadhanta,
Paramananta, who the senses conquered and Bhogadeva,
And Mula here breathing–of the Eternal are they all.
103: Hara, Hari And Aya
Limitless youth, the beginning, and end And
measuring out the Time, these four considered
Sankara stands supreme and of His devotees
To Hari and Aya infinite Grace goes.
104: Trinity–One Continuity
He, the Being First, and He, the Emerald-hued,
And He of the glowing, original Lotus-seat
Are these three separate or one continuous whole?
Thus the world in divisions many wrangle!
105: God Is One
Beyond the Two Karmas is Isa seated,
The seed of this world, the mighty God become;
“This” and “That” is Isa–so the thoughtless contend,
The dross but know the basest sediment low.
106: Nine Aspects Of One Being
Siva the First, then the Three, and the Five following,
With whom flourished Bindu and Nada,
Nine are they all, yet one and the same
All these but names of Sankara First.
107: Trinity Are Kin
But if we thus the soul of truth probe and bare,
Aya nor Mal to us no alien Beings are
But Indissolubly Kin to Nandi, the Three Eyed
Blessed be ye all by the Heavenly Three.
108: Trinity Are Co-Equals
Lying prostrate I adored the Milk-hued One,
While countless Devas stood around in melting prayers lost;
Then spoke the Lord to me:
“To Vishnu and Brahma are I equal;
Be it Yours to give the world
The Grace of My Feet.”
109: All Gods Are But The One Siva
Devas here be none, nor humans that breathe,
Save for Siva’s grace, Siva in honeyed-Konrai decked;
No other God could dwell in the silence of your soul,
Other Gods you worship, know they but mortals be.
110: Assign Not Ranks To Trinity
The ignorant know not, from the First did leap
The Light that flamed into Three and Five;
So blindly groping, lost in maze of words,
Isa, Mal and Aya, to graded ranks assign.
111: One And Many
The Supreme is one, Absolute, without lapse,
In descent thereof, Mal and Aya becoming;
Thus He, the One into many ranked;
By conscious choice a Self-deduction made.
112: Siva Is Jeeva
In one Part, He, Sadasiva my Lord;
One heavenly Part in Heaven resides;
One Kingly Part, the spirit that the body heaves;
One His Part to all motion transformed.