English translation of the Tamil Spiritual Classic by Saint Tirumular
TANTRA EIGHT - Verses 2122 to 2138 of 2648
41 FIVE DIVISIONS OF THE BODY
2122 Body Bag and Maya Bag
The body is a bag
Many the ingredients it holds;
There is yet another bag within;
It is the Maya bag;
When the Thief (Jiva)
The body bag leaves,
The Maya bag
Unto dust becomes.
2123 Subtle Body
Of the body thus God shaped,
In parts two,
Sukshma (Subtle) is One;
That a body of constituents eight is;
--Sound, touch, shape, taste and smell
Buddhi (Intellect), Man (Mind) and Ahankhara (Egoity)
That the Puriashta body is (subtle).
2124 Five Indriyas and Three Karanas
Of the organs eight thus stated,
First Five are Indriyas (External Sense Organs)
The rest three are Karanas (Internal Sense Organs)
To these attached is primordial Pasa's sentience,
Thus He binds them
And unbinds them,
He, the Lord of Forehead-Eye.
2125 Gross Body
Lymph, blood, flesh, skin, and tendons,
Bones, marrow, fat, brain and semen,
--Of these into one shape made
Is the body gross,
By sorrow harassed.
2126 God is Within the Body
Who knows the greatness of His Holy Feet
There within the body He stood!
Who knows this body
Of Tattvas six and ten and eight!
Who knows that
He is its Yeoman Guard!
2127 Twenty-Four Bodily Tattvas (Universals)
The body eight spans* measures
With eyes, legs and hands
That serve to cover it;
In that body of pores and sores
He conjoins Tattvas twenty and four
In love divine;
Thus this body He fashions,
That has four more to speak of.
2128 Jiva Has Five Experiences
The Jiva that as experient spirit stood (in Avastas)
In all bodies, this and four rest (Jagra, Swapna, Sushupti, Turiya and Turiyatita)
Will in Para merge;
Who knows the way it merges
Into Param that pervades all
As unto space in every pot,
Inside and out!
2129 Kala Body Holds Life
If through Adharas six
You unite through central Sushumna,
The nine orifices tightly controlled will be;
The body within of Kalas eighteen formed* will be;
That the body of Jiva will be.
2130 Bodies--Gross, Subtle and Causal Merge In Para
The Gross body with presence prominent,
The Subtle body that invisible takes shape,
And the Causal body that by inference is,
--All these bodies are
That in Lord's Feet merge.
2131 Jiva Incarnates in Many Bodies
As unto the prancing steed
That forward leaps
The Jiva, too, traverses near and far;
As unto those who doff one garment
The Jiva, too, from one to the other body moves.
2132 In the Waking State Dreams are Forgotten;
So it is Through Successive Lives
Even as the snake sloughs off its skin
And another assumes;
Even as the bird its shell leaves
And another life pursues;
In its waking state the Jiva forgets
Happenings of the dream state;
Thus does Jiva from one body to another migrate;
Until with Grace of Hara
It reaches where it is destined to be;
And there experiences
The Karmas two, good and evil.
2133 Cycle of Births and Deaths
Having experienced hell and heaven,
Jiva leaves Subtle body;
Entering Causal body its course continues;
And unto the Yogi that transmigrates
Enters yet another body;
Thus entangled in cycle of birth and death.
2134 The Birth Cycle ends only when Jiva Unites in God
The Jiva that realized
"I" and "You" are one,
Is in Tatpara state;
Its course inherent diverting
Will reach Param;
The rest of Jivas
Reaching their destined abodes
In heaven and earth
Will in sorrow wallow.
2135 Body Substrates of Evolved Beings
Siva is the ground (Dhanu) of Jnani's body,
Jnani's body is Siva's body,
Yogi's body is Nada and Bindu,
Mauni's body is Mukti
Beyond Voids Three.
2136 Body Substrates of Jivas in Three Stages of Evolution
Anava (Egoity) is the (Dhanu) ground of Vijnanis
Maya is the ground of Pralayakalas
Karma is the ground of Sakalas
Siva is the ground of Jnanis True.
2137 Lord is in Body, do not Despise it
Dumb fools are they
Who as Mala (Impurity) despise the body;
Other places as holy
They go about seeking;
They who consider "Good this is"
And in it seek the Lord,
Shall experience macrocosm entire,
In their body tenacious
(That microcosm is.)
2138 God Rejoices in the Body of the Good
Those who are
Of goodly speech, deed and thought,
In their hearts
The Pure One gently sports;
Those who are
Of evil ears, speech, and mind
Emaciated they live, their faces in hunger drawn.