Kumarasambhavam celebrates the affection tale of Siva and Parvati, whose passionate union ends up in the start in their son, the younger god Kumara. starting with a luminous description of the delivery of Parvati, the poem proceeds in completely pitched sensuous aspect via her courtship with Siva until eventually the evening in their marriage ceremony. It performs out their story at the vast scale of very best divinity, in which the gods are considered either as fans and as cosmic ideas. Composed in 8 scintillating cantos, Kumarasambhavam keeps to enchant readers centuries after it used to be first written. Hank Heifetz's glowing translation brings to lifestyles the heady eroticism and magnificent imagery of the unique.
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Seventy eight ‘Whether he's gleaming with embellishes or donning the snakes, wearing the nice elephant epidermis or robed in silk, with the cranium in his hair or the moon for his crest, not anyone comprehends the shape of the physique of the Universe. seventy nine ‘Once it has come to the touch that physique, i do know airborne dirt and dust from the very ashes of the lifeless will purify the dwelling, and so the gods smear their foreheads with it because it falls from the play of his limbs within the language of his dancing. eighty ‘At the toes of that god who has no wealth and rides a bull, Indra whose mount is the rutting elephant of the east bows his royal crest down and paints these feet pink with pollen from the blossoms of the coral timber of heaven. eighty one ‘You are worthy not anything yet something you probably did say good concerning the Lord, even though you just intended to insult him. They name him the resource of Brahmā Who Exists with no start. the place may somebody locate any symptoms of his starting? eighty two ‘Enough arguing. enable him also be the sort that you just say he's, precisely that and not anything else past. My center is complete and candy with love for him. a person who is aware her personal will can forget about insults. eighty three ‘My good friend, retain this boy from asserting no matter what else he turns out to mean due to the fact that his decrease lip is quivering. not just conversing opposed to the nice yet even hearing phrases that oppose them makes one proportion in an evil act. eighty four ‘Or higher, i'm going to depart myself,’ she was once announcing, her garment of bark slipping down her breasts as she grew to become to maneuver, while taking up his personal shape, the God Whose Banner incorporates a Bull, smiling, swept her up in his palms. eighty five while she observed him she trembled and, her physique turning wet, she iced up along with her foot within the air now not descending for the step. Like a river that meets a mountain blockading the trail of its circulation, the daughter of the Raja of Mountains neither stayed nor went away. 86 Śiva who wears the moon in his hair stated, ‘From this second, i'm your slave, won via tapas, girl of therapeutic beauty,’ and all of the weariness of her attempt left her in that speedy for out of exhaustion, as soon as wish is happy, a brand new power rises. Sarga Six Umāpradānaḥ Umā Is Given to Be Married 1 Then Pārvatī, apart with a chum, entrusted her with this message for the lifetime of the Universe, ‘Only the Lord of the Mountains can provide me in marriage. you want to ask for his consent. ’ 2 just like the department of a mango in spring given voice by way of a making a song kokila chook, she shone in silent devotion to her lover whereas the message was once carried among them. three He promised her ‘I will’ after which, forcing himself to ship Umā away, summoned via an act of brain the Seven Rishis whose our bodies are stars. four wealthy of their strength of tapas continued, lighting fixtures the sky with auras of glory, they seemed right away besides Arundhatī ahead of the Lord. five they'd bathed within the waves of the Gangā, strewn with the plants of the coral bushes of heaven, the place the water is perfumed through the musth of the elephants of the air. 6 Their sacred threads have been of pearls and their bark clothing of gold, their strung rudrākṣa beads gemstones, as though the sparkling bushes of heaven had grew to become to the wandering lifestyles.