Vairagya Shatakam – Words of Wisdom



Among sensual persons, Shiva is unique, sharing half his body with His belove; and again, among the dispassionate, there is none superior to him, unattached to the company of women; while the rest of mankind smitten and stupefied by the irresistible, serpent-like poisoned arrows of cupid, and brought under infatuation of love can neither enjoy their desires nor renounce them at will. (Vairagya Shatakam 17)

Without knowing its burning power the insect jumps into the glowing fire; the fish through ignorance eats the bait attached to the hook; whereas we, having full discernment do not renounce the sensual desires complicated as they are with manifold dangers; alas! How inscrutable is the power of delusion. (Vairagya Shatakam 18)

Possessed of tall mansions, of sons esteemed by the learned, of untold wealth, of a beloved wife full of beneficence, and of youthful age, and thinking this world to be permanent, men deluded by ignorance run into this prison-house of worldliness; whereas, he is blessed indeed who considering the transiency of the same world renounce it. (Vairagya Shatakam 20)