One whose mind is smitten with passion for the world.

' Dullard' (Jadachetah)

A great Jnani.

' Poet'

(Kavih)

Who in mental vision sees Thee who art Sachchidanan-darupinl.

' Meditates' (Dhyayan)

At the end of each Kalpa all Jivas abandon their gross bodies, and existing in their subtle bodies in which their respective Karmas inhere, form part of the Avidya which is in the causal body of the Brahmarupinl associated with Her own Gunas (Svaguna) until they are liberated at some future time after the commencement of the next Kalpa. Hence the girdle adorning the loins, lower belly and generative organ of the Mahadevl viratrupini, capable of. producing children, is fashioned of the arms and hands of dead Jivas. For these arms and hands were their principal instruments for the doing of work (Karma). The Shaktanandataramgini says, 'With Karma is a Jiva born, with Karma he dies, and in the next body again that Karma is attached to him.' Devigita says, 'In Her at dissolution Jivas and their Karmas are merged in undifferentiated mass, just as all which is done (Vyavahara) merges in dreamless sleep (Sushupti).' Again the Devi says, 'It is I who create the whole world and enter therein with Prana, Maya, Karma and so forth.'

' Whose loins ' (Vahuprakara-krita-kanchi-parilasannitambam)

Raiment is the covering of Maya. She is without that and above Maya.

Raimented with space (Digvastram)

1 The site of certain forms of Tantrik Sadhana, such as Shavasana Mnndasana, etc., as to which the Fetkarini Tantra says that it is an excellent place for Sadhana. 'He who makes japa a number of times on a corpse in a cremation-ground attains all manner of success (Siddhi).' 2 Parama Shiva.

Three-eyed (Trinayanam)

Having knowledge of the three divisions of Time, past, present and future.

Creatrix (Vidhatri)

She who at the beginning of the next Kalpa gives birth and enjoyment to Jivas according to their respective Sanchita Karma.

' On the breast of a corpse ' (Shavahridi)

The corpse is Nirguna Brahman. The couch is the support (Adhara). On Nirguna Brahman as Thy Adhara, that is established in Thine own state (Pada) as Nirguna Brahman. Gayatri Tantra says, 'By the word corpse is indicated Brahman as the dead body (Preta).' Gandharva Tantra says Sada-shiva is the couch on which lies the subtle Tripurasundart.

' In the cremation ground' (Shmashanas-tha)

The cremation ground (Shmashana) is the great Ether (Mahakasha) in which all creatures are merged as corpses in the Great dissolution (Mahapralaya). In dissolution even the greatest of creatures are but corpses and hence it is a cremation ground.

' Dost enjoy

Mahakala'

(Mahakalasurataprayuktam)

At the end of a Kalpa, there being no creation, She being inactive, and there being nought but supreme Brahman, She being inseparate from Parashiva, experiences Herself as unlimited (Akhanda) Bliss.

Those who truly 1 meditate on Thee, the Spouse of Hara,2 who art seated in3 the cremation-ground strewn with funeral pyres, corpses, skulls, and bones, and haunted by female jackals howling fearfully; who art very youthful, 4 and art in full

Notes

1 Commentator K. B.; where param is said to mean ' rightly,' or moditation alone without japa. 2Shiva.

3 Pravishtam, ' literally Entered '.

4 Atiyuvatim. She is without childhood or old age. The Sharada-tilaka says, 'Although Thou art primordial, Thy youth is ever fresh'. (V) enjoyment upon1 Thy Spouse, are revered by all and in all places."