Quotation by Amaru

With its frame of shaking curls all in disarray,
earrings swinging,
make-up smudged by beads of sweat,
eyes languid at the end of lovemaking,
may the face of the slim girl
who's riding on top of you
protect you long.
What's the use
of Vishnu, Shiva, Skanda,
and all those other gods?
Amaru (c. seventh century A.D.), Kashmirian king, compiler, author of some of the poems in the anthology which bears his name. translated from the Amaruataka by Martha Ann Selby, vs. 3, Motilal Banarsidass (1983).

Vishnu and Shiva are the two main gods of the Hindu pantheon, and Skanda is iva's son. The gist of the verse is that a man can seek more efficacious protection (and receive more pleasure!) From the sight of a beloved woman's face than he can from any god.
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