366: The Lord Severed Head of Brahma Who Sinned
Brahma that is seated on the lotus comely
Sauntered in the Lord’s path in manner unseasonable
–The sinful wretch!
The Lord sought Him
And in his severed head gathered alms
In ways the Gods approved.
367: Through Arrogance Mal Lost His Chakra
Filled with arrogance as Guru Supreme
Mal vaunted his egoism about;
Then away flew his heavenly discus,
Atop the Silver Mountains
Of the Lord of Celestial Beings
That created the seven worlds of delight.
368: The Lord Split Power of Chakra
He bestowed on Damodara the divine discus,
But potent far was it for him to hold
And so he prayed to the Lord in fervour
And the Lord split its power in twain.
369: The Lord Split Power of Chakra*
Splitting thus the power of goodly Chakra
One part He gave to Vishnu,
One part He gave to Sakti,
And that part He on His forehead assumed.
370: At Daksha’s Sacrifice Chakra Lost Power
At the crescent-bedecked head of Valiant Lord,
That destroyed the depraved sacrifice of Daksha,
Damodara aimed his discus;
And then the doughty Lord sent forth a sneeze;
And lo! a gusty tempest blew
And down fell discus, powerless against Supreme God.
371: Why The Lord Wears Skull and Bone
He is the Lord of all Celestial Beings,
Who wear bejewelled crowns of dazzling beauty;
But the Lord did bedeck Himself in Skull and Bone
How is it?
If He bears not skull and bone.
Dust unto dust will theirs be.
372: Brahma and Mal Seek His Feet
In ignorance gross, Brahma and Mal
Each bragged Himself as Lord Supreme;
Then as a pillar of Fire the Lord stood before them
And they search and scream
In vain His Feet to behold.
373: But I Knew Lord, By His Grace Abounding
Yet I knew the Lord
Through His Grace abounding;
He who fills the seven heavens
He who stood as Pillar of Fire
The seven worlds pervading,
He of the bejewelled throat.
374: Lord is Omnipresent
The Lord is life, body and consciousness
Fire that enveloped the firmament far
Transcending sun and moon
He pervades the Cosmic space
Holy thus His Form of yore
Support of Universe vast.
375: The Two Saw not His Form Entire
He stood filling Cosmic space
And the two in fear trembled
They went searching His Form entire
The one seeking the crown
The other His Feet
Neither found them.
376: The Two Contended For Primacy
Vishnu, adored of the Devas,
That asked of Mahabali for three feet land
Whom the rishis in hymnal praise please,
The two in ego contended
For primacy to gain.
377: The Lord Animates Within Brahma and Vishnu Also
The four headed God on lotus seated
The comely lord on dark sea sleepeth
They both are of the essence same
Of the One Great who cognises all,
As unto life within the fleshly body.
378: Know God’s Truth and Be Blessed Now
The Truth of Divine flame that enveloped all
And hold fast unto that;
Then may you receive
The sceptre to hold domain over earth
And the Grace to follow in heaven above.
379: Only in Self-Surrender Will the Lord Be Truly Known
The Lord granted the Sword of Protection
To Beings Celestial that prayed to Him
But they know Him not entire
As I who His vassal became;
He granted me Himself
He granted me Bliss
And His Feet’s grace as final prize;
They approach not His Feet thus.
380: Lord Decreed Brahma’s Fate
Inscrutable is the Lord
He defies Time’s infinite vistas;
The four-headed Brahma prayed;
“Do reveal Yourself
And on this bowed head decree my Fate,”
And the Lord,
Surpassing far the dazzle of the sun at end of Time
Revealed Himself as Light Pure.