Learning, Listening And Thus Containing (290-309)

Learning (290-299)

290: True Learning Leads to Liberation

The meaning I knew of life and body in union knit;

In the depth of my being I knew of the Lord of Devas untold;

Denying naught, He stept straight into my yearning heart;

Thus I gained the Learning Great, freeing us from fleshly fold.

290: True Learning Leads to Liberation

The meaning I knew of life and body in union knit;

In the depth of my being I knew of the Lord of Devas untold;

Denying naught, He stept straight into my yearning heart;

Thus I gained the Learning Great, freeing us from fleshly fold.

291: Illumined Souls Get the Inner Eye

When the Learned-wise in deep meditation sat,

In their deep, illumined souls was as Inner Eye;

What in contemplation they saw and spoke,

In turn opened others’ eyes leading to Wisdom high

292: Learning Purifies

While yet life subsists, the Lord of existence adore;

In action prove what you learn, all sins to clear;

In accents unfaltering worship the Lord, and thus wise,

A jewelled lamp It’ll be, beyond compare.

293: Learning Leads to Renunciation

Men of Learning abandon the fettering, worldly ways;

The firm of mind flourish high on coiling snake-like Kundalini

Night and day, unremitting, praise the Lord,

And so your body, as on herbs alchemised, with glow of youth will be.

294: Pure Knowledge is Guardian Angel

As our Guardian Angel comes the pure Light from high,

As our Guardian Angel, the Pure word in beauty drest,

As our Guardian Angel comes the Pure Fragrance rich,

As our Guardian Angel comes the Pure Knowledge best.

295: Holy Books Help Scale Spiritual Heights

Those who fail to scale the heights with holy books to guide,

If to outer things of life they yield, fruitless is all their lore;

On rod of Vairagya lean, and away fly the Birds of Desire;

And yet, men to Ignorance clinging, in stupor ever lie.

296: Hara Stands Revealed to Truly Learned

To them that search the Holy Books, Hara stands revealed;

Out of the sublimed Fire, sparks of pure knowledge fly;

Those who, thus, the Samadhi’s Moon can reach,

To them it’ll be a ladder leading to Wisdom high.

297: Lord is No Support to the Ignorant

In life’s journey a Support and Elixir rare was He,

An unfailing Guide–but to the ignorant of mind,

No support He–in all the seven Heavenly globes,

Sure prop was He, the Mighty being, Great and Kind.

298: The Truly Learned Attain Bliss

If desire you must, the Lord in desire seize,

If the lord’s Grace you get, all things are obtained;

Like the deep-skilled Devas of flaming Light;

The truly learned Heavenly Bliss attained.

299: He Resides in Learned Devotees Hearts

The seas He owns and the mountains high;

His Body shaped of the elements five;

The Lord of Immortals who, through endless ages,

Mounts the fierce Bull, at devotees’ heart to arrive.

Listening And Thus Containing (300-309)

300: Listen to Words of Siva’s Glory

Listening to Dharma and to the words of the Holy,

Listening to God’s valorous acts and the Devas’ mantras many,

Listening to loud reports and the deeds peerless of the Lord,

The Lord, gleaming bright as gold–thus attain the Siva State.

301: Listening to Holy Words Leads to Realization

The Lord of Devas, the Supreme Being Divine,

Who is there who knows Him? If any such be,

Chant His praise; listen to the holy words and Him realise!

Who chant His praise and Him realise, stand aloft and free.

302: Obey Siva and Become Deva

At Nandi’s bidding, Maya obeys and builds;

At Hara’s bidding, Aya obeys and creates;

Who Siva’s bidding obey, Devas they become;

If fruits of action you crave, then to attachments you’re chained.

303: Adore Siva and Be Immortal

The pious mortals who praise the Supreme Lord,

In time to come, to the Immortals’ status rise;

Who fail not in penance, His smiling Grace receive;

Thus the Lord of penances rare awards the Supreme prize.

304: Prayer Brings Grace

The Lord who gave us Birth and Death,

Of Him e’er talk, His name adore, prattle in praise;

Then the abiding Light of His dear presence,

Like fragrance in flower, comes to you in Grace.

305: He Forsakes not His Devotees

To seek Excellence and to Excellent things listen,

And follow Wisdom’s true mandate–if to these the mind awake,

And if, then, you slip not nor stray, the Heavenly Lord,

Unhesitant, will be thine for ever–and never forsake.

306: Faith Intense Gives Bliss Eternal

They of intense faith Heavenly Bliss secure,

But the aimless and drifting with mind unfixed on clear goal,

Neither their own self know nor the Bliss attain,

Like children at play content wwith the mimic rice of sand.

307: Listening to Holy Things is a Sure Prop

Life and body sure support for the soul provide,

Listening to holy things a sure prop and resting place,

Thoughts of Siva’s Holy Feet, the one Refuge to seek,

And with that support Supreme to aid, rebirth you wholly efface.

308: A Stone-Cow to Scorners

To them that exalt His name, the first of Beings He;

To them that scorn His Grace, unending sufferings sear;

In rapture lost, if you chant not His Glory great,

He stands, a veritable stone-cow, in silence complete.

309: Unite in Heart and Thought Towards Lord

Heart and tongue in unison met, the Lord cognise,

Though in diverse shapes He be, Him in unity find;

Then, e’en though shaken in life like axle from pin,

Seek the Primal Lord in love and Him to yourself bind.

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