Parvati’s penance ||21||

1Lomasa said: The chaste girl grew up day by day and shone very much. Living in the house of Himilaya, she reached the age of eight years.
2At that time Mahesa was performing a great penance in a valley of Himalaya. He was surrounded by aU the groups or Ganas, Virabhadra and others.
3Accompanied by Parvati, the intelligent Himavin went to Mahesa engaged in this penance, in ordel to see his sprout-like feet.
4When he arrived thus in order to see (the Lord), he was stopped by Nandin who was standing at the entrance. Then for a moment he stood steady.
5The mountain Himavan informed through Nandin. Sambhu (i.e. Siva) was informed by Nandin that the Mountain had come to see him (i.e. Siva).
6On hearing his words, Paramesvara spoke these words to Nan din: “Bring the Mountain here.”
7Saying “So be it” and honouring (his words) Nandin brought the Mountain Himacala to Sankara, the benefactor of the worlds.
8-10He saw (Siva) the lord of everyone engaged in penance with his eyes closed. He had matted hair with the digit of the moon as an ornament. He could be understood only through the Vedanta and was stationed in the Supreme Soul. On seeing him, Mountain Himacala of unimpaired inherent strength, bent down his head and saluted him. He then attained the greatest joy. Himalaya, the foremost among those conversant with the use of words, spoke these words to the Lord who is the sole cause of auspiciousness to the universe:
11-13“I am lucky, O Sankara, the great lord, thanks to your grace. I shall come here every day, O lord, to pay a visit
along with this (daughter of mine). It behoves you, O lord of Devas, to grant me permission.” On hearing his words, Mahesvara, the lord of Devas, (said): “O Mountain, you may come here every day to meet me after
keeping this girl in the house. Otherwise there would be no audience with me.”
14With his neck bent down the Mountain replied to Girisa: “Why should I not come along with this (girl)? Let that be told.” Sambhu who was performing the holy rites, laughingly spoke these words to the Mountain:
15“This slender-bodied girl of good lips and exquisite speech should not be brought near me. I am forbidding it repeatedly.”
16She heard Sambhu’s harsh words, devoid of blemishes and free from any desire. On hearing the words uttered by that ascetic, Gauri laughed and spoke to Sambhu:
17-18Gauri said: O Sambhu, you are endowed with the power of penance. You are performing a great penance. This inclination for performing penance you have because you are noble-souled. But let this be pondered over: Who are you? Who is the subtle Prakrti, O holy lord? On hearing those words of Parvati, Mahesa spoke these words:
19“I am destroying Prakrti by means of the greatest penance itself. In fact, O lady of good eyebrows, I will stay without Prakrti. Hence nothing that hall been evolved out of Prakrti should be accumulated together at any time by Siddhas.”
20Parvati said: What has been said by you, O Sankara, by means of ‘Para’ speech, is it not Prakrti? In that case how are you beyond it?
21-22O lord, of what avail is our disputation and argument? Whatever you hear, whatever you see and whatever you eat, O Sankara, is entirely the evolute of Prakrti. An untrue speech is meaningless. Why should penance be performed after going beyond Prakrti?
23O Lord Sambhu, just now on this mountain Himalaya you have met Prakrti. But you cannot understand it, O Sankara. What have we to do with (i.e. What is the propriety of) oral dispute and argument, O Lord?
24If your statement that you are beyond Prakrti be true, you need not be afraid of me now, O Sankara.
25Then Lord (Sankara) laughed and replied to Girija:
26Mahadeva said: Serve me every day, O Girija of excellent speech.
27After saying thus to Girija, Mahesa spoke these words to Himalaya: “Here itself, on this very ground, I shall perform a great penance with concentration on the ultimate truth.
28Permission should be granted to me for performing the penance, O Lord of Mountains. Without (your) permission it is not possible to perform penance.”
29On hearing these words of the Trident-bearing Lord of Devas, Himavan laughed and spoke these words to Sambhu:
30“The entire universe along with Devas, Asuras and human beings belongs to you. I am an insignificant person, O Mahadeva. What can I give you?”
31On being told thus by Himavan, Sankara, the benefactor of all the worlds, laughed and respectfully said to the Lord of Mountains: “You may go.”
32Permitted to go by Sankara, Himavan went to his abode. Every day he came there along with Girija to pay a visit.
33-35Thus, some time passed when the father and the daughter continued their visits and service. But Sa1ikara was difficult to be tackled and won over. Suras began to worry about Parvati. ‘How will Sankara join Girija?’ was the thought worrying the minds of Suras. They asked: “O Brihaspati, what should we do now? Tell us. Do not delay.”
36-37Brihaspati spoke the following good words (of advice) to Mahendra: “O Mahendra, this must be done by you. Let it be heard. This task can be carried out only by Madana (the god of Love), O King. None else will be competent for it in all the three worlds. The penance of many ascetics has been upset by him. Hence Mara (god of Love) should be requested (in this matter) immediately.”
38On hearing the words of Guru (Brihaspati, the preceptor) Indra sent for Madana. Madana who accomplished (his) tasks came there on receipt of the call.
39Accompanied by Rati and Madhava (i.e. the Spring season) the flower-armed deity came to the assembly in front of Mahendra and spoke these proud words in a manner captivating the minds of the people:
40“Why have I been called today, O Sacipati (i.e. Indra)? Tell me what work should I do? Do not delay.
41The moment they think about me, the ascetics meet with their downfall. You do know, O lndra, my valour and prowess.
42Parasara, the son of Sakti, knows my power and vigour. Thus many other sages such as Bhrigu do know it.
43-44Brihaspati too knows it, as well as the wife of Utathya . Bharadvaja was born of her begotten by Guru and
was thus illegitimate. Guru had then said, Bharadvaja bear two (sons) simultaneously (conceived). Prajapati (Brahma) knows my heroism and powerful valour.
45Krodha (Anger) is my kinsman. He has great strength and valour. By both of us, this great universe consisting of mobile and immobile beings has been conquered (and liquidated, i.e. excited and stirred up). Everything beginning with Brahma and ending with a blade of grass, the whole world of mobile and immobile beings, has been (flooded and) overwhelmed by us.”
46Devas said: O Marlana, you are capable of always conquering us. (But) go immcdiateJy to Mahesa for accomplishing the task of Suras. Unite Sambhu with Parvati, O highly intelligent one.
47On being requested thus by Devas, Marlana, the enchanter of the universe, went away (from that place) immediately in the company of celestial damsels .
48That wielder of a great bow made the twanging sound of his flowery bow. He took with him channing and fascinating arrows. That hero, the sole conqueror of the worlds, the most excellent one among warriors, Stnara, was then seen on the grounds of the mountain Himavan.
49-50Then all these celestial damsels came there, viz. Rambha, Urvasi, Punjikasthali, Sumloca, Misrakesi, Subhaga and Tilottama. There were others also to render different kinds of assistance to Madana. These damsels were seen by Ganas (attendants of Siva) along with Madana.
51-53All the Ganas were suddenly enchanted by Madana. Rambha (was approached) by Bhrngi, Urvasi by Canda, Menaka by Virabhadra and Punjikasthali by Canda(?). Tilottama and others were surrounded by the Ganas then, who had become mad and abandoned all shame although they were high-minded and learned. The whole of the earth was pervaded by cuckoos, though it was not the proper season (i.e. the spring).
54-55Asoka, Campaka, mangoes, Yilthis (jasmine), Kadambas (Nanclea Cadamba), Nipas (lxora Bandhucca), Priyalas (Buchamania Latifolia), Panasas (jack fruit trees), Rojavrkshas, Carayanas (?), vine creepers, and Nagakesaras (Mesua Rox-burghii), plantains, Ketakis (Pandanus Odoratissimus) etc., all these trees were in full bloom and they were rendered beautiful by bees.
56-58By the contact of Madana Kalaharhsakas (swans) became intoxicated in the company of female swans, heelephants with she-elephants and peacocks with peahens. Though all these had been free from lust due to the qualities arising from contact with Siva, they now became excited. The highly refulgent Nandi, the son of Sailada and of immeasurable (infinite) valour, pondered over this: Why have these become so all of a sudden? This must be the working of Rakshasas or of gods.
59In the meantime Madana took up his bow and fixed five arrows to it, O Brahmanas. He resorted to the shade of a Devadaru tree.
60-62He saw Sambhu performing his penance. The Lord was seated on an excellent seat. He was the lord of all Parameshthins (creators). He kept Ganga (within his matted hair). His throat was blue in colour like Tamala (dark-barked Xanthochy-mus Pictorius). He had matted hair. He had the crescent moon (as an embellishment). All his limbs were marked by the coiled bodies of many serpents. He had five faces. His gait was in long strides like that of a lion. He was fair in complexion like camphor. He was accompanied by Para. Madana was desirous of piercing the fierce ascetic Mahesa, very difficult of access and the most excellent among highly refulgent ones. In the company of Madhava (Spring) he was about to hit Siva with his arrow when Girija, the mother of the universe, came there. She was surrounded by her friends. She approached Sadasiva, the most auspicious of all auspicious ones, for the sake of worship.
63She placed a garland of golden flowers on Nilakantha. At that time, she had a rare splendour. She appeared very beautiful with white rays (diffused all round). The mother of all people looked (lovingly) at the handsome face of Siva. Then her eyes. bloomed and expanded widely as she smiled.
64At that time Sambhu was hit and pierced with the arrow called Mohana (‘the Enchanter’) suddenly. On being hit, Sambhu opened his eyes slowly. The lord saw Girija like the ocean viewing the digit of the moon.
65-67She had a beautiful delightful face. Her lips were like the Birizba fruit (Momordica Monadelpha). Her eyes brightened with her smile. Her teeth were fine and excellent. She appeared as though she had come out of fire (i.e. she was resplendent). She had a slender body with a beautiful and wide face. Gauri had all the signs of pleasure (within). She was capable of enchanting the entire universe. It was she who created the three worlds along with Brahma and others. Making use of the qualities of Rajas, Sattva and Tamas, she caused the origin, sustenance and annihilation (of the worlds). That enchanting goddess, the sole cause of auspiciousness of all auspicious things, was seen in front by Hara who was awakened.
68On seeing Girija, the sanctifier of all the worlds. Lord Bhava became fascinated. At her sight he was afflicted by Madana. Siva’s eyes suddenly became expanded due to surprise.
69The lord of the universe, the lord of Devas (began) to look around. With the mind pained much, Sadasiva said thus:
70“I am engaged in penance. I am devoid of blemishes. Yet how was I enchanted by this girl? Whence. why and by whom was this done causing my displeasure?”
71-72Then Sambhu looked in all directions earnestly. Madana was seen by him in the south with the bow lifted up. The god of Love bent his bow like a circle; kept it ready, drawn in order to pierce and wound Sadasiva. But by the time he was able to discharge the arrow, O Brahmanas, he was stared at by Mahesa angrily.
73He was looked at with the third eye by the greatest lord. Madana was instantly encircled by clusters of flames. There was a loud wailing among Devas who stood there watching.
74Devas said: O Mahadeva, lord of Devas, be the bestower of boons on Devas. It was to help Girija that Madana had been sent now.
75-81In vain was Madana of great lustre burned by you. It is by you alone, the sole kinsman of the universe, that the task of Suras should be carried out by means of your great splendour. O lord Sambhu, (a son) will be born of her and by him alone can our objective be achieved. O Mahadeva, Devas are very much afflicted by Taraka. For that purpose grant life unto this (Madana) and woo Girija, O lord of exalted fortune. (Please) be capable of accomplishing the task of Devas. All of us, the heaven-dwellers, were protected by you from the demon in the shape of an elephant. Certainly we have been saved from the Kalakuta poison (by you), not otherwise (by anyone else). Undoubtedly, we have been protected from Bhasmasura by you, O Lord of everyone. This Madana came here for accomplishing the task of Suras. Hence he should be protected. That will be a great help to us (also). Without him, O Sankara, the entire universe will be ruined. How can you also be devoid of Kama (Love)? Let this be pondered over by your own intellect.
82-88Then Mahesvara who was overwhelmed by anger, spoke to Devas: “You must aIJ be without Kama. It cannot be otherwise. It was when Kama was kept at the head, that all the Devas including Vasava had a fall from their positions. They were overwhelmed by misery and became wretched. Certainly Kama is the cause of a fall into hell in the case of all living beings. This Ananga (‘Bodiless one’) is an embodiment of misery, understand what I say. Taraka too whose conduct of life is very bad will be devoid of Kama. How can a man commit a sin without Kama? Hence for the sake of peace and calmness unto everyone, Kama was burned by me. Let the mind be directed towards penance by you all, Suras, Asuras, the great sages and other living beings. The entire universe has been rendered by me rid of love and anger. Hence I will not resuscitate this sinner, the cause of misery, O Suras; keep waiting for that sole form which is not other than (you all), which yields spiritual pleasure and enlightenment and which is characterized by bliss. It is difficult to guage its depth.”
89On being told thus by Sambhu Parameshthin, all the great sages spoke to Sankara, the benefactor of all the worlds:
90“What has been said by Your Honour, O Sambhu, is indeed exceedingly conducive to our welfare. But we shall say (something) which may be listened to attentively and comprehended fully.
91This universe was permeated by Kama and Krodha (anger) even while it was being created. Indeed the whole of it is in the form of Kama. That Kama is not killed.
92O Mahadeva, it was by Kama that the four (aims in life) named Dharma (Virtue), Artha (Wealth), Kama (Love) and Moksha (Salvation) have been given a single (composite) form. That Kama is not killed.
93It was by Kama that the universe of the nature of everything from Brahma to an immobile being has been united together. How was that Kama, very difficult to be tackled indeed, burned by you?
94The universe decays and declines due to Kama. The universe is protected and sustained by Kama. The universe is produced by Kama. Hence Kama is very powerful.
95It is from Kama that the fierce Krodha (anger) takes its origin. You yourself have been won over by Krodha. Hence, O Mahadeva, it behoves you to resuscitate Kama.
96Indeed, O lord, the mighty Madana has been brought under control by you. Only a man of power can exercise his power because of being powerful.”
97Though he was entreated thus by the sages, Hara’s anger became doubled. He became desirous of burning (everything) by means of his third eye.
98The pinaka-bearing, Bull-emblemed Rudra, Sadasiva was bowed to and eulogized by the sages, Caracas, Siddhas and Ganas.
99On account of his anger, after burning Madana and leaving off that Mountain named Himavan, he vanished immediately.
100The lofty-minded goddess Girija saw that the Lord had vanished and that Manmatha had been burned along with the cuckoos, mango trees, bees and Colapaka flowers.
101On seeing Madana burned down, Rati began to cry for a long time shedding tears. The goddess pondered over this with great dejectedness. She was anxious as to how to win over Rudra.
102After pondering over this for a long time, the chaste lady Girija fainted. Rati saw Girija whose beauty was very great, who was high-minded and crying, and spoke:
103-104“Dear friend, do not get dejected. I shall resuscitate Madana to life. For your sake, O wide-eyed lady, by means of penance I shall propitiate, Hara, Rudra, Virupaksha, the lord of Devas, the sire of the universe. Do not be anxious, O lady of beautiful lips and buttocks. I shall revive Madana back to life.”
105After consoling thus the daughter of the Mountain the chaste lady Rati immediately (proceeded to) perform a great penance. The lady of excellent waistline performed the penance in order to get back her husband.
106She performed the penance at the very same place where Madana was burned by Rudra, the Supreme Soul. Narada saw her performing the penance.
107-108He hastened to the side of the beautiful lady Rati and said: “Whom do you belong to, O lady of wide eyes? What for are you performing the penance? You are a young woman richly endowed with beauty and great conjugal felicity.” On hearing the words of Narada, she became very angry. She spoke these harsh words in a sweet manner:
109Rati said: You have been recognized by me; you are Narada . Undoubtedly you are a bachelor. O (sage) of holy rites, it behoves you not to show your form (V.1. you desire to have a look at the women of others).
110Go back along the path you have come by. Do not delay. O Batu, you do not know anything. You are only a great quarrel-monger.
111You are a leader among the following groups of people: Those who are passionately devoted to other men’s wives, insignificant persons, libertines, those will indulge in vices, those who are stubborn and those who do not perform any holy rites.
112On being rebuked thus by Rati, the excellent sage Narada himself hurriedly went to Sambara, the leading Daitya.
113-114He intimated to the king of Daityas that Madana had been burned by Rudra who had become furious. Then he continued: “His wife is a noble-minded lady. Bring her here, O highly fortunate one. Make her your wife, O mighty one. Among all those beautiful ladies who have been brought by you, that Rati, the wife of Madana, will be the most beautiful one.”
115On hearing these words of the celestial sage of sanctified soul, he went to that place where the highly splendid lady was staying.
116On seeing Rati, the large-eyed enchantress of Madana, Sarhbara, the cause of the grief of Devas, laughingly said these words:
117“O slender- bodied lady, come along with me. Enjoy my kingdom and its pleasures as much as you wish, 0 gentle lady, by my favour. Of what avail is the penance?”
118On being told thus by Samhara of great soul, that slender-bodied queen of Madana spoke these words in sweet voice:
119“I am a widow, O mighty one. It does not behove you to speak thus. You are the king of all the Daityas with all the (royal) characteristics.”
120On hearing these words, Samhara who was deluded by lust, became desirous of catching hold of her hand. He was prevented by Rati.
121-122She pondered over his invincibility mentally and said: “O foolish one, do not touch me. You will be burned (by the fire) arising from my contact. My words cannot be otherwise.” Then Sambara of great splendour said laughingly:
123“O proud lady, do you want to terrify me with many threats (like these)? Go ahead to my abode quickly. Of what avail is so much talk?”
124The slender-bodied, lofty-minded lady was forcibly taken to his great city by Sambara who was addressed thus (by Rati).
125She was made the head in charge of his kitchen, under the name Mayavati.
126The sages asked: Was everything authorized by Parvati regarding bringing Madana back (to life)? The slender-bodied beloved of Madana was abducted by Saritbara. Subsequent to this, O Suta, what happened there? Let it be described.
127Suta said: On seeing that Siva had gone away after burning Madana with his great prowess, the beautiful lady Parvati stayed there itself and engaged herself in penance.
128The slim lady was enquired by her father and mother: “O girl, come back to our abode quickly. Do not exert yourself. It does not behove you to strain yourself.”
129-132On being told thus by both of then, Girija spoke these words: Parvati said: I am not coming home, O mother, O father. Listen to me clearly. This is a true statement of mine full of Dharma (virtue) and Artha (prosperity), whereby you will be contented and delighted. Sambhu is greater than the greatest. The mighty Madana was burned by him. I shall bring that Siva to my presence here itself. Sambhu is difficult of access to those beings who wish for a home (and homely comforts). Hence, O mother, I am not coming home. Let all these things be pondered over.
133Himavan of great refulgence then said, to his daughter: “Siva who is bowed down to by Devas themselves cannot easily be propitiated. Indeed it is impossible for you to attain him. Hence you go back to your own abode.”
134With her throat choked up by and filled with tears Mena said to her daughter: “O slim girl, proceed homewards quickly.”
135-136Then Parvati laughed and said to her mother: “Listen to my vow. dear mother. Indeed, with my great penance I shall fetch that clever (lord) here itself and woo him. O lady of excellent complexion, I shall destroy the Rudratva (dreadfulness) of Rudra.”
137Abandoning all pleasure, the lofty-minded daughter of the Mountain performed the propitiation of Sambhu by means of profound meditation.
138-140Many of Girija’s friends attended upon her, viz. Jaya, Vijaya, Madhavi, Sulocana, Susruta, Sruta. Suki, Pramloca. Subhaga, Syama, Citrangi, Caruni, Svadha and many others such as the beautiful lady Devagarbha etc. For performing the great penance, the lady of sweet laughter built an altar exactly at the place where Madana was burnt by the nohle-souled Rudra. She established herself upon it.
141-142She refrained from drinking water and subsisted on leaves. Thereafter, she avoided green leaves and took up only dried ones. Later on she stopped eating the dried leaves too when the lady of slender waist became famous as Aparna .
143After a lapse of a great deal of time, the chaste daughter of the Mountain gave up drinking water and became engaged in subsisting on air only. Then she supported her body on a single big toe.
144With the greatest contentment, the chaste lady propitiated Sankara by means of austere penance, for the sake of the delight of Sankara too.
145Resorting to the noblest of mental feelings, (the goddess) the cause of the auspiciousness of all auspicious things, performed the greatest penance for the delight and pleasure of Mahesa.
146-147Thus she performed the penance for a thousand divine years. Then, accompanied by his wife, Himalaya came
there to his daughter Parvati who had determined (the practise penance). (In the capacity of a) trustworthy adviser, he spoke to Mahasati (i.e. Girija): “Do not get afflicted and don’t strain yourself. O Mahadevi, O beautiful one, by performing this penance.
148-150Where is Rudra seen? O girl, undoubtedly he is devoid of love and attachment. You are very young and slim. Due to this penance you will become confounded undoubtedly. I am speaking the truth. Hence, O lady of excellent complexion, get up and go home immediately. What have you to do with that Rudra by whom formerly Madana has been burnt because he was devoid of any feeling? O sinless one, how will (i.e. can) you solicit him (as a husband)?
151Just as the moon stationed in the sky cannot be grasped, so also Sambhu is difficult to be attained. 0 girl of pure smiles, understand this.”
152-153Similarly, the chaste lady was told so by Mena, Sahya Mountain, Meru, Mandara and Mainaka. On being urged thus by these, the slim girl Parvati of pure smile, who was engaged in the penance, spoke to Himavan laughingly:
154“Has what had been said by me before been forgotten by you, father? O mother, has it been forgotten by you? O my kinsmen, listen to my vow now itself.
155-158By means of my penance, I will gratify Sankara, the benefactor of the worlds, (although) this great lord is detached and devoid of attachment because Marlana has been killed by him. All of you go. You need not worry in this matter. By means of my penance I will bring him here; I will bring (that lord) by whom Madana was burnt and by whom the forest of the mountain was burnt. Indeed, Sadasiva can be conveniently served through the great power of penance. Understand him, O exceednly fortunate ones. It is true. I am saying the truth .”
159That daughter of the king of Mountains-she who habitually spoke very little-conversed thus with her mother Mena, (father) Himalaya and also with Meru and Mandara. Then those Mountains went away the way they had come while glancing (this way and that).
160When all of them had gone, the chaste lady with the greatest being as her object of desire, performed the penance surrounded by her friends.
161By that great penance the entire universe consisting of mobile and immobile beings became scorched. At that time all Suras and Asuras sought refuge in Brahma.
162-164Devas said: O lord, the whole of this universe, mobile and immobile, has been created by you. It behoves you to save us, Devas. None other than you can be capable of protecting us. On hearing these words, Brahma pondered over them mentally. He understood that a great fire had been produced by the great penance of Girija. Having realized it, Brahma immediately went to the wonderful Ocean of Milk.
165-171There he saw Lord Vishnu sleeping on his excellent and exceedingly splendid couch named Sesha. The pair of his feet was continuously served (kneaded) by Lakshmi. He was served by Tarkshya (Garuda) with stooping neck and standing a little away. He was also served by Sri, Kanti, Kshanti, Vritti, Daya and others. Vishnu was accompanied by the nine Saktis. lie was surrounded by his Parshadas (attendants). Kumuda, Kumudvan, Sanaka, Sanandana, Sanatana of exalted fortune, Prasupta, Vijaya, Arijit, Jayanta, Jayatsena, Jaya of great lustre, Sanatkmnara of excellent power of penance, Narada, Tumburu and others served him and attended upon him. The great conch of Vishnu, named Pancajanya, his iron club Kaumodaki, the discus Sudarsana and the exceedingly wonderful bow Sarnga, all these were seen in embodied form by Parameshthin. All the Suras and the Danavas came very near Vishnu, the great Atman. On the shore of the Ocean of the great Atman, they spoke to Vishnu, the lord of all Parameshthins:
172“Save, save us, O great Vishnu, save us who have been scorched and who have sought refuge in you. We have been scorched by the severe and dreadful penance of Parvati.” The great Lord sat up on his couch Sesha and said:
173-174“I shall go to the Supreme Lord Siva along with you all. O Suras, we shall pray to Mahadeva in the matter of Girija. There itself, we shall do something so that the Pinaka-bearing Lord of Devas will be led to grasp her hand and marry her.
175Hence we shall go to that place where the great Lord Rudra is seated, where the greatest cause of auspiciousness (viz. Siva) is engaged in a severe penance.”
176-177On hearing the words of Vishnu, all Surasand Asuras said: “We will not approach the Uneven-three-eyed god (Virupaksha) of great lustre. He will burn us in the same manner as he has burnt the unconquerable Madana formerly. There is no doubt in this matter.”
178-180Lord Vishnu, the great lord, laughed and said: “All of you need not be afraid. Sadasiva is the embodiment of auspiciousness. He is the destroyer of fear of all Devas. He will not burn (you). Hence, O clever ones, all of you must go along with me. I seek refuge in Sambhu who is the ancient Purusha: is the overlord of excellent form, who is greater than the greatest and is engaged in penance. His form is the greatest one and he is greater than the greatest.”