Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Tirumandiram - 49

The Trinity

Parai Pasu Pasathu Nadhanai Ulli
Uraipasu Pasatg thorungavallarkkuth
Thirai Pasu Pasach Chezhungadal Neendhik
Karai Pasu Pasang Kadandeidalaame.

There is a trinity in Shaivism. It is Pati, Pasu and Pasam. Literally translated, it means cowherd, cow and the tether. Figuratively it means the Lord, the supreme essence, Pashu is the soul and Pasham is the rope that binds. When the rope is yoked to the Lord, the soul is liberated. When it is tethered to the world, it is bound by nature and its names and forms. Meditate on the supreme. Connect and be in tune with it. That is the only way for the animal soul to cross over to the land of eternity. - Swahilya Shambhavi. (Peacock at a guest house in Tiruvannamalai. Pic. S.S.)