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Sivananda Lahari
« on: November 30, 2008, 11:46:16 AM »
Verse 44 gives an imagery of comparing Siva with Lion.  Verse 45
speaks of Siva living under the nest of devotee's mind.

Verse 44 reads as under:

It has got a deer caught in its hand.  (Siva catches the wavering mind,
    which is a deer.  Lion catches the deer.)

It has killed the leader of the elephant herds.  (Siva catches the
     Gajamukasura and kills, and wears the skin as his upper cloth.
     Lion kills elephant.)

It kills all the animals in the forest.  (Siva annihilates all the senses
     in the body for devotees, since he is King in the Heart.)  Lion kills all
     the animals in the forest, as it is the King of the Forest.)

The Panchamuka, the white, lives in the forest happily. I have no fear.
     (Panchamuka, in Sanskrit, means both Lion which has got a large
     face and less large body, and Five Faces, the five faced Siva..
     The white means the white lion or Siva with white holy ashes
     all over his body.  Forest means the Heart Cave.)   

Verse 45 reads like this:

O the great bird of my mind, You live in this tree of "sakas" branches
  in the tree of Vedas!
You are sought after by the other birds of Veda knowing Brahmins!
You taste the endless nectar of good frutis of Dharma,Artha, Kama
  and Moksha!
Please stay in the nest of the lotus feet of Paramasiva, why do you
   fly to tree after tree?

('Sakas' in Sanskrit means both branches of tree and branches of

(Source: Sivananda Lahari. Sanskrit-Tamil. Sri Ramakrishna Math,
Chennai.  Translation and Prose rendering, my own.)

Arunachala Siva.