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Sivananda Lahari
« on: December 02, 2008, 12:31:43 PM »
Verse 20 of Sivananda Lahari, describes the mind as a monkey
and bhakti as a rope that ties it to Siva.

O Siva, the One who is present in all places!  In delusion of the jungle
of life, my mind always goes after the hills like breasts of women.
It swings in the branches of trees, that are desires. It runs here
and there without purpose.  O the beggar with bramha kapala!
Please keep this ever running monkey with rope of bhakti, and keep
it with you for ever!

Verse 21 describes the mind as a tent.

O the killer of Manmatha!  This tent of my mind, is fixed around the
middle-pillar of courage and determination.  This is tied with the
ropes of good conducts.  This is beautiful like a full blown lotus. This
is spotlessly white like the cloth of the tent. Please come and stay
with Uma and be guarded around by your Siva-ganas!  Victory to you!

(Sivananada Lahari. Sri Sankara. Sanskrit-Tamil. Sri Ramakrishna
Ashram, Chennai. Translation and Prose rendering, my own.)

Arunachala Siva.