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There is nowhere a donor like Śaṅkara. He takes pity on the miserable, He is fond of only giving away, and He always likes those who ask (for something). After killing (burning) Māra (Kāmadeva), the foremost among warriors, Śiva established him (again) in the world.1 How can I describe the act of pity of such a Lord when He is pleased?
The state of liberation which sages, after performing millions of penance such as Yoga, hesitate to ask from Hari, insects and moths merge into that state (when they die) in Kāśī, the city of Purāri — this is made known by the Veda. Those who leave the generous Lord Śiva, the consort of Umā, and go elsewhere to ask, Tulasīdāsa says those foolish beggars are never satisfied.
1 The reference is to the boon Śiva granted to Kāmadeva’s consort Rati, that Her consort will now transcend the universe without a physical body. After this, Kāmadeva came to be known as Anaṅga.
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