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Subramanian.R

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Speaking of Siva (4)
« on: July 26, 2008, 12:54:54 PM »
Basavanna is the first of the four saints.  He is imagery is different
but equally striking.

"When a whore with a child, takes on a customer for money,
Neither child nor the lecher will get enough of her.
She will go pat the child once, then go lie with the man once,
Neither here nor there, love of money is relentless,
Love of the world and love for god is relentless,
O Lord of the Meeting Rivers!"

"Siva, you have no mercy, Siva you have no heart,
Why, why did you bring me to birth?
Wretch in this world, exile from the other,
Tell me lord don't you have one more little plant or tree
Made just of me, O Lord of the Meeting Rivers!"

"Cripple me father, that I may not go here and there,
Blind me father, that I may not look at this and that,
Deafen me father, that  I may not hear anything else,
Keep me at your men's feet, looking for nothing else,
O Lord of the Meeting Rivers!"

"The crookedness of the serpent is straight enough for the snake-hole,
The crookedness of the river is straight enough for the sea,
And the crookedness of our Lord's men is straight enough for the Lord,
O Lord of the Meeting Rivers!"

Arunachala Siva.