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Canto 12

Guru Puja

 



Chapter 10: S'iva, Lord and Helper Glorifies Mârkandeya Rishi

(1) S'rî Sûta said: "He who this way experienced the might of the yoga-mâyâ as arranged by Nârâyana, sought shelter with Him. (2) S'rî Mârkandeya said: 'I fall at the soles of the feet of You who takes away the fear of those who approached You, oh Lord who with Your illusory potency in the form of knowledge even bewilders the scholars.' "

(3) Sûta said: "The great Lord Rudra [S'iva] who, accompanied by Rudrânî [Umâ] and surrounded by his entourage, traveled through the sky on his bull, saw how he was thus absorbed in meditation. (4-5) Umâ observing the seer then said to Giris'a: 'Look at this man of learning who with his body, senses and mind motionless is as calm as the water and schools of fish of the ocean with the wind laid down. Please, oh you who are the bestower of it, award him the perfection of his penances.'

(6) The mighty Lord said: 'I am sure that the brahmin seer does not desire any benedictions in any field, not even liberation, for he has achieved the transcendental devotional service unto the Supreme Lord, the Inexhaustible Original Person. (7) Nevertheless Bhavânî, let us talk to this pure devotee. It is indeed man's highest achievement to gain the association of saintly souls.' "

(8) Sûta said: "Thus having spoken he, the master of all knowledge, the controller of all embodied souls and the shelter of the righteous ones, approached him. (9) Having arrested the functions of his mind, he [the sage] had neither knowledge of himself or the outer world, nor of the arrival of the two powers of control over the universe in person. (10) Giris'a the Controller, the great Lord, understanding that, entered the ethereal privacy of Mârkandeya's heart by means of his mystic potency, just like the wind passing through an opening. (11-13) S'iva appeared inside of him with hair locks blond like lightening, having three eyes and ten arms and rising as high as the sun. Together with a tiger skin he used for his garment, he exhibited his bow and trident, arrows and sword, shield, prayer beads, damaru (a small drum), ax and skull. When he saw him in his heart manifesting suddenly, the sage desisted from his trance and wondered in surprise: 'Who is this and where did he come from?'

(14) Opening his eyes and seeing that Lord Rudra had arrived with his associates and Umâ, the sage with his head offered the one guru of the three worlds his obeisances. (15) He honored him together with his company and Umâ with words of welcome, sitting places, water for their feet, water to drink, perfumed oil, garlands, incense and lamps. (16) He said: 'Oh mighty one, what can I do for you, oh Lord who pacifies the universe by the full satisfaction of your ecstatic experience? (17) I offer you my obeisances who delights in the mode of ignorance, you who devoted to passion are horrifying and you who give pleasure in the mode of goodness.' "

(18) Sûta Gosvâmî said: "Praised by these words he, the mighty Lord, the foremost of the demigods and shelter of the truthful soul, perfectly satisfied and happy-minded addressed him with a smile. (19) The great Lord said: 'Please, choose a boon to your liking, for of all [demigod] givers of benedictions the three of us are the [guna-avatâra] Lords by whose infallible audience a mortal being finds immortality. (20-21) The local rulers and inhabitants of all worlds, I, the great Lord Brahmâ and Lord Hari,  glorify, worship and assist those who are saintly, peaceful and free from material attachment, who care for all living beings and free from enmity and equal towards all, are of a single-minded devotion unto us. (22) They [these devotees] do not even acknowledge the slightest difference between me, the Infallible One and the one unborn, nor between themselves or other people and that is why we praise you. (23) Mere bodies of water are no holy places and deities on themselves are devoid of life; they purify the soul only after a long time, but you do so by simply being seen [see also 10.48: 31]. (24) We offer the brahmins our respects who carry our forms represented by the three Vedas and who by penances, study and concentration in yoga [samyama] are absorbed in the True Self. (25) Even the greatest sinners and outcasts find purification by seeing you and hearing about you, and what would that not mean when one directly speaks to you [see also 7.14: 17, 10.64: 41-42]?' "

(26) Sûta Gosvâmî said: "Thus with his ears drinking from the nectar reservoir of words full of the secret of dharma of the one decorated with the moon, the sage was not satisfied. (27) He who because of Vishnu's mâyâ was terribly exhausted from having wandered for such a long time, had been freed from a great load of trouble by the grace of Lord S'iva's nectarine words and spoke to him. (28) S'rî Mârkandeya said: 'Ah, how inconceivable for embodied souls this pastime is of the great controllers: they offer their obeisances to the ones they control who praise them as the lords of the universe! (29) In general the authorized speakers act [by precept and example] for the embodied souls to accept the dharma and encourage and praise those who do so. (30) Such an attitude of the Fortunate One [and His associates] does not compromise the power of His activities formed by His illusory energy [mâyâ], any more than the tricks of a magician compromise his ability. (31-32) He who as the Supersoul from His mind [by Himself in the form of Time] created this universe and subsequently entered it [in the form of the avatâras], manifests Himself like being the doer through the operating modes of nature, just like a person witnessing a dream. Let me offer my obeisances to Him, the Supreme Personality who, endowed with the three gunas, is the true Self on top of them. He is the pure, unequaled spiritual master who is the original form of the Absolute Truth [see B.G. 4: 13, 13: 30, 14: 19]. (33) From seeing You a person can achieve whatever he desires, irrespective what. But what other benediction should I desire from you, oh all-pervading Lord whose presence itself is the highest [one may attain]? (34) Nevertheless I would like to ask from you who stand for the Complete that entails the fulfillment of all wishes, one benediction: the unfailing devotional service unto the Supreme Personality of Godhead and unto the both of You and the ones devoted to Him.' "

(35) Sûta Gosvâmî said: "Thus being worshiped and glorified by the well-spoken words of the sage, the great Lord S'arva, thereto encouraged by his consort, said: (36) 'Oh great sage full of devotion for Adhokshaja, may all your wishes be fulfilled. And may you also till the end of the kalpa enjoy fame, piety and freedom from old age and death. (37) May you have knowledge of the threefold nature of time [tri-kâlika], oh brahmin as also wisdom in combination with a free heart. May there for you being blessed with brahminical potency, be the status of teacher of the Purâna.' "

(38) Sûta Gosvâmî said: "After having granted the sage these blessings he, the Lord with the three eyes, went away, on his way telling the goddess what he [Mârkandeya] in the past had accomplished and experienced. (39) He that best soul of Bhrigu, who had achieved the greatest of the great in yoga, even today demonstrably travels about, on his path of serving the Lord with single-minded devotion. (40) This is what I could describe to you of the amazing potency of the illusory energy of the Supreme Personality as experienced by the intelligent Mârkandeya. (41) Some declare this unprecedented life [of the sage] to be [nothing more than] the repeatedly being born of the human being in the illusory creation of the Supreme Soul, but they have no idea what they are talking about. (42) Oh best one of Bhrigu [S'aunaka], the story I described is infused with the potency of the Lord with the Chariot wheel in His hand [Krishna as the Lord of Time]; for anyone who hears it himself or makes someone else listen to it there will never be a repetition of births, a worldly conditioned existence, based on karma." 


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Text 1

S'rî Sûta said: "He who this way experienced the might of the yoga-mâyâ as arranged by Nârâyana, sought shelter with Him.
S'rî Sûta said: "He this way experiencing the might of the yoga-mâyâ as arranged by Nârâyana, went only for the shelter of Him. (Vedabase)

 

Text 2

S'rî Mârkandeya said: 'I fall at the soles of the feet of You who takes away the fear of those who approached You, oh Lord who with Your illusory potency in the form of knowledge even bewilders the scholars.' "

S'rî Mârkandeya said [to this]: 'I am surrendered to the soles of the feet of You who bring fearlessness to the surrendered, o Lord who with Your illusory potency in the form of knowledge even bewilders the wise'." (Vedabase)

   

Text 3

Sûta said: "The great Lord Rudra [S'iva] who, accompanied by Rudrânî [Umâ] and surrounded by his entourage, traveled through the sky on his bull, saw how he was thus absorbed in meditation.

Sûta said: "The great lord [S'iva] accompanied by Rudrânî [Umâ] and surrounded by his entourage, saw, traveling through the sky on his bull, him thus absorbed in trance. (Vedabase)

 

Text 4-5

Umâ observing the seer then said to Giris'a: 'Look at this man of learning who with his body, senses and mind motionless is as calm as the water and schools of fish of the ocean with the wind laid down. Please, oh you who are the bestower of it, award him the perfection of his penances.'

Umâ observing that seer then said to Giris'a: 'Look at this man of learning, who motionless with his body, senses and mind is as calm as the water and the fish of the ocean with the wind laid down. Please, o you who art the bestower of the perfection of penance, make it true for him.' (Vedabase)

   

Text 6

The mighty Lord said: 'I am sure that the brahmin seer does not desire any benedictions in any field, not even liberation, for he has achieved the transcendental devotional service unto the Supreme Lord, the Inexhaustible Original Person.

The great lord said: 'I'm sure the brahmin seer doesn't desire any benedictions in any field, not even liberation; he has achieved the transcendental devotional service for the Supreme Lord, the Inexhaustible Original Person.  (Vedabase)

 

Text 7

Nevertheless Bhavânî, let us talk to this pure devotee. It is indeed man's highest achievement to gain the association of saintly souls.' "

Nevertheless, Bhavânî, let's talk with this pure devotee, it is indeed man's highest achievement to associate with the saintly'." (Vedabase)

 

Text 8

Sûta said: "Thus having spoken he, the master of all knowledge, the controller of all embodied souls and the shelter of the righteous ones, approached him.

Sûta said: "Thus having spoken he, the master of all knowledge, the controller of all the embodied and the great lord and shelter of the righteous, approached him. (Vedabase)

 

Text 9

Having arrested the functions of his mind, he [the sage] had neither knowledge of himself or the outer world, nor of the arrival of the two powers of control over the universe in person.

He, having arrested the functions of his mind, had no knowledge of himself or the outer world, nor of the arrival of the two powers of control over the universe in person. (Vedabase)

 

Text 10

Giris'a the Controller, the great Lord, understanding that, entered the ethereal privacy of Mârkandeya's heart by means of his mystic potency, just like the wind passing through an opening.

Understanding that, Giris'a the Controller, the great lord, entered by means of his mystic potency the ethereal privacy of Mârkandeya's heart, just like the wind passing through an opening. (Vedabase)

 

Text 11 - 13

S'iva appeared inside of him with hair locks blond like lightening, having three eyes and ten arms and rising as high as the sun. Together with a tiger skin he used for his garment, he exhibited his bow and trident, arrows and sword, shield, prayer beads, damaru (a small drum), ax and skull. When he saw him in his heart manifesting suddenly, the sage desisted from his trance and wondered in surprise: 'Who is this and where did he come from?'

Within himself then S'iva arrived with blonde locks like lightening, having three eyes and ten arms, rising as tall as the sun. Together with a tigerskin for his garment, he exhibited his bow and trident, arrows and sword, shield, prayer beads, damaru (a small drum), ax and skull. Seeing him manifesting suddenly in his heart the sage thereupon desisted from his trance and wondered in surprise: 'Who is this and from where did he come?'  (Vedabase)

 

Text 14

Opening his eyes and seeing that Lord Rudra had arrived with his associates and Umâ, the sage with his head offered the one guru of the three worlds his obeisances.

Opening his eyes and seeing that Lord Rudra had arrived with Umâ and his associates, the sage offered with his head the one guru of the three worlds his obeisances. (Vedabase)

 

Text 15

He honored him together with his company and Umâ with words of welcome, sitting places, water for their feet, water to drink, perfumed oil, garlands, incense and lamps.

Him together with his company and Umâ he offered worship with words of welcome, sitting places, water for their feet, water to drink, perfumed oil, garlands, incense and lamps. (Vedabase)

 

Text 16

He said: 'Oh mighty one, what can I do for you, oh Lord who pacifies the universe by the full satisfaction of your ecstatic experience?

He said: 'O mighty one, what can I do for you, o Lord, by whose full satisfaction in your experience of ecstasy the entire world is pacified? (Vedabase)

 

Text 17

I offer you my obeisances who delights in the mode of ignorance, you who devoted to passion are horrifying and you who give pleasure in the mode of goodness.' "

My respects for you devoted to he mode of ignorance, to you terrible in choosing the mode of passion and to you giving pleasure in favor of the mode of goodness'."  (Vedabase)


Text 18

Sûta Gosvâmî said: "Praised by these words he, the mighty Lord, the foremost of the demigods and shelter of the truthful soul, perfectly satisfied and happy-minded addressed him with a smile.

Sûta Gosvâmî said: "Praised by these words he, the mighty lord, the foremost of the demigods and shelter of the truthful, perfectly satisfied and happy of mind addressed him with a smile. (Vedabase)

 

Text 19

The great Lord said: 'Please, choose a boon to your liking, for of all [demigod] givers of benedictions the three of us are the [guna-avatâra] Lords by whose infallible audience a mortal being finds immortality.

The great lord said: 'Please, choose a boon to your liking from us the three [guna-avatâra] lords in control by whose audience a mortal being achieves immortality. (Vedabase)

 

Text 20-21

The local rulers and inhabitants of all worlds, I, the great Lord Brahmâ and Lord Hari, glorify, worship and assist those who are saintly, peaceful and free from material attachment, who care for all living beings and free from enmity and equal towards all, are of a single-minded devotion unto us.

The local rulers and inhabitants of all worlds, I, the great lord Brahmâ and Hari, the Controller in person, glorify, worship and sit near to those brahmins who are saintly, peaceful, free from material attachment, of care for all living beings and who, free from enmity with an equal vision, are single-minded devotees of us. (Vedabase)

 

Text 22

They [these devotees] do not even acknowledge the slightest difference between me, the Infallible One and the one unborn, nor between themselves or other people and that is why we praise you.

They [these devotees] do not even acknowledge the slightest difference between me, the Infallible One and the one unborn, nor between themselves and other people and for that reason we praise you. (Vedabase)

 

Text 23

Mere bodies of water are no holy places and deities on themselves are devoid of life; they purify the soul only after a long time, but you do so by simply being seen [see also 10.48: 31].

Mere bodies of water are no holy places and deities on themselves are devoid of life; they cleanse the soul only after a long time, but you do so by simply being seen [see also 10.48: 31]. (Vedabase)

 

Text 24

We offer the brahmins our respects who carry our forms represented by the three Vedas and who by penances, study and concentration in yoga [samyama] are absorbed in the True Self.

The brahmins who embrace our forms that are represented by the three Vedas, and who by penances, study and yogic concentration [samyama] are absorbed in the True Self, we offer our respects. (Vedabase)

 

Text 25

Even the greatest sinners and outcasts find purification by seeing you and hearing about you, and what would that not mean when one directly speaks to you [see also 7.14: 17, 10.64: 41-42]?' "

Even the greatest sinners and outcasts find purification by seeing you and hearing about you, and what wouldn't that mean when one directly addresses you [see also 7.14: 17, 10.64: 41-42]?" (Vedabase)

 

Text 26

Sûta Gosvâmî said: "Thus with his ears drinking from the nectar reservoir of words full of the secret of dharma of the one decorated with the moon, the sage was not satisfied.

Sûta Gosvâmî said: "Thus filled with the words of the one decorated with the moon who reflects the essence of the religion, the sage who through his ears drank from this reservoir of nectar wasn't satisfied. (Vedabase)

 

Text 27

He who because of Vishnu's mâyâ was terribly exhausted from having wandered for such a long time, had been freed from a great load of trouble by the grace of Lord S'iva's nectarine words and spoke to him.

He who by the mâyâ of Vishnu had to wander for such a long time and was terribly exhausted, saw a great load of trouble undone by the grace of Lord S'iva's nectarine words and addressed him. (Vedabase)

 

Text 28

S'rî Mârkandeya said: 'Ah, how inconceivable for embodied souls this pastime is of the great controllers: they offer their obeisances to the ones they control who praise them as the lords of the universe!

S'rî Mârkandeya said: 'Ah, how inconceivable for embodied souls in praise of the rulers of the universe is this pastime of the great controllers who show respect for those who are controlled by them!  (Vedabase)

 

Text 29

In general the authorized speakers act [by precept and example] for the embodied souls to accept the dharma and encourage and praise those who do so.

In general the authoritative speakers act for the acceptance of the religion and prove for that purpose their sympathy and appreciation for [the proper conduct of] the conditioned souls. (Vedabase)

 

Text 30

Such an attitude of the Fortunate One [and His associates] does not compromise the power of His activities formed by His illusory energy [mâyâ], any more than the tricks of a magician compromise his ability.

Just like a magician's powers are not spoiled by his tricks, is His authority not in any way compromised by these activities in the creation of His illusory energy. (Vedabase)


Text 31-32

He who as the Supersoul from His mind [by Himself in the form of Time] created this universe and subsequently entered it [in the form of the avatâras], manifests Himself like being the doer through the operating modes of nature, just like a person witnessing a dream. Let me offer my obeisances to Him, the Supreme Personality who, endowed with the three gunas, is the true Self on top of them. He is the pure, unequaled spiritual master who is the original form of the Absolute Truth [see B.G. 4: 13, 13: 30, 14: 19].

He who as the Supersoul from His mind [by Himself in the form of Time] creates this universe and subsequently enters it [in the form of the avatâras], by the power of His modes of nature seems to be the doer like someone in a dream. Let me offer my obeisances to Him, the Supreme Personality who acting through the three gunas is the true Self on top of them. He is the pure unequaled spiritual master who is the original form of the Absolute Truth [see B.G. 4: 13, 13: 30, 14: 19]. (Vedabase)

 

Text 33

From seeing you a person can achieve whatever he desires, irrespective what. But what other benediction should I desire from you, oh all-pervading Lord whose presence itself is the highest [one may attain]? 

What other benediction indeed should I choose from you, o all-pervading one, whose presence itself is the highest [one may attain]? From seeing you a person may achieve all he desires, irrespective of what he desires.  (Vedabase)

 

Text 34

Nevertheless I would like to ask from you who stand for the Complete that entails the fulfillment of all wishes, one benediction: the unfailing devotional service unto the Supreme Personality of Godhead and unto the both of you and the ones devoted to Him.' "

From Him who stands for the Complete that brings the fulfillment of all desires, I request one benediction though: the unfailing devotional service for the Supreme Personality of Godhead as well as for those dedicated to Him like you'." (Vedabase)

 

Text 35

Sûta Gosvâmî said: "Thus being worshiped and glorified by the well-spoken words of the sage, the great Lord S'arva, thereto encouraged by his consort, said:

Sûta Gosvâmî said: "Thus worshiped and glorified by the well-spoken words of the sage, the great lord S'arva, thereto encouraged by his consort, said: (Vedabase)

 

Text 36

'Oh great sage full of devotion for Adhokshaja, may all your wishes be fulfilled. And may you also till the end of the kalpa enjoy fame, piety and freedom from old age and death.

'O great sage so full of devotion for Adhokshaja, may all you desired be fulfilled. May you also enjoy fame till the end of the kalpa, as well as piety and freedom from old age and death. (Vedabase)

 

Text 37

May you have knowledge of the threefold nature of time [tri-kâlika], oh brahmin as also wisdom in combination with a free heart. May there for you being blessed with brahminical potency, be the status of teacher of the Purâna.' "

May you have knowledge of the threefold of time [tri-kâlika] o brahmin, and wisdom plus renunciation. May there for you being given the brahminical potency be the status of teacher of the Purâna'." (Vedabase)

 

Text 38

Sûta Gosvâmî said: "After having granted the sage these blessings he, the Lord with the three eyes, went away, on his way telling the goddess what he [Mârkandeya] in the past had accomplished and experienced.

Sûta Gosvâmî said: "With granting the sage these blessings he, the controller with the three eyes, went away recounting to the goddess all that he [Mârkandeya] in the past had done and experienced. (Vedabase)

 

Text 39

He that best soul of Bhrigu, who had achieved the greatest of the great in yoga, even today demonstrably travels about, on his path of serving the Lord with single-minded devotion.

He, the best one of Bhrigu, who had achieved the greatest of the great of yoga, even today travels about at will, on his way of serving in his exclusive devotion for the Lord. (Vedabase)

 

Text 40

This is what I could describe to you of the amazing potency of the illusory energy of the Supreme Personality as experienced by the intelligent Mârkandeya.

This is what I could describe to you of the amazing potency of the illusory energy of the Supreme Personality as experienced by the intelligent Mârkandeya. (Vedabase)

 

Text 41

Some declare this unprecedented life [of the sage] to be [nothing more than] the repeatedly being born of the human being in the illusory creation of the Supreme Soul, but they have no idea what they are talking about.

Unprecedented as it is [this seven kalpas long life of the sage], do some who are not that learned speak of it as [being nothing but] the from time immemorial cycling of the conditioned living beings through the mind-boggling creation of the Supreme Soul. (Vedabase)

 

Text 42

Oh best one of Bhrigu [S'aunaka], the story I described is infused with the potency of the Lord with the Chariot wheel in His hand [Krishna as the Lord of Time]; for anyone who hears it himself or makes someone else listen to it there will never be a repetition of births, a worldly conditioned existence, based on karma." 

For the two kinds of people, o best of Bhrigu, who either hear or describe this [narration] infused with the potency of the Lord who has the Wheel [of Time] in His hand, there will never be the mundane course of existence based on karma." (Vedabase)

  

 

 

 

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The image is titled: 'Dance of Shiva' and is of Kithindra Nâth Mazumdar.
Source: 'Myths of the Hindus and Buddhists', Ballantine Press, Oct 1913.
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