by J. L. Shastri | 1970 | 616,585 words
This page relates “emissary is sent” 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.
4. Reaching there, he saw the excellent abode of śaṅkhacūḍa in the middle; it shone with its twelve entrance doors with gatekeepers in each.
6. Passing beyond that door he joyously went in. It was spacious, exquisitely fine and richly decorated.
7. Going in he saw Śaṅkhacūḍa, the ruler of Dānavas, seated on a gem-set throne in the midst of heroic warriors.
8. He was surrounded by leading Dānavas and served by three crores of attendants and guarded by another hundred crores of well armed soldiers moving to and fro.
9. Seeing him, Puṣpadanta was struck with wonder. He gave the message of war as conveyed by Śiva.
10. O great king, O lord, I am the Emissary of Śiva named Puṣpadanta. Please listen to what is mentioned by Śiva himself. I am telling you the same.
11. Now, give back their kingdom to the gods and their authority. If not, fight with me, the greatest of the good warriors.
12. The gods have sought refuge in me, the lord of the gods and the benefactor of the good. I the infuriated will certainly slay you.
13. I am Śiva, the destroyer. I have granted protection to all the gods. I am the holder of the chastising rod for the wicked and favourably disposed to those who seek refuge in me.
14. O lord of Dānavas, consider and let me know one of the two alternatives specifically, whether you will return the kingdom or fight.
15. O lord of Dānavas, what has been stated by Śiva has been conveyed to you. Śiva’s words have never gone in vain.
16. I wish to return to my lord Śiva immediately. After going back what shall I tell Śiva, you clearly let me know.
17. On hearing these words of Puṣpadanta who was the emissary of lord Śiva, the king laughed, then spoke to him.
18. I will never return the kingdom to the god. The earth shall be enjoyed by heroic warriors. O Śiva, I shall fight with you who are a partisan of the gods.
19. The hero who allows another to supercede him is the basest in the world. Hence O Śiva I shall certainly march towards you just now.
20. I reach there in the morning in the course of my victorious campaign. O messenger, go and tell all this to Siva.
21. On hearing these words of Śaṅkhacūḍa, the emissary of Śiva laughed aloud and then spoke haughtily to the lord of the Asuras.
22. O Great king, you cannot face the Gaṇas of Śiva. Then how can you face lord Śiva himself?
23. So return their positions of authority to the gods entirely. Move immediately to Pātāla if you wish to live.
24. O excellent Dānava, do not regard Śiva an ordinary deity. He is indeed the great soul, the lord of the lord of all.
25. Indra and other gods abide by his commands. The Siddhas, the patriarchs, the sages and the serpent lords all follow suit.
27. Śiva is the perfect form of gods, the cause of the annihilation of the worlds, the goal of the good, the destroyer of the wicked. He is free from aberrations. He is greater than the greatest.
28. He is the overlord of Brahmā. He is lord Śiva even into Viṣṇu. O excellent Dānava, his behest should never be slighted.
29. Of what avail is an unnecessary digression, O great king. Ponder deeply. Know him to be great lord, the great Brahman, the knowledge-formed.
30. Return their kingdoms to the gods as well as their positions of authority. O dear, thus you will fare well. Otherwise, terror will strike you.
31. On hearing this, the valorous king of the Dānavas, deluded by his fate spoke to the emissary of Śiva thus.
32. I shall neither give up kingdom nor the positions of authority, without a fight with him. This is certain. I tell you the truth.
33. The entire universe whether mobile or immobile is subject to the vagaries of time. Everything originates in time and everything merges into time.
34. Go and tell Śiva exactly what I have said to you. Let him do what is proper. Do not talk much.
35. O good sage, Puṣpadanta the emissary of Śiva when thus addressed by the Asura returned to lord Śiva and told him everything duly.
Footnotes and references:
Citraratha (lit. of wonderful chariot) seem, to be an appellation of Puṣpadanta. Or Citraratha, lord of Gandharvas, may have assumed the name Puṣpadanta as an emissary.