Siva Knows Those Who Love Him (280-289)
280: Lord Rewards as Merit Befits
What we scorned and what we gained, He knows;
The righteous Lord in Love rewards as merit befits;
Whose, with burning zeal, seek Him with heart of love
To such, well-pleased, He His Grace remits.
281: Lord Blends Life With Love
The Lord fashioned all things for a life of bliss;
Many though the trials that beset this vale of sorrow
Yet this life, the Lord God with His divine Love blends,
In His Divine Love’s sweet presence, the life-cycle ends.
282: Divine Light in God-Love
From mind fixt in God’s Love, the Divine Light is born;
The tangled skein of the tormenting senses five,
Drag us headlong to sweet ardours of woman’s passionate eyes,
That bond sunder; may your thoughts e’er at God’s Feet arrive!
283: Surrender in Love
Like the sweet love in sex-act experienced,
So, in the Great Love, let yourself to Him succumb;
Thus in Love sublimed, all your senses stilled,
Bounding in Bliss Supreme, That this becomes.
284: Faith Leads to Liberation
Even the Siddhas, standing close in banded group,
Knew not the Light Supreme in splendorous glow;
But He gave Salvation’s bliss and the Vision splendid,
To them whose hearts did in intense faith overflow.
285: His Feet Visioned in Love
I saw the Feet of the Lord, deckt in odorous Konrai blooms,
I saw the Feet of the Lord, dark-dressed in elephant-skin
I saw the Feet of the Lord, on lotus-blossom enthroned,
I saw the Feet of the Lord, my heart-core’s love within.
286: His Love is Inscrutable
My Lord God whom the heavenly beings praise
As one into myriad forms and things outspread,
The Great Lover who inside love savours love’s tributes;
Sad indeed that few seek Him, or to Him are led.
287: Seek Him in Love
They who claim that thro’ Love they’ll find the Lord,
From Birth and Death are they sure free;
Yet in Love they neither seek him nor find,
Nandi, who from Birth and Death is free.
288: Seek Him, He Seeks You
The Lord God knows them who, by night and day,
Seat Him in heart’s core, and in love exalted adore;
To them wise with inner light, actionless in trance,
He comes, and, in close proximity, stands before.
289: Be Steadfast in Devotion
It little profits if, intermittent, you pursue the Divine Light;
Unceasing, I will seek the Greatness that has no end,
My Lord, my heart’s precious Life and treasured Delight;
In Him to merge is life’s supreme baptismal bath.