| Chapter 15 : Trigunas (Three virtues)|
chapter is a dramatic event of how Lord Shiva appears, disguised as
a sage, at the hermitage of SITA. Actually, He just wants to see the
growing children of SITA and bless them.
Lav and Kush, in their playful age ( less than five years), try to
play pranks with the sage. They try to snatch His bag, but the sage
does not allow them to do so as He says that it is full of His secret
Then the Children ask Him to give His TRISHUL (trident). The sage
takes the opportunity to tell the Children that the trident represents
the three important virtues of life Viz. Shakti (Energy), Bhakti (Devotion)
and Mukti (Salvation).
The goddess LAXMI personifies Shakti
She enlivens all in the form of Pranic (spiritual) energy,
She inspires truthful thoughts and deeds,
Dutifulness is her dear synergy,
Shakti gives auspicious inspirations,
Human development works get done with ease,
Oh! Children take this virtue of Shakti
Enshrine it in a pure mind please!
Second virtue is that of Mukti (Salvation)
Mother SITA personifies it,
She relinquishes anger and arrogance,
A loving voice is her delight,
She is indeed full of justice,
Seeker shes of knowledge good,
Not enticed by momentary greed,
Shes ever truthful to her Lord.
She is the pinnacle of faithfulness,
She is the darling of Lords heart,
Oh! Children take this virtue of Mukti,
Enshrine it with the Shakti part.
Third virtue is Bhakti (Devotion)
RADHA will personify in future,
She wants to only unify
With the super consciousness forever.
This virtue is of pure love,
Traditions do not bind it down,
But practice of divine virtues,
Its beautiful forms do adorn.
Bhakti restrains sensuality, anger
And discards avarice,
It resides in a pure heart,
And meditates on Gods praise.
Oh! Children take this virtue of Bhakti
Enshrine it in body and mind,
Essence of life is attaining God,
Virtue of Bhakti tells this so kind.
Shakti, Bhakti and Mukti,
Those who imbibe virtues in heart,
Externally be they man or woman,
Theyll be freed from mortal lot.
Towards the end of this episode, Lav and Kush, full of mischief, still
try to snatch the bag of secret ornaments from the sage. The sage
shows false anger, but when the children persist, He suddenly pulls
out a dangerous cobra from His bag and ties it round His neck. SITA,
who is standing inside her hermitage and observing the event from
a distance, instantly recognises that this sage is none other than
Lord Shiva, the Lord of the Himalayas, as Lord Shiva always wears
the cobra as His ornament. The children, scared out of their wits
by the hissing cobra, now run for shelter to their mother.
Lord Shiva then dances His famous Tandava dance. Even
ghosts and animals of the forest seem to join the divine dance. Eventually,
having blessed the children of SITA, Lord Shiva vanishes into the