mamdira måjha bhai nabha båni, re hatabhågya agya abhimåni |
jadyapi tava gura ke° nahi krodhå, ati krpåla cita samyaka bodhå ||1||
tadapi såpa satha daihau°tohi, niti birodha sohåi na mohi |
jau° nahi damda karau° khalatorå, bhrasta hoi srutimåraga morå ||2||
je satha gura sana iriså karahi°, raurava naraka koti juga parahi° |
trijaga joni puni dharahi sarirå, ayuta janma bhari påvahi pirå ||3||baitha rahesi ajagara iva påpi, sarpa hohi khala mala mati byåpi |
mahå bitapa kotara mahu°jåi, rahu adhamådhama adhagati påi ||4||
Lord Shiva Curses the Shudra (Kakbhushundi in his previous birth)
A heavenly voice spoke from the temple: O ill-fated one! Fool! Arrogant one! Although your guru has no anger, he is very tender-hearted and has (complete and) full possessed of true and true knowledge (understanding of the identity of the self with the ultimate brahman.)Even then, you fool! I will curse you. (Because) I do not like anyone who goes against ethics. O wretched one! If I do not punish you, the doctrine of My Vedas will be violated. The fools who envy their gurus, keep lying in the hell called Raurava for crores of yugas.. After that they take birth in subhuman species(animals, birds etc.,) and are tormented for ten thousand births in succession. O sinner! Since you remained seated like a python in front of your guru, take the form of a snake since your mind is steeped in sin. O basest of the base! And, condemned to that degraded state, go and live in the hollow of some huge tree.
håhåkåra kinha gura dåruna suni siva såpa |
kampita mohi biloki ati ura upajå paritåpa ||107(A)||
kari damdavata saprema dvija siva sanmukha kara jori |
binaya karata gadagada svara samujhi ghora gati mori ||107(B)||
The Brahmana, Guru of the Shudra
The Guru wailed in distress on hearing the terrible curse of Lord Shiva. And seeing me tremble with fear, deep agony took hold of his heart. Reflecting on my awful fate, the Brahmana prostrated before Lord Shiva. With folded hands and voice faltering with emotion, he made an entreaty as follows:
namåmisamisåna nirvårarupam, vibhum vyåpakam brahma vedasvarupam |
nijam nirgunam nirvikalpam niriham, cidåkåsamåkåsavåsam bhajeíham ||1||
niråkåramomkåramulam turiyam, girå gyåna gotitamisam girisam |
karålam mahåkåla kålam krpålam, gunågåra samsårapåram natoíham ||2||
tusårådri samkåsa gauram gabhiram, manobhuta koti prabhå sri sariram |
sphuranmauli kallolin cåru gamgå, lasadbhålabålendu kamthe bhujamgå ||3||
calatkumdalam bhru sunetram visålam, prasannånanam nilakamtham dayålam |
mrgådhisacarmåmbaram mundamålam, priyam samkaram sarvanåtham bhajåmi ||4||
pracamam prakrstam pragalbham paresam,akhamdam ajam bhånukotiprakåsam |
traya ̈sula nirmulanam sulapånim, bhajeíham bhavånipatim bhåvagamyam ||5||
kalåtita kalyåna kalpåntakåri, sadå sajjanånandadåtå puråri |
cidånamdasamdoha mohåpahåri, prasida prasida prabho manmathåri ||6||
na yåvad umånåtha pådåravindam, bhajamtiha loke pare vå narånam |
na tåvatsukham sånti santåpanåsam, prasida prabho sarvabhutådhivåsam ||7||
na jånåmi yogam japam naivapujåm, natoíham sadå sarvadå sambhu tubhyam |
jarå janma dukhaugha tåtapyamånam, prabho påhi åpannamåmisa sambho ||8||
Appeasing Lord Shiva
I respectfully salute the formless source of the sound Om, the turiya (detached from the three constituents of sattva or goddness, rajas or passion and tamas or darkness) who is beyond speech, knowledge and the senses; the ruler of Kailash who is the fearsome Mahakaal (Shiva in his character as the destroyer when he is represented as black and as a personification of time), the merciful one who is the abode of virtues and is Parmeshwar or the Supreme Lord, beyond reach of the mundane world.
I worship Shiva who is fair-complexioned and dignified like the Himalayas, whose body is radiant with the splendour of crores of Kamdevs (god of love), the beautiful river Ganges is nestled on his head, with the crescent moon posited on his brow and snakes adorning his neck.
I worship Lord Shankar (working for our well-being)who is the Lord loved by everyone. Kundals (large ear-rings as worn by yogis) are dangling from his ears, he has beautiful eyebrows, huge eyes, and looks pleased.He is known as Neelkanth (According to the Puranas, Shiva received this name as he drank the poison that emerged from the ocean after it was churned for getting the nectar of immortality. With the power of his yoga, Shiva stopped the poison in his throat but it turned blue.) and is merciful. Putting on a garment made of lion skin, he has a garland of skulls draped around his neck.
I worship Lord Shankar the husband of Bhavani (a title of the goddess Parvati),attainable by bhava or love flowing towards the Lord, holding a trident in his hands, uprooting the three-fold pangs of suffering and radiant like millions of blazing suns.The Parmeshwar or Supreme Lord is unborn, indestructible, brilliant, supreme and the fearsome form of Rudra (a title of Shiva).
Be pleased, be pleased oh Lord! You are the enemy of Kamdev (god of lust), dispel illusion by churning the mind, are Sacchidanandan (being, thought and bliss,a title of the Ultimate Being) and the foe of demon Tripura. Granting constant delight to the virtuous, you bring about dissolution of the world at the end of a kalpa and are the svarupa who is beyond artistic skills as you work for our salvation.
Unless humans worship the lotus feet of Parvati's husband neither do they get happiness and peace in this mundane world and the next, and nor is their suffering alleviated. Therefore oh Lord, who dwells within the hearts of all living sentient beings, kindly be pleased.
I have no inkling of yoga (abstract meditation undertaken to bring the soul into union with the Supreme Spirit), incantations or religious observances. Oh Shambhu I respectfully salute you in particular at all times. Oh Lord, protect me from the many miseries of birth, old age and death which I am afflicted with. I make salutations to you oh God! Oh Shambhu!
rudråstakamidam proktam viprena haratosaye |
ye pathanti narå bhaktyå tesåm sambhuh ̈ prasidati ||9||
The Rudraashtakam Placates Lord Rudra
This octet which is a eulogy for Lord Rudra was recited by the Brahman to placate him. Lord Shambhu is pleased with the person who religiously chants this hymn of praise.
suni binati sarbagya siva dekhi bipra anurågu |
puni mamdira nabhabåni bhai dvijabara bara mågu ||108.(A)||
jau° prasanna prabhu mo para nåtha dina para nehu |
nija pada bhagati dei prabhu puni dusara bara dehu ||108(B)||
tava måyå basa jiva jaRa samtata phirai bhulåna |
tehi para krodha na karia prabhu krpå simdhu bhagavåna ||108(C)||
samkara dinadayåla aba ehi para hohu krpåla |
såpa anugraha hoi jehi nåtha thorehi° kåla ||108(D)||
The Brahmana asks Lord Shiva for a Boon
The all-knowing Shiva heard the Brahman's prayer and saw his loving devotion. That is when an etheral voice could be heard from the temple: O great Brahmana! Ask for a boon. (The Brahmana said) O Lord! If you are pleased with me. And O master! And if you are fond of this meek person, then first grant me religious devotion for your feet and then give me another boon. O Lord! This stupid jiva (individuated soul) overpowered by your Maya (delusive power) constantly wanders around (from one womb to another)lost. O Lord Shankar, merciful towards the needy! Be compassionate towards him now. O Nath! So that in a short while you bless him (by releasing him from the curse)after the curse.