Investiture of the sacred thread ||79||
1The Lord said: Having got up early in the morning, and finishing bathing the worshipper should enter the sacrificial shed after completing the twilight worship and remaining composed.
2Having collected the sacred thread, and the deity not being given farewell, the sacred thread should be placed in a spotless vessel within a mystic diagram in the north-east.
3Then the lord of celestials should be bid farewell and the materials of worship should be removed (from the body of the deity). He should again perform the two rites as before on the cleaned ground.
4Then the gods—sun, the guardian deities of the entrance and of the directions the pitcher, Isana, Siva and the fire-god should specially be worshipped, as usually deme in the naimittiki (done with some motives) rites, elaborately.
5(Having done) the tarpana (appeasing) rite with the mantras and the oblation of expiation one hundred and eight times with (the mantras of) the arrows, the final oblation should be made slowly.
6Having offered the sacred thread to the sun god and rinsing the mouth, (the worshipper) should offer it to the guardian deities of the entrance and of the directions, the sacrificial pitcher and vardhani etc.
7Then having sat in his own seat in the presence of lord Sambhu (Siva), (the worshipper) should offer the sacred thread to one’s own self, the gana the priest and fire-god.
8-9Om O lord I soul of the time, whatever has been ordained by you in my observances that which has been done, contradictorily, and omitted, and that which has been done secretly O Sambhu let the contradictory thing become normal, the contradictory deed become refined, by this omniscient sacred thread and by your wish.
10Om! Complete this sacrificial observance! Oblations to the lord of regulations, the principle of the soul, that which underlines the natural principle that is protected by the lotus- born Brahma.
11-15Having recited the principal mantra up to the end, lord Siva should be worshipped with the sacred thread. Again in the principle of knowledge which is the end of all the learning and which is governed by Vishnu, one should invest the sacred thread having recited the mantras of Vishnu. Similarly, in the principle relating to Siva, he should recite the mantras of Siva and invest that deity with the sacred thread. O man of good practices I In the case of those governed by all the deities one should recite the principal mantra up to the end after having recited the mantras of Siva and the descent of the Ganges should be accomplished. In the case of those who desire to get release (from the cycle of births) it is said that the sacred thread should be invested with the mantras of Siva relating to the knowledge of the soul. For those who desire to get enjoyment it has been pointed out (that the sacred thread should be invested) duly with (the mantras of) the principles of Siva. The mantras should be uttered ending with ‘oblation’ or ‘obeisance’.
16Om ham oblations to lord Siva, the lord of the principle of soul. Om ham oblations to (lord) Siva, the lord of the principle of learning. Om ham oblations to (lord) Siva, lord of the principle of Siva. Om ham oblations to lord Siva, the lord of all principles (of the universe). Having made obeisance to the descent of the Ganges, he should pray to it with folded palms. “You are the refuge for all beings. You reside in the movable and immovable beings.”
17“O Supreme lord! You are the witness (of the acts) of beings by pervading inside the beings. By deed or thought or words I have no other being to resort to except you?’
18-19“O Great lord! Whatever has been done defective in the mantra or deeds or in the materials (of worship) or in the repetition and worship in the daily (observances), may you complete them. O Supreme lord! You are well-purified. You are pure and destroyer of sins. Every being in the universe, the immovable and movable have been purified by you.
20-22“O lord! Whatever has been made defectively by me in my observances (let it be free) from becoming useless. By your mandate let all of them become united, being tied in a string.” Having conveyed the recitation (of the mantras) to the lord and praising him devotedly, one should take up the vow after saluting the preceptor and as directed by him. (It should be) for four months, (or) three months, (or) three days or one day.
23-24After having saluted the lord and seeking excuse, the votary should go near the sacrificial pit and cast four sacred threads for Siva located in the fire, and worship with flowers, incense, unbroken rice etc. The oblation and holy thread should be presented to the Rudras.
25-26Having entered inside and praising Siva (the lord) should be bid adieu with salutations. After having made the expiatory oblation and oblation of sweet porridge, the final oblation should be offered and (lord) Siva located in the fire should be bid farewell. Having performed oblations with the vyahritis (the syllables om bhuh, om bhuvah. etc.), the fire should be obstructed with nishthura (scornful goddess).
27-31Then four oblations should be offered to the fire-god and others. Oblation should be given outside along with a sacred thread to the guardian deities of all directions. Two theological books and a sacred thread should be offered. Om, ham, bhuhi oblations. Om, ham, bhuvahi oblations. Om, ham svah oblations. Om, ham, bhurbhuvahi svah oblations. After having done the oblations with the vyahrtis, four oblations should be made (as follows). Om, ham oblations to the fire-god. Om, ham oblations to the fire god, one who accomplishes all desires. The preceptor should be worshipped as lord Siva with clothes, ornaments and bed. All annual rites etc. of the performer (become) fruitful if the preceptor gets satisfied. The Supreme lord had said so. After having placed the thread on the body of the preceptor thus, the brahmins should be fed and offered clothes etc. with devotion. “O lord of celestials! May lord Siva get pleased by this gift of mine.”
32After having bathed in the morning (the investor) should perform his daily rites of prayer and worship and take leave of (god) Siva after having worshipped him and the sacred threads with eight flowers.
33After having performed the nitya and naimittika rites as before in full, the sacred threads should be placed and lord Siva should be worshipped in the fire after obeisance.
34The expiatory oblation should then be done with the mantras of the weapons. The final oblation should then be given. One who is desirous of enjoyment should then submit the fruits of his acts to lord Siva.
35“May this rite of mine become fruitful by your grace!” One who is desirous of release (from the cycle of births) should do this act (as follows): “O lord! May there be no bondage for me.”
36(Lord) Siva located in the fire should be united with lord Siva (in the solar plexus of the investor) by n&$iyoga (assignment on limbs). The essence of fire should be drawn in one’s heart and the fire should be discharged.
37After having rinsed the mouth well, (he) should enter inside (the shed) and permeate the water of the pitcher with the essence of Siva and bid farewell (after saying) “Pardon (me)”.
38After having taken leave of the guardian deities of the world, the sacred thread should be taken from the lord and placed on the Candesvara (form of the lord) after worship.
39The materials of worship along with the sacred thread should be submitted to him. In the alternative lord Canola should be worshipped on the sacrificial ground in the prescribed manner as before.
40“Whatever annual rite has been done by me defectively, may that become perfect by your mandate, O lord! Canda! my master!”
41Having thus submitted to the lord of celestials, he should be given farewell after obeisance and praise. After haying removed the materials of worship (from the images) and becoming pure, the votary should bathe (the image) and worship (lord) Siva. A man who remains even at a distance of five yojanas (a yojana is equal to about eight miles) from the preceptor (is deemed to be) pure.