Eight forms has Shiva, lord of all and king

Eight forms has Shiva, lord of all and king

Eight forms has Shiva, lord of all and king:
And these are water, first created thing;
And fire, which speeds the sacrifice begun;
The priest; and time’s dividers, moon and sun;
The all-embracing ether, path of sound;
The earth, wherein all seeds of life are found;
And air, the breath of life: may he draw near,
Revealed in these, and bless those gathered here.

by Kalidasa
English version by Arthur W. Ryder
Original Language Sanskrit

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