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Home / Hinduism Perspective / Hymn XXXVIII Sivapuranam Tiruvesaravu Sacred Sadness Translation in English

Hymn XXXVIII Sivapuranam Tiruvesaravu Sacred Sadness Translation in English

[‘ABSTRACTION FROM OBJECTIVE THOUGHT.’]
1)
My iron mind full oftern didst Thou draw, and melt my frame;
Thy feet to me didst show, as though the sweet cane’s pleasantness;
Thou of the braided lock, where waters wander wave on wave!
The jackals all Thou mad’st great horses; thus didst show Thy grace. || 4 ||

2)
Thou Partner of the maid whose words are music! To thine own
Ambrosia precious, sating every soul ! Master, Thy slave
Rule Thou ! Cut off these earthly ‘births.’ When Thou didst pity me
I saw Thy foot in vision clear, and, ah, my soul was freed ! || 8 ||

3)
No hiding place had I; in hell of births and deaths I sank;
No loving hand was stretched to aid; Master, Thou bad’st me come,
Who didst the poison eat from out the swelling sea ! To me,
How Thou didst show Thy flowery foot, our Deity supreme ! || 12 ||

4)
Dancer with serpent-girded foot ! Thou of the braided lock !
Lord of the saints crowned with Thy flowery foot ! me dost Thou save,
From praising meaner gods that others praise. O wondorous grace !
I ponder how Thou to my soul didst show Thy saving power. || 16 ||

5)
No lore of wisdom had I, melted not in rapturous tears;-
Yet other gods knew not ! ANd by Thy word, our mighty Lord !
My soul exulted when I gained Thy foot. To me, Thy slave,
As though one gave to cur a golden seat, Thy grace was shown. || 20 ||

6)
Sore troubled by the glancing eyes of damsels, soft of foot,
A poisonous anguish pierc’d my trembling frame; yet by
Thy grace I ‘scaped, my Lord, my Owner ! Me Thou bad’st Fear not,’
And mad’st Thine own,- Ambrosia of the sacred temple court ! || 24 ||

7)
For me Thou caused’st ‘birth’ to cease, great Lord of bliss, Who dwell’st unknown
By even the heavenly ones in Perun-turrai’s southern shrine !
Entering in love, melting my heart within, Thou madest me Thine !
Great Lord, such was the way that Thou didst look on me ! || 28 ||

8)
O Ancient One ! First One, that grows not old ! The Endless
Chaunted word ! True Essence ! Burgeoned forth as that WHICH IS,
AND IS NOT. Entering here, me who in error rolled, Thy grace
Restored, and made Thine own. Such was Thy way, O mighty One ! || 32 ||

9 Special manifestation in Idai-maruthur.
Sprang up Thy foot, as sweetly fragrant flower within my mind, melting my soul !
In every street I wept, and praised Thee, mighty Lord of bliss !
Mercy supreme that as wide ocean rolls, I tasted, plunged therein !
Father, in Idai-maruthur Thou show’dst Thy grace to me ! || 36 ||

10) No desert in me; all in His grace !
Have I indeed performed ascetic deeds, Ci-va-ya-na-ma gained to chaunt !
Civan, the mighty Lord, as honey and as rare ambrosia sweet,
Himself He came, entered my soul,- to me His slave gave grace;
So that I hated, loathed this life of soul in flesh enmeshed, that day. || 40 ||

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