Curse to Brahma and others ||6||
1The sages enquired: “How did the pre-eminence of Linga, exclusive of Siva, come to be established? O highly fortunate sage let this be narrated to us who are eagerly desirous of learning it”.
2-4Lomasa said: Lord Sambhu wandered about in the forest Daruvana for the sake of begging alms . The sole lord of the worlds with quarters for his garments (i.e. naked), having the cluster of his matted hair loosened, that lord who can be understood only through Vedanta (i.e. Upanishads), the great lord, the greatest among leading Yogins, the sole supporter of the group of worlds is greater than the greatest. He is the great lord of the worlds with exalted dignity. That noble-souled lsvara assumed the form of a mendicant; begged for alms in the Daruvana forest.
5At midday the sages, O brahmanas, went to the sacred places (for bath) from their hermitages. At that very time, all the wives of those sages came there.
6-8On seeing Sambhu they spoke to one another, “Who is this personage of uncommon appearance, who has come here in the form of a mendicant? We along with our friends shall give him alms.” Saying, “So be it”, they went home and joyously brought various kinds of food as alms. They were fine and delicate. They offered everything in accordance with their capacity but with due honour and gentle behaviour. The alms begged for by the Trident-bearing Lord of Devas were (duly given to him).
9-12One of the ladies who was struck with wonder asked Sambhu who endeared himself very much to her: “Who are you, O excessively intelligent one? Why have you come here as a mendicant? This is the sacred hermitage of sages. Why do you not sit here in our hermitage?” On being asked thus by her, Sarhbhu said laughingly: “I am Isvara, O lady with excellent tresses; I have come to this holy place.” On hearing the words of Isvara (Siva) the wife of the sage asked him: “(You say that) you are Isvara (Siva), O gentle Sir, of exalted fortune. You are the lord of the Kailasa mountain. But, O lord, how does it happen that you are begging for alms alone and single?”
13-14On being asked thus by her, Sambhu said to her once again these words: “l am bereaved of Dakshayani. Hence I wander about nude for the purpose of begging alms, O lady of excellent hips. I am free from any wish or desire or any expectation of advantage from anybody. O beautiful lady, without Sati all the women in the world do not at all appeal to me. I am speaking the truth to you, O lady of large eyes.”
15-16On hearing the words spoken by him, the lotus-eyed lady said: “There is no doubt that women really accord pleasure by their touch unto man. Such pleasurable women, O Sambhu, have been eschewed by a learned man like you!”
17-21In this manner all young women gathered together at the place where Sankara was (standing). The alms-bowl of Sambhu was filled with cooked food of very good quality. Four types off foodstuffs with all the six tastes filled his bowl. When Sambhu was desirous of returning to the Kailasa mountain, all those wives of brahmanas joyously followed him forsaking their domestic duties. With their minds attached to him, they walked on and on (after him). When all those wives (of sages) had left thus, the excellent sages reached their hermitages and found then empty and vacant. They spoke to one another, “Where have all these women (our wives) gone? We do not know by what damned fellow they have been abducted.” Pondering and deliberating thus they searched here and there.
22Thereupon they saw that they had been following Siva. On seeing Siva, the sages angrily closed in upon him.
23Standing in front of Siva, all of them said with impetuosity, “What has been done by you, O Sambhu (who profess to be) detached and noble-souled? You are no doubt the kidnapper of the wives of others. i.e. of us, the sages.”
24Although rebuked thus, Siva silently went all towards his mountain. Then that immutable Mahadeva was overtaken by the sages. (They then cursed him thus:) “Since you are the abductor of (our) wives, be instantaneously a eunuch.”
25Thus cursed by the sages, his penis fell down on the ground. As soon as it reached the ground, it became very large immediately and it increased in size (enormously).
26-31From beneath and above the Linga covered the seven Patalas in an instant. Then it pervaded the entire earth and enveloped the firmament. All the heavens were covered. Then it rose beyond the heavens. There was no earth, no quarters, neither water nor fire, neither wind nor ether, neither Cosmic Ego (Ahmkara) nor the Great Principle (Mahat), neither the Unmanifest One (Avyakta) nor the Time and no great Primordial Matter (Prakriti). There was no dualistic division. Everything became merged in an instant. Since the entire universe became Linga (merged) in that Linga of the great Atman (it came to be called so). Learned men say that it is called Linga because of Layana (merging of the universe). On seeing such a Linga rising further and further, the celestial sages, Brahma, Indra, Vishnu, Vayu, Agni and the Guardians of the Quarters and the serpents were filled with surprise in their minds. They spoke to one another:
32“What is the length (of this Linga)? What is its girth? Where is its top? Where is its pedestal?” All the Suras who were worried with thoughts like these then said to Vishnu:
33Devas said: Its root must be seen by you , O Vishnu. O lotus-born Brahma, its head must be seen by you. Then you can justifiably be called protectors.
34Vishnu and the Lotus-born god Brahma both of whom were (gods) of exalted fortune, heard this. Vishnu went to the nether worlds and Brahma went to heaven.
35When he reached heaven, Brahma eagerly looked (everywhere) but that clever (lord) did not see the top of that Linga.
36So the Lotus-born (Lord) returned along the path he had gone and reached the top of Meru. There he was seen by Surabhi (Divine Cow).
37She was standing in the shade of a Ketaki plant and spoke to him in sweet words. On hearing her words, the grandfather of all the worlds spoke laughingly to Surabhi in deceptive words:
38-41“An extraordinarily wonderful Linga which has pervaded the entire region of the three worlds was seen; I was deputed by Devas to see its top. I am extremely worried as to what I should report in the presence of Devas as the top of that all-pervading Linga of the noble-souled (lord) was not seen. Though it is untrue, you should tell Devas that the top of the Linga has been seen. If all the groups of Devas like lndra and others were to ask you, ‘Have you witnessed?’, you shall say quickly. ‘ln this matter, O Devas, there are witnesses’. In this matter, O lady of good holy rites, you do be my witness along with the Ketaki flower.”
42-43Accepting the suggestion of Brahma Parameshthin with her head (bent down respectfully), Surabhi in the company of the Ketaki flower honoured it. Arriving thus in front of Devas, Brahma spoke:
44Brahma said: I have seen the wonderful top of the Linga, O Devas. It was duly worshipped by me with Ketaki petals. It is large, soft and spotlessly pure.
45lt is beautiful and fascinating. It is wonderfully lustrous and excessively refulgent.
45Such a Linga was seen by me. Like that I have not seen anything else anywhere else. On hearing the words of Brahma, Devas were struck with wonder.
47-52Even as the groups of Devas beginning with Indra stood thus filled with wonder, Vishnu, the lord of all, the bestower of spiritual illumination, came there from Patala. Immediately he reported to all: “(Although) I was eager to see its end, it (the end of the Linga) has not been seen by me. As I was moving further from Patala, I was struck with great wonder. I went through Atala. Sutala, Nitala, Rasatala, Patala and Tala and Talatala. Everything appeared empty and void. Even the most vacant place of all was examined well. But it has neither root nor middle nor top. Mahadeva by whom this universe is sustained is the one in the form of Linga. It was due to his grace that you and the sages were born.”
53On hearing his words Suras and sages honoured him. Then Vishnu spoke thus laughingly to Brahma:
54“lf, O Brahma, the top has been truly seen by you, who are the witnesses you have had in this matter?”
55-58On hearing the words of Vishnu, Brahma, the grandfather of the worlds, hurriedly said, “Ketaki and Surabhi. O Devas, these two may be known as my eye-witnesses.” On hearing the words of Brahma, all Devas hurriedly sent for Surabhi along with Ketaki. The two instantaneously came there for the work of Brahma. Thereafter Surabhi was asked by Devas beginning with Indra. She said thus together with Ketaki: O lndeed, O Devas, the top of the Linga was seen by Brahma and worshipped with the petals of Ketaki.”
59-60Even as all of them listened, an ethereal voice was heard from the sky: “Understand, O gods, that what is deposed by Surabhi and Ketaki is a false statement. Its top has not been seen (by Brahma).”
61Then all Devas along with Indra and Vishnu angrily cursed Surabhi who was intent to utter falsehood:
62“O splendid one, today a lie has been thus uttered by your mouth. Let your mouth be unholy and impure. Let it be excluded from all religious rites.
63Even though fragrant, O Ketaki, you shall be unsuitable for the worship of Siva. There is no doubt about it, O good lady, that you have lied.”
64-68Then the ethereal voice cursed Brahma: “O stupid one, why has falsehood been uttered childishly by you? (Why have you done this) along with Bhrigu, the sages and the priest? Hence you will never be worthy of worship. You will suffer from pain. The sages (who ought to be) virtuous will be excluded from truthful statements. They will be deluded, engaged in disputes, jealous and unaware of true knowledge. They will be beggars and worthy of being cut to pieces. They will perpetually ruin their own knowledge. They will boast of themselves. They will be stubborn and will censure one another.” Thus, Devas beginning with Brahma, as well as the sages were cursed. All of them, cursed by Siva sought refuge in Linga.