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Siva Mahimnah Stotram - 3
« on: January 13, 2009, 11:47:45 AM »
Pushpadanta says:

Verse 2: Thy greatness is beyond the reach of mind and speech. Who will (duly) praise That which even the Vedas describe with trepidation, by the method of 'Not this', 'Not this' -- how many qualties does That possess?
and can be perceived whom? Yet to the form taken later, whose mind and speech do not turn?

Verse 15: O Lord, the god of love whose arrows do not fail anywhere in the world of gods, demons, and men but are always successful, became
an object of memory merely by looking upon Thee as an ordinary god.
For an insult to the self controlled, does not conduce to good.

Verse 20:  The sacrifices* being destroyed, Thou ever remained the connecting link between the sacrificers and the fruit of the sacrifice. When does the destroyed sacrifice bear fruit, if not accompanied by the worship of the Lord?**  Therefore knowing Thee to be the giver of fruits
and puttin faith in the Vedas, people become resolute about the performance of sacrificial rites.

(* In Daruka forests, the sages were doing sacrifices and their egos got
bloated and they were telling that sacrifices alone would give fruits including liberation.  Siva then appeared before them as a beggar with
Uma.  The wives of sages became enthralled with the beauty of Siva and they were going behind Him.  The minds of sages also got infatuated with the beauty of Uma.  Then, getting angry the sages sent out a tiger, an elephant and then a apasmara, a dwarf demon, representation of agglomeration of sins.  Siva killed the tiger and wore its skin as his loincloth and killed the elephant and wore its skin as His upper robe,
kept the apasmara, the demon under His right leg and danced!

** He then told the sages about the sublimity of Jnana Marga and advised that  mere karmas by themselves would not bear fruit without devotion to the God, who is the giver of boons/fruits.  This is also the meaning of the first verse of Bhagavan Ramana's Upadesa Saram.

Verse 22:  O Lord, the fury of Thee who became a hunter with a bow in hand, has not left Brahma thogh, keenly peirced by Thy arrow, and
terror stricken, he wanted to feel to the heavens.

(Source: Siva Mahimnah Stotram, Pushpadanta.  English Tr. from
Advaita Ashrama, Kolkata.)

Arunachala Siva.