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    , Xin Xin Ming,   

    Quotes from Hsin Hsin Ming 

    If you understand, things are just as they are; if you do not understand, things are just as they are.

    In the landscape of spring, there is neither better nor worse. The flowering branches grow naturally, some long, some short.

    Knock on the sky and listen to the sound.

    The ten thousand questions are one question. If you cut through the one question, then the ten thousand questions disappear.

    The ways to the One are as many as the lives of men.

    Though the bamboo forest is dense, water flows through it freely.

    To do a certain kind of thing, you have to be a certain kind of person.

    To follow the path, look to the master, follow the master, walk with the master, see through the master, become the master.

    When the pupil is ready to learn, a teacher will appear.

    At first, I saw mountains as mountains and rivers as rivers. Then, I saw mountains were not mountains and rivers were not rivers. Finally, I see mountains again as mountains, and rivers again as rivers.

    If the problem has a solution, worrying is pointless, in the end the problem will be solved. If the problem has no solution, there is no reason to worry, because it can’t be solved.

    Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the men of old; seek what they sought.

    Before enlightenment, chopping wood and carrying water. After enlightenment, chopping wood and carrying water.

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    , , Help, , , William J. H. Boetcker   

    The ten cannots 

    1. You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
    2. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
    3. You cannot help little men by tearing down big men.
    4. You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
    5. You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
    6. You cannot establish sound security on borrowed money.
    7. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
    8. You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than you earn.
    9. You cannot build character and courage by destroying men’s initiative and independence.
    10. And you cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they can and should do for themselves.

    -William J. H. Boetcker

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    Train yourself to let go of everything you fear to lose.


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    Full text of "Every body dies, but not everybody lives" by Prince EA 

    Full text of “Every body dies, but not everybody loves” by Prince EA

    “It is not death most people are afraid of
    It is getting to the end of life
    Only to realize that you never truly lived

    There was a study done –
    A hospital study – on 100 elderly people facing death
    Close to their last breath
    They were asked to reflect about their life’s biggest regret.

    Nearly all of them said they regretted not the things they did
    But the things they didn’t do
    The risks they never took, the dreams they didn’t pursue

    I ask you
    Would your last words be: if only I had

    Hey, you wake up!
    Why do you exist?
    Life is not meant to simply work, wait for the weekend and pay rent
    No, no I don’t know much
    But I know this, every person on this earth has a gift
    And I apologize to the black community
    But I can no longer pretend… Martin Luther King
    That man never had a dream, that dream had him

    See people don’t choose dreams, dreams choose them
    So the question I’m getting to…
    Is do you have the courage to grab the dream that picked you?
    That befits you and grips you, or will you let it get away and slip through?

    You know I learned a fact about airplanes the other day
    This was – this was so surprising see
    I was talking to a pilot and he told me
    That many of his passengers think planes are dangerous to fly in
    But he said actually…
    It is a lot more dangerous for a plane to stay on the ground
    I say what?
    Like how does that sound
    Well he said because on the ground, the plane starts to rust, malfunction and wear
    Much faster than it ever would if it was in the air

    As I walked away I thought
    Yeah, makes total sense because planes were built to live in the skies
    And every person was built to live out the dream they have inside
    So it is perhaps the safest loss to live a life on the ground
    Without ever taking off

    See most of us are afraid of the thief
    That comes in the night to steal all of our things
    But there is a thief in your mind who is after your dreams
    His name is doubt
    If you see him call the cops and keep him away from the kids
    Cos he is wanted for murder
    For he has killed more dreams than failure ever did
    He wears many disguises and like a virus will leave you…
    Blinded, divided and turn you into a “kinda”

    See “kinda” is lethal
    You know what kinda is?
    There’s a lot of kinda people
    You kinda want a career change
    You kinda want to get straight A’s
    You kinda want to get in shape
    Simple math, no numbers to crunch
    If you kinda want something, then you will kinda get the results you want

    What is your dream?
    What ignites that spark?
    You can’t kinda want that
    You got to want it with every part of your whole heart

    Would you struggle?
    Yeah you will struggle, no way around it
    You will fall many times, but who’s counting?
    Just remember, there’s no such thing as a smooth mountain
    If you want to make it to the top
    Then there are sharp ridges that must be stepped over
    There will be times you get stressed and things you get depressed over

    But let me tell you something
    Steven Spielberg was rejected from film school three times
    Three times, but he kept going
    The television execs fired Oprah, said she was unfit for TV
    But she kept going
    Critics told Beyonce that she couldn’t sing, she went through depression
    But she kept going

    Struggle and criticisms are prerequisites for greatness
    That is the law of this universe and no one escapes it
    Because pain is life, but you can choose what type
    Either the pain on the road to success
    Or the pain of being haunted with regret

    You want my advice? Don’t think twice
    We have been given a gift that we call life
    So don’t blow it
    You were not defined by your past
    Instead you were born anew in each moment
    So own it now

    Sometimes you gotta leap
    And grow your wings on the way down
    You better get the shot off before the clock runs out
    Cos there ain’t no over time in life, no do over
    And I know I sound like I’m preaching on speaking with force
    But if you don’t use your gift, then you sell not only yourself
    But the whole world… short

    So what invention do you have buried in your mind?
    What idea? What cure?
    What skill did you have inside to bring out to this universe?
    Uni meaning one, verse meaning song
    You have a part to play in this song
    So grab that microphone and be brave
    Sing your heart out on life’s stage

    You cannot go back and make a brand new beginning
    But you can start now and make a brand new ending”

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    Anne Frank, , ,   

    How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.
    -Anne Frank

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    Carl Sagan, , , , ,   

    Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.
    -Carl Sagan

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    I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness because it shows me the stars.
    -Og Mandino (Ten Scrolls)

    Light lets you act and Darkness lets you rest.

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    Mary Kay Ash, , ,   

    You can go as far as your mind lets you.
    -Mary Kay Ash

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    Memories of our lives, of our works and our deeds will continue in others.
    -Rosa Parks

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    The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.
    -Vince Lombardi

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    Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.
    -Vince Lombardi

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    Ed Cunningham, Empathy, , ,   

    Friends are those rare people who ask how we are and then wait to hear the answer.
    —Ed Cunningham

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    , , , Plutarch,   

    I don’t need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod. My shadow does that much better.

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    No person is your friend who demands your silence or denies your right to grow.
    -Alice Walker

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    Ethel Barrymore, , ,   

    The best time to make friends is before you need them.
    -Ethel Barrymore

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    Your day will go the way the corners of your mouth turn.

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    Michelle Obama, Ownership, ,   

    Success is only meaningful and enjoyable if it feels like your own.
    -Michelle Obama

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    Begin to be now what you will be hereafter.
    -William James

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    Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.
    -Harriet Tubman

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    Don’t surrender your loneliness so quickly. Let it cut you more deep. Let it ferment and season you as few humans and even divine ingredients can. Something missing in my heart tonight has made my eyes so soft, my voice so tender, my need for God absolutely clear.

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    Better a broken promise than none at all.

    -Mark Twain

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    Booker T. Washington, , , ,   

    There are two ways of exerting one’s strength: one is pushing down, the other is pulling up.

    -Booker T. Washington

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    Story : The snake and axe 

    A carpenter went home after shutting down his workshop. A snake entered his workshop.

    The snake was hungry and hoped to find its supper lurking somewhere within. It slithered from one end to another and accidentally bumped into a double-edged metal axe and got very slightly injured.

    In anger and seeking revenge, the snake bit the axe with full force. What could a bite do to a metallic axe? Instead the cobra’s mouth started bleeding. Out of fury and arrogance, the cobra tried its best to strangle and kill the object that was causing it pain by wrapping itself very tightly around the blades.

    The next day when the carpenter opened the workshop, he found a seriously cut, dead cobra wrapped around the axe blades. The cobra died not because of someone else’s fault but faced these consequences merely because of its own anger and wrath.

    Sometimes when angry, we try to cause harm to others but as time passes by, we realize that we have caused more harm to ourselves. For a happy life, it’s best we should learn to ignore and overlook some things, people, incidents, affairs and matters.

    It is not necessary that we show a reaction to everything. Step back and ask yourself if the matter is really worth responding or reacting to.

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    The time is always right to do what is right.

    -Martin Luther King Jr.

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    Leap, and the net will appear.
    -John Burroughs

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    A man can fail many times, but he isn’t a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.
    -John Burroughs

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    Do not go gentle into that good night.
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

    -Dylan Thomas, 1914 – 1953

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    Dishonor, , Inactivity, Kurt Cobain, , , Neil Young, ,   

    It is better to burn out than to fade away.
    -Neil Young / Rust never sleeps / 1979
    -Kurt Cobain / Suicide note / 1994

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    The true knowledge of the self is not a knowledge. It is not something that you find by searching, by looking everywhere. It is not to be found in space and time. Knowledge is but a memory, a pattern of thought, a mental habit. All these are motivated by pleasure and pain. It is because you are goaded by pleasure and pain that you are in search of knowledge. Being oneself is completely beyond all motivation. You cannot be yourself for some reason. You are yourself and no reason is needed.

    -Nisargadatta Maharaj

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    Treasure the love you receive above all. It will survive long after your gold and good health have vanished.

    -Og Mandino

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    Only put off until tomorrow what you’re willing to die having left undone.

    -Pablo Picasso

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    Enjoyment, , Luke Parker, , ,   

    If you do not enjoy what you are doing, you will never be good at it.

    -Luke Parker

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    The power to question is the basis of all human progress.

    ―Indira Gandhi

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    Education is not merely a means for earning a living or an instrument for the acquisition of wealth. It is an initiation into life of spirit, a training of the human soul in the pursuit of truth and the practice of virtue.

    -Vijayalakshmi Pandit

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    Where the Mind is Without Fear by Rabindranath Tagore 

    Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high;
    Where knowledge is free;
    Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow domestic walls;
    Where words come out from the depth of truth;
    Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection:
    Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way into the dreary desert sand of dead habit;
    Where the mind is lead forward by thee into ever-widening thought and action–
    Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.

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    Last Curtain by Rabindranath Tagore 

    I know that the day will come
    when my sight of this earth shall be lost,
    and life will take its leave in silence,
    drawing the last curtain over my eyes.

    Yet stars will watch at night,
    and morning rise as before,
    and hours heave like sea waves
    casting up pleasures and pains.

    When I think of this end of my moments,
    the barrier of the moments breaks
    and I see by the light of death
    thy world with its careless treasures.

    Rare is its lowliest seat,
    rare is its meanest of lives.
    Things that I longed for in vain
    and things that I got
    —let them pass.
    Let me but truly possess
    the things that I ever spurned
    and overlooked.

    The poem ‘Last Curtain’ explains the vulnerability one feels at the time of death. The actual treasures one can take to the grave are none but his deeds of good. The poem conveys the message that the things that matter the most at death, are those virtues that are considered as least important by many men during their lives.

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    Brian Tracy, , , , ,   

    Make your life a masterpiece; imagine no limitations on what you can be, have or do.

    -Brian Tracy

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    It is hard to fail, but it is worse never have tried to succeed.

    -Theodore Roosevelt

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    Barbara Johnson, , , ,   

    Never let a problem to be solved become more important than a person to be loved.

    -Barbara Johnson

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    The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.

    -Walt Disney

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    Once you know that death happens to the body and not to you, you just watch your body falling off like a discarded garment. Once you know that the body alone dies and not the continuity of memory and the sense of “I am” reflected in it, you are afraid no longer.

    -Nisargadatta Maharaj

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    , , Eleanor Powell, , ,   

    What we are is God’s gift to us. What we become is our gift to God.

    -Eleanor Powell

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    When we feel broken and weak, all we have to do is wait. The spring returns, the winter snows melt and their water gives us new energy.

    -Paulo Coelho

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    Thedi Choru Nidham Thinru – தேடிச் சோறுநிதந் தின்று 

    தேடிச் சோறுநிதந் தின்று
    பல சின்னஞ் சிறுகதைகள் பேசி
    மனம் வாடித் துன்பமிக உழன்று
    பிறர் வாடப் பல செயல்கள் செய்து
    நரை கூடிப் கிழப்பருவம் எய்தி
    கொடுங் கூற்றுக் கிரையெனப்பின் மாயும்
    பல வேடிக்கை மனிதரைப் போலே
    நான் வீழ்வே னென்று நினைத்தாயோ?

    நின்னைச் சிலவரங்கள் கேட்பேன் – அவை
    நேரே இன்றெனக்குத் தருவாய் – என்றன்
    முன்னைத் தீயவினைப் பயன்கள் – இன்னும்
    மூளா தழிந்திடுதல் வேண்டும் – இனி
    என்னைப் புதியவுயி ராக்கி – எனக்
    கேதுங் கவலையறச் செய்து – மதி
    தன்னை மிகத்தெளிவு செய்து – என்றும்
    சந்தோஷங் கொண்டிருக்கச் செய்வாய்

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    Acchhamillai Acchamillai – அச்சமில்லை யச்சமில்லை 

    அச்சமில்லை யச்சமில்லை அச்சமென்ப தில்லையே
    இச்ச்கத்து ளோரெல்லாம் எதிர்த்துநின்ற பொதினும்
    அச்சமில்லை யச்சமில்லை அச்சமென்ப தில்லையே
    துச்சமாக வெண்ணிநம்மை தூறுசெய்த பொதினும்
    அச்சமில்லை யச்சமில்லை அச்சமென்ப தில்லையே
    பிச்சைவாங்கி உண்னும்வாழ்க்கை பெற்றுவிட்ட பொதினும்
    அச்சமில்லை யச்சமில்லை அச்சமென்ப தில்லையே
    இச்சைகொண்ட பொருளெலாம் இழந்துவிட்ட பொதினும்
    அச்சமில்லை யச்சமில்லை அச்சமென்ப தில்லையே
    கச்சணிந்த கொங்கைமாதர் கண்க்ள்வீசு போதினும்
    அச்சமில்லை யச்சமில்லை அச்சமென்ப தில்லையே
    நச்சைவாயி லேகொண்ர்ந்து நண்பரூட்டு பொதினும்
    அச்சமில்லை யச்சமில்லை அச்சமென்ப தில்லையே
    பச்சையூ னியைந்த்வேற் படைக்ள்வந்த பொதினும்
    அச்சமில்லை யச்சமில்லை அச்சமென்ப தில்லையே
    உச்சிமீது வானிடிந்து வீழுகின்ற பொதினும்
    அச்சமில்லை யச்சமில்லை அச்சமென்ப தில்லையே

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    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, , ,   

    Of course I’ll hurt you. Of course you’ll hurt me. Of course we will hurt each other. But this is the very condition of existence. To become spring, means accepting the risk of winter. To become presence, means accepting the risk of absence.

    -Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

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    Day, Eric Thomas, , , ,   

    Don’t think about what can happen in a month. Don’t think about what can happen in a year. Just focus on the 24 hours in front of you and do what you can to get closer to where you want to be.

    ― Eric Thomas

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    Shiva Tandava Stotram – Meaning in English 

    Shiva Tandava Stotram is a hymn of praise in the Hindu tradition that describes Shiva‘s power and beauty. It was sung by the son of Rishi Vishrawas (aka Vishrava), Ravana whose brother is Kubera. Both the fourth and fifth quatrains of this hymn conclude with lists of Shiva’s epithets as destroyer, even the destroyer of death itself.Alliteration and onomatopoeia create roiling waves of resounding beauty in this example of Hindu devotional poetry.
    In the final quatrain of the poem, after tiring of rampaging across the Earth, Ravana asks, “When will I be happy?” Because of the intensity of his prayers and ascetic meditation, of which this hymn was an example, Ravana received from Shiva the boon of indestructibility by all powers on heaven and earth — except by a human being. Disdaining the seeming weakness of humans, Ravana abducted the wife of Rama, Lord Vishnu incarnate. India’s great epic, the Ramayana, tells the story of this abduction and of the battle between Lord Rama and Ravana which shook the universe.
    The stotra is in the Aryageeti (आर्यागीति) style, a variant of the Arya (आर्य) style. There are 32 syllables per half shloka.
    Shiva Tandava Mantra is a great prayer of Dancing Shiva and those who reads Siva Tandav Stotra at the end of every worship or, reads it after worship of Lord Shiva on the Pradosha day, will get by the blessing of Lord Shiva, and the affectionate sight of god of wealth.

    Shiva Tandava Stotram
    Jatatavee galajjala pravaha pavitasthale,
    Gale avalabhya lambithaam bhujanga tunga malikaam,
    Damaddamaddama ddama ninnadava damarvayam,
    Chakara chanda tandavam tanotu na shivh shivam. 1

    That Shiva, Who have long-garlands of the snake king (cobra) at the neck which is purified by the flow of trickling water-drops in the forest-like twisted hair-locks, Who danced the fierce Tāṇḍava-dance to the music of a sounding-drum, — may bless us.[1]

    Jata kataha sambhramabhramanillimpa nirjari,
    Vilola veechi vallari viraja mana moordhani,
    Dhaga dhaga dhaga jjwala lalata patta pavake,
    Kishora Chandra shekare ratih prati kshanam mama. 2

    At every moment, may I find pleasure in Shiva, Whose head is situated in between the creeper-like unsteady waves of Nilimpanirjharī (Gańgā), in whose head unsteadily fire (energy) is fuming the like twisted hair-locks, Who has crackling and blazing fire at the surface of forehead, and Who has a crescent-moon (young moon) at the forehead.[2]

    Dhara dharendra nandini vilasa bhandhu bhandura,
    Sphuradriganta santati pramoda mana manase,
    Kripa kataksha dhorani niruddha durdharapadi,
    Kwachi digambare mano vinodametu vastuni. 3

    May my mind seeks happiness in Shiva, Whose mind has the shining universe and all the living-beings inside, Who is the charming sportive-friend of the daughter of the mountain-king of the Earth ( Himālaya’s daughter parvati), Whose uninterrupted series of merciful-glances conceals immense-troubles, and Who has direction as His clothes.[3]

    Jata bhujanga pingala sphurat phana mani prabha,
    Kadamba kumkuma drava pralipta digwadhu mukhe,
    Madhandha sindhura sphuratwagu uttariyamedure,
    Manovinodamadbhutam bibhartu bhoota bhartari. 4

    May my mind hold in Shiva, by Whom — with the light from the jewels of the shining-hoods of creeper-like yellow-snakes — the face of Dikkanyās’ are smeared with Kadamba-juice like red Kuńkuma, Who looks dense due to the glittering skin-garment of an intoxicated elephant, and Who is the Lord of the ghosts.[4]

    Lalata chatwara jwaladdhanam jaya sphulingaya,
    Nipeeta pancha sayakam namannilimpanayakam,
    Sudha mayookha lekhaya virajamana shekharam,
    Maha kapali sampade, sirijjatalamastunah. 5

    For a long time, may Shiva — Whose foot-basement is grey due to the series of pollen dust from flowers at the head of Indra (Sahasralocana) and all other demi-gods, Whose matted hairlocks are tied by a garland of the king of snakes, and Who has a head-jewel of the friend of cakora bird — produce prosperity.[5]

    Sahastralochana prabhrityashesha lekha shekhara,
    Prasoona dhooli dhorani vidhu saranghripeethabhuh,
    Bhujangaraja Malaya nibaddha jaata jootakah,
    Shriyai chiraya jayatam chakora bandhu shekharah. 6

    May we acquire the possession of tress-locks of shiva, Which absorbed the five-arrows (of Kaamadeva) in the sparks of the blazing fire stored in the rectangular-forehead, Which are being bowed by the leader of supernatural-beings, Which have an enticing-forehead with a beautiful streak of crescent-moon.[6]

    Karala bhala pattika dhagaddhadhagaddha gajjwala,
    Ddhananjayahuti kruta prachanda panchasayake ,
    Dharadharendra nandini kuchagra chithrapathraka,
    Prakalpanaikashilpini, trilochane ratirmama. 7

    May I find pleasure in Trilocana, Who offered the five great-arrows (of Kāmadeva) to the blazing and chattering fire of the plate-like forehead, and Who is the sole-artist placing variegated artistic lines on the breasts of the daughter of Himālaya (Pārvatī).[7]

    Naveena megha mandali niruddha durdharatsphurat,
    Kuhuh nisheethineetamah prabhandha baddha kandharah,
    Nilimpa nirjhari dharastanotu krutti sundarah,
    Kalanidhana bandhurah shriyam jagat durandharah. 8

    May Shiva — Whose cord-tied neck is dark like a night with shining-moon obstructed by a group of harsh and new clouds, Who holds the River Gańgā, Whose cloth is made of elephant-skin, Who has a curved and crescent moon placed at the forehead, and Who bears the universe — expand [my] wealth.[8]

    Prafulla neela pankaja prapancha kalimaprabha,
    Valambi kantha kandali ruchi prabandha kandharam,
    Smarchchhidam purachchhidam bhavachchhidam makhachchhidam,
    Gajachchhidandha kachchhidam tamant kachchhidam bhaje. 9

    I adore Shiva, Who supports the dark glow of blooming blue lotus series at around the girdle of His neck, Who cuts-off Smara (Kāmadeva), Who cuts-off Pura, Who cuts-off the mundane existence, Who cuts-off the sacrifice (of Dakṣa), Who cuts-off the demon Gaja, Who cuts-off Andhaka, and Who cuts-off Yama (death).[9]

    Akharva sarva mangalaa kalaa kadamba manjari,
    Rasa pravaha madhuri vijrumbhane madhuvritam,
    Smrantakam, purantakam, bhavantakam, makhantakam,
    Gajantakandhakantakam tamantakantakam bhaje. 10

    I adore Shiva, Who only eats the sweet-flow of nectar from the beautiful flowers of Kadamba-trees which are the abode of all important auspicious qualities, Who destroys Smara (Kāmadeva), Who destroys Pura, Who destroys the mundane existence, Who destroys the sacrifice (of Dakṣa), Who destroys the demon Gaja, Who destroys Andhaka, and Who destroys Yama (death).[10]

    Jayatwadabhra vibhrama bhramadbujanga mashwasad,
    Vinirgamat, kramasphurat, karala bhala havya vaat,
    Dhimiddhimiddhimi maddhwanan mridanga tunga mangala,
    Dhwani krama pravartitah prachanda tandawah shivah. 11

    May Shiva, Whose dreadful forehead has oblations of plentiful, turbulent and wandering snake-hisses — first coming out and then sparking, Whose fierce tāṇḍava-dance is set in motion by the sound-series of the auspicious and best-drum (ḍamaru) — which is sounding with ‘dhimit-dhimit’ sounds, be victorious.[11]

    Drushadwichitra talpayor bhujanga mauktikastrajor,
    Garishtha ratna loshtayoh suhrid wipaksha pakshayoh,
    Trinara vinda chakshushoh praja mahee mahendrayoh,
    Samapravrittikah katha sadashivam bhajamyaham. 12

    When will I adore SadāShiva with an equal vision towards varied ways of the world, a snake or a pearl-garland, royal-gems or a lump of dirt, friend or enemy sides, a grass-eyed or a lotus-eyed person, and common men or the king.[12]

    Kada nilimpa nirjharee nikunja kotare vasan,
    Vimukta durmatih sada shirahstha manjali vahan,
    Vilola lola lochane lalama bhala lagnakah,
    Shiveti mantra muchcharan kada sukhee bhavamyaham. 13

    Living in the hollow of a tree in the thickets of River Gańgā, always free from ill-thinking, bearing añjali at the forehead, free from lustful eyes, and forehead and head bonded, when will I become content while reciting the mantra ‘‘Shiva?’’[13]

    Nilimpnath naagaree kadamb mauli mallika,
    nigumpha nirbharkshanm dhooshnika manoharah.
    tanotu no manomudam vinodineem maharshinam,
    parshriyam param padam tadanjatvisham chayah.14

    Divine beauty of different parts of Lord Shiv which are enlighted by fragrence of the flowers decorating the twisted hairlocks of angles may always bless us with happiness and pleasure.[14]

    prachanda wadavaanal prabha shubh pracharinee,
    mahaasht siddhi kaaminee janavahoot jalpana.
    vimukta vaam lochano vivaah kaalikdhvanih,
    shiveti mantra bhooshano jagajjayaay jaaytaam.15

    The Shakti (energy) which is capable of burning all the sins and spreading welfare of all and the pleasent sound produced by angles during enchanting the pious Shiv mantra at the time of Shiv-Parvati Vivah may winover & destroy all the sufferings of the world.[15]

    Imam hi nitya meva mukta muttamottamstavam,
    Pathantaram bhunannaro vishuddhmeti santatam,
    Hare Gurau sa bhaktimashu yati nanyatha gati,
    Vimohanam hi dehinaa tu shankarasya chitanam. 16

    Reading, remembering, and reciting this eternal, having spoken thus, and the best among best eulogy indeed incessantly leads to purity. In preceptor Hara (Śhiva) immediately the state of complete devotion is achieved; no other option is there. Just the thought of Śhiva (Śhańkara) is enough for the people.[16]

    Poojavasana samaye dasha vaktra geetam,
    Yah shambhu poojana param pathati pradoshe,
    Tasyasthiraam ratha gajendra turanga yuktaam,
    Lakshmeem sadaiva sumukheem pradadaati shambuh. 17

    At the time of prayer-completion, that who reads this song by Daśavaktra (Rāvaṇa) after the prayer of Śambhu — Śambhu gives him stable wealth including chariots, elephants and horses, and beautiful face.[17]

    Iti Shree Ravanavirachitam, Shiva tandava stotram, Sampoornam.

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