English translation of the Tamil Spiritual Classic by Saint Tirumular
TANTRA NINE – Verses 2649 to 2674 of 3047
1 DARSHAN OF GURU MONASTERY
2649: Gurus Have Reached Lord’s Feet
Smoke and sound
Oblations and sacrificial offering
In worship spread;
“All these are for my Lord;”
The Gurus who thus meditate,
Who have monasteries founded,
Have verily reached Feet of Lord.
2650: Lord is in the Body
None the habitation the Lord has
But the body-house of Jiva;
Or has the Lord any other home?
Let them find out;
Even after having found out
That Jiva’s body is Siva’s home
They say, “He (Lord) is outside.”
2651: Great Way of Seeking
Having discovered the Great Way of seeking
The flower-decked feet of Siva I reached within;
Beyond seeking is He;
Greatness indeed is where He resides;
He stood as life of the revolving world.
2652: Revelation of Lord’s Abode
I shall reveal where He is seated;
And where His mountain is;
I shall reveal where His retreat-cave is
And where that is located;
I shall reveal where His Adharas (triple) are;
And the forest where He is
All these eight I shall reveal
To denizens of world here below.
2653: Lord is in Guru’s Monastery
The Guru-face is Lord’s pedestal
The monastery is Lord’s Holy Land;
The Holy Assembly of blemishless vision
Is Lord’s abode;
The heart that performs the Sixteen worships inside
Is Lord’s sacred throne;
The Adharas within
Are Lord’s astral cave.
2654: Lord’s Abode Inside the Body
The Adharas six are His pedestal inward
The Sakti pervasive is His Throne
The universal God within is Siva Himself;
Thus it is,
For these who inward reflect and know.
2655: Jnanis Seek Lord Within the Light of Manifestness
Mayas twine envelope the body of sheaths five
When their end they reach,
The Holy Light of itself appears;
Those who seek the Truth in that Manifestness (Svarupa)
Are the Jnanis, in Silentness Exceeding.
2 DARSHAN OF JNANA GURU
2656: When the Holy Guru Appears
When the Tattvas six and thirty subdued are,
Then shall the Holy Guru appear
For you to adore;
Siva-State too will on you be conferred;
And then will well up the Bliss Ineffable.
2657: Parasivam is Beyond the Three Turiyas
Beyond the Turiyas Three
Is the Light Resplendent;
It is the Parasiva that pervades all;
In that Land
That knows neither contraction nor expansion
Are the Feet of Guru Holy
That, beyond speech, is.
2658: What These Body Organs are for
To bear Nandi’s Feet, I was gifted this head;
To praise Nandi Great, I was gifted this mouth;
To vision Nandi Eternal, I was gifted these eyes;
To think of Nandi afar, I was gifted this mind.
2659: At the Thought of Guru’s Form Impurities Vanish
At the thought of Garuda’s form
The serpent’s poison leaves
Its terrors lose;
At the thought of Guru’s form
The triple Malas leave instant;
The Jiva then Siva becomes.
2660: When Jiva Becomes Siva
None know where the Lord resides,
To those who seek where the Lord resides
The Lord within them resides;
When they the Lord see,
Jiva becomes Siva.
2661: God is in the Silentness of Perception Beyond Three Turiyas
To perceive the things that appear,
To perceive the things that appear not,
That is Knowledge Higher;
To perceive the things in ways different
As in waking, dreaming and rest of states,
-These three perceptions will there be not,
In the State the Three Turiyas transcended;
There Nandi stands firm, in Silentness Exalted.
2662: Sakti is in Ajna Center
In the Center between the eye-brows
Is the Sphere of the Moon;
There on the flower of petals two
Is Virgin Sakti seated;
Radiant as Crystal is Her Form;
(To vision Her)
Seek you the Guru
Who all bonds sundered.
2663: Siva is in Sahasrathala (North)
Into heart He entered,
For the seven Worlds to rejoice;
Into earth He entered
For the heavens to support;
Into rage He entered
For the eight directions to tremble;
Into wilderness He entered
His abode in North Mountain to be.
2664: Way of Seeking Within Leads to Supreme Attainment
Of five sheaths is the Jiva’s body;
Unto a forest is that body
Where the Jiva-bird its abode has;
If the Jiva seeks the Way of Sixteen worships
Then is Jiva’s Ten attainments are.
2665: Love Lord and Sever Pasas
Our Holy Nandi
Once He loves, separation Knows not;
Think of His Form
And within you He melts;
Enter into His Essence
And see Him in your heart;
For those who can do this,
The seminal Karmas slumbering die;
The Ego-Consciousness forever perishes.
2666: Lord can be Reached by Earnest Seeking
Reach you may
Our Holy One that is Truth Perfect;
Sunder Pasas strong and away cast them;
Seek Him firm and think constant within;
Reached then shall be
The Holy One that is Dharma.
2667: Think of Him and He Thinks of You
Think of Him,
And He thinks of those who think of Him;
Think of Him, the radiance that is,
Of the Flower that blooms in the Divine Fount within;
Smaller than the split grain may they be,
But if firm they hold Him,
Great they shall sure be.
2668: In Seeking be not Discouraged by Initial Failures
When you seek to reach the Lord
And have a miss,
Take it as the work of your evil Karma in the past,
And so persevere in your devotion fervent;
You shall at last reach the Primal Lord.
2669: How Lord Enters Within
Thinking of Lord
Their inconstancy lost;
Uniting in Lord
Their existence lost;
In their thoughts
Their ego lost;
Thus he entered
Showing the Way Illumined.
2670: Holy Guru Shows the Light in Eye-Brow Center
Unto a lustrous ray of red gem
On to a green stone set
Is the Holy Guru’s Jnana precept;
That ray in the eye-brow Center is;
It is the Light within the Light Resplendent.
2671: God’s Form
As mouth, eye, body and life
The Yoga-God is;
Beyond earth, water, fire, wind and sky
Void His Form is.
2672: His Love for Sakti and His Devotees
Praise Him as your Pati (Lord)
In all Worlds Parasiva’s writ runns;
His one half to the Great Grace lends;
The other half to His devotees gave
For their goal to reach;
He who this world fashioned.
2673: By Grace He Can Be Seen
He is the Lord of Heavens,
By the vast spatial glades surrounded;
Except Him we know Param (supreme) none;
Of the Celestials, Vanavas and Dhanavas,
None have seen Him ever;
Only those who received His Grace
Have seen Him forever.
2674: Grace Gives Clear Vision
He made Jivas renounce
That they the Lord adore;
He made them praise Him in words meek;
That He the Nandi His Grace confers;
No more the other Gods we adore;
Our vision is clear now;
We became the Object
For other Jivas to seek and worship.