Chapter 50 — Dasura’s Survey of the Heavens

Vasishta continued:—

Dasura remained in this flowery tree as if he lived on a hill of flowers. In his mind he felt the delight which flowery spring and its fruit could infuse in the heart. He mounted and sat over the high and airy treetop and looked on all sides like the god Vishnu surveying the worlds. There, sitting on a branch that reached to the sky, he engaged in his tapas (penance), devoid of fear and desire.

From this his leafy and easy couch of repose, he cast his curious eyes to see the wonders of nature on all sides. He saw a river at a distance, glittering like a necklace of gold. He saw the summits of distant hills rising like nipples on the breast of the earth.

The fair face of the sky appeared like the face of a fairy covered under the blue veil of a cloud. The green leaves of trees were like the green garb of this fairy, and clusters of flowers were like garlands on her head. Distant lakes appearing like water-pots were decorated by their aquatic plants and flowers. The fragrance of blooming lotuses seemed like the fairy’s sweet breathing, and the gurgling of the waterfalls sounded like trinkets fastened to her feet. The trees touching the skies were like the hairs on her body, the thick forests resembled her thighs, and the orbs of the sun and moon were like earrings hanging from her ears. Fields of grain seemed like the dots of her sandal paste, and the rising hills were like her breasts covered by a cloudy cloak on their tops.

10 The seas with their shining waters were her mirrors that reflected the rays from the jewels on her starry frame. 11 The season’s fruits and flowers were like embroidery on her bodice, and the rays of the sun and moon were like powders or sandalwood paste over her body. 12 Clouds covering the landscape were her garment, and trees and plants on the forest edges were as the fringes or the skirts of her dress.

In this manner he saw all ten sides of heaven full with the form of a fairy queen.