Sivananda Lahiri – By Acharya Adishankara
Ankolam nija beeja santhathi rayaskkantho soochika,
Sadhvi naija vibhum latha kshithiruham sindhussaridvallabham,
Prapnothiha yadha thadha pasupathe padara sindhu dwaiyam,
Chetho vruthi roopethya thishtathi sada saa bhakthirithyuchyathe.
Like the real seed progeny reaches for the mother ankola tree (This tree has the characteristic that when its seeds fall from the tree on the ground and mature, they travel to the base of the tree and join the roots by their own nature),
Like the needle of the magnet always turns towards the north pole.
Like the chaste woman always thinks about her husband,
Like the tender creeper reaches for a support,
Like the river that constantly travels towards the sea,
If we constantly think about the lotus feet of Lord Pasupathi,
And stays there always,
Then that state is called devotion.
Sivananda Lahiri verse
अंकोलं निज बीज सन्ततिरयस्कान्तोपलं सूचिका
साध्वी नैज विभुं लता क्षिति-रुहं सिन्धुस्सरिद् वल्लभम् ।
प्राप्नोतीह यथा तथा पशु-पतेः पादारविन्द-द्वयं
चेतो-वृत्तिरुपेत्य तिष्ठति सदा सा भक्तिरित्युच्यते
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