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The Eighth Song

' Unearthly Strength '

When will that small amount of grace
Abiding with the Lord
And that small amount of devotion
That has come to me
Unite to become like that unique form -
The blissful body of Shiva.

Here in this world
May there arise in me continually
The blissful experience of the highest fulfillment
That comes from your supremacy.
May Jnana, Yoga, and powers as anima
Remain afar.

Let me, like other people,
Yearn deeply for the objects of the world,
But allow me to view them as your form,
O Lord, without contradiction.***

*** - In the state of ' Ishvarapratyahijna ' one can experience fully the pleasures of the world as well as the pleasures of uniting with Shiva, without feeling a contradiction between "worldly" and "other-worldly."

In the different stages
Of the growth of the body,
In the modifications of the mind,
In the many situations
On the path of life,
Reveal to me your own blissful form.

Let the sense faculties, full of delight,
Be attached to their respective objects.
But may there not be, even for an instant,
Any loss of the joy
Of your nonduality.

As I become absorbed within you,
Experiencing your form - so light,
Mild, clear, and cool -
May I transcend that behavior of ordinary life
Dependent upon material objects.

May my body blossom into your true nature,
The worlds become my limbs.
May all this dualistic feeling
Be forgotten forever,
Even after crossing into the realm of memory.

From the vision of your face
May there arise for me
A flood of the highest nectar
So that the terrible cavern
Obscuring my realization of your form
Be filled in completely.

Whenever I am sprinkled with even a few drops
Of the nectar of your touch
I become indifferent to
All the pleasures of the world.
Why must I be deprived of both types of pleasures?

O Unborn One!
May I, the royal swan perpetually gliding
Across the lake of your lotus feet,
Reach the top, middle, and indeed the root
Of the lotus stalk of devotion.

May there exist, O Lord,
All the objects of my thought and my sight.
But may each of them blossom
As the bliss of vision, reflection,
And illumination.

O Mightiest Lord!
Even when there is a deluge of those miseries
May I not only be free from fear,
But may I also enjoy blissful, supreme
Exultation at the touch of your body.

While woven into your being
This entire universe
Is also projected outward.
I have come to understand this
Through strong determination;
May I realize it also
Through sensual experience.

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One beauty of this Universe is -
It will not let you rest till you rest in Sadashiva,
It will not let you rest, run anywhere you want.

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Acquiring the skill to taste the sweet nectar
Derived from worshiping your feet,
May these longings of my mind
For the poison of sense objects
Be destroyed in their entirety.

Having been touched
By the sunbeams of your devotion,
Let this heart-crystal of mine
Shoot forth the blazing sparks of the passions,
Eradicating them completely.

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Having found harmony in your sea of bliss
May my heart be rid of this sorry state
Of disharmony
Once and for all.

May the axe of faith
In the oneness of your form
Fall on the firm root
Of false attachments, hatred,
And the other bonds that become manifest as
"This is mine, this is not mine."

O Lord, may the chain of the stigmas
Of contradiction perish.
May absolute freedom flash forth in my heart.
May the image made of consciousness
Be flooded with the nectar of bliss.

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The Seventh Song

' Victory over Separation '

Having found harmony in your sea of bliss
May my heart be rid of this sorry state
Of disharmony
Once and for all.

May the axe of faith
In the oneness of your form
Fall on the firm root
Of false attachments, hatred,
And the other bonds that become manifest as
"This is mine, this is not mine."

O Lord, may the chain of the stigmas
Of contradiction perish.
May absolute freedom flash forth in my heart.
May the image made of consciousness
Be flooded with the nectar of bliss.

I toss within the egg
Of the world infested with false attachments.
Like a mother, may the devotional sentiment
Nourish me with the sweet essence of bliss
So that I may develop into a bird
With mighty wings.

Acquiring the skill to taste the sweet nectar
Derived from worshiping your feet,
May these longings of my mind
For the poison of sense objects
Be destroyed in their entirety.

Having been touched
By the sunbeams of your devotion,
Let this heart-crystal of mine
Shoot forth the blazing sparks of the passions,
Eradicating them completely.

Forever may I sing my praises
Loudly to you,
Located in that place where Hari,
Haryavasa, and Virinca are waiting outside.

With the restless joy
Born of the rapture of devotion
May I perceive , entirely through the senses,
The whole world in the form of Shiva
And every action to consist of worship.

May my mind be wedded to devotion,
And through that union
May children be born
In the form of anima and the other powers.
May they mature
So as to strengthen my feeling that
"All these are mine."

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From the experience of union with you
Let me wander about
Free of every need and desire
Filled with absolute joy
Seeing all of creation as you alone.

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Wherever I go with body, speech, and mind,
Everything that there is, is you alone.
May this highest truth indeed
Become perfectly realized within me.

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The Sixth Song

' Tremblings along the Journey '

Separated from you
Even for an instant, O Lord,
I suffer deeply.
May you always be the subject of my sight.

Even if I am separated
From the world of samsara
May I not be separated from you,
My beloved.

Wherever I go with body, speech, and mind,
Everything that there is, is you alone.
May this highest truth indeed
Become perfectly realized within me.

O Lord! Offering you prayers,
May my speech become just as you are:
Beyond all distinctions
And filled with the highest bliss.

From the experience of union with you
Let me wander about
Free of every need and desire
Filled with absolute joy
Seeing all of creation as you alone.

O Lord, may I perceive the whole world
As filled with you
So much so that I, too,
Be completely satisfied:
Then, no longer will you be bothered
With my entreaties.

Just as cloud droplets are absorbed in the sky,
So are the various constituents of the universe
Absorbed in you;
May they always shine visibly for me
As I proceed through the stages
Of spiritual growth.

From the center of the world
Let there be visible to me
Your magnificent jewel
That dispels the depths of darkness
With its radiant luster.

On what site do you not dwell?
What exists that does not exist in your body?
I am wearied!
Therefore let me reach you everywhere,
Without difficulty.

O Lord, may I realize at will
The bliss of embracing your form.
Having attained that,
What have I not accomplished!

Be Visible, O Lord!
We do not trouble you with other requests.
Anguished, we chase after you.

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O Lord, may the rays
Of your brilliance beam steadily
Until the lotus of my heart opens
To worship you.

Grant, O Lord,
That I fall at your feet always
And find such delight there
That even my mind becomes intoxicated
And dissolves in bliss.

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Having seen the world as consisting of your nature
And having realized the pleasure
Of your nondual form,
Still may I never part
With the enjoyment of the spirit of devotion.

O Lord, since you and you alone
Have no wish that is fulfilled,
Then the fulfillment of your nonduality
Is more than sufficient.

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With my eyes closed,
Relishing the wonder of inner devotion,
May I worship even the blades of grass thus:
"Homage to Shiva, my own consciousness!"

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May the extraordinary fragrance
Of the blossom of your remembrance
Become fixed in my heart
Until the stench of foul impressions fades away.

O Lord, enlighten my heart!
Help me to discriminate between
The base delight in false enjoyments
And the superior delight in your lotus feet.

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"Nothing at all is of use
For becoming firmly established, shining manifest,
Eternally in one's own form."
May this thought take deep root in me,
Purified by the dust of your lotus feet.

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The Fifth Song

' The Command of Powers '

Carry me into your abode, O Lord -
I, who, through the touch of the Guru
Have become attached
To the pleasure of the touch
Of your lotus feet.

The hair on my head glistens
With color from the dust of your lotus feet;
When shall I begin to dance
The dance of ever-impetuous delight?

O Lord! You are my only Lord!
I perpetually beseech
That I would sooner be made a mute
And dwell within you
Than become wise in any other way.

"O Lord! Ocean of Nectar!
O Gleaming Three-eyed One!
O Sweet One even of the Monstrous Eyes!"
Let me cry and dance
Exclaiming all this with joy.

With my eyes closed
At the touch of your lotus feet,
May I rejoice,
Reeling with drunkenness
From the wine of your devotion.

May I dwell somewhere in a glen
Of the mountain of your consciousness
Where lies the uninterrupted state
Of your sublime bliss.

May I live in that sanctuary, O Lord,
Where, taking many forms,
You reside with Devi
From the palace up to the city gates.

O Lord, may the rays
Of your brilliance beam steadily
Until the lotus of my heart opens
To worship you.

Grant, O Lord,
That I fall at your feet always
And find such delight there
That even my mind becomes intoxicated
And dissolves in bliss.

Whether through immense joy or through anguish,
Whether from on a wall or in an earthen jug,
Whether from external objects or from within,
Reveal yourself to me, O Lord!

So cool is the nectar
From the touch of your lotus feet!
May that always stream through me,
Within and without.

Plunging into the ambrosia-lake
Of touching your feet
Is ever for me a pleasure
Beyond all pleasures.

Accept false enjoyment and the other limitations
That I offer unto you, O Lord.
Having transformed them into immortal nectar,
Enjoy them together with the devotees.

Contended with your meal
Of the entire world,
Be comfortably seated;
Then bestow on us, your devotees,
Your blessings and your blissful glance.

With my eyes closed,
Relishing the wonder of inner devotion,
May I worship even the blades of grass thus:
"Homage to Shiva, my own consciousness!"

Having seen the world as consisting of your nature
And having realized the pleasure
Of your nondual form,
Still may I never part
With the enjoyment of the spirit of devotion.

O Lord, since you and you alone
Have no wish that is fulfilled,
Then the fulfillment of your nonduality
Is more than sufficient.

May I attain that state
Where one laughs, one dances,
One does away with passion and hatred
And other such things,
And where one drinks
Of the sweet nectar of devotion.

May the extraordinary fragrance
Of the blossom of your remembrance
Become fixed in my heart
Until the stench of foul impressions fades away.

O Lord, enlighten my heart!
Help me to discriminate between
The base delight in false enjoyments
And the superior delight in your lotus feet.

Although I roam about in the states of Yoga
And am not caught up in the worldly affairs,
I would rather that my heart tremble,
Intoxicated with the wine of your remembrance.

In speech, in thought,
In the perceptions of the mind,
And in the gestures of the body,
May the sentiment of devotion be my companion
At all times, in all places.

Shiva! Shiva! Shiva!
Thus is performed the worship
Of constantly repeating your name.
O Lord, may I continue to taste the sweetest nectar,
Which is never repetitious.

May I live, worshiping you
In the world made of
Pulsating, endless, consciousness,
Along the path where
All unconsciousness has been dispelled,
In the city made of
Your unfathomable, extraordinary consciousness.

"Nothing at all is of use
For becoming firmly established, shining manifest,
Eternally in one's own form."
May this thought take deep root in me,
Purified by the dust of your lotus feet.

When I touch the soles of your feet,
It sometimes flashes in my mind
That this whole world
Has merged into a lake of nectar.
Lord! Grant this to me always.

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Toss aside your map of the world,
All your beliefs and constructs.
Dare the wild unknown.
Here in this terrifying freedom,
Naked before the universe,
Commune with the One
Who knows everything from the inside:
Invisible power pervading everywhere.
Divine Presence permeating everything.
Breath tenderly as
The lover of all beings.

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Just as here it is certain through great insight
That you are everything,
That there is nothing else
Either existent or nonexistent,
So, then, be abundantly evident to me!

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No sooner had I set foot
On the path of Shiva
Than, through your will,
Hundreds of auspicious things arouse for me.
What else could I possibly ask of you, O Lord?

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The Fourth Song

' Potent Nectar '

You are to be praised, O my mind,
For even though you waver,
You worship the protector even of the protectors,
The guru of the three worlds,
The beloved of Ambika.

Although I have gradually traversed
The steps of the various gods,
Having as support the feet of Shiva,
What a wonder it is that not even now
Do I part with this lowliest of states!

Show me the inner path!
Make disappear completely
The ways of the entire world
So that in an instant, O Lord,
I may become your servant forever.

O Shiva! Shiva! Shiva! Shankara!
O you who are kind to those seeking refuge,
Have mercy!
For blessings are not at all far away
From the memory of the pair of your lotus feet.

Lord! Reclining on the cushion of your lotus feet,
Those who create the world as they like
Laugh at Virinci (Brahma ) , who is subordinate
And who is completely smeared
With the soil of his own authority.

Nothing can shine that is separate
From the light of your form, O Lord.
Therefore, though disguised by nature,
You remain accessible.

Some people's perceptions become dulled
Because of duality.
But others taste immediately
The brilliant, unbroken body
That is free of duality.

O Lord, if that light of yours
Which is smeared with nectar
And which shines to me
Like infrequent flashes of lighting
Could be made more constant,
Then from that time my worship of you
Would also become constant
And nothing else would be required.

Just as here it is certain through great insight
That you are everything,
That there is nothing else
Either existent or nonexistent,
So, then, be abundantly evident to me!

By your own will, O Lord,
Have I set out on your path.
Why, then, do I behave like ordinary people
Instead of one worthy of you?

The sweetest emotion
Blossoms in the heart of the cataka birds
Who long enjoy that blissful experience
When they hear the rumblings of clouds.

Just through your grace
Has this enjoyment increased.
So even when the devotees
Are in a state of separation
Just the mention of you gives rise
To the remembrance of that joy of union.

He who utters the name of Shiva
Hundreds and hundreds of times
Grows great through the showering
Of the sweet, sublime nectar.
The marvelous power of this world
Enter even into the hearts of fools.

And that word, which flows like honey
From a nectar-crescent of the moon,
And causes the highest nectar to flow -
That is the sound of Shiva.
Blessed are they who have this sound
Ever on their lips.

This terrible world is about to be ended.
The deep stain of my mind has melted away.
Still the gates of your city
Are bolted shut
And do not unlatch even slightly.

Ardently I desire to behold
You ever-blossoming lotus face.
O Lord, may you appear to me,
Howsoever faintly,
Face to face.

There is no other happiness here in this world
Than to be free of the thought
That I am different from you.
What other happiness is there?
How is it, then that still this devotee of yours
Treads the wrong path?

If I do not continuously sip, with affection,
The wine of the nectar of harmony with you,
Then for a moment I will not be a fitting
Receptacle for your realization.

In truth, this person doesn't see
Even the slightest image of your form,
His mind sullied
By the sense of duality.
Even though you are omniscient
And show kindness to your followers
Why do you not hear this cry of mine?

Do you remember, O Lord,
That I ever sought after worldly pleasures
Or ever beseeched you for any of them?
Always greatly desired is the nectar
That comes from beholding your form.
That, oh grant me!

No sooner had I set foot
On the path of Shiva
Than, through your will,
Hundreds of auspicious things arouse for me.
What else could I possibly ask of you, O Lord?

Where the sun, the moon, and all others stars
Set at the same time,
There rises the radiant Night of Shiva,
Spreading a splendor of its own.

O Lord of the Gods!
Without the taste of nectar from touching your feet,
Even gaining sovereignty in the three worlds
Holds for me no savor at all.

Alas, O Lord, this knot of the soul
Prevents your realization.
But fashioned and concealed by you,
That knot is strong indeed -
So strong that, disregarding you,
It slackens not a bit.

O Lord of the Gods!
You are an object of incessant worship
By the great ones,
But are yourself a worshiper.
Here in this world
You are an object of vision
From both within and without,
But are yourself a seer.

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Homage to the miraculous Shambhu, who,
Transcending the two forms - the real and the unreal -
Of all that exists,
Constitutes the Third Form.

In this threefold universe of bondage
The only ones who are free,
Including the gods and the sages,
Are those who arise from your freedom.

They enjoy perfect happiness
Who have the unique elixir
Against the ills of the world:
The remembrance that the entire universe
Is inlaid with your form.

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Meditation on you
Washes away both delights and sorrows
As a river stream
Washes away high lands and low lands alike.*

For those who feel no separation from you
And for whom you are dearer than their own souls -
What cannot be said
Of the abundance of their happiness!

* - Ultimately delights and sorrows amount to the same thing: they are attachments and thus are obstacles to be removed by meditation on Shiva.

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O Lord of the Universe!
How lucky are your devotees,
Worthy of being adored by you.
For them, this turbulent ocean of the world
Is like a great pleasure-lake
For their amusement.

Those who delight in you
Long for nothing but to identify
With you completely.
How could worldly desires ever be requested!
For the devotees feel ashamed
Even in expressing the prayer:
"May you be revealed to me."

"Higher than Me there is nothing,
Yet even then I practice japa.
This shows that japa is but
Concentration on the Absolute Oneness."
Thus you instruct your devotees
As well as the whole world
Through your aksamala*.
In essence this is what constitutes you.

* - The Aksamala is the string of prayer beads used in japa meditation, or repetition of the mantra. Here, the unity of Shiva and the devotees is portrayed by the fact that although Shiva is to be worshiped, he is also a worshiper.

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The unreal is indeed different from real,
And the real is indeed different from that, O Lord!
You are neither real nor unreal,
But the nature of real and unreal both.

Though you shine even more brilliantly
Than the rays of a thousand suns
And though you pervade all the worlds,
Still you are not visible.

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The Third Song

' The Gift of Affection '

Homage to the miraculous Shambhu, who,
Transcending the two forms - the real and the unreal -
Of all that exists,
Constitutes the Third Form.

In this threefold universe of bondage
The only ones who are free,
Including the gods and the sages,
Are those who arise from your freedom.

They enjoy perfect happiness
Who have the unique elixir
Against the ills of the world:
The remembrance that the entire universe
Is inlaid with your form.

Whose white canopy is the self-illumined moon,
Whose fly-whisk is the stream
Of the heavenly Ganga -
He alone is the Supreme Lord.

Bestow on me your glance
Which radiates immortal nectar,
Cool and pure
Like a crescent of the moon.

Why, O Lord, do the drops of supreme knowledge
That flow from the ocean of your consciousness-bliss
Not have the delicious flavor
Of immortal sweetness?

Whose heart
Is not immersed in the delight of your nectar,
O Lord,
Has no heart at all,
O Mighty One! He should be despised!

Whose heart
Is united with you, O Lord,
Alone is worthy of Shambhu's powers.

Meditation on you
Washes away both delights and sorrows
As a river stream
Washes away high lands and low lands alike.

For those who feel no separation from you
And for whom you are dearer than their own souls -
What cannot be said
Of the abundance of their happiness!

I roar ! Oh, and i dance!
My heart's desires are fulfilled
Now that you, Lord,
Infinitely splendid,
Have come to me.

In that state , O Lord,
Where nothing else is to be known or done,
Neither Yoga
Nor intellectual understanding
Is to be sought after,
For the only thing that remains and flourishes
Is Absolute Consciousness.

Whose voice ever rings
With the eternal sound Shiva
Escapes spontaneously
The cruel grip of undefeatable, endless sorrows.

The "first person"
Is distinguished from the "second person"
And from the "third person" as well.
You alone are the Great Person,
The refuge of all persons.

O Lord of the Universe!
How lucky are your devotees,
Worthy of being adored by you.
For them, this turbulent ocean of the world
Is like a great pleasure-lake
For their amusement.

Those who delight in you
Long for nothing but to identify
With you completely.
How could worldly desires ever be requested!
For the devotees feel ashamed
Even in expressing the prayer:
"May you be revealed to me."

"Higher than Me there is nothing,
Yet even then I practice japa.
This shows that japa is but
Concentration on the Absoulte Oneness."
Thus you instruct your devotees
As well as the whole world
Through your aksamala*.
In essence this is what constitutes you.

* - The Aksamala is the string of prayer beads used in japa meditation, or repetition of the mantra. Here, the unity of Shiva and the devotees is portrayed by the fact that although Shiva is to be worshiped, he is also a worshiper.

The unreal is indeed different from real,
And the real is indeed different from that, O Lord!
You are neither real nor unreal,
But the nature of real and unreal both.

Though you shine even more brilliantly
Than the rays of a thousand suns
And though you pervade all the worlds,
Still you are not visible.

In this unconscious world
You are the form of consciousness.
Among the knowable, you are the knower;
Among the finite, you are the infinite:
You are the highest of all.

"No more of these lamentations!"
I cry out loudly before the Lord,
For in spite of knowing all this
I am confused
And I stray from the right path.

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' Shiva Mahapurana '

Merely by listening to the story of Shiva, a person secures that merit which results from the performance of a Rajasuya sacrifice and a hundred Agnistomas.

In the age of Kali, there is no greater virtue conducive to the achievement of liberation, than listening to the Shivapurana.

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May the Lord be glorified,
The mysterious Shambhu
Whose only definition is that he is
Devoid of all definitions.

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May you be glorified, inaccessible
Even to the long-haired sages.
But those endowed with the spirit of devotion
Embrace you without difficulty.

May you be glorified,
Vessel of the sweetest nectar,
Treasury of supreme liberation,
Attainable far beyond the farthest limits.

May you be glorified, O Form of the Great Mantra,
Cool and lucid,
Blessed with exquisite fragrance,
Brimming with the great nectar of immortality.

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