Bhakti Song 46 – The Cross is My Pride

சிலுவை என்மேன்மை

சிலுவையில் தொங்கிய என்நேசனின்

சிந்திய இரத்தத்தால் சுகமாயினேன்

சிலுவையே மேன்மை என்வாழ்விலே

சேவிப்பேன் அதனை எந்நாளுமே

வினைமூலம் சிலர் தேடினார் மீட்பை

ஞானத்தின் துணையை நாடினார் சிலரே

பக்தியின் பெயராலே பரமனைத் தேடியே

பயனற்ற வழிபாட்டில் வீழ்ந்தனர் பலரே!

புத்தியின் மேன்மையால் புதுவாழ்வு தரவே

சீர்திருத்தப் பாதையில் சென்றனர் சிலரே!

“புதுமை புதுமை” எனக்கூறிய பலருக்கு

கேளிக்கையானது ஆன்மீக வாழ்வே

நல்வழி காணவே நானும் முயன்றே

நாடினேன் பலவழி நாளும் இங்கே!

சிறுமையாய்த் தோன்றிய சிலுவை ஒன்றே

தெளிவாக்கித் தந்தது ஆன்மீக வழியை.

25-05-1993. தில்லி.


English Translation

I was cleansed by the blood of my Lord

Who hung on the cross

The cross is the only glory in my life

Therefore I will adore it always

Some sought mukti through karma

Some sought the support of jnana

In the name of bhakti several searched God

And fell in useless ritual worship

Some tried to give new life through their brain/reason

And followed the path of reformation

For those who called for newness/modernity (New age)

Spirituality become an entertainment

To seek some good path by various efforts

I too sought many ways here

But cross which looked a mean one

Finally clearly showed the spiritual path

25-05-1993. Delhi



Though we can indigenize the gospel by allowing it to incarnate in our worldview, there are certain things that stand unique — not only to our Indian worldview but even to other worldviews. The Cross is one such thing that is always unique. I don’t want to say more about the Cross of its historical, theological and spiritual importance. The way it has become a symbol of sacrificial love appeals even to many Hindus. Though some try to compare it with Siva drinking poison to save devas and asuras and thereby all, and Rama’s exile to forest, I cannot find any parallel in them with what our Lord has done for us on the Cross.

However, I prefer to call it as a MAHA YAJNA in which our Lord poured out His whole Being as the ahudi (oblation). Then I compare it with Yajna in which three things are important—a devata (deity to whom the offerings are made), drivyam (material things to be offered as oblation) and thyagi (one who gives up viz., the sacrificer). In that Maha Yajna on the Cross our Lord became all the three—devata, drivyam and thyagi. Of course as He became a human to offer His body He cannot be treated as the devata here. But for me as He is Nara-Hari—Man-God, my bhakti easily moves between various subtleties of theology—by coming down as a human the very God offered Himself on the cross.

See further my comments for Song 18 on the Cross.