Parvati as Sabari brings back Siva: Siva’s Coronation ||35||
1Lomasa said: When Mahadeva went to the forest, Girija became dejected on account of separation. The lady of slender limbs did not get any pleasure in the mansions or apartments.
2The splendid lady of slender body brooded over Siva with all feelings. Understanding that Siva was worried and anxious (about Siva), her friend Vijaya said:
3Vijaya said: O splendid lady, it was by means of a great penance that you attained Siva. In vain was a false game of dice played with Samkara the ascetic.
4There are many defects in playing at dice. O sinless lady, have they not been heard by you? Seek the forgiveness of Siva, O slender lady of great cleverness, immediately.
5-6O gentle lady of excellent face, go, go along with us (to the forest). Before Sambhu has not gone far off, go to Sankara and seek his pardon. If you do not seek the forgiveness of Siva, later on you will certainly have to regret it. You will become miserable.
7On hearing the words uttered by Vijaya. (the goddess) of great equanimity and courageousness, laughingly spoke these words to her friend Vijaya-wondrous words of truthful nature:
8-11“Formerly he had been surrounded by great prosperity but he was defeated by me. He is shameless (or above the sense of shame). I have nothing to do immediately. Without me, he will continue to be ugly and hideous (or formless). Lord Mahesa had been rendered as one with forms and say not otherwise. Neither communion nor separation can exist between us, with him and with me. Mahesa who is without form a nd shape has been made one with form and shape by me. This entire universe consisting of the mobile and immobile beings along with the excellent Devas, has been created by me for the sake of his sport. O Vijaya, see my sport along with the causes of origin and existence.”
12After saying thus, the goddess Girija, the (cause) of all auspiciousness, became desirous of going to Mahesvara after assuming the form of a female Sahara huntress.
13(She assumed the form of a) dark-complexioned slender lady. Her teeth were like the buds of Sikhara (a variety of jasmine). Her lips resembled the round Bimba (a variety of red plum) fruit. She possessed a fine neck. She had to bend down slightly on account of the weight of the heavy breasts. Her smooth glossy tresses had grown abundantly. She was very slender and thin in her waist. The buttocks were large. Gauri’s thighs were like the golden plantain stem. She was Palliyukta (? accompanied by her friends who looked like the membcrs of the hut or family). She had very fine bangles. She adorned herself with the plumes and feathers of a peacock.
14She held in her hand a bow that resembled a lotus stalk. There was a quiver on her back. It had been made of Ketaka leaves. (From a distance) she saw Girisa. The lady of beautiful face thus went along, served and accompanied by many friends and attendants.
15Through the loud humming sound of the bees, she made the three worlds reverberate. Girija (appeared) to revive Manmatha again and again.
16The royal swans became at that instant filled with love and desire. Bees and peacocks-all of them were lovelorn and so had heart-burn.
17She went to the place where Mahesvara was seated engaged in trance and meditation. He was seen by the goddess extremely fascinated by the sound of bees.
18-19Mahadeva woke up from his trance. On seeing the Sabari, Mahesa immediately became afflicted with love. He went near Girija and was about to seize her by the hand, when the chaste lady suddenly vanished from his presence.
20Immediately after seeing it, the lord had his wrong notion dispelled. Sambhu wandered around but did not see the dark-eyed lady.
21-22He experienced pangs of separation. He became lovelorn. Sambhu who was the enemy of Madana, whose form was perpetual knowledge and who was devoid of delusion, became deluded. He saw Girija once again. He spoke to the huntress the following weighty words, very relevant to the occasion:
23Siva said: Listen to my words, O lady of slender limbs. After hearing them, it behoves you to do accordingly. Who are you? To whom do you belong, O slender-limbed lady? “Let this be told exactly, O lady of beautiful waist and of great fortune.
24Siva said: I am searching for my husband who is omniscient, who bestows all objects. who is independent and devoid of aberrations and who is the most excellent lord of all the worlds.
25-28On being told thus, the bull-emblemed lord replied to Girija thus: “o gentle lady, I am the most suitable husband for you and none else. O beautiful lady, O beautiful lady of excellent face, let this be truthfully pondered over.” On hearing the words of Rudra, she spoke smilingly: “O noble one of great fortune, you may say that the husband sought after by me is you yourself and not otherwise. But welfare unto you, I shall tell you somethings You are devoid of Gunas. You are the scorcher of enemies. The beautiful lady by whom you had been wooed before by means of great penance, has been abandoned by you in the forest in a trice.
29It is very difficult for all living beings ever to propitiate you. Hence what has been said before me by you, should not be said again.”
30-31On hearing the words of Sabari, the Bull-emblemed Lord replied: “Do not say so, O lady of large eyes. That poor ascetic woman has not been abandoned. If she is abandoned by me, O lady of slender body, can anything be spoken? After knowing me wretched and pitiable, O lady of large eyes, O lady of good waistline, you must carry out my suggestion.”
32On being earnestly requested thus in various ways by the Trident-bearing Lord, Girija laughingly spoke these words of ridicule and reproof:
33-34“O lord of Yogins, you are an ascetic. You are free from attachment. You are unsullied. You are one revelling in the Atman. You are beyond Dvandvas (i.e. mutually opposed pairs such as pleasure-pain) and you are the lord by whom Madana was slain. You are ‘Virupaksha himself and you have been seen by me. It is impossible for me to attain you. You cannot be conquered by anyone. Hence what has been suggested to me before, should not be said by you again.”
35On hearing her words, the slayer of Madana said: “Be my wife. It does not behove you to do anything otherwise.”
36-37After saying this, the lord who was afflicted with love seized the huntress by the hand. She said smilingly to him in a respectful manner: “Let me go, let me go. This is not proper, O lord, to do, especially by an ascetic. Do not use force. Request my father. Do not attack me otherwise.”
38Mahadeva said: O lady of splendid face, where is your father living? Tell your father quickly. I shall see him after presenting my prostrations.
39On hearing these words uttered by him, the Bull-bannered Lord was brought to her father by that slender lady of dark eyes.
40-41He was the excellent Mountain Himavan stationed on the peak of Kailasa. He had great lustre. He was surrounded by many serpents. He was standing at the entrance and was pointed out to Sankara by the goddess: “O lord, this is my father. Without shyness request him (for my hand). He will give me (to you). O ascetic, do not delay.”
42Thinking that it should be so, he suddenly bowed down to Himalaya and spoke these words: O most excellent one among the lords of Mountains, O highly intelligent one, give your magnificent daughter (to me), the extremely distressed one.”
43On hearing these pitiable words. Himalaya got up. Holding Mahesa (by the hand), the Lord of Mountains himself spoke:
44-46“What do you say, O lord? This is improper for you now. You are the donor (reputed) in all the three worlds. Universe consisting of mobile and immobile beings has been created by you.” Thus the great Mountain Himalaya engaged himself in eulogy. Then there came Narada, the excellent sage. He laughingly spoke these words: “O Trident-bearing Lord, obeisance to you. O Sambhu, listen to my words, the great words full of the essence of reality.
47Association with young women only adds to affliction and distress. You are the master, the lord of the worlds, the great lord, greater than the greatest. Ponder over everything, O lord of Devas. It behoves you to speak truthfully.”
48On being enlightened thus by the noble-souled Narada, Sambhu, the great lord, became enlightened and laughed.
49-53Siva said: O Narada, truth has been spoken by you in this matter. It is not otherwise in any respect. Downfall for men is surely caused by association with young women. There is no doubt about it. Your words cannot be otherwise. I have been fascinated by this lady and brought to Gandhamadana. This is a mysteriously wonderful activity caused by a ghostlike creature. Hence I am not staying near this Mountain. I am going now itself once again to another forest. After saying thus, he went along the path that is hard to be attained even by Yogins, that is unfathomable and that has no support. On understanding this, Narada spoke these words to Girija, the Lord of Mountains and to the Parsadas immediately:
54“This is Mahesa, the lord of the universe, the destroyer of Tripura, the lord of great reputation. He should be saluted, eulogized and entreated for pardon truthfully [or paramarthatahi: for the sake of the greatest aim in life].”
55-56On hearing these words uttered by Narada, all the Mountains of great lustre (went to the Lord) keeping Girija at their head. All of them fell (at the feet of) Sankara, the benefactor of all the worlds, like a long rod. All Pramathas, Guhyakas and others bowed down and eulogized him (i.e. Siva).
57On being eulogized. the Lord came to Gandhamadana. The lord of all Was ceremoniously crowned by Angiras along with noble-souled ones.
58At that time Dundubhi-drums were sounded and many musical instruments were played. All the Suras beginning with Indra threw showers of flowers.
59The Lord of Yogins worthy of being saluted by the entire universe, was entreated and surrounded by many groups of Suras beginning with Brahma. He was accompanied by Girija. On being entreated by them, he condescended to sit on a divine seat where he shone with great magnificence and all kinds of auspicious things.
60The acts of the noble-souled Mahesa, O Brahmanas, of this sort are destructive of the sins of those who listen to them. They (i.e. the acts) are innumerable.
61All those stories of Rudra heard (by us) are great. What more shall I tell you?
62The sages said: Thus the act of Sankara has been described by you. By this story itself we are undoubtedly satisfied.
63-64Suta said: Everything has been beard by me by the grace of Vyasa. The wonderful form of Sankara is vast and contains within it the wonderful features of the Vedas. It is of the nature of perfect knowledge and it has been described (to you). Those who are endowed with great faith and listen to as well as narrate with love and devotion the wonderful story of the greatness of Siva, this story which is dear to Siva and which is called Sivasastra, attain the great goal.