by J. L. Shastri | 1950 | 616,585 words
This page relates “prayer to shiva” as found in the Shiva-purana, which, in Hinduism, represents one of the eighteen Mahapuranas. This work eulogizes Lord Shiva as the supreme deity, besides topics such as cosmology and philosophy. It is written in Sanskrit and claims to be a redaction of an original text consisting of 100,000 metrical verses.
Disclaimer: These are translations of Sanskrit texts and are not necessarily approved by everyone associated with the traditions connected to these texts. Consult the source and original scripture in case of doubt.
2-3. When the Asuras had become so, when they had abandoned the worship of Śiva, when the virtuous rites of chaste women came to an end and evil conduct came to stay, Viṣṇu was apparently contented. Accompanied by the gods, Viṣṇu went to Kailāsa in order to intimate their activities to Śiva.
8-9. He repeated the mantra fifteen million times standing in water and concentrating his mind on him. Lord Viṣṇu meditated on the great lord Śiva. In the meantime, the gods too eulogised him with devotion.
The gods said:—
11. You are our ultimate goal for ever. You are the remover of all adversities. O destroyer of the enemies of the gods, you alone are to be respected by us always.
14. In this universe, you enable people to cross the ocean of Existence. You are the undecaying lord of all. You are the granter of boons. You are the subject and not the object of speech and contents.
16. The Vedas and the saintly men speak of you as the supreme Brahman. You are a heaped mass of splendour and greater than the greatest. They call you the great principle.
17. What they call the great soul in the universe, O lord, are you yourself, O Śiva soul of all, ruler of the three worlds.
20. I bow to you everywhere, you who are omniscient who pervade everything, you who are unveiled as the lord of al, you who are omniformed and odd-eyed.
21. I bow to you everywhere who are the lord of all, who preside over the worlds, who are the excellent Satya and Śiva and who have the refulgence of innumerable suns.
23. I bow to you everywhere you the activiser of the Prakṛti, the great grandfather of everyone, the lord, the body of everyone.
24. The Śrutis and those who know the essence of Śrutis speak of you thus. You are the abode of all, the selfborn and the knower of the essence of Śrutis.
30. After eulogising lord Śiva thus, the distressed gods stood in front of him with palms joined in reverence and kneeling low.
37. Let Viṣṇu or any one else slay them now that they have been made to abandon their Dharma. The Asuras of the three cities have become devoid of devotion to me.”
39. On seeing the gods and Viṣṇu sitting cheerless, Brahmā, the creator of the worlds spoke to Śiva with palms joined in reverence.
41. It is at your own bidding that they have been deluded. You induced them to be deluded. Although the Asuras have forsaken their duties and your worship, they cannot be killed by others.
44. Even an ordinary king would do so if he cares to maintain his sway. You have the suzerainty of all the worlds. Hence, tarry not to protect us.
46. O lord, you are the emperor of all deities, the lord of all. Viṣṇu and the entire universe constitute your retinue.
48. The other gods too, O lord, are subjects to your control. They continue to perform their own duties. True. It is undoubtedly true.
49. On hearing the words of Brahmā, Śiva, the delighted lord of the gods replied to Brahma.
50. O Brahmā, if I am to be proclaimed the emperor of the gods, I do not have the paraphernalia characteristic of my lordship.
53. On hearing these words of the lord, the gods including Brahmā, Indra and Viṣṇu were delighted. After bowing to him they spoke to lord Śiva.
The gods said:—
54. O lord of the gods, O great god, we shall constitute those paraphernalia—chariot etc. O lord, we are ready for the battle.
55. After saying so jointly after realising Śiva’s wish they, the delighted gods, severally told him so, with palms joined in reverence.
Footnotes and references:
According to the present text, the intellect, ego, mind, 10 senses 5 gross and 5 subtle elements, the invisible primordial nature (Pradhāna) the individual soul (Jīva), the transcendent God (Īśvara) constitute a group of twenty-six categories wherein Jīva is the enjoyer of the fruits and Īśvara is the spectator of the working of Prakṛti. But there is another twenty-seventh category named Śiva or Sadāśiva, the highest divine being. (parātparataraḥ) who alone is capable of bestowing grace upon his devotees.