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Sustenance in Tantra Two(411-420)

411: The Spirit Pervades All

As Light and Darkness, He pervaded,

As Fame and Blemish, He pervaded,

As Body and Life, He pervaded,

As my constant thought, He pervaded.

412: He is the Totality

Himself as space and celstials stands,

Himself as body, life, and matter stands,

Himself as sea, hill, and dale stands,

Himself–all worlds’ Lord Supreme.

413: The True Way

As body, life, and world,

As sea, cloud and cloud-laden sky,

Permeating all, indestructible and continuous

The Lord stands in Majesty

The True way that never closes.

414: Sadasiva is in the Heart of Even Those Who Doubt Him

He is Nandi the Great;

In directions eight,

He is life pervasive;

He brings body and soul together in birth;

Even in the heart of those who doubt Him, He is;

And from there He seeks them;

This I have known Him oft perform.

415: Lord is Diverse

At the end of aeons,

Once He stands as Pure Light,

Once as the tempestuous typhoon,

Once as incessant rain,

Once as Vishu, floating on the deluge.

416: He Stands in Divine Love

As love, wisdom and meekness He stands,

As pleasure and pleasureable union He stands,

As Time’s Beginning and End He stands,

As Five elements filled He stands in love divine.

417: He Fashions Things Big and Small

Himself fashions worlds all in detail minute

Himself fashions life, conferring birth

Himself fashions things big and small

–The cauldron, the pitcher and the pot

Himself He fashions these and more

–He the Architect Almighty.

418: He is Nandi

He is Life within; He is the body corporeal;

He is Spirit Pure; He is space Infinite;

He is Light Radiant; He is Consciousness inside;

Animating life in the body

He supports me;

–He is Nandi.

419: He Supports All Worlds

A miracle indeed it is

To sustain the myriad lives in the Universe;

Not less so,

When after total destruction

He draws them unto Himself;

He supports too

That Seventh World

The Path of yoga leads to.

420: He Grants Immortal Body to Those Who Seek Him in Love

Well may you seek Him

Through rituals before fires,

Distant only shall He be;

Seek Him in yearning love

Bend low on the ground

Hanker after Him life after life,

The great One Shall Grant you the body immortal.

Tantra Two (Poem from 396-410)

396: Creation the Play of He-She

He-and-She commenced play

The play of Two produced all;

With seasons changing, diverse the produce;

When He-and-She in holy union join

Complete be the act of creation.

397: The Three Gods Enter Within Us and Know All

The Lord of universe vast enters within and cognises

So does Hari that wields the Chakra;

And so too Brahma on the lotus flower seated;

They Three stood within

As treasure-heap of cognition all

398: The Five Gods Were Born of Anava Sakti

Out of the union of Anava Sakti with Bindu

The Five Gods were born.

Brahma, Vishnu, Rudra, Sadasiva and Maheswara.

For the five acts to perform

Creation, preservation, destruction, obscuration and redemption

As One from the other in causative succession;

Born as they were of the Anava Sakti,

Of Anava they were not rid.

399: Creation the Play of the Ultimate

Out of Ichcha of the Saktis three arose Maya;

And Maya in union with Bindu yielded

The rest of Mayas three (Suddha, Asuddha and Prakriti)

(The Bindu was of Nada born)

And Nada was of Parai born;

And all this in the Creative play of Parasiva, the Unltimate.

400: The Five Gods Were the Primal Family for Five Duties to

From out of Anava Sakti

Arose the Primal Family;

Sadasiva was the First Born;

With Him came the brothers

Maheswara, Rudra, Vishnu and Brahma

Each to perform on heaven and earth

His allotted function–Creation, Preservation and the rest.

401: Maya Sakti Born of Bindu Performs the Five Acts

From Bindu by Orderly triangle denoted

The honeyed Sakti Tripurai devoluted;

She it is the Compassionate Sadasiva became;

She it is the five merciful deeds performs.

402: Names of Glories of Maya Sakti

She is Manonmani, the ample-bosomed;

Mangali, the ever auspicious;

Varani of elephant form

Arani of haunting forests

Mohini of tempting beauty

Poorani–the Perfect Being,

Cause-Effect conjoint in one

She, Consciousness beyond Consciousness.

403: One Sadasiva Became Five

Sadsiva that stood as One

Animated Maheswara;

And then Hara, Hari and Brahma,

Thus did the One become the familial Five.

404: Sadasiva Alone Performs the Five Functions

The One alone created the worlds seven;

The One alone spanned the worlds seven;

The One alone survived the worlds seven;

The One alone pervaded body and life.

405: Of Red Lotus Hue is Our Lord!

Of red lotus hue is our Lord!

Of Crimson fire hue is our Lord!

He sundered the chain of births,

That the dark cloud hued Mal in pasa bound,

And to flower-bedecked Maya-Crowd, consigned.

406: Sadasiva is in the Heart of Even Those Who Doubt Him

He is Nandi the Great;

In directions eight,

He is life pervasive;

He brings body and soul together in birth;

Even in the heart of those who doubt Him, He is;

And from there He seeks them;

This I have known Him oft perform.

407: The One Holy Family Performs All

The One Family creates the worlds seven;

The One Family preserves the worlds seven;

The One Family destroys the worlds seven;

The One Family pervades all life and body.

408: The Act of Genesis

The One Lord and the goodly two (Maya Saktis)

Together stirred and Commingled the Family Impure (of matter)

The Two then besought of the Lord:

“What shall we make? Command us, O Lord”

And the Lord Himself then spells them out.

409: He Pervades All Creation as Life Within

And so,

Through creations four and eighty lakhs of species

He filled as life within;

Then men who in doubt ask: How is it?

Are verily to enveloping darkness condemned.

410: Varieties of Creation

The Sun, Moon, Agni and rest of celestials,

The space, air, fire, water and earth

The sound, word, mind andd the like

All these were of Maya born,

In union with Bindu.

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

Non-learning, Middle Path & Abstaining From Drink (310-336)

Non-learning (310-319)

310: The Unlearned are they Who hold not to Truth

Even the unlearned, if blessed with the vision of Truth Supreme,

Them the Lord approves with His benign Eye of Grace;

But if the learned seeming fail to hold the truth,

Unlearned are they indeed, blind to True Love’s divine rays.

311: Unlearned Realize not God’s Pervasiveness

The truly learned live pursuing the one and only path,

But others say, “Many the paths of knowledge are,”

The God Supreme is in all places present;

They the unlearned are, of God’s pervasiveness unaware.

312: God Abides not in the Hearts of Unlearned

Things transitory you fix in heart as abiding joys,

This mnortal body frail you deem as enduring stuff;

Though the Lord God all life pervades,

Absent is He and His Light from the hearts of the unlearned.

313: Unlearned Descend to Hell

Of all power bereft, I fell into Karma’s griefs,

Learning not Hara’s ways, into dark abysmal depths I fell;

I learnt not to stamp the Great Benefactor in my heart,

I learnt only to dance down the primrose path to hell.

314: Unlearned Sport in Carnal Pleasures

Knowing full well that life is a fleeting, vaporous mist,

The truly learned seek the path of Dharma and penance strict,

But the not-learned, in truth, this world’s sordid knaves,

Sport in carnal joys, with Karmic misery mixt.

315: Lord is the Fruit of Heavenly Love

The Lord gave us the Heaven-born gift of the Fruit of Love

His Light mingled with the eyes where it remained;

But inside the earth men sought it in folly vain;

And brooding and writing, they grew thin and pined.

316: Unlearned Do Not See Him

Without knowing the 36 tattvas and their scope

It is not possible to have a vision of the supreme,

Only by knowing the tattvas wisdom can dawn,

Only those are educated who go to the limits of the tattvas and have a vision of

317: Avoid The Unlearned

The fools, of learning devoid, unfit for us even to see

The fools, of learning devoid, their words unfit to hear

The fools, of learning devoid, in fools find their friends,

The fools, of learned devoid, to wisdom come no near.

318: The Truly Learned Have Vision Of Sivajnana

Though learned, fools are they if with Sivajnana they’re not acquainted,

If kith and kin they give not up nor strike at root of ignorance

As their eyes turn not to quarters

They alone truly reckon who, wise in love, win the truth.

319: True Learning Brings Light Divine

The being first, even to the immortals the light divine,

The light that devotees seek, the great god supreme

Some proudly claim that learning well, they know him truly well

Yet they catch not of his light the faintest gleam.

Middle Path (320-323)

320: Middle Path Is Wisdom

Unless you in middle path stand, wisdom you have not,

To those who in middle path stand, hell opens not its gate,

Those that in middle path stand, heavenly beings are they;

In the noble fellowship of the just, I too walked in their way.

321: Gods And Saints Stand In Middle Path

The blue-dark cloud-hued being Vishnu in middle path stood,

The Brahma who chants the Vedas four in the middle path stood,

The wise saintly souls also in middle path stood,

He, our lord supreme – He, in middle path stood.

322: Walk With The Just

Some saintly became, because they in middle path stood,

Some to heavenly beings turned, because they in justice stood,

Some to Siva-state attained, because they in justice stood,

And so in the good company of the just, I, too, unfaltering stood.

323: The Just Adore His Feet

What he creates, none but he destroys;

On their devout heads, the just bore aloft his holy feet;

Who chant the pure name with ardour

And cling thereof, in the society of the just, they meet.

Abstaining From Drink (324-336)

324: Drunkards Lose Sense Of Right And Wrong

The cow fed on broth of rice wanders not from tank to tank

The cow denied its drink of broth grows weak and lank

Who swill the toddy neat, from righteousness go astray

Truest drink is Sivananda, the bliss supreme, far and away.

325: Sivananda Wine Brings Eternal Self-Forgetfulness

In sweet rapture lost, soul-hynotic for the Siva-samadhi state,

The ever-sweet nectar of Sivananda – in the bliss overflow;

On such nectar fed, you lose not the self-bliss pure;

For ever thus you sit and lie the holy feet below.

326: The Wicked Drink In Vama Tantra

Lust and drink, fit for the wicked are they;

In ritual unholy they drink and lose the senses

But the wise drink the nectar streaming from his feet,

Which destroys egoism and bigotry.

327: Drinking In Vama Tantra Worship Leads To Perdition

They drink and perish, who to the vama sect belong.

The lustful ones in sensual delights are wholly lost;

But the pure souls find the light of sacrifices in their inner flame;

They, who his true name chant, approach him fast.

328: Truth Eludes Drunkards

They see not the inner truth, know not the pasu-pasa,

They dwell not in the bounteous lord’s divine grace;

In the clear light of wisdom, Sivayoga they seek not,

They, who soak in liquors, truth never can appraise.

329: Followers Of False Religion Neither Seek Nor See Him

The fools who swear by the faith that our senses numbs,

Who yield to the heady joys of drink – they neither seek nor see

Mamaya’s home, for the maya’s fetters are they bound;

But recovered from maya’s hold, they merge in the lord and are free.

330: Wine Stupefies Senses And Destroys Truth

The fumes of wine stupor bring and destroy the truth,

And make us seek the false, delusive joys of lust;

Such advance not to wisdom true, of sweet reason compact,

Will such e’er attain the eternal bliss truest?

331: Joys Of Sivananda Nectar

In meditation lost, rid of the cycle of night and day,

Dead to outward things, they drink not the bliss-nectar

The bliss of the lord’s feet that neither night nor day knoweth,

I, caught in maya causing night and day, struggle to reach.

332: True Sakti Worship Seeks Divine Nectar

Sakti seeking, some religious sects ritual drinks consume,

But Sakti dies when the o’er- powered senses swoon;

True Sakti, indeed, in Sivajnanan finds its birth,

To merge in truth-wisdom-bliss – and to other things immune.

333: Sakthi And Siva Are One

If Sakthan his grace imparts, Sakti’s grace we have,

If Sakti her grace imparts, Sakthan’s grace we gain,

Sakti and Siva, if both in heart we hold,

Then in us, truly, the siddhis eight do shine.

334: Divine Nectar Leads to Siddhis

All Tattvas and egoity past, Truth of self realised,

In truest joy immersed, of false penances void,

Rid of worldly lure, drunk full of Heavenly Bliss,

This indeed is Siddhi true and Sivananda unalloyed.

335: Yogis Seek Ambrosia of the Cranial Moon

The yogis who, breath in control held, yearn for

The nectared delights of Contemplation’s Moon,

The eight Siddhis they seek; but witless fools are they

Who to toddy yield and in its heady joys let their senses swoon.

336: Drink Divine Nectar in Samadhi

Open and drink deep the nectar that gushes from the spring;

Unfold the petals of the Holy Master’s Lotus Feet;

Lead the Yoga-breath through the spiring channel up

And thus in Samadhi ascending,

Reach the Divine Good in holy meet.

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.

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.

In Praise Of The Charitable and Way Of The Uncharitable – Tantra One (251-279)

In Praise Of The Charitable (251-259)

251: The Charitable Realize the Self

Who the self realise, seek and adore the Feet of the Lord;

Who the self realise, most freely give in charity;

Who the self realise, Lord of Tattvas become;

Who the self realise, Kin to the Lord in dear amity.

252: Charity is Within Reach of All

Easy to all to offer in worship a green leaf to the Lord,

Easy to all to give a mouthful to the cow,

Easy to all to give a handful, sitting down to eat,

Easy to all, good, kind words on others to bestow.

253: Evils of Hoarding

The food that feeds the needy–that alone true charity is;

True men they who that simple truth do find;

But they who hoard, like water in pool past access,

To eat and gorge–to Charity’s ways are they blind.

254: Give Charity When You Have

Dirt driven away, with Wisdom you fill not your mind;

In days of plenty, empty is your charity’s exchequer;

What avails it, though wide awake, if hell-fire spreads around,

What avails it, then, if impoverished of heart you are?

255: Give Charity Here and Now

Of yourself knowing little, caring naught for your good,

Unmindful e’en of poverty of tender youth taking no care,

Before Death’s stern, relentless summons arrives,

Let noble charities your redeeming goodness declare.

256: By Your Charities Lord Knows You

To him who renounces, no kith or kin has he;

To him condemned to beg, no true delights has he;

To him who charityless is, the Lord denies His Presence;

By the measure of thy charity done, the Lord is known to thee.

257: Charity Leads to Life Eternal

Some in charity overflow; by such noble deeds done,

Noble gods they become in human beings’ high esteem;

And the many who hold this fleshly body their dear God,

To them comes Death, saying; “I, your God supreme.”

258: Charity and Devotion Twin Escorts to Heaven

Our life’s boat across the foaming sea of Karma flies;

Twin the pathways to dispel the labour and the strain;

Glory giving tapas and charity the heavenly escorts,

To us and our dear kin from life’s battle vain.

259: Charity is Your Life’s Prop

Earthly desires to worldly objects attached,

No end know; but in charity’s noble way,

E’en the little things you give, sure props provide;

All the rest meekly take as the Lord’s gift for the day.

Way Of The Uncharitable (260-269)

260: The Hoarders are Sinners

The ripened nux vomica falls profitless on ground;

Such the barren wealth of those who charities deny;

With usurious greed they bury deep their treasures,

The hardened sinners, true fruit unknowing, thus live and die.

261: Life is Fleeting; Give While You Live

The aeons pass, the unreturning ages go;

The allotted span of life daily dwindles away;

This irksome body, as if squeezed by some power unknown,

Perishes: seeing this yet, they learn not charity’s way.

262: Give and Escape Hell

Charity denying, they know not the Lord’s Feet to praise,

Nor enter they the precincts of the City of Siva’s Grace;

Their ears inclined to those who falsehoods preach,

They stand to sin enslaved, condemned to hell’s hot embrace.

263: All Ailments Assail, If in Charity You Fail

Consumption and anaemia, asthma and colic pain

Such the lot of those who nothing in charity give;

Snake and thunder, sore throat and fleshly ills,

Approach not them that others’ needs relieve.

264: End is Nigh; Do not Deny

The Lord adored by all the world, yet they praise not,

To the needy poor, even the smallest bit ye deny,

Nor’ll ye tend the garden e’en with one potful of water;

Will ye for ever stand in Hell? Ye whose end is nigh.

265: Loneliness Comes of Denial

Unescorted, alone, the charity-less their last journey make,

And miss their track; journeying thus, in birth-cycle caught

They know not how the binding Karmas to dispel,

And so slip and fall to be irretrievably lost.

266: Compassion Leads to God

They, whose hearts melt in charity, see the Feet of the Lord,

The steadfast of faith attain Swarga’s might,

But those sinful ones of charity befeft, helpless, forsaken,

Engulfed in passions low, pass into eternal night.

267: Denial Leads to Misery

Bliss and pain–these two woven into the web of life,

Result from deeds of our own devising;

The bliss of giving they knew, and yet the fools gave not,

The shrivelled of heart, to charity unwise, its glory unknowing

268: Denial Leads to Sinful State

The Lord of blemishless glory, from death and birth immune,

Permits none to enjoy bliss, unearned by worthy deed;

Giving and gifting–of these always think;

Deny and cause pain;

You stand condemned to the Pasu state indeed.

269: Giving is Aiming True

Seek not wealth that many reckon as life indeed,

Nor waste your days on fools, of wisdom dark,

But turn your feet to the eternal Home and praise the Lord,

Then true bowman you prove, hitting straight the mark.

To Be Love-possessed (270-279)

270: Love and Siva are One

The ignorant prate that Love and Siva are two,

But none do know that Love alone is Siva

When men but know that Love and Siva are the same,

Love as Siva, they e’er remained.

271: Lay Love’s Garland at Lord’s Feet

He of the leopard’s skin, gleaming brighter than gold,

His tender crescent flashing rich with argent ray,

The Great Dancer, with burning ashes smeared thick;

At His Feet, my garland, plaited with Love’s incense, I lay.

272: Melt in Love and Possess Him

You may turn your bone to fuel, your flesh to meat,

And let them roast and sizzle to the gold-red blaze;

But unless your heart melts in the sweet ecstasy of Love,

My Lord, my Treasure-trove, you ne’er can possess.

273: Love Hara and See Him

They, of intense love, Hara surely see,

They, of the compassionate heart, see the Holy Feet to praise;

The world-burdened see only life’s revolving wheel,

And, in Horror’s mazes lost, enter Hell’s trackless ways.

274: Love Him, He Loves You

My God, the melter of my heart of love, let all adore;

My God, the Lord of primal Love, First of Beings ever,

My God, who again and again melts my heart, Nandi Lord,

May He render me His Love in foremost measure!

275: He is Enthroned in Love

Praise Him but once, the Pure and Holy One;

For e’er your heavenly escort He’ll be,

He, the Lord Siva, deckt in honeyed konrai blooms

He sat enthroned in my love, steadfast and free.

276: His Love is Unending

Many know not Him who first wrought this world,

And wrapt in infinite Love, born of His lordly Grace;

In this world, evil-ridden, He filled our life

With His love unending, He, the Lord of limitless space.

277: His Love is Blessings All

The Light Refulgent emits beams of purest gold;

Plant that deep and firm in heart; raising worship thus,

If you, in yearning song, seek Isan’s Grace,

Then, sure, no end be to His blessings copious.

278: Seek in Love the Heavenly Father

Birth He caused, and Death, too, in its wake;

This mystery we daily see; and yet mankind

Cling in deep desire to life, but call not on Him,

Nor seek Him, saying, “Our Father, great and kind.”

279: He is Our Refuge

Inside Love is He; in outer Nature is He; as body also is He;

The past and future is He; the Lord of Rishis is He;

The Precious One who inside Love resides,

Only those, who in Love reside, find in Him the Refuge free.

Dharma Of Brahmins & Death Fairer Than The Tyrant – Tantra One in Tirumantiram (224-250)

Dharma Of Brahmins (224-237)

224: Brahmins Stand in Holy Path

Brahmins are they who the six duties perform,

Tend the glowing fire and thrice daily pray,

Stand fixt in the Holy Path and chant the Vedic hymns,

Morn and eve–and thus all life’s knots untie.

225: Through Vedanta They Seek the Endless Bliss

Intensely eager, Vedanta’s noble doctrine to imbibe,

They merge into Pranava, of the three sounds composed,

And transcending the states of Nadanta, Vedanta and Bodanta

Vision the Lord that is the Finite End,

And there into unending bliss they grow.

226: They Incessant Chant Gayatri and Savitri Mantras

Minds centered in Gayatri holy and Savitri mysterious,

They chant the noble hymns, the heart of Truth to seek;

Mounted on Love’s Chariot, lost in Love’s sweet ecstasy,

They drown not in Maya–the holy Brahmins meek.

227: They Attain the Manifestness State of God

Deep they pondered on Pranava’s great holy way,

By Guru’s grace inspired recited the mystic lay,

The rituals performed by the four Vedas prescribed,

And thus attained pure, pristine Manifestness–the spotless Brahmins they.

228: To Sunder Birth’s Bonds is to Realize Brahmam

The Truth, Penance and the self Him becoming,

The torturing senses, spear-like, piercing,

The unity of life and its kinship realising,

Brahmam that is, dbirth’s bonds sundering.

229: Vedanta is to be Rid of Desires

The Brahmins who yearned for Vedanta’s mystic truths,

Heard and listened but yielded still to desire’s sway;

True Vedanta it is when earth-born desires all are crushed;

Those who Vedanta truly grasped, all desires burnt away.

230: Tuft and Thread Alone do not Make a Brahmin

Do thread and tuft alone prove the Brahmin state?

The thread, then, only a dark bond, the fine tuft, only tresses long;

The true thread Vedantam is, the sacred tuft wisdom proves

These the Brahmnins truly see, these virtues to them belong.

231: Attributes of True Brahmins

Of Truth devoid, of pure Wisdom Bereft,

Lacking sense-control, spiritually inert,

Empty of devotion or grasp of Truth divine;

Mad fools are they–not Brahmins, I assert.

232: They Seek Samadhi State

The Holy Path neither Chit nor Achit is;

Along the Guru-led way, they reach the blessed Holy State;

And all action and rituals abandoned,

The Vedic Brahmins glide into Turiya Samadhi State.

233: They Stand Firm in Vedanta Truth

If the Veda-knowing alone true Brahmins be,

Such beings falter not in Vedanta’s sublime lore,

All the rest they know as vain trappings base–

Those be the Brahmins who Vedas’ depths explore.

234: True Brahmins Bring Prosperity to Earth

The holy Brahmins who the pure life embrace,

And ponder well on truths that mark the Vedas’ end,

Their glory wanes not, their king’s earthly empire ever grows,

If morn and eve the sacrificial fire they tend.

235: Through Vedanta They Scale the Heights of Siddhanta

When the Light of Vedanta dawns, from Karma are they freed;

Then, up the path to the Light of Nadanta they scale;

When thus they reach the Lord of Bodanta Light,

Salvation they attain–the Nadanta-Siddhanta Grand Finale.

236: They Seek Merger in Lord

When ‘You’ and ‘I’ merge in one and the truth they see,

Then seek they the Lord triumphant, seated firm, serene,

Past all babbling words of sweet-sounding praise;

Such alone the true, worshipful grace attain.

237: They Vision Brahma in Aum

The two attachments, Maya and karma, of their own accord departing,

The self that Liberation seeks naught else will take;

And the lotus-seated Brahma most divinely pleased,

Merges in the Om, the sacrificial aviss to partake.

Death Fairer Than The Tyrant (238-247)

238: Death Fairer Than the Tyrant

The ignornant king and Death are cast in equal mould;

Nay, truth to tell, more justly than foolish King, Death claims his due;

The Witless tyrant no law obeys but in murderous fury kills

But Death, cast in finer mould, nears not the good men true.

239: Let the Ruler Observe Holy Law

The ignornant king and Death are cast in equal mould;

Nay, truth to tell, more The Holy Law daily in strictness observed,

If he who rules the state fails to seek the Divine Way

Day by day that land decays in folly envelopt,

Day by day that ruler’s wealth declines and dwindles away.

240: Ruler’s Duty Towards Men of False Garb

What avails the holy garb if the holy life you refuse?

Theirs the truest garb when outer guise and mind accord;

If the king justly rule the state against those who go off the holy way

Then he makes them keep the holy way

And to sure salvation their feet directs.

241: Ruler’s Duty to Impious Brahmins

If Brahmins, from folly unredeemed, flaunt the tuft and thread,

That land droops and fades, its ruler’s glory runs to waste;

So, scanning deep in Wisdom’s light, the King shall clip

The thread and tuft for empty show kept and possessed.

242: Ruler’s Duty to Impart Wisdom to Erring Brahmins

The senseless fools donning sacred thread and matted locks,

And with chanting phrases pretend to wisdom unpossessed,

Them, the ruler of state shall, with wise men’s help, take and test,

And, for the country’s good, impart words in wisdom drest.

243: Ruler’s Duty to Protect Cow, Women and Brahmins

The cow, the woman, the sacred Brahmins true,

And men in holy garb whom the Devas acclaim,

These the King shall protect; if that duty he ignores,

Irredeemable his hell shall be, cursed ever his name.

244: Ruler’s Share–One-Sixth of the Subject’s Produce

If salvation high and treasures true you seek,

Then, awake or asleep, unceasing, the holy way pursue;

Know that of labour done in this sea-girt world,

To the King, in truth, one share in six is due.

245: Ruler’s Duty to Defend the Territory

If the ruler exceeding well his state protects,

The subjects, in duty bound, to that same end incline;

When the enemy, in lust of pride, the state invades,

Then, like a leopard, leaps the King to defend his domain.

246: Ruler to Punish Drunkards

Breath in control held, letting inward fire upward rise,

Mind turned to Samadhi moon-sprung nectar–if they drink not,

But, like inebriates, heady liquors madly consume,

Then, such shall by ruler to just punishment be brought.

247: Ruler to Punish Those Who Deviate From Their Professed

Who, by their professed faiths, do not abide,

Beside the judgment they receive in the life beyond,

In terms of Agamic law by Siva revealed,

Punished they shall be on earth by the just ruler of the land.

The Glory Of Rains (248-249)

248: Vegetation Blooms

The fertilising flood of rains outpouring

Makes trees and plants bloom enriched with sap;

The areca palm, coconut, cane and plantain green,

And vomica to Samadhi’s nectar leading–Stand laden rich with crop.

249: Descent of Divine Stream in Yoga

The heaven-sent torrent leaps rushing down rocky eights;

So does the silent divine stream from heart’s inner core,

Foamless, pure, clear, crystalline,

Boundless, free–from my Holy Master, e’er pour.

The Glory Of Giving (250)

250: Share Your Food With Others

Give freely to all; discriminate not o’er much;

See food served to others ere sitting down to eat;

Heap not perishing gold, eat not in greedy haste;

The crow calls its brood to share its food, howe’er sweet.

Tirumantiram – Tantra One (Poem from 197 to 223)

Not Killing (197-198)

197: Don’t Kill Even an Atom of Life

Flowers many to dear, loved Master’s worship;

Even one atom of life, kill not:

The lovely garland, the steady flame, the firm will,

The passionate heart–such the worship’s crowning part.

198: They Who Kill Reach Hell

The men who shouted,”Kill and stab,”

Them with strong ropes Death’s ruffians bind;

And stationing them at the fire-gates of Hell

The agents yell, “Stand, go; and in the fire pit roast.”

Meat Eating–forbidden (199-200)

199: Meat Eaters Will Have to Face Hell’s Torments

The ignoble ones who base flesh do eat,

Death’s agents bind them fast for all to see;

And push them quick into tthe fiery jaws of hell,

And fling them down there for ever to be.

200: Shun Sinful Living

Killing, theiving, drinking, lusting, lying

These horrid sins detest and shun; to those

Who Siva’s Holy Feet attain and the Bliss eternal,

They come not; such men in Wisdom’s bliss ever repose.

Not Committing Adultery (201-203)

201: Seek not the Thorney Date; Ripened Jack-Fruit is at Hand

The dear, wedded wife pines within the home,

But the lusting youth covets the guarded neighbour’s mate;

Even as one, declining the luscious ripeness of the jack,

Yearns for the tamer taste of the thorny date.

202: Seek Not the Sour Tamarind: Sweet Mango is at Hand

The sweet, ripe mango, tended with loving care,

They bury deep, deeming it unripe still;

And up the gnarled tamarind they climb for the sour fruit,

Only to break their limbs–they whom the senses beguile.

203: Adulterers Rush to Doom

The king of treasures vast, and the lordly souls

Whose light of wisdom dispels the encircling gloom

Even such yield to woman’s sensuous charms;

Their judgment thus enslaved, they rush to their doom.

Evil Women’s Ignominy (204-208)

204: Pledge not Your Heart to Lust

Fine though the leaves be of the nux vomica tree,

Its wealth of fruit is bitter on tongue, unfit to eat;

To them with rounded breasts and luring smile,

Pledge not your wavering heart in passion’s heat.

205: Incontinent Passion Spells Ruin

The worldly folk who seek connubial delights

Are, like eddying water, sucked into whirling pool;

Such is passion, incontinent, fleeting as a dream;

Real it is not; let not its siren spell you befool.

206: Lust Destroys

Decoyed into passion’s snare by tender woman’s grace,

They fell into her arms and swooned in the warm embrace;

“This is life’s crowning glory, fit for the gods to share–“

Thus speaking, they parted leaving not a trace.

207: Sweet Beginning, Bitter End

“What are the joys that in woman’s charms we seek or find?”

The truly wise of heart pronounce thus their course:

“In the hand like the sugary juice from crushing mills,

But in the body bitterer than bitterest neem.”

208: Irretrievable Loss in Lust

Those unfirm of mind who, in folly vain,

Struggle to plant seeds deep in moss-covered tank

If such betimes we bind not and restrain,

Irretrievably lost are they in lust of sex, sordid and rank.

In Vain Pursuit Of Accumulation (209-213)

209: Misery of Making a Living

Garments to tatters torn, life a joyless desert becomes;

Loved ones and dear friends forsake, with no more love to spare

Nothing more to give or ask, void of glory and pomp,

Neglected, like automatons they walk, sad and bare.

210: Pre-Occupation With Filling Stomach-Pit

Even as the day dawns, men strive the stomach-pit to fill;

With needed tools, they seek hard the hungry void to stop;

But our only way is to praise Him whatever the way of life we pursue;

Sure then that pit is filled when, what in us is impure, is swept off.

211: Seek not to Fill Stomach’s Pit; Fill the Birth’s Pit

To fill the stomach’s stony pit, they seek the precious gold;

But little do they know how hard it is to fill births’ pit;

Only when true wisdom you attain that pit to rule,

Then that pit is filled, when life is washed clean and rendered fit.

212: Light of Wisdom’s Lamp in Good Time

Our kith and kin, unrelenting, like Karma stern,

Unrelaxing us pursue; so, ere life from body goes,

In good time, light thou Wisdom’s lamp,

And intent thus, to that new-lit track, keep close.

213: Lord Alone is Refuge from Harrying Births

Him the Six harried, Passion’s form assuming,

Him the Five maligned, countless miseries giving,

Him Karma tortured through birth after birth pursuing

Thus he learned to despise life–in the Lord alone refuge finding.

Relating To Sacrificial Fire (214-223)

214: Prosperity Springs From Sacrifice

Riches from obloquy free, the spreading sky and earth,

The directions all, and the godly hosts who there hold sway,

All flourish in Victory’s wake when Brahmins true,

With Vedas commencing, pursue the sacrificial way.

215: They Give Before They Eat

The Vedic Brahmins who holy sacrifices perform,

On Salvation intent, give before they eat;

Even as in knowledge true, supreme they stand,

So in conduct they lead–to the One Goal headed straight.

216: Sacrifices Lead to Heaven

They who invoke our Lord–the Fire within the Fire,

The Brahmins true are they and our goodly support;

Who, night and day, raise the Sacrificial flame

Guiding us along the pure Path to our heavenly port.

217: Karma’s Depart When Mantras are Chanted

Morn and eve, when in devotion rapt they chant,

The two damsels (Gayatri and Savitri) with them in smiling grace stand;

Then do the two birds of one seed sprung

Karmas, good and bad, fluttering, in haste depart.

218: Sacrificial Fires Consume Sins

They who know in the sacrificial ghee’s steady flame,

All dark things are for ever consumed;

They also know when from Karma’s hold we’re freed,

That day is our day of abiding wealth,

The holy Fire’s truest meed.

219: It Scorches Karmic Evils

All sins fly like wick fast consumed in flame,

All diseases fade that Karma brings in its wake;

They fade and fall in the rising sacrificial fire.

And all evils are scorched that our Karmas make.

220: Sacrifices Give Wealth Imperishable

Firmly holding that vast riches are a grievous curse,

They hungered for the Lord who to us richest treasure gave;

Hoping and dreaming they waited for the immortal prize,

All sacrifices performed, the undying wealth to achieve.

221: Lord is the Sacrificial Flame of the Heart

The Pure Flame is He, the immortal Lord is He,

The Radiant Flame who in my heart’s core resides;

The Lord whose eyes are the Three Fires,

Who the Seven Worlds transcends,

The Lord of Homa’s Cool Flame, and my heart’s King besides.

222: He is the Fire Within All Fires

Inside the Fire of the Homa is my Lord,

Inside too is He seated in the flame of the funeral pyre;

The Fire of Homa which scorches Karma’s surging sea,

The Fire, that the mighty Churner in the sea begot, still abides.

223: Sacrificial Flame is Undying

In true penance striving, to Vedic rites conforming

They, who everywhere raise the sacrificial flame,

Tireless, unsparing in kindling the Holy Fire–

Theirs the true flame eternal, theirs the undying name.

Tantra One – Transitoriness Of Wealth, Youth & Life (168-196)

Transitoriness Of Wealth (168-176)

168: Kingly Regalia, Domains and Riches are Impermanent

Before others seize and away your riches take,

Your elephant and car, your kingship and grace,

Even while life pulses, if you the Lord’s asylum seek,

To you thus in fear dazed, the penance true its reward pays.

169: Wealth Waxes and Wanes Like Moon

The radiant moon that life animates into massive darkness turns;

Why then speak of riches which no better fate can meet?

If the Heaven’s King, you unwaveringly seek,

Like pouring clouds choicest treasures fall at your feet.

170: Your Shadow is With You, Does it help You? How About
Wealth Then?

Foolish they who claim their wealth their own,

Seeing their own shadows to them useless though nearby;

The life that with the body comes as surely departs;

They see not; the light that lends lustre to the seeing eye.

171: The Bee Stores Honey Only to be Appropriated by Others;

So is Your Hoarded Wealth

The industrious bee from flower to flower hops,

Seeking, scenting, gathering its store of honey-sweet;

But soon the subtle thief digs and steals the hoarded wealth;

Likewise, our earthly treasures the same story repeat.

172: Wealth is a Flood that Ebbs and Flows

Weigh well the pros and cons, and having weighed, waver not,

Lose not your bearings, caught in wealth’s eddy;

Fling aside the transient trappings of earthly treasures

And thus when the Pale Sargeant comes, for the great leap be ready.

173: Wealth is a Boat in Dangerous Waters

How fast we cling to stock of cattle and riches gay

Less stable even than the boat which midstream upturns!

They but see the dissolving body and know not

The Binding Knot to salvation eternal.

174: Earthly Treasures are Fleeting

“Joys of life and wife, children and brothers–all ours,” they claim

Little knowing how fragile and fleeting these delights be;

But the yearning souls that seek and build on treasure true,

Find support firm and ne’er failing company.

175: Worldly Desires are Never-Ending

Our desires grow, but none the truth to find;

There’s one stake to hold but nine exits to leave;

The old familiar faces come smiling to greet and bow;

Deceivers ever, they abandon us without a reprieve.

176: All Your Wealth Cannot Bribe Death Away

When the vital spark leaves this mortal mould,

Bribe be none to lure it back; think, think of the Lord;

Death’s loyal servants on restless mission bent,

Do nothing consider that with hot breath you pulse

Transitoriness Of Youth (177-186)

177: Rising Sun Sets; Glowing Youth Fades

They see the sun rises in the east and sets in the west,

Yet blind of eye, the truth they ne’er apprehend,

The tender calf grows, fattens for a while and dies;

But this wonder-pageant of the world they do not comprehend.

178: Even a Life-time is not Enough to Know Him

The years roll; but none the Lord in his bosom holds;

None to probe and perceive Him profound;

Even if Time’s thread be to the utmost stretched,

Still they know not the spark that kindles all the lamps around.

179: While Life Still Throbs, Fix Your Mind on Lord

When youth had danced its way to palsied age,

Scarce the chance to fill the years with good deeds more and more;

So while life still throbs, fix your mind on Nandi,

Into whose spreading locks

The holy waters of Ganga eternally pour.

180: Youth is Sugar-cane; Age is Nux Vomica

Time was when fond damsels on him their love bestowed;

Like cane’s sugary juice, slow sucked, was he to them,

The idol of wenches with budding breasts and jewelled shapes;

But now the sweetest cane has bitter nux vomica become.

181: Time Fleets, So Center on Lord

The boy grows to youth, and youth as surely to old age decays,

But time’s changes teach them not that nothing abides;

And so, in ceaseless pursuit, His Sacred Feet, I seek

Him who, transcending this world, beyond the universe presides.

182: Think of Lord Through Time’s Cycles

Day after day we wake to greet the morn,

Day after day we seek the nightly couch;

Even though God, good and great, may frown in wrath,

True devotees ne’er miss His great Love’s avouch.

183: Subdue the Senses, Birth Cycle Ends

The five needles thick, this bag of senses holds

The five needles thick in this bestial body roam free;

If the five needles thick you tame and subdue,

No more this bag that life’s cycle involves.

184: Deeds in Youth Seal Fate’s End

They know not that the radiant Sun we daily see

Measures the arch of life and its span doth appraise;

Heaven we reach or fall into Karma’s grip;

Thus our fate is sealed by what we do in spring of youth.

185: The Sixteen Kalas are Within; Why Then the Grave?

The ignorant ponder not even awhile,

The Kalas twice-eight within them stand;

When Death sets his snare-pit for them to fall,

Headlong they drop to utter stupefaction abandoned.

186: Before Youth Passes, Praise Him in Songs

In the days assigned to you, before youth passes,

In songs of praise to the Lord, pour out your heart;

In the days to me assigned, wasting not the minutes away,

In the days to me assigned, I, seeing all, remained apart.

Transitoriness Of Life (187-196)

187: The Bud Blossoms and Fades; So is Human Life

They see the sprouting wanton buds on tender twigs

They see how soon they flash their beauty and die;

Yet they seek not the Holy Feet;

Alas they know not when the sure call comes from High.

188: When Death’s Summons Come, the Five Senses Desert
the Body

One field lay ready and ripe for the Five senses to work,

The Five, that one field watched and tilled;

But when the grim summons came from the Lord of the Five,

All the Five for ever fled and quitted the field.

189: Life’s Drum Shatters to Pieces

One this body-drum, two the rhythms keeping time,

Five the masters who, inside, make display;

But when the great king, indwelling, departed,

The drum lay shattered, a heap of inert clay.

190: Body is an Empty Vessel

The Lord of this body frail that to ashes turns, the Lord of Vedanta dance

Nandi He is, who in this crumbling frame disports

They, who know not what an empty vessel this body is,

They know not what the life sustains and supports.

191: Our Days are Numbered

The sun’s rays visit all the quarters ten,

But men measuring with their little sense know this not;

They ponder not nor on the deep mystery muse,

These men on earth–their minds in low passions caught.

192: Birth and Death are Two Faces of the Coin

The deed is drawn, the terms clear specified,

Yet torn to shreds it is–of this men think not much;

The shining dark tresses to full grey turn,

Even so birth and death are one–not two.

193: Give in Charity Now and Here

Same the rice of life that in all body-pots boil;

The Five are the fuel that feeds and kindles the burning Three,

Gifts of rice in charity give, lest birth flame anew,

The days missed of such deeds are for ever lost to Thee.

194: Lord is the Light Beyond Visible Reach

The bee, that nectar seeks, flies high for its flower on top

And there, alone, it sucks the fragrant juice;

Even so, they who seek the blessed grace divine,

Aspire for the Light beyond visible reach of eyes.

195: Pray and Perform Noble Deeds-This is the Law of Life

Perform thou noble deeds, good Karma to shape,

Praise thou the Holy One, the Holy Land to reach;

This is the law we need, this the law for men

oh, blessed with earthly life, seek the Life eternal.

196: Share With Others Before You Eat

Speak not in envy, stray not from the Dharmic way,

Covet not other’s riches with lustful greedy glances;

With heart to pity attuned, as you sit down to eat,

Share with others before the feast commences.

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