Sivaanandalahari - 89 नतिभि-र्नुतिभि-स्त्वमीशपूजा- विधिभिर्ध्यान-समाधिभि-र्न तुष्ट: । धनुषा मुसलेन चाशमभि-र्वा वद ते प्रीतिकरं तथा करोमि ॥ ८९ ॥ natiBi-rnutiBi-stvamISapUjA- vidhiBirdhyAna-samAdhiBi-rna tuShTa: | dhanuShA musalena chASamaBi-rvA vada te prItikaraM tathA karomi || 89 || Oh Ruler of the world ! You are not as much pleased with Namaskarams or salutations, prayers, pujas and deep meditation as with bows, pestle and stones. Please tell me what pleases you most and I shall do that. *Commentary* *hE easaa* = Hey! ParamEswara! *thvam* = you; *dhanushaa* = by bow; *asmabhirvaa* = by stones; *musalEna* = by pestle; *yadhaa* = in the way you get pleased; *thadhaa* = that way; *nathibhi:* = by namaskaarams; *nuthibhi:* = by sthOthraas; *poojaavidhibhi:* = by the poojaavidhis consisting of shOdachObhachaaraas; *dhyaana samaadhibhi: *= dhyaana samaadhis; *na thushta:* = do not get the pleasure; *thE* = to you; *preethikaram *= the sEva that gives you preethi; *vadha* = please tell; *karOmi* = shall do. Hey! ParamEswara! On that day when he was battling with you, Arjuna hit you with his bow. Another day a bhaktha hit you with the pestle. (I do not know this story. If any of our members can tell me the story I shall be obliged.) And Saakya Naayanaar would shower you with pebbles everyday. (The story is that Saakya Naayanaar had converted to Buddhism yet his Siva Bhakthi would not leave him. So he would try to force hatred to Shiva on himself by throwing rocks at the lingam that the Buddhists have put it out on the street from the temple. But because Saakya was inherently a bhaktha the stone pebbles that he threw would fall on the lingam as flowers! There was not a day passed without he religiously throwing pebbles at the lingam. But one day he sat for lunch and realized that he had not thrown the usual stones at the Lingam and so immediately got up and went to the Lingam and threw a stone. Parameswara was so pleased that he wouldn't touch food without doing his nithya pooja immediately appeared before him as Paarvathi Samedha as rishabharoodar.) You were pleased with all these apparent ill-treatments. Hey! ParamEswara! On the other hand I had been worshipping you by many namaskaarams, by the sthuthis of the rishis, by the pooja done with the greatest bhakthi and by dhyaana samaadhi, yet you are not satisfied. Therefore please tell me what would be your favourite that would please you. I would do that without irking your mind. I am ready to even lose my life. Therefore you have to tell me your manObhaavam out of your kindness. Aum Namasivaaya!