Kama is Burned ||24||

1Narada said: On hearing this along with his wife, he became highly delighted in his mind. After bowing down to me he said, “If it is so, I am (really) meritorious. I will tell you something more. The right hand of my daughter is spread out (as in offering a thing and thus) faces upwards. What is the reason thereof? O Narada, I wish to hear about it.”
2-6On being asked thus by the Mountain, I told the reason then: “Her hand is always in the position of offering freedom from fear to all the living beings. Therefore, the hand faces upwards. O Mountain, she is the wife of the Bull-emblemed Lord of the universe. She is the future mother of all the worlds. She is the sanctifier of all living beings. Hence steps should be dully taken by you, O most excellent one among the leading Mountains, so that she can be immediate]y united with the Pinaka-bearing Lord quickly. In this, O Himalaya, a great task of Devas is involved.”
7-8After saying this to Himilaya I took leave of him and informed Vasava too: “Greater part of my duly has been accomplished by me. But the Five-arrowed one (i.e. Madana, the god of Love) should be induced (and sent) for the remaining part ofthe task.” After directing him thus, O Phalguna, I went to Taraka.
9-11I am fond of quarrels and hence I went to him for intimating this matter to him clearly. Urged by my suggestion, Himadri directed Parvati along with her friends to propitiate Bhava (i.e. Siva). She served that Lord. On seeing her good conduct, Parvati was employed (by god Siva) (to fetch) flowers, water, fruits etc. She duly carried out (the task assigned to her). At my instance, Mahendra remembered Smara (god of Love), O descendant of Bharata.
12On coming to know that he was being remembered, (the mind-born god of Love) whose missile was the sprout of Mango tree, appeared immediately in the company of Rati and Vasanta (i.e. the spring season).
13-16The intelligent one (i.e. Indra) touched him (gently) smilingly and spoke to him these words: “O lover of Rati, of what avail is much advice to you? You live in the mind. Hence you know what is in the mind of all living beings. Still, I will tell you (something) remembering my eagerness for my own task. It behoves you, O Manmatha, to carry out a great task of mine. Mahesvara, the lord of compassion, is separated from his wife Sati. Unite him with the goddess born in the house of Himadri. When the goddess and the Lord are satisfied, they will carry out whatever you wish.”
17-20Madana said: This is not true, O Lord of Devas. Indeed that Lord has taken pleasure in penance. As Manu has said, magnificence and refulgence cannot be attained by other means (than penance). In the Vedantas, the Brahmanas censure and insult me every now and then: “This Kama (Lust) is a great .fire of great appetite, a great sinner. Spiritual knowledge is enveloped by this eternal enemy of wise men. Hence this Kama should be abandoned always by excellent men, as though it is a serpent.” How will Mahesvara be delighted with me of such a nature? Just as Vasudeva, the preceptor of the universe, is not pleased with a sinner addicted to drinking liquor, (so is Mahesvara not delighted with me).
21-25lndra said: Do not say so, O highly fortunate one. Without you, which man on the earth is competent to attain (the four aims in life, viz.) Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha? Whatever is achieved in the world has Kamana (Desire) at its root. How is it then that those who aspire after salvation censure Kama? True indeed is the statement in the Veda that your form is threefold, O Manmatha, viz. Tamasa, Rajasa and Sattvika. If the desire is not for liberation(?) it is your Tamasa form. A mere desire for something, with the intention of having some pleasure, is your Rajasa form. The desire of a simple nature for some object is your Sattvika form. Who is it, tell me, who does not resort to one of these three forms?
26-27You are the Great Being itself worthy of being worshipped. Carry out this task of ours. On seeing even ordinary persons afflicted learned men save them even at the cost of their own lives, while this (task) is great and has great outcome. Thinking thus, you make that task clearly manifest in every respect.
28On hearing this and saying “So be it”, Smara (i.e. Madana) went to Himadri. He was accompanied by Rati and Vasanta. He was richly (endowed) (supplied) with cuckoo and other parts of his army.
29There he saw the holy region of the hermitage of Sarhbhu. It was full of many kinds of trees and was teeming with animals which were quiescent therein.
30There he saw the gatekeeper of the Three-eyed Lord, named Viraka as if Lord Mahesana incarnate, and ten thousands of his Ganas.
31-32He saw Mahesana with the eyes fixed on the tip of the nose. He was seated in the middle of an altar under the shade of a Devadaru tree. His body was straight and erect. He was seated motionless, comfortably engaged in meditation. Mahesvara had controlled all the sense organs aad had entered the Supreme Atman through (his) Atman. He was a storehouse of penance.
33On seeing him in that posture, Madana tried to enter within him. Under the pretext of the humming (of the) bee, he entered the mind (of Siva).
34In the meantime the Lord with the eyes opened and the mind affected with love, remembered the daughter of the king of Mountains.
35(Ushered in and) announced by Viraka, the daughter of the Mountain entered. At that time the highly fortunate girl entered in the same manner as she used to do usually.
36The Lord found that his mind had become enamoured of her. He sportingly curbed (the feeling) and looked behind. There he saw the Lover of Rati (Madana) with the bow fully bent.
37With the compassionate feeling of destroying (that feeling of love), the Lord went to various places . Everywhere he saw Madana standing behind with the arrow fully drawn on the bow.
38Mahadeva wandered over rivers, mountains, hermitages and lakes. But he saw him always behind hiin.
39After wandering over all the three worlds, he came back to his hermitage once again. On seeing him still stationed behind, Hara released a deep breath.
40Thereafter, O son of Pandu, Kama was reduced to ash by the fire emanating from the third eye even as the heaven-dwellers were lamenting.
41After reducing him to ash, the fire that arose from the eyes of Hara increased in size in order to burn the entire universe. It filled the faces of all cardinal points with its flames.
42-43Thereafter, for the sake of the people of the universe Bhava divided that fire of Smara among proud people, the moon, flowers, songs, bees, the beaks of the cuckoo and sporting grounds. Indeed when one is near them, the heart of lovers becomes more affectionate.
44That fire gets enkindled eternally. It is very difficult to be cured and is conducive to unhappiness. On seeing Smara reduced to ash by the flames of the fiery breaths of Hara, pitiable Rati cried and lamented along with
(her) friend Madhu (‘Spring’).
45She who was thus crying was consoled by Madhu in various ways:
46On hearing the lamentations of Rati, the Bull-emblemed Lord of Devas looked at Kama’s wife with great compassion and said:
47“O gentle lass, though he has no body, your husband will do everything necessary at the time of amorous dalliance. There is no doubt about this.
48When Lord Vishnu incarnates as the son of Vasudeva, he who will be born as his son, will be your husband.”
49On being told thus, Rati bowed down to Rudra and went away as she pleased in the company of Vasanta and others.