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May you be glorified, O Deva,
Who can be worshiped in any manner
In any place
In whatever form at all.

May you be glorified, O Granter of Boons,
Who are served by those aspiring for liberation,
And whose boundless depths of beauty
Dispel all afflictions.

May you be glorified, O Lord,
Who forever fill the three worlds
With infinite beatitude,
Rejoicing in eternal celebration.

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The great cloth**
Representing your absolute oneness
Is full of the nectar of freedom
And has not a single spot of color.
Homage to your teachings, O Lord

We praise the path of Maheshvara,
The thunderbolt against all doubts,
The fire of destruction
That destroys all misfortune,
The final dissolution
Of all things inauspicious.

May you be glorified, O Deva!
Homage! Adoration!
O Protector of the Whole Universe,
O Supreme Lord of the Three Worlds,
For refuge I come to you alone.

** - The image is of royal edict or decree (sasana) that is written on a great woven cloth (mahapata). Sasana also denotes a doctrine or teaching, therefore, the doctrine of Shiva is without blemish. In this image the doctrine or edict is full of nectar, yet because its essence is the freedom of Shiva, it is pure and white, without a single spot of color (citra) to defile it. Citra also denotes a written impression; therefore full understanding of the doctrine comes not through what has been written in speculation but through direct realization.

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The Second Song

' Contemplation of the All-Soul '

May you be glorified, O Essence of Consciousness,
Appearing in many forms as Agni,
The moon, the sun, Brahma, Vishnu,
The mobile and the immobile.

May you be glorified, O Mighty Fire,
Brilliantly lustrous form smearing the ashes
That remain of the universe,
Your sole oblation.

May you be glorified, O Mild One,
Smooth and brimming with the finest nectar,
O Terrible One who burns away
The entire universe.

May you be glorified, O Mahadeva,
O Rudra, Shankara, Maheshvara,
O Shiva, Embodiment of the Mantra.

May you be glorified, O Fire of Shiva,
O Dreadful One, who,
Having absorbed the melting fat
Of the pieces of the three worlds,
Remains yet auspicious.

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

Glory to the imperceptible Lord,
The antithesis of the Vedas and the Agamas
And yet the true essence
of the Vedas and the Agamas.

Glory be to Shambhu,
The sole cause of the universe
And its only destroyer,
Who takes worldly form
And who transcends the world.

Glory be to Shambhu,
Who is the consummate beginning, middle, and end,
Who takes the form of beginning, middle, and end,
Who is without beginning, middle, or end.

The utterance of your name even once
Produces the same effect
As several virtuous deeds.
May you be glorified, O Difficult of Attainment.

Homage to the One who revels always
With a band of ghosts
In moving and in nonmoving forms.
May you be glorified, O Skullbearer,
O Essence of Consciousness.

Homage to that wondrous Shambhu,
The Deluding One
Who is yet pure and clear;
The Hidden One
Who has yet revealed himself;
The Subtle One
Whose form yet takes the form of the whole universe.

May you be glorified, O Omnipotent One,
Whose many acts bewilder,
Whose play is to destroy the world
Maintained by Brahma, Indra, and Vishnu.

May you be glorified, O Hara,
Fathomless ocean
On whose shores the mere wanderer
Aquires your special powers.

Homage to Shambhu, resplendent lotus
Dwelling unsullied
In the midst of the world's thick mire
Of illusion.

Homage to the Auspicious One,
The Pure, the Protector, the Adorned Soul,
The Beloved, the Highest Truth,
The Best of all things.

Homage to Shambhu,
The One who is ever bound
Yet enjoys eternal liberation:
Who is beyond bondage and liberation.

In this vast expanse of the three worlds,
Whose whole essence is ludicrous,
You are the sole enjoyer or perpetual delight.
May you be glorified, O One without a Second.

May you be glorified, O Sarva,
Who are the essence of the "right-handed" path,
Who are the essence of the "left-handed" path,***

*** - These names refer to two sects of Tantra commonly known as the 'Daksinacara' (Righthanded path) and 'Vamacara' (Lefthanded path), referring, by some interpretations to the acceptability or dubiousness of their cultic practices.

May you be glorified, O Deva,
Who can be worshiped in any manner
In any place
In whatever form at all.

May you be glorified, O Granter of Boons,
Who are served by those aspiring for liberation,
And whose boundless depths of beauty
Dispel all afflictions.

May you be glorified, O Lord,
Who forever fill the three worlds
With infinite beatitude,
Rejoicing in eternal celebration.

Homage to your terrifying sense-goddesses!
Whatever they enjoy
Is all in offering to you.

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.

The great cloth**
Representing your absolute oneness
Is full of the nectar of freedom
And has not a single spot of color.
Homage to your teachings, O Lord

** - The image is of royal edict or decree (sasana) that is written on a great woven cloth (mahapata). Sasana also denotes a doctrine or teaching, therefore, the doctrine of Shiva is without blemish. In this image the doctrine or edict is full of nectar, yet because its essence is the freedom of Shiva, it is pure and white, without a single spot of color (citra) to defile it. Citra also denotes a written impression; therefore full understanding of the doctrine comes not through what has been written in speculation but through direct realization.

We praise the path of Maheshvara,
The thunderbolt against all doubts,
The fire of destruction
That destroys all misfortune,
The final dissolution
Of all things inauspicious.

May you be glorified, O Deva!
Homage! Adoration!
O Protector of the Whole Universe,
O Supreme Lord of the Three Worlds,
For refuge I come to you alone.

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Be attached to Him, who is without attachment.
Hold on to that attachment.
Then only will you be able to leave other attachments.

~ Saint Thirvalluvar

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In youth, the venomous snakes of sound and sight,
Of taste and touch and smell,
Fastened on my vitals and slew my discrimination.
Alas! My heart bereft of the thought of Shiva,
Swelled in arrogance and pride!
Therefore O Shiva
O Mahadeva! O Shambho!
Forgive me, I pray, my transgressions.

Now in my old age, my senses have lost the power of proper
judgment and action.
My body is weak and senile from afflictions,
But even now, my mind instead of meditating on Shiva,
Runs after vain desire and hollow discussions.
Therefore O Shiva! O Mahadeva! O Shambho!
Forgive me I pray, my transgressions.

I bow to Him who bestows on the sages direct
knowledge of ultimate Truth.
I bow to the teacher of the three worlds,
Dakshinamurthi, the Lord Himself,
Who dispels the misery of birth and death.

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The recompense that a son makes to the mother that bore him, is to make people exclaim. What austerities did this man's mother perform to beget such a son!

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When you become meditative, you will see, your intellectual capabilities will increase many times more than what it is right now. Not because meditation makes you intelligent, but because meditation clears up the mess, the muck that’s gathered on the glass of the flashlight. As your meditation deepens, it just clears up the muck more and more and the flashlight becomes more and more powerful. It shows you things more and more clearly.

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In turning inward, life opens up dimensions and possibilities unknown.

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Utpaladeva (A.D. 900-950), well known as a founder of the Pratyabhijna school of philosophy in Kashmir, is best remembered for his philosophical treatises, most notably the Isvarapratyabhijnakarika, which with its commentary, Vimarsini of Abhinavagupta, constitutes a major contribution to Indian philosophy in general.
But Utpaladeva was, foremost, a highly realized devotee of Shiva, and is considered in Kashmiri tradition to have been a 'Siddha' ("Perfected Being"). The recitation of the stotras, or songs, of the Sivastotravali features in the worship of the Saiva community of Kashmir, even to this day. Since the time of their composition they have been chanted in the same style, and it has only been in the last fifty years that a more modern, though still beautiful, style has been adopted.


The First Song

' The Pleasure of Devotion '

We praise the one who is filled with devotion,
Who meditates not nor recites by the rule,
And yet without any effort at all
Attains the splendor of Shiva.

Though my soul is young
Drinking the nectar of your devotion,
It is yet as one gone grey,
With hair whitened by the dust
Along this journey though the world.

Even the path of worldly living
Becomes blissful for the devotees
Who have obtained your blessing, O Lord,
And who live inside your realm.

When everything in the world is in your form,
How could there be a place
Not suitable for devotees?
Where in the world does their mantra
Fail to bear?

Triumphant are they, intoxicated
With the celestial drink of devotion.
They are beyond duality
Yet retain you as "the other."

Only those who are immersed
In the joy of fervent devotion
Know the essence, O Lord,
Of your boundless ocean of bliss.

You alone, O Lord, are the Self of all.
And everyone naturally loves his own Self.
Thus victorious becomes the one who knows
That devotion is inherent in all.

Lord! When the objective world has dissolved
Though a state of deep meditation,
You stand alone -
And who does not see you then?
But even in the state of differentiation
Between the knower and the known,
You are eaisily seen by the devotees.

Just as Devi,
Your most beloved, endless pool of bliss,
Is inseparable from you,
So may your devotion alone
Be inseparable from me.

The path of the senses is threefold,
Marked by pleasure, pain, and delusion.
For the devotee this is the path
That leads to your attainment.

The highest state of intellectual knowledge
Has none of the taste of the nectar
Of your devotion.
To me, O Lord, it is like sour wine.

Those who practice the exalted science
Of your devotion
Are the only ones who truly know
The essence of knowledge and ignorance alike.

May this vine of speech,
Raising steadily from the root,
Everywhere adorned with blossoms
And sprinkled with the nectar of devotion,
Yield for me fruit abundant with that sentiment.

"One should worship Shiva by becoming Shiva"
is the old saying. But the devotees say,
"One should worship Shiva by becoming a devotee."
For they can recognize your essence as nondual,
Even when it is in bodily form.

What for the devoted
Does not serve as an insturment
To attain identification with you?
And what, then, for the spiritually inferior,
Does not serve as an obstacle,
Leading to failure in spiritual attainment?

According to Yoga, you are obtained
At particular times and in particular places.
This is deception!
Otherwise, how is it that you appear to devotees,
O Lord, under all conditions?

Pratyahara* and similar practices
Have nothing to do with this unique attainment.
Even in what is merely the yogin's nonmeditative state,
The devotees acquire complete union.

* - Pratyahara , or the withdrawal from objects of the senses, is one of the requirenments of Yoga for attaining Samadhi.

Neither Yoga nor austerities
Nor ceremonial worship
Is recommended on this path to Shiva.
Here, only devotion is extolled.

Within and without, let determinate cognition cease,
Dispelled by the brilliant,
Glowing light of devotion.
Let even the name of anxiety be destroyed
So that I may have direct realization
Of the true nature of all things.

With the single word Shiva
Ever resting on the tip of the tongue,
The devotees can enjoy
Even the most complete array of savory delights.

Who else is to be counted
By those resting comfortably in the celestial bliss
Of the cool, pure, tranquil, sweet
Sea of the nectar of devotion?

Lord! Why should someone like me
Not taste of the mahausadhi herb of devotion,
Whose natural extract
Is called liberation?

O Lord, the wise pray for those fortunes alone
That nourish the capacity to delight
In the bliss of your devotion,

They have experienced inexplicable bliss
In a downpour of devotional nectar.
Even should they fall,
They will not become soiled
With the mire of false attachments
And other such things.

When it ripens, the vine of devotion
Inherently bears fruits, called siddhis;
These begin with anima and the other powers
And culminate in liberation.

How wonderful it is that the mind, O Lord,
In essence the seed of all suffering,
When doused with the nectar of devotion
Bears the magnificent fruit of beatitude.

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'If you utter the word again and again, “I am efficient”, “I am powerful”,
you are that! If you utter the word “No! I am powerless, I am inefficient”,
you are that! When you take the responsibility, when you decide to become responsible, simply the whole Cosmos listens to you, follows you! With Responsibility even if you sit in one corner, the very space changes the response the way the world responds towards you.'

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“Everything is only a concoction of time, space and energy. All else is the trite talk of people who dislike the effort of sadhana which takes them to the Self. This talk is based on their dense ignorance of the Self. Only by persistent practice and experience of sadhana, can one arrive at the truth that all concepts of souls, world, and the cause thereof are just evanescent shadows on the screen of Shiva-Self-Brahman.

(ch.24, v.31)

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I victoriously live in this Effulgent Consciousness as my own sole Essence.

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But the man who rejoices only in the Self, who is satisfied with the Self, who is content in the Self alone, for him, indeed, there is nothing (more) to be done.

- III-17

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We don't know how to explain Saving-Truth of Spiritual Life to persons who are gross, with uncontrolled senses, or passions, who are drowned in lusty enjoyments. Let them learn it all from women who are dressed in their lack-of-intelligence !

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"Later..., having reached the Holy-of-holies, this Unborn State, his tranquil-mind established in It, he never grieves even amidst the greatest calamities."

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He who recognizes inaction in action and action in inaction is wise among men; he is a Yogi and a true performer of all actions.

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The Self-existent God has so created the senses that they go outward, and hence man sees the external and not the internal Self. Only, perchance, some wise man desirous of immortality turns his eyes and beholds, the inner Atman.

~ Katho Upanishad II-iv-1

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The joy that fillls a mind, which is thoughtless and undisturbed , such a perfect joy is not found in the pleasing moon, nor in the palace of the Creator, nor for the King-of-gods, Indra, himself.

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The peaceful Sage, who in his equal vision moves about in the world with hatred to none, ever-free - I constantly follow him from behind, seeking to purify Myself, with the dust of his feet!!!

- Ekadisa , XIV-16

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Even Lord Madhava cannot give wisdom to one who has not contemplated upon the Self, even though he may be one who has for long worshipped the Lord, and is one who has supreme devotion for the Lord.

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In his ignorance of the Supreme State, ever-exhausting himself in activities, tired with his constant anxiety for results, alas, man never contemplates upon the Reality... There is no greater State of Existence than the Silence of the Mind, wherein all Vasana's have been renounced.

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This Atman cannot be attained by study of the Veda's, nor by intelligence, nor by much hearing. It is gained by him who chooses It alone; to him this Atman reveals Its true nature.

~ Katho Upanishad I-ii-23

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Sarvam brahmaiva jagat

~

The entire universe-of-change is, in essence, nothing but Brahman

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In the birght hot summer noon just as we see different colors in the sky, so too are the infinite powers divine, in Him who is both Existence and Non-existence.

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The man who is full of faith, who is devoted to It, and who has subdued the senses, obtains (this) Knowledge; and having obtained Knoweldge, he goes ere long to the the Supreme Peace. IV-39

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That is called the spirit of faith (Sraddha) by which an individual understands readily the exact import of the Scriptural texts, as well as the pregnant words of advice given by the preceptor - by which alone the Reality of things becomes manifestly clear. (Vivekachudamani-26)

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