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Vinay Patrika 013 - Shiv Bhajan - By Tulsidas


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Vinayāvalī 013

Worship the pollen (dust) of the lotus feet of Śiva. It is the bestower of complete happiness and prosperity, and is the Kāmadhenu (fullfiller of all wishes).[1] Śiva is white as camphor, He is generous in compassion, He is the essence of the world, and He wears a garland of Vāsuki, which is the king of serpents.[2]

He is the birthplace (source) of bliss, His greatness is boundless, He is beyond the three qualities (Sattva, Rajas and Tamas), He is the lord of (all) virtues, and He is without form (or beyond form).[3] The great Lord has three eyes, He is the destroyer of Kāmadeva, and He is the newly arisen sun for the fog of Ahaṅkāra (ego).[4]

On his forehead sparkles the beautiful young moon, He is the remover of sorrows of the three worlds, and He is the king of tormentors (Pramatha and Gaṇa of Śiva).[5] Those on whose forehead (in whose fate) {\skti Brahmaa} did not script favorable condition (of happiness and prosperity), the compassionate Lord of Kāśī is their (only) recourse.[6]

Who else is as obliging as Śiva -- He drank the Kālakūṭa poison when it was burning the deities and demons.[7] (Even on) resorting to many means for innumerable Kalpa (epoch), true knowledge of world is not possible without the compassion of the benevolent Śiva.[8]

O Śiva, Who is the abode of Vijñāna,1 and Who is the consort of the daughter of Himālaya! Tulasīdāsa says You are the dispeller of my fears.[9]


1 Special Jñāna, that which makes one see the same Brahman in all that is animate and inanimate.


Poet: Tulasīdāsa

Book: Vinayapatrikā

Translator: Akhandanandaprasada

Submitter: Akhandanandaprasada


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