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Darshan Of Downward-looking Face (520-525)

520: Manifestation of Downward-looking Face

“Hail our Lord! Our God!

Deathly is might of Padmasura

Save us, help, oh!”

Thus did Celestials to Primal Lord pray!;

And the Primal Lord to the Six-faced God

Of coral hue beckoned;

And said, “Proceed and smite the enemy.”

521: Blue Throat of Downward-looking Face

He sports the garland of white skulls,

His spreading locks are matted;

He supports Universe vast,

He fills Space in directions eight,

On the throat of His Downward-directed Face

Darkness suffuses;

They say, “He swallowed poison;”

They are ignorant, they know not truth.

522: The Truth of Lord’s Blue-Throat
Ye men!

Who in this sea-girt globe live

In falsehood and flattery!

Why His throat gleams dark,

He knows who made it so;

When you realize the truth

He will make,

Celestial beings bow to you.

523: The Downward-Looking Face is of Sadasiva

Inside Primal Fire that is Siva

Nandi rises in the centre, gleaming

He pervads worlds all,

His hue is of the twilight sun

Who the world in glory ambulates,

He is the Lord of the Downward-looking Face–

524: The Face Creates All

The Ancient One of Athomukha

Created Universe vast here below;

In Athomukha He animates all life;

He is Lord of Athomukha Sakti of lotus eye;

He is Lord of Aeons’ End.

525: It Blossomed Into a Hundred Worlds and Impregnated

Them With Energy

Hearken to this,

How Athomukha blossomed into a Gigantic Flower

Then, it transformed itself into a hundred worlds;

And into Limitless Energy

Animating them;

And then as Athomukha,

The Lord remained as their Support as well.

Holy Waters & The Holy Temple (509-519)

Holy Waters (509-514)

509: The Holy Waters are Within Us

Within this body are many Holy Waters;

They take not gentle dips in them

And drive Karma away;

Vainly do they roam hill and dale,

Witless men of confused mind they are!

510: Lord Abides in Jnana Thought

To them who love Him dear,

The Lord will appear delicious cool;

To them steeped in worldly pleasures,

He will appear never;

To Yogis who breath control;

But sure does He

In thoughts abide,

Of Jnanis, who doubt-free see.

511: Men of False Faith do not See Lord Within

The Lord is within them,

Yet they know Him not,

They of faith false;

Limitless the flow of their evil deeds;

Down down the deep drain it goes,

Never its destination to know.

512: Bathe in Ganga and Be Purified

They who adore Him,

Reach His heavenly abode;

Thus it is,

Immortals know Primal Lord;

Bathe in pellucid waters of Sacred Ganga

That from Lord’s crest here descend;

You shall holy become,

Saved of impurities sinful.

513: Seek not Lord Elsewhere; He is Within Thee

They dropped gold in sea,

And looked hard for it in pond;

Nothing indeed to match their folly;

Within you is Nandi,

Firm as rock of ages,

Yet they know Him not, and seek Him not

Lacking in Grace, they sure are.

514: Water Within Forms Vital Body Constituent

Water that mixes in body, black urine becomes,

Water that mixes in body, red blood becomes

Water that mixes in body, white semen becomes,

Water that primal arose,

Land, wind and rest of elements became.

The Holy Temple (515-519)

515: Dangers of Transplanting Linga

Let them beware who transplant

A Linga at a Shrine ‘stablisthed;

Even before the transplant is completed,

The Kingdom will to disaster fall;

And disease fell chased culprit to sure death;

Thus did He declare,

Nandi, the Divine Protector.

516: Dangers of Destruction to Temple

As they move away,

A single stone from temple wall

That shall spell the Crowned King’s ruin;

Be he a sage, be he one learned in Vedas,

Sure the crisis; certain the ruin;

–So Ordained Lord.

517: Dangers of Skipping Performance of Puja

Rains fail; epidemics spread;

The mighty king his prowess loses;

All this sure happens,

If worship in Lord’s temples falters,

–The Lord who spurned the very God of Death.

518: Dangers of Puja Ceasing

When in Siva’s temple worship ceases,

Harm befalls the ruler;

Scanty the rains;

Theft and robbery abound in land,

Thus did my Holy Nandi declare.

519: Puja to be Performed Only by Qualified Priests

If he is but a priest in name

Who, Lord’s worship performs,

Deathly wars rage in fury

Fell diseases spread;

Famine stalks land–

Thus did goodly Nandi in truth declare.

The Worthy & Unworthy Souls (501-508)

The Worthy Souls (501-504)

501: Give Freely to Sivajnanis

Give a wee bit to Sivajnani,

You shall attain Siddhi, Mukti and heavenly bliss;

Give a world of gold to the witless,

You shall become poor losing all joys.

502: Lord’s Devotees are Elevated Souls

Death waits for the moment due

And seizes lives;

But the Lord seizes Death’s life;

Such indeed, His Prowess is;

He blesses all who know Him true;

They who sought Him, immortals became.

503: Lord’s Feet are unto a Self-Effulgent Lamp

I gave Him not up even while in womb;

I forgot not the truth of His holy Feet;

I gave up falsehood and sought them;

The Feet of Lord of matted locks

Are a Lamp no oil feeds.

504: Lord does Things Appropriate to Those of Tender Love

Those that are destined to be

Let them be;

Those that are destined not to be

Let them not be;

Those that are destined to go

Let them go;

Those that are destined to come

Let them Come;

The Mighty Nandi shows all

And witnesses all

All things appropriate,

He does

To those of tender love for Him.

The Unworthy Souls (505-508)

505: Giving to Unworthy is Undesirable

Well may you tender her;

And with fresh grass feed her,

The barren cow can no milk give;

Even so is giving

Unto those who neither good nor holy are;

Unto a crop they are,

Raised in season improper.

506: Do not Give to Those Who Have no Love for God

Give only unto those

Who follow the way of Yoga, Iyama, and Niyama,

And who adore Lord, in constancy abiding;

To give those who have no love for God,

A heinous crime, indeed it is.

507: He Who Gives to Sivajnanis will Become a Jnani

He who gives to Gods, Guru,

And the Goodly ones

Who are of passions rid,

Will a Jnani become,

Imparting Jnana appropriate to disciples several;

For him is not the burning hell,

That is destined for perpetrators

Of deadly sins five,

Who know not consequences dire.

508: Do not Give to Unworthy; the Giver and the Receiver Both
Reach Hell

You may give away wealth

As massive as a mountain;

Yet if you give it

To those that adore not our Lord,

You shall with them reach

The Seventh Hell of ineffable pain.

The Three Categories Of Jivas (492-500)

492: Play of Sakti-Siva Infuses Divine Spirit

Out of Sakti-Siva Play

Life blossomed;

And Jiva who was in pure Kevala state

Of Turiya quiescence

Was freed and consigned to the folds of Maya,

And the Lord then entered Jiva’s thought

And suffused his being with Divine Spirit.

493: The Three Categories From Ten Classes

Vignanars true are of groups four

Pralayakalas are of three;

Sakalars below are another three

Thus are Jivas grouped, ten in all.

494: The Four Classes of Vijnars

Vijnanakalars are of classes four;

Those who are in Kevala (Anava) state,

Next are those who are Self-realised;

Those who reached the state of Eight Vidyeswaras,

And finally are those who rank as the Seven Crores of Manthra Nayakas;

Those who are of Egoity Impure rid

Are the truly realised beings (no more are they Jivas).

495: The Three Classes of Pralaya Kalas

Of the Pralayakalars three,

Are those who Mukti attained;

Another, by malas twine (Egoity and Karma) bound;

Yet another, the Rudras Hundred and Eight;

The Sakalas have all malas three.

496: The Three Classes of Sakalas

Sakalas three are:

Those who have attained Siddhis miraculous,

Those who have attained Mukti (Jivan)

Those who have attained neither

–All powerless to conquer Malas three

And in sound and other senses immersed.

497: Stages of Attainment in Mala Riddance

They who are of five malas hard rid,

Themselves Siva become;

They blemishless become,

They become Siddhas,

Attain state of Mukti Finale,

They uproot Jiva’s bondage,

End cycle of births;

They alone are,

Who truth of peerless Tattvas realised.

498: Nine Gradations of Jivas

Vijnanakalas are of gradations three;

Those who in quiescent Anava alone abides; (the Pralayakala among Vijnanas)

So are Pralayakalas of gradations three;

And Sakalas too;

Thus are there nine classes of Jivas,

Evolving in gradations separate.

499: How Sakalas Among Vijnanakalas Attain Siva-State

Vijnanakalas may by karma assume form corporeal;

But by performing holy deeds,

Acquire Celestial frame

And higher Jnana Form;

And Constant striving thus,

Gain wisdom perennial

And in the end Siva Himself become.

500: How Jivas Reach Siva

Rid themselves of Anava entire

And consciousness lost of all Jiva memory,

They Bindu and Nada become,

The highest heavenly goal

Of one-ness with Siva Tattva;

Albeit all three, Sakala and the rest of yore possessed,

The primal impurities triple,

Anava, Maya and Karma.

Karu Urpatti – From 471 To 491

471: Lord Creates Life From Primal Seed of Causation

The Lord is Limitless Light;

He kindles all life from Primal Womb;

He stirrs the liquid-seed of Causation;

He endows it with form expansive;

Him I seek in heaven and earth.

472: Body’s Impermanence

In the union of sexes opposite

The light of life is born shielded true;

A bubble it is in Life’s watery expanse;

A shadow that spreads on earth below;

Sheathed in the subtle Body-Eight.

473: Lord Gives and Lord Takes Life

Of the eight organs of Body Subtle,

Are senses protean five

And cognitive instruments three–

Mind, will and cognition;

Know the dear Lord

Who fastened this body-bag,

With Desire’s sticky glue

Will in time unfasten it too.

474: Lord Gave Means of Redemption

The Lord made the body,

A name and form it assumed;

Then, for Jiva his redemption to seek

He created earth and Tattvas many,

–Thus speak the Vedas.

475: He Placed Jiva in Care of Two Foster-Mothers

None the Grace but Hara’s,

None Hara’s but the Grace,

And so as He bestows life,

He bestows, too,

The Loving care of foster mother twine,

(Maya and Mamaya.)

476: Then Siva and Sakti Pervaded Jivas

Sakti, the Conjoint Cause of creation,

The Luminous One that dispelled darkness total,

Together created the myriad lives,

Their genus and species,

And having done that, they pervaded them too;

Oh! magnificience non-pareil!

477: He Printed the Sex of the Infant

The seed of life,

As a steady flame in womb burns

It takes shape one of three

Male, female and hermaphrodite;

How the father and mother at union were,

Even so He printed the sex,

Righteous indeed was that Lumninous One.

478: Sex Determined at Sexual Union

The masculine flow dominates, the infant is male born,

The feminine dominates, the infant is female born;

When the two are in force equal, a hermaphrodite is born;

When masculine flow gushes in plenty,

The infant born will sway the world entire;

When masculine flow is scanty,

Naught indeed conception is.

479: Age is Determined

If after emission,

The male’s breath five finger-length extends,

The infant born lives a hundred years;

When breath to four finger measure stretches,

To age eighty the infant lives;

The Yogi who knows the science of breath control

If in sex act He indulges,

He, the vital flow, accordingly regulates.

480: Birth Imperfections Explained

When after intercourse, the man is short of breath,

The infant born a dwarf will be;

When breath spires feeble,

The issue may, of defective limbs be born;

When breath halts in mid-act

A hunch-back will be born;

All these apply not,

To woman’s breathing rhythm.

481: How Deaf, Dumb, and Blind are Born

When at the time of union,

The mother’s bowels are heavy exceeding,

A dullard will be born;

If urine exceeds,

A dumb will be born;

If both exceed,

A blind will be born;

Thus is it for the infant born

The mother’s condition according.

482: Breathing at Union Decides Sex of Baby

If breath spires leading on nostril right,

The infant born will a male be;

If on the nostril left,

A female will be born;

If the descending current Apana,

Opposes the ascending current Prana,

Twins there shall be;

If in measure equal the breath rhythm runs,

Through nostrils right and left,

Hermaphrodite shall be the baby born

483: How a Handsome Baby is Born

If in Male and Female breath runs

In measure equable,

The infant born will be exceeding handsome be;

When in both breath rhythm falters,

No Conception will there be.

484: How Infant in the Womb Grows

The infant-seed,

The damsel in her womb bore

Nourished by bright milk

That is fed by Sakti in Eye-brow Centre


Beaming like the golden rays of rising sun

Inside, it took form appropriate.

485: Maya Fosters the Baby

In months ten, it forms full

And then on earth in time appointed, it lands;

And grows, Maya fostering;

But who knows that Formless Maya!

486: Maya’s Hidden Act

He who planted seed, knew it not;

She who received saw it not;

The Creator knew, but he told none;

The Lord who Truth reveals is also there;

Yet I saw not Maya,

How cunning was her stealthy Conduct!

487: In Manhood Jiva Seeks God

Seeking pleasure, the two met;

In pasa’s misery was it born and bred;

And having grown to stature

Grew to manhood here below;

Well may it seek the Ancient One

That before all worlds was.

488: How Maya Fosters Babe

The koil bird leaves its egg in the crow’s nest;

The crow hatches it, nurses it, suspecting nothing;

It does not move it, does not reject it,

Does not ask why,

So does Maya the young one foster.

489: God Protects Jiva at All Stages

The Lord is the Primal One;

The root, the shoot, the plant and fruit;

Thus He blesses all life;

To each, He grants his life’s pleasure,

With each, He stands according.

490: Lord Appears in Prayer and Penance

My Lord is of infinite greatness,

Yet is He within the littleness of this fleshly body;

Beyond the ken of Celestials is He;

Yet in prayer and penance

He himself shall appear before you.

491: Birth is by Lord’s Grace

Even unto the salt that from wavy sea emerges,

Out of Tattvas that arose in Para,

Was this body formed;

To be born thus is His Grace indeed

Karu Urpatti – Tantra Two (451-470)

451: God Creates From Within the Womb

He conjoins the tattvas five and twenty

That in life past departed from me;

To my dear life awaken;

Thus He creates, seated within the globular womb

He the Primal One creates

Knowing what I am to be.

452: The Lord Grants Breath and the Child is Born

Above the Muladhara

The Kundalini fire abides;

There in the water-filled womb

The infant lay, its tiny feet entangled;

That the sweet life in patience waiting

Its onward course may seek,

He ordained, releasing the Pranas ten.

453: The Course of Life Was Ordained at Time of Union

When parents two in pleasure united,

Then was ordained, this body,

The sorrow-house of vexing pasa;

When that is to be,

At that hour of union, He ordained;

He, the Heavenly Lord.

454: Through That Union Entered the 25 Tattvas to Make the
Infant Body

They who birth’s finale saw,

Alone knew how purusha,

Of Tattvas five and twenty

The body Corporeal entered;

None else know,

That which sought woman’s birth-pit,

In form twain, rushed within

455: The Tattvas Remained in the Forehead of the Foetus

The penis pierced; the vagina opened,

And together they rushed in

The Tattvas in groups of Five–

The Elements Five,

The tanmatras Five,

The sense organs Five gross,

And the Five Subtle,

And cognising organs four–Mind, Intellect, Will and Egoity

And in the Centre of Forehead they all lay, concealed.

456: Prana Enters Jiva at Birth

As unto when flower blossoms, the breeze spreads fragrance,

In spaces all around

So does Prana over Jiva extend,

Gently unfolding at the time destined.

457: The Lord Drives in the Tattvas into the Infant Body

The eight constituents of body subtle

That ultimately leave,

The eight and ten Tattvas that sneak in,

With Purusha in them immersed

The orifices nine,

The Kundalini that serpent-like coils,

The life-breath twelve-finger breadth long,

–If these, the Divine Charioteer drives not in,

Verily may the infant be less than human (say, pig).

458: The Child With the Three Gunas in Balance is Fit for

When in sex union,

The male flow in force dominates

The infant is born with Tamasic qualities of Rudra;

When the flow in reverse is,

The Sattvic quality of Hari dominates;

When the two in balance flow,

The Rajasic quality of Brahma prevailes;

He is to kingship born

In whom Gunas three proportionate sway.

459: Into the Foetus Mayaic Mind was Placed

There two in accord united;

And from their vital flows

Emerged the infant form;

But when into it Jiva,

Who in myriad bodies has dwelt of yore,

Now entered,

Lo! it is dominated by Mind;

Maya subtle pervades it.

460: Jiva Gets Consciousness and Desires

There in the pregnant womb,

The soul lay in Primordial quiescence (Turiya State)

From that State Maya and Her tribe aroused it;

And conferred Consciousness;

And Maya’s evolutes eight–Desires and the rest,

Thus say scriptures, holy and true.

461: How the Body is Fashioned

With skeletal bones He erected the frame;

With tendons circuitous He fastened it;

With blood and flesh He cemented it;

Thus did Lord fashion this body-mansion,

For dear life to dwell

Him I seek forth, endearment increasing.

462: The Lord Contains the Fire in Muladhara

He is milky white in hue,

Effulgent is He unto the sun;

He is benignant;

He pervades the entire body

And diffuses His tenderness;

He contained the rage of fire in Muladhara

This He ordained, in ways diverse.

463: The Lord Preserves the Foetus

Even the day, ruinous Karma trailed after Jiva,

He designed ways of preservation numerous;

He surrounded the foetus with water

Kept it safe from burning Muladhara Fire,

He drew charmed circles eddying,

Around the budding life, from Pasa harassing

And so preserved it safe and cool.

464: Breathing and Size of Infant

The Silvery semen welled up

And met the vaginal flow, alike surging,

And lo! then was born the infant

Inhaling eight and exhaling four

Finger-length of breath,

And measuring eight finger-span

Of its own tiny palm.

465: Body of 25 Tattvas

In to the union, the Holy One entered;

Gathering Tattvas five and twenty

Fashioned the (five)-sheathed body;

Munificient indeed was his gift!

A veritable Bundle of Desire He made.

466: After Death, Senses End With Body; Jiva Ends in Nada

The five senses with their foolish ways

Are in this body born;

And there they subside;

So does Jiva

That permeates macrocosm

Surely subside in Nada.

467: The 35 Tattvas Introduced

As on to a leaf-like device

He mounted my life;

And there;

With balance like precision planted,

Subtle senses five;

And other Tattvas thirty;

And thus fashioned a body;

A steaming cauldron with openings nine.

468: Lord Creates

In union’s rapture they kneaded the clay

For Him to fashion sorrow’s tenement;

The kiln burnt, the pitcher emerged,

With channels nine and Tattvas eighteen.

469: Lord Placed the Six Adharas

You know not the six centers within;

You realise not the great good that wells therein;

You seek not the Siddhis within them;

Know this,

The fleshy body is but of ten senses made

470: Lord Placed Divine Jnana in Cranium

He fashioned this body,

Into that body He breathed life;

And set gates nine;

And then into the lotus-like cranium

He lit the Fire (of Divine Jnana),

The Lord made these,

And Him I salute in endearment intense.

Destruction in Tantra Two (420-430)

421: Fire is Lord’s Shaft

With fire, the Lord burnt all Space

With fire, the Lord burnt the Oceans,

With fire, the Lord burnt the Asuras

Fire, verily, is the Lord’s shaft on hand.

422: Three are His Layas

Three are His layas–the moments of Repose

Of them one, karpandha–the end of aeons,

I witnessed;

All things fell uprooted in the destruction

This orb then was unto a boiling rice pot

Its mountains and valleys alike burnt to ashes.

423: The Fire Spreads

The earth on which we tread

The snow-clad mountains eight.

The seven seas whose ebbing tides roar,

Over all these and else

The Fire that resides in Muladhara spreads;

And the spreading conflagration turned

Earth and sky seem alike;

–This the truth, imagination none.

424: The Fire Spreads to the Seas Also

From aloft the cloud laden mountains

She descended–

The benign river Ganga;

Into the earth the waters seeped

In directions eight,

Emptying itself eventually

Into the deep pit that is the Ocean,

That Constant sings the praise of Lord

With Chant of “Aum”

–That Ocean too the fire gulped in fury.

425: Four Forms of Death

Four are the forms of death

Daily death is the state of sense loss in sleep;

Fated Death is no-return to waking;

Pure Death is when the Soul reacheth inertia;

Redeemed Death is being in Lord’s Grace True.

426: What Transpires in the Four Deaths

In Daily Death, are bodies gross and subtle transcended;

In Fated Death, is the Mayaic body annihilated;

In Pure Death, Mind and cognates merge in Infinite

In Redemption Death, Siva’s Grace descends true.

427: Four Forms of Death

When but birth–impediment uprooted,

Daily Death is unto Fated Death

And Fated Death unto Pure Death

And Pure Death unto Redemption Death

In that alone is the Truth–Jiva becoming Siva.

428: Thus Four are the Deaths

Thus are Deaths Four;

The Daily Death in deep Sleep;

The Fated Death that gives the soul a longer rest;

The Pure Death that puts the Soul in primal quiescence;

The Redemption Death that steeps the Soul in Lord’s Grace.

429: Void the Beginning and End

Out of Void, a plant (soul) it sprang,

To the Void it returns;

Yet shall it not be Void again;

In that Void, exhausted, it shall die;

That the fate of Hari and Brahma too,

Who the holocaust of Samhara survive not.

430: Scorch Your Karmas

Scorch the gathering Karmas

And exhaust them;

There is One who annihilates them

And the city where He does it

He fashioned the body, He pervades everywhere.

He placed the Mind and cognate tattva group besides,

He gave us Wisdom ample to discriminate.

Tantra Two(Poem from 366-380)

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

And Brahma

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

and Hereafter

Know afore

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.

Tantra Two in Tirumantiram (Poem from 351-365)

351: The Lord Blessed Chandeswara

Dandi, that knew the way of Hereafter

Heaped sands into linga shape

And poured on it in adoration

The five products of his herd of cows;

His father seeing beat the boy

And kicked his fond image off;

Dandi flew into a blind rage

And smote the parent’s leg with sword;

And lo! the Lord

Bedecked Dandi with His own garland of flowers forever to sport.

352: The Lord is the Refuge of the Heavenly Beings too

Faces drawn in care

Hearts stricken with grief

The Devas together rushed and cried;

“Lord! we bow to You”

And thus they prayed, prostrating low;

And He of Renown unsurpassed said;

“Arise, fear not.”

353: What Befell Celestials at Daksha’s Sacrifice

The Heavenly Father walked in boundless fury

Into the raging blaze of Daksha’s sacrifice,

And lo! as the Lord in wrath rose

Helter-skelter ran the Devas

Deranged in directions all

Their depraved worship unconsummated.

354: What Befell Hari

In a vain attempt to quell

The confusion that ensued

Hari rising bragged:

“Not He, but I am the beginning of things”

And so fell into this world below

A prey to Passion’s consuming fetters;

Then repentant he performed tapas

And the Lord that has no beginning nor end

Bestowed His Grace on him.

355: To Each According to His Desert–the Way of Siva’s

And so it befell at Daksha’s sacrifice,

And so indeed it befell;

A wonder though it be,

Verily that is what there befell;

Thus does the Lord lend His Grace

In the knowledge of each according to his desert.

356: Gods Got What They Deserved

And thus it is with Aya, Mal and the rest of Gods;

And thus it is they came to what they are;

And thus it is that they are there;

And thus does the Lord sit serene within

To reward the heart that daily seeks Him true.

357: The Lord Comes to Those Who Seek Him in Yoga Way

While the heavenly Beings sang of Him

As seated in rapture serene,

He came rushing

To me along the highway of bliss that opened up

As from Muladhara the Kundalini fire shot up

To the crimson spheres of Sahasrara

In the way that is yoga.

358: For Want of Hara’s Grace They Lost All

Lacking Lord’s Grace

Many the high and handsome

That destruction and disfigurement met;

Thus Hari, Brahma, and Daksha

The Sun, Moon and Fire and Indra as well

All these Gods lost

Head, face, nose, hand and shoulder; some limb or other.

359: Self-Seeking Mantra Has Fatal Consequences

If the holy Devas

Who should Upadesa mantra chant,

Instead in self-seeking power evoke

Sacrificial mantras in Japas numberless

That verily will spell

Their own deadly end.

360: The Lord Destroyed Asuras to Protect the Sacrificial Rites
of Devas

The Immortal Many prayed to the Lord;

“O Lord ! protect the nine sacrificial pits

For the holy ones to delight”

And the Lord, who bending His Mountain-bow

Sent forth shafts of fire at Asura’s city

Destroying the evil ones, never to rise again.

361: Repent and Pray; Lord Blesses

Well may the learned in lores waver

But waver not;

Melt in love for our Primal Lord

And you shall have him sure;

He destroyed the unholy sacrifice of Daksha

And yet turning back

As they repented and prayed

He blessed them all,

He our Lord of holy speech.

362: The Lord Blesses the Two Who for Primacy Contended

When the swelling deluge at the end of Time

Swallowed the black mountain tops

Hari and Brahma fought

For primacy contending;

And then from amidst the floods arose

As an immeasurable mountain of Light

The One Lord, manifesting the Truth,

And thus blessing both.

363: The Lord Saved Mortals

And as high amidst the surging flood

The Lord as Flaming Mountain stood

His primacy for the Gods to know

The mortal ones

Powerless to stand the Fire-Mountain’s radiant glow

Rushed to the surging waters in trembling fear;

The Lord then said to them: “Fear not! you shall be saved.”

364: Lord is Ocean of Grace

As the Ocean’s swell subsided;

The ocean of immortals and Devas sang;

“Praised be Our Lord;”

Little do they know

That He who created the ocean and the firmament

Rises beyond to the Ocean of his benignant grace

365: To Quell Rising Tides Lord Placed Primal Fire

The Lord, He creates all

Himself the Being Uncreated

Who is there in the world below

That thinking thus holds Him to heart?

When the oceans ebbed and roared

He placed the Primal Fire to quell the tides;

How compassionate He was

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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