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the earth, whose brother was Garur, the king of birds, was born without feet on account of his sins ;
Shiv, the remover of many sins, the lord of the three worlds, wandered to many places of pilgrimage, but never reached the end of them :
The act of cutting off Brahma's head was never effaced from his person.
Although ambrosia, the moon, the all-yielding cow, Lakhshmi, the miraculous tree, the steed with seven faces, and the physician arose from the ocean, the lord of rivers,
Yet on account of its deed the brackishness of the ocean departeth not ;
Although Hanuman who burnt the fortress of Lanka and uprooted the park of Rawan, took the wound-healing plant to Ram Chandar and made him happy,
Yet, on account of his act of theft the curse that he should never have more than a loin-cloth was not effaced from his person.
The result of past acts is never effaced, O wife of my house ;
Wherefore repeat for me the name of God ;
Trilochan repeateth God's name.[1]

  1. The following are the allusions in the preceding hymn :—

    The Sursari is the Ganges, so called because it is suron ki sari, the river of demigods or divine heroes. It is said to flow from Shiv's head.

    Krishan belonged to the Chandarbans, or family of the moon. Rām Chandar, on the other hand, belonged to the Sūrajbans, or family of the sun.

    The moon fell in love with the wife of Brihaspati, the spiritual guide of the gods, and took her away. The dark spot in the moon is said to be the stain resulting from this act. In Sanskrit and cognate literature the moon is masculine.

    Arun was son of Vinata by Kashyap. Vinata prematurely hatched an egg, and the offspring was born without thighs, hence he is called Anuru, thighless, or Vipād, footless. He cursed his mother, and prayed that, for having brought him forth before the due time, she should be a slave to her rival, Kadru. At his mother's earnest entreaties, however, he modified the curse, and said that her next son would deliver her from bondage. Arun, in later Hindu mythology, appears to be the same as the dawn and the charioteer of the sun.

    Garur, or Garuda, Arun's younger brother, was chief of the feathered race, and an implacable foe of serpents. In a contest between his