337: The Lord Corrects the Earth’s Balance Through Agastya
“Hail! Our Lord Supreme!
This earthly orb from its epicentre sways,
And dangerous on its side swerves”
Thus they bewailed, the Beings Celestial
And the Lord spoke:
You that sit in tapas hard
Amidst the blazing sacrifice–fire
Hasten to the globe’s swerving side
And there be seated, its balance to redress.”
338: Agastya–A Pervasive Light
Unfailing at dawn
With the sun that doth in high heavens
Agastya lights the Fire divine;
He is the holy Muni of North
Whence the Primal Fire was born;
And the radiant light, pervasive-all.
339: The Eight Mighty Deeds of Siva–Destruction of Antaka
“Antaka, the Asura
Frightening unto God of Death
Whose name he bore
Armed with boons divine
Harassed worlds all”
–Thus the Celestial Beings moaned to the Lord;
And the Lord,
Lifting high His trident sharp
Pierced him straight to certain death.
340: The Lord Punished Daksha
Daksha, the son of Brahma fatally erred;
Deadly was his sin
To defy the Lord’s primacy;
And the Lord smote his head
And consigned it to flames
And then bethought;
“Such like are needed for this world
An object lesson to serve”
And so, fixing a sheep’s head to the trunk
Thus let him be.
341: How the Lord Punished Aya and Atchutha
All pervasive are the Lord’s feet
All worlds they support
All life they sustain;
That this the Heavenly Beings may know
In mounting anger He nipped Aya’s head
And in the skull drained Atchutha’s blood
(When they His supremacy defied.
342: How the Lord Destroyed Jalandhara
The Lord pervades all,
My heart too He fills with joy;
He spoke the Vedas and scriptures all;
Him–the haughty Jalandhara challenged in duel
And the Lord with his toe marked a circle
And into it He saw his final end.
343: The Lord Burnt the Cities Three
The Primal Lord,
Who on His matted crimson locks
Wears Ganga’s water sacred,
He destroyed the Cities Three
–Thus say the ignorant;
The Three Cities are the Triple Impurities
It is them He burnt
Who knows this truth thereof?
344: The Lord Unsloughed the Elephant
They lit the Fires Three
The sacrificial blaze roared high;
And from inside it arose
And Elephant of Evil Power,
Whose hide the Lord peeled;
Why the Lord did it, they know not;
Seeking to rival the Lord’s might
The Heaven’s beings performed a sacrifice unholy
And all those who from that fire arose
The Lord smote for the very fire to consume.
345: The Lord Scorched the God of Death
The Kundalini Fire coiled in Muladhara
Upward He coursed it to Hollow on top;
That Fiery Yoga Way He scorched the God of Death
That was at Kadavoor, the holy shrine here below.
346: The Lord Vanquished Kama, the God of Love
The Lord was seated in Yoga
His thoughts stilled in meditation deep;
Lo! there came Kama
To tempt the Lord with shafts of love.
But the Love-God’s wiles, the Lord foiled in Yoga Way;
This He did at Korukkai, the shrine divine.
347: The Benevolent Deeds Of The Lord–
How Sakti Won the Lord
“Of a certain will I espouse
My Lord of Divine Feet” thus saying
As Mountain King’s daughter incarnate
Sakti performed penances severe;
For all celestial beings to witness,
For all earthly beings to delight,
In adoration intense to Primal Lord Divine.
348: The Lord is not Beyond Reach
Mighty is the Lord
The Flying Fortess He destroyed.
Thus despair not
That He is your reach beyond;
Sure is the Lord to seekers true
In them He abideth, Grace abounding.
349: The Lord Blessed Aya and Mal
The Lord is the Primal One,
He is the Light Effulgent;
Seeking Him they went–Aya and Mal
Girdling the boundless oceans
And across the endless aeons;
And to Atchutha He granted the Disc Divine
And to Brahma, Jnana’s Sword Eternal.
350: Lord Blessed Ravana
Of peerless in might and shoulder twenty
Ravana the Giant lifted lofty mount Kailas;
With toe down, the Lord but gently pressed
And lo! the Giant screamed: “Lord Eternal.”