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Sivananda Lahari
« on: December 08, 2008, 03:23:58 PM »
The Verse 89 of Sivananda Lahari, describes the glory of Arjuna and Sakkiya Nayanar, and this is a Nindha-Stuti, adoring in the
form of scolding.

O the Ruler of the world!  You are not pleased as much with prostrations,
woships, and meditation in samadhi, as you are pleased with stones thrown at, and arrows that sprang from the bow. Can I hit with pounding log?
Please tell me how I can do poojas to you that are most dear to you.

(Arjuna was doing tapas towards Siva, for obtaining Pasupatastra. Siva
went as a hunter and picked up quarrel with him.  Arjuna sent arrows
towards his head and Siva rose skywards.  Arjuna caught hold of His
feet and Siva became pleased to give him, Pasupatastra.  Sakkiya Nayanar threw stones at Sivalinga, instead of with flowers,  to avoid punishment
from Jains.  Sankara asks whether he can hit him at least with pounding log, instead of with bow and arrow and stones.)

The verse 90 describes Siva pooja with antharkaranas.

O Siva!  I am not learned in various sublime yoga-margas.  Let me
use my tongue to speak your divine plays that did good for the world.
Let my mind always contemplate on your holy form.  Let me prostrate
before you, for allround welfare.

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

Arunachala Siva.