Siva loses to Parvati in a game of dice ||34||

1Lomasa said: The lord of the universe, the lord of Devas, ruled the kingdom while dwelling on Kailasa accompanied by many Ganas and in the company of the great (deity) Virabhadra.
2Rudra was accompanied by the Sages and Devas beginning with Indra. Brahma was engaged in eulogizing him. Vishnu remained there like a servant.
3Along with the groups of Devas, lndra devoted himself to the duties of serving him. Candra (the Moon-god) became the bearer of the umbrella and Vayu (the Wind-god) that of chowries.
4Jatavedas (the Fire-god) was his permanent cook; Gandharvas were the musicians, bards and panegyrists of the Pinaka-bearing god Siva.
5-6Many Vidyadharas and the groups of celestial damsels danced in front of him. Thus Lord Siva ruled the kingdom without any suspicion or fear on the mountain Kailasa . He was accompanied by his valorous sons, Ganesa and Skanda, as well as Girija. He moved about here and there (supervising everything).
7The wicked mighty Daitya named Andhaka, a great enemy of Devas, was pierced by him with his trident and placed in the sky for a long time.
8He killed the Asura in the form of an elephant and removed his hide which was (later) made by him his divine robe. The burning of the three Puras (the demon Tripura) was carried out by him. With Vishnu as the deity in charge of the protection of Bhutas (living beings), the lord who was handsome in all his limbs, shone well.
9(Once) desirous of seeing him, the holy lord Narada of divine vision went to the excellent mountain Kailasa which was white like the moon.
10On seeing that highly powerful mountain served by the great Sudha (Ganga?), the mountain that had very great wonderful features and was white like camphor, Narada was struck with wonder. He entered the Gandhamadana mountain .
11The mountain Gandhamadana was endowed with many wonderful features. It was rendered very splendid by means of blazing sun-stones. It possessed great splendour and it was filled with singing Vidyidhari maidens.
12There were many Kalpa (i.e. wish-yielding)-trees round which creepers had entwined themselves. Excellent Kamadhenus (were seen) in the thick shades ( of those trees).
13There were many bees greedily hankering after the fragrance of the Parijata grove. There were many swans of sweet voice (Kalaharhsas) sporting about in the lakes.
14Peacocks made there loud sounds of Keka joyousJy. All the birds chirping with the Pancama note were very gay and delighted (as if inebriated).
15Elephants of bright lustre rejoiced in the company of she-elephants. Similarly lions roared in the company of tigers.
16Buns, the chief among whom was Nandin, bellowed continuously. There Were many divine trees and parks of sandal trees.
17There were trees such as Naga, Punnaga, Bakula and Campaka. There were wild rose-apple trees as well as golden Ketakas.
18-19There were Kalharas (i.e. white esculent water-lilies), Karaviras, Kunudas (lilies) of many types. There were Mandaras, Badaris (jujube), Kranukas and Patalas (trumpet trees) and, many other trees along with the creepers winding round them. There were many parks (seen as) twice as many (i.e. double) on that mountain.
20The wonderful flood of Ganga suddenly coining out of the sky fell on the top of that mountain. It appeared very splendid.
21A well (plenty) of waters whereby the universe becomes sanctified, was also seen double by the nohle-souled Narada.
22Everything was seen double then on being looked at by that noble-souled great Narada, O Brahmanas.
23Observing everything thus, the holy lord and sage Narada hurriedly went ahead desirous of meeting Siva.
24When he stood at the entrance, he saw a very surprising thing. Two gate-keepers were seen there. (Actually) they had been made artificially by Visvakarman.
25-26Narada was deluded by them. He asked them then: “I wish to enter. I am desirous of meeting Siva. Hence permission should be granted to see Siva.” On seeing them as if they had not heard (his words), Narada became surprised.
27With his vision born of knowledge he saw (the truth) and became silent. After realizing that they were artificial, the lofty-minded sage entered.
28Similarly others, of the same form as those (two) were seen by that noble-souled (sage). Sage Narada, the holy lord, was joyously bowed to by them.
29He saw these and many other wonderful things (there). Then he clearly saw lord Tryathbaka accompanied by Girija.
30The chaste lady, the daughter of the King of Mountains, was occupying half of the seat of the noble-souJed Sankara. The whole of the three worlds is pervaded by her.
31The slender-bodied young woman Gauri had sparkling bright eyes of great beauty. It was on account of her that Sambhu, the great lord, was rendered worthy of being accepted.
32The lord (who was really) without any emotional aberrations (vikaras) was made weak and imperfect through vikaras (by her). That goddess was seen by him as though joined to half of the body of Siva .
33Similarly Sambhu, the lord of the three worlds, was seen by Narada, as being served by Suras and Asuras. The lord had the lustre of pure gold.
34-35His lotus-like feet were served by Sailkha, the excellent serpent. He was served by the foJlowing serpents: Dhrtarashtra, Takshaka in particular, the great serpent Padma and Sesha in particular. He was continuously served by other excellent serpents. Vasuki had become a necklace of great lustre and was retained in the neck.
36Karhbala and Asvatara were his perpetual ear-rings. Other excellent serpents were ensconced at the root of his matted hair.
37-44He was covered by serpents of many colour and types, e.g. Taksaka, Kulika, Sankha, Dhrtaratra of great lustre, Padma, Dambha, Sudathbha, Karala, Bhishana-these and many other serpents formed parts of Hara who was the most worthy of being worshipped in the three worlds. Some excellent serpents shone with a single hood. Some had two hoods, some three hoods of great lustre. Similarly others had four. five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve, eighteen, nineteen hoods. Some serpents had forty hoods. Others fifty, sixty, seventy, eighty, ninety, hundred, thousand, ten thousand, hundred thousand, one hundred million, a hundred billion hoods. Those serpents with endless number of hoods are the serpents adorning Siva as ornaments. All these were seen then by the noble-souled Narada.
45All those serpents were endowed with learning and they possessed precious stones and jewels. They had unmeasured lustre. They were highly refulgent as the ornaments of the neck.
46His (i.e. Lord Siva’s) excessively beautiful matted hair was marked (adorned) by the crescent moon. He shone well with his third eye in his forehead.
47-48Mahadeva had five faces. He had ten arms and his neck was dark in colour like emerald. His broad chest was very beautiful. His hips were big. The highly great pair of feet of Rudra were extremely splendid.
49The matchless lotus-like foot of Sambhu was seen (by the sage). It was resplendent and beautiful. With its reddish tinge of the (cloud at) dusk, it was highly auspicious. It dispelled distresses. It radiated masses of splendour. It was greater than the greatest. It was the seat and support of the graceful play of beauty. It was the cause of the increase of the happiness of all. The foot (i.e. the pair of feet) of Sambhu was very holy.
50After seeing the lord greater than the greatest (he saw the goddess). The greatest goddess Sati endowed with beauty and charm was splendid and fascinating. She shone with the greatest prosperity of the auspicious state of wifehood and blessedness.
51-52After seeing the couple who were pure and refulgent throughout the three worlds, were really non-different but had (apparent) difference, were really devoid of Gunas but had (apparent) Gunas, who were really devoid of shape and size but had apparent shape and size, were free from ailments and the bestowers of happiness, Narada, the beloved (devotef) of the Lord, saluted them joyously- He repeatedly (prostrated) and got up. Then he eulogized the lord and the goddess of the universe.
53Narada said: O excellent ones among Devas, I bow down to you both who are greater than the greatest through your Kala (skill and ingenuity). The couple who shine and who constitute the seed of the universe consisting of the mobile and immobile beings, are seen by me.
54You two are the parents of all the worlds. Only today have you been realized by me truly. There is no doubt about this that it is due to your favour.
55They were thus eulogized by the noble-souled Narada. Along with Parvati, Lord Sambhu was delighted and gratified.
56Mahadeva said: Are you happy, O Brahmana? What shall I do for you? On hearing those words of Sambhu, Narada spoke these words:
57“I had the pleasure of seeing you today. O Lord, I am gratified · thereby. (I have acquired) everything through this vision. I have no doubt about this.
58-59I came here to the excellent mountain Kailasa just for some sports. O Lord, you are always stationed in the hearts of men. Yet, it is necessary for all living beings to see you.”
60Girija said: What play should there be with you? Mention it to me quickly. On hearing her words, he spoke laughingly:
61“The game of dice of various types is seen here, O Mahadevi. Two can have the game of dice. There is great happiness in playing the game of dice.”
62Sati who had been annoyed with the sage spoke to him as he stopped after saying this much: “How do you know the renowned game of dice, the gambling game of learned men?
63You are the son of Brahma. You are a sage. You make learned men conform to discipline through various well-known words. You always wander through all the three worlds. There is no other person of lofty mind (like you).”
64On being told thus by the goddess, Narada of divine vision, laughingly spoke these words to Girija in the presence of Siva:
65Narada said: I do not know gambling, nor do I resort to it. I am an ascetic and a servant of Siva. Why do you ask me (thus). O Princess (most) sacred among the greatest of the leading Yogins?
66On hearing those words, Sati (chaste lady) Girija laughingly spoke to him: “You know everything, O Batu. See, I shall play the game of dice today with Mahesa in front of you.”
67After saying thus, the daughter of the Lord of Mountains, the most beautiful lady in the world, took up the dice cubes. Even as the great sage stood witness, she stayed there and played the game with Bhava.
68The couple earnestly engaged in the game were observed by the sage Narada. With his mind (pleasantly) influenced by surprise, the learned sage went on observing (the game) and he was extremely gratified.
69The chaste goddess engrossed in the game of dice was surrounded by her friends and attendants. She clashed with Siva and played the game of dice fraudulently.
70Opposed by great fraud he put the stake and Bhavani was defeated by Siva when he appeared to smile at it.
71-72Together with Siva Narada laughed at her satirically. Seeing that she had lost the game and hearing the satirical laughter as well as the derogatory remarks of Narada, Parvati became extremely furious. She hastened to reply to him (suitably) after catching hold of his neck and attempting to turn him out.
73The two crest jewels (of Girija) charmingly sparkled. Beautiful in that anger, her splendid face was seen by Hara again and again (with great pleasure). They then played tJte game of dice.
74-75Sankara, the benefactor of the worlds, was told by Girija: “I have lost the game. The wager has been already given. It is not otherwise. What are you going to stake now? Let it be mentioned.” Then the Three-eyed Lord spoke to Parvati:
76“For your sake, O Bhavani, this great ornament is being offered as wager: (my famous crest-jewel) the crescent moon, the great necklace as well as the pair of ear-rings.
77O slender-bodied lady, let me be defeated by you and these ornaincnts be taken by you easily.” Then the game of dice with Sankara was resumed.
78Thus both of them, great experts in the art of gambling. went on playing. Then Sankara who had (staked) many ornaments was defeated by Bhavani.
79The extremely beautiful Gauri laughed and said to Sankara: “O Sankara, give me now itself the wager that you have lost.”
80Then Mahesa laughingly spoke these words of truth: “I have not been truly defeated by you, O slender-bodied one. Let it be pondered over.
81I am invincible unto all living beings in every respect. Hence. O chaste lady, these words should never be spoken. Gamble as much as you please. I will win once again. See.”
82-83Then Ambika said to Mahesa, her husband: “You have been defeated now by me. There is no wonder in this.”
After saying thus the lady of excellent face held Sambhu by the hand and said: “O Sankara, you have been defeated. There is no doubt. But you do not know.” Thus Girija laughed gracefully and looked at him fascinatingly. He was attacked with words of merriment: “O Lord, the most auspicious of all auspicious things, O enemy of Smara, give me what has been lost (by you) and what had been promised (by you).”
84Siva said: I am invincible to you, O lady of wide eyes. There is no doubt about this. Let what had been said arrogantly be pondered over truly.
85On hearing his words she laughed and said: “O Lord, Mahadeva is invincible indeed to everyone.
86But by me alone you have been defeated in the game of dice. You do not know anything in regard to what should be done and what should not be done as weH as what was intended to be said.”
87Thus the couple were engaged in argument. Narada, the excellent sage, laughingly spoke these words:
88Narada said: O lady with large eyes extending up to the ears, listen to a statement conducive to the auspiciousness of the universe. Was this (Lord), the most excellent one among the great fortunate people, defeated by you? Why do you utter lies?
89Mahadeva, the greatest sire of Devas, is indeed unconquered. He is called Arupa (‘formless’), Surupa (‘of beautiful form’) and Rupatita (‘one who is beyond all forms’).
90He is one and one alone. He is the Supreme. He is the splendour (of the luminous things). Sankara is the lord of the three worlds. He is the immanent soul of the universe. He is the benefactor of the worlds.
91O goddess, how is he defeated by you? He cannot be defeated (by anyone) in all the three worlds. O lady of excellent face, you do not know Siva because of your womanly nature and feelings.
92On being addressed thus by Narada, Parvati became excessively angry. Incited by jealousy, the chaste lady spoke these words of censure:
93Parvati said: Nothing should be spoken out of fickleness, O son of Brahma. Obeisance to you. I am afraid of you, O celestial sage. Welfare unto you. Be quiet.
94-96Why is Siva alone spoken highly of by you, O celestial sage, too many (times)? It was by my grace that Siva was born, Siva who is cited as Isvara. There is no doubt about this that he has become well-established through me. On hearing many such (taunts and censures) Narada kept quiet. On seeing that (such a situation) had arisen, Bhringi spoke these words:
97Bhringi said: You must not talk too much, O beautiful lady. My master is invincible and devoid of aberrations, O lady of good waistline.
98You possess only womanly temperament, O lady of excellent face. You do not know the Lord who is greater than the greatest. Formerly, O Bhavani, you had come to Ugra, the great lord, after keeping Kama in front of you.
99Has this ever been remembered by you? (Do you recollect) what has been performed by the Pinaka-bearing “Lord formerly? O beautiful lady, tell us (if it is so). Indeed, Kaina was made Ananga (bodiless) by him. The park belonging to that Mountain, your father, had been burned.
100It was after that, that Siva, the Supreme Soul. the lord, greater than the greatest, was propitiated by you.
101On being told thus by Bhringi, she became excessively angry. Even as Mahesa was listening, the infuriated lady spoke these words to Bhringi:
102Parvati said: O Bhringi, it is out of partiality that these words are spoken to me. You are a favourite of Siva, O stupid one. Hence you have this attitude of difference.
103I am of the nature of Siva, O foolish one. Siva is permanently stationed in me. How then could you use words showing difference between Siva and Siva?
104Those words that bestow auspiciousness, uttered by Parvati were heard by Bhringi then. The infuriated Bhringi spoke to Parvati in the presence of Siva:
105“In the course of the Yajna of your father Daksha, the censure of Siva was heard by you. Due to the hearing of what is displeasing and disquieting, the body was abandoned by you at the very same instant.
106O lady of slender body, what is done by you now, out of excitement? Don’t you know a person who censures Siva.
107How were you born of the most excellent one among the Mountains, O lady of excellent complexion? How were you subjected to great distress, O lady of good waistline, on account of a severe penance.
108Now you do not have devotion combined with love for Siva. You are a beloved of Siva, O lady of slender limbs. Hence I am speaking thus to you.
109There is nothing greater than Siva in all the three worlds. You must have devotion combined with love for Siva, O lady of excellent complexion.
110You are a devotee, O great goddess, O most excellent one among highly fortunate ones. Let him be served scrupulously as he has been attained by you by means of penance. Siva is the most excellent one.
111He is the lord of all. You must not do otherwise. It behoves you not to do otherwise.” On hearing Bhringi’s words Girija spoke to him:
112Girija said: O Bhringi, be quiet and steady. Otherwise go away. You do not know what should be said and what should not be said. Why do you babble like a ghost?
113By which man or woman was Siva brought here by means of penance? Who am I? Who is this as understood by you? You speak to me with the attitude of difference.
114-115Who are you? By whom have you been united? Wherefore do you talk too much? I will curse you. What will
Siva do now? On being spoken to reproachfully by Bhringi, the chaste Jady then cursed: “O stupid Bhringi, O favourite one of Sankara, be devoid of flesh.”
116-117After saying thus, Parvati, the goddess, beloved of Sankara. became furious. She held Sankara by the hand. The lady of slender limbs took away the serpent Vasuki from his neck.
118Similarly she removed many other ornaments also. The infuriated Jady hurriedly took away the ornaments of Sambhu. His crescent moon and his excellent elephant hide were removed.
119The serpents Kambala and Asvatara that had been worn by Mahesa as ornaments were removed by the great goddess laughingly with tricky words.
120Even his loincloth was taken away laughingly with the utterance of tricky words. At that time the Ganas and the friends (of Parvati) felt embarrassed and ashamed.
121-122(The friends and others) turned their faces away. Bhringi of great penance, Canda, Munda, Mahaloman, Mahodara and many other Ganas became miserable. On seeing them in that plight, Mahesha became ashamed.
123-126Sankara who became angry spoke these words to Parvati: Rudra said: All the sages are laughing satirically. Similarly Brahma, Vishnu and these Devas, Indra and others-all of theme are laughing (at me). O splendid lady, what has been done by you? You are born of a (good) family, O slender-limbed one. Why do you behave like this? If you know for certain, O lady with excellent eyebrows, that I have been defeated by you, do Uke this. Give me the loincloth alone. Give me the loincloth only. It does not behove you to do otherwise.
127On being told thus by Sambhu, the Yogin, Parvati, the chaste lady of channing face, laughed and spoke these words:
128What have you to do with a. loincloth? You are a sage of sanctified soul. (Some time back) you wandered through Daruvana with the cardinal points alone for your garment (i.e. you were naked).
129Under the pretext of begging for alms, the wives of the sages were enchanted. While you were going, you were greatly adored by them.
130Your loincloth fell down (penis?) there. Nothing else was uttered by the sages. Hence what you have lost in the gambling game, should be abandoned by you.”
131On hearing it, Rudra the great lord became angry with Parvati. He stared at her angrily with his third eye.
132On seeing Sankara furious, all the groups of Devas as well as the Ganakumarakas (i.e. sons of the Ganas or son-like Ganas?) became overcome by great fear.
133-135All of them said to one another slowly with suspicion and fear: “Rudra is angry now with Girija. Just as Madana was burnt so also she (will be burnt). The words cannot be otherwise.” Those Ganas and all the celestial sages who were discussing thus were looked at by the goddess with the glowing gesture of married blessedness. The chaste lady spoke laughingly to the Satpurusha (the Supreme Being, the Principle of Existence):
136-138“Of what avail is your stare with your greatest eye? I am not Kala nor Kama nor the sacrifice of Daksha. I am
not Tripura, O Sambhu, nor Andhaka, O bull-emblemed Lord. What will come out of your staring thus? In vain have you been a Virupaksha (i.e. of uneven three eyes) before me.” Paramesvari spoke these and rnany other similar words. On hearing those words, the lord became inclined to go away:
139-141“A forest alone is the excellent (resort) today. A lonely forest is really the best resort now. One who is alone, who has kept his mind and soul under control and who has eschewed all possessions is really happy. He is a learned man. He is wise. He is the knower of the greatest truth. He, by whom lust and attachment have been eschewed, becomes liberated and happy.” After thinking thus, Sri Samkara of great compassionate nature abandoned Girija and went away to the wonderful forest region. Separated from his beloved wife, he went to the Siddhatavi (‘forest of the Siddhas’), full of Paramahamsas (‘great Yogins of high spiritual power’).
142On seeing Sankara come out, all the inhabitants of Kailasa, all the Ganas. beginning with Virabhadra came out and followed him.
143-144Taking up the umbrella, Bhringi went behind him. The chowries used for fanning resembled Ganga and Yamuni. Taking them up, the intelligent Nandi went behind him. The bull went ahead and shone along with the aerial chariot.
145-146With all these splendid things, Mahadeva shone with refulgence. The goddess Parvati went to the harem with dejected mind. Surrounded by many friends, attendants and others, Girija mentally thought about Paramesvara.
147-149Leaving off the Ganas then, Sambhu went very far off. Mahadeva left behind Ganesa, Komara, Virabhadra and others, Bhringi, Nandin, Canda, Somanandin and other inhabitants of Kailasa. Mahadeva of great penance went alone and single. He went far into the forest. (Ultimately) Siva reached Siddhavata.
150-153A divine seat was made by the Earth for him. It was made wonderful by means of saffron, jewels, Siddharatnas (‘precious gems’) and lapis lazuli. It was polished and brightened by whitewash. Mahesa, the lord of Yoga sat there. He sat in the lotus posture. Mahesa, the most excellent one among the knowers of Yoga, kept his eyes shut and meditated on the pure Atman by means of Atman. Mahadeva, the moon-crested lord, shone during the meditation. The noble-souled Sesha was his Yogapana (upper cloth). Vasuki, the great king of serpents, was tied round the waist. The Atman was eulogized by him. The Atman was considered the immanent soul of everything. He who was to be known through Vedantas cannot behave like worldly men. He was single and infinite without any limit or boundary. He cannot be guessed or known by Logic. He is of the form of self-enlightenment. The sole lord of the worlds remained thus visualizing the (Supreme Spirit) greater than the greatest.