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HOMAGE TO THE SIDDHAS

edited by
Dr. H.C. Bharill

Lesson 1

INVOCATION

Oh holy Siddhas ! you are sentient, enjoying your own self, the true, the good and ever pure. You are the all knowing and perceiving Lord of the universe.

I implore you to remain with me during the ritual.

WATER

The more I consumed water, the greater the thirst for possessions of worldly pelf.

My heart, burnt with desires and passions, I have come to you with this water.

Having been disillusioned of the world, I have come to the Siddhas for shelter.

I offer to you this water for destroying my circle of life and death,

This has not been able to quench my eternal thirst.

 

SANDALWOOD

I served my body in various ways, applied sandal paste for comfort,

Took bath applying toilets and thus tried to remove physical impurities.

Now I have realised that for the good of my soul, you are the real sandalwood.

Having been disillusioned of the world, I have come to the Siddhas for shelter.

I offer to you this sandal-water to exterminate the fire of worldy existence.

  

RICE

You are in fact everlasting, unbroken and without destruction

You are formless, static, pure, free and a successful recluse.

Taking support of the rice grains, I have comprehended the indestructible nature of the Siddhas.

Having been disillusioned of the world, I have come to the Siddhas for shelter.

I offer to you this unbroken rice to achieve undestroyable glory of the self.

 

FLOWER

You have conquered lust, which is the common enemy of all the creatures,

We rejoice in the defeat of this common enemy of all worldly beings.

With a happy mind in full bloom, I have come to you to discard this Lord of lust.

Having been disillusioned of the world, I have come to the Siddhas for shelter.

I offer to you these flowers to destroy lust and passion in my being.

 

SWEETS

I was under the illusion that life exists only on account of food,

Life, however, sustains without food in Hell, and human die even well feeded.

You are eternally happy without food, I have come to you to discard my wrong faith.

Having been disillusioned of the world, I have come to the Siddhas for shelter.

I offer to you these sweets in order to win victory over my passion of greed.

 

LAMP

I thought light is the cause of consciousness and senses help in its achievement

But inanimate things cannot create animate existence, as preached by other faiths.

I am, by nature, all sentience, I am happy to realise this faith,

Having been disillusioned of the world, I have come to the Siddhas for shelter.

I offer to you this lamp in order to destroy the darkness of delusions.

 

INCENSE

I am all sentience, there is no smell of lifeless existence in myself.

I am a mass of knowledge sentience, having nothing to do with non-self entities.

It is not incense, but the dust of karmic matter, which I have come to throw to the winds.

Having been disillusioned of the world, I have come to the Siddhas for shelter.

I offer to you this incense in order to destroy the karmic matter of the eight kinds that settles in my being.

 

FRUITS

I have been immersed in the pleasures of the senses that have come my way as fruition of merits.

New desires have ever been rising and I have been engaged in satisfying these.

All these wrong inclinations have ever resulted in restlessness.

Having been disillusioned of the world, I have come to the Siddhas for shelter.

I offer to you this fruit in order to achieve the fruit of complete liberation for myself.

 

MASS OF ALL THE EIGHT SUBSTANCES

I drank water and applied sandal paste, enjoyed the sweet smelling flowers,

I enjoyed all sorts of delicious dishes, and lighted lamps of jewels,

Fragrance of incense was inhaled by me, I enjoyed the fruits of the merit of the past.

Even then I remained uneasy, I have not understood this mystery.

When I came to you, my Lord, I realised my own soul force.

I realised from your presence that there is no joy in the pleasures of mind and senses,

I have come to abjure the pleasures arising out of these eight substances.

Having been disillusioned of the world, I have come to the Siddhas for shelter.

I offer to you this mass of the eight substances in order to achieve everlasting happiness of the soul.

 

HOMAGE

Let the whole world he illumined with the divine light of the soul,

And the thirst of all be quenched with the nectar of joy.

 

Victory to you oh, omniscient being, you are eternal and all consciousness.

You are indivisible and a mass of bliss, a strong fire to destroy delusions.

 

Burning all attachments and unnatural inclinations, you have become passionless.

You are without any conflict, have no foundation, devoid of attachments and formless.

 

Always enjoying the everlasting bliss, you are happy in your own existence.

You are the garland of the heart of lady of liberation, always attuned to thyself.

 

Oh Lord, this ocean of the world is very deep and we are flowing in it without any support.

I have never known my own being and the fundamentals leading to liberation.

 

I always thought of them as very different from what they are,

Regarding soul as physical form considering both one and the same.

 

I indulged in merits and demerits, which are a mine of miseries,

And regarded demerits as undesirables and merits as desirables.

 

Blissful spiritual activities were regarded by me as painful.

I only craved for sensual pleasures and regarded them as conducive

to happiness.

 

I never liked abstinence; how could the fire of sensual joys be extinguished ?

Worldly pleasures are all disturbing and in reality lead to great unhappiness.

 

I craved for these day and night, how could worldly bondage be removed ?

I thought that non-self entities of this existence cause grief and joy in life.

 

I offered charity, but with pride, never cared for its consequences.

I worshipped you for worldly gains, how could this mundane existence be annihilated ?

 

I have known your noble attributes today and consider myself to be fortunate.

Discrimination, with which I have known your divine being, has risen in me.

 

You never do or undo things, you only know them, as they are.

You don't give anything to your devotees, only make them like your self.

 

I heard of this glory of yours, that whoever knows you,

Attains complete omniscience and becomes perfect and supreme.

 

All others are full of' troubles, only our own abode is full of joy.

I only have one desire, Oh Jinendra, I should realise my own self.

 

I do not desire anything other than my own self.

Let me remain stationed in my inner being, discarding all else.