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Sivananda Lahari
« on: December 10, 2008, 12:22:11 PM »
Sri Sankara describes Arunachala's glory in three verses in Sivananada
Lahari.  These are Verses 23, 86 and 99.

The Verse 23 reads as under:

O the Leader of Thieves!*  Ever graceful considering the welfare of
the devotees. O the All Prevalent!  I am, with my greedy mind, always
thinking of going to rich men's houses for stealing.** My mind is
deluded in several ways. How can I tolerate this thief of my mind?
Please grace me, making my mind subjugated to you!

* Sri Rudarm adores Siva as the Leader of Thieves!   Once Bhagavan
Ramana was asked by a devotee, how Sri Rudram, could say that
Siva is the Leader of Thieves.  Bhagavan Ramana said:  At least the
thieves before they go for stealing pray to Siva stating that they would
give half of the bounty stolen, as offering to him!  But we, in this world
do not offer even a small portion of our earnings and belongings to God.
He will be the Leader of Thieves, because they are better-disposed towards Him!

** Addressing Siva, as the Leader of Thieves, the poet says that he
is going to rich men's houses, seeking wealth as if stealing. So
for him, as a thief, Siva is rightly the Leader of Thieves.  Arunagiri Natha
has also sulked for having to go to rich men's house for seeking their
wealth and bhiksha!

The Verse 86 has already been discussed.

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

Arunachala Siva.