Prayer to Shiva by Tulsidas



I bow to the Lord of the North West (Shiva),
Whose form is liberation itself.

The supreme Brahman, in the form of the Vedas,
Spread out over the whole universe.

You are without attributes and beyond time,
Without any limitation, beyond desire.

You are the sky of bliss, I worship you.

You are the formless One,
Beyond the Omkar which has its roots in you.

You are beyond words, knowledge and the physical world,
O Lord of Mountains.

You are the terrifying One who devours time
Which devours everything.

You are the most compassionate one.
All the qualities and attributes of experience originate in you.

But the world can never find your end.
I call the names of the Great Lord Shiva
Who lives on the banks of the Ganga at Kashi.
Tulsidas