Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Dasaka 39

Dasaka 38 -  Om Namo Naarayanaya!  

O Lord!  You are the embodiment of bliss! As the moment of your arrival on this earth approached, luminescent rain clouds covered the skies as though reflecting the glow from your limbs.  (1)

At the stroke of midnight, when the moon rose, the rains cooled the atmosphere in all directions,and signaled your arrival to the world and the virtuous people rejoiced. (2)

O Lord!  Even in the form of a baby, your splendorous, dark form with your crown, bangles, shoulder ornaments, necklaces and with the conch, disc, lotus and mace in your arms dazzled everyone.  (3)

O Vaasudeva!  Your divine consort, Lakshmi drove the inauspiciousness out of Kamsa's house, with her bashful looks, as she looked out of your heart.  (4)

You father, Vasudeva, saw this divine form of yours (that is difficult for even sages to see and is as sweet as honey to the eyes) and was overcome with tears of ecstasy and bliss.  (5)

The joyous Vasudeva sang, "O Lord!  You cut the bonds of sorrow and see all with equal eyes.  Please take away my sorrows with your compassionate gaze!".  (6)

Your mother, Devaki was also ecstatic with joy on seeing your form.  You then revealed to your parents their two previous births where your mother had requested you to be born in the form of a human baby to her.  (7)

O Lord!  At your request, Vasudeva took you in his arms to bring about the exchange with Nanda's baby girl; you who are as charming as a young swan seated in a lotus and who cannot be seen by the greatest of sages!  (8)

At that time, a trance fell over the town where Nanda lived and this was your Maya!  This is not surprising at all!  The locked doors of the prison opened by themselves!  (9)

Then, holding you, Vasudeva walked, guided by the lustre of the gems from the serpent Sesha's hoods and protected from the rain.  O Lord! Save me from this disease!  (10)

Om Namo Naarayanaya!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Dasaka 14 Om Namo Naarayanaya!  

Namaskarams to Sri Naarayana Bhattadiri who gave us this "Song of Solace"

Manu was born from Brahma (who had meditated on your Lotus feet) and lived a happy life reigning as the King, constantly recounting and reminiscing your divine adventures.  (1)
Kardama was born from Brahma's shadow and he found happiness in "creation" and served you for ten thousand years.  (2)
O Lord!  You revealed your form, (that is charming like a rain bearing dark cloud, seated on the eagle, Garuda, with your lotus hands bearing lotus flowers, as though in jest, and with a captivating smile), to Kardama.  (3)
Kardama was overcome with ecstasy on seeing this divine form of yours and burst into songs of your praise.  You blessed him with the promise of a daughter for Manu, and nine daughters and a son (Kapila, who would be your avatar), and salvatation to Kardama.  (4)
Instructed by Sage Narada, King Manu, his queen Satarupa and daughter Devahuti, approached Kardama.  (5)
Kardama was married to Devahuti and was pleased with her dedication and love.  (6)
Kardama assumed the form of a young man and using his powers created an aerial car and spent happy times with his lovely wife, Devahuti.  (7)
Kardama passed hundred such happy years and was blessed with nine daughters, and eagerly waited for you to be born to him as Kapila.  (8)
O Lord!  You were then born as Kapila to Devahuti, with the sole goal of imparting the knowledge of the Supreme to the world.  (9)
O Lord Guruvayoorappa!  May you in the form of Kapila protect me from my disease, just as you instructed your mother as a spiritual Guru, after Kardama left for the forest.  (10)
Om Namo Naarayanaaya!!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Dasaka 13 Om Namo Naarayanaya!  

Namaskarams to Sri Naarayana Bhattadiri who gave us this "Song of Solace"


O grantor of boons!!  At that time, Sage Narada approached Hiranyaaksha and very cleverly praised you, while doubting his strength. (1)

"The mighty Vishnu is carrying away your earth, O Hiranyaaksha!  How can you let this happen?", said Sage Narada.  As you emerged from the water, holding aloft the earth, Hiranyaaksha approached you. (2)

Hiranyaaksha derided you with abusive words, while you set the earth on the water, using your power, and prepared to fight.  (3)

As you both approached each other, armed with clubs, ready to fight, the Gods gathered to watch. Lord Brahma reminded you to destroy him before dusk (because demons become more powerful at night).  (4)

In the duel with clubs, your club was knocked down by Hiranyaaksha.  At this time, you launched the Sudarshana Chakra at him.  (5)

O remover of Maya!  The demon's trident was shattered by the Sudarshana Chakra.  The angry demon struck you with his fists and used magic illusion to deceive and hurt you.  (6)

Lo and behold!  A spark from your discus dispelled all the illusion created by the demon.  At this time, you kicked the demon at the root of his ear while the demon kept striking you with his fists.  (7)

 The demon fell dead and the gathered sages and Gods sang your praises.  (8)

 The Chandas (holy hymns like the Gayatri mantra) are embedded in your skin.  The heap of Dharbha grass is in your hair.    The ghee offered into the fire is in your eyes.  The four officiating priests are in your feet.  The sacrificial vessel is in your face.  Your stomach stores the offering and your tongue extracts the Soma juice.  The Soma juice is stored in your ears and your neck stores the three sacrificial rites.  (9)

 O Lord of Guruvayoor!  Delighted by hearing such songs of praise, you made your way back to your abode, in Vaikunta.  O Lord!  Please cure me of my disease!  (10)

Om Namo Naarayana!! 


Saturday, May 19, 2012

Dasaka 12 Om Namo Naarayanaya!  
Namaskarams to Sri Naarayana Bhattadiri who gave us this "Song of Solace"

Dasaka 12
O Lord!  Seeing the earth submerged in the ocean, Manu (son of Swayambhu or Brahma) seeked Lord Brahma's help in Satyaloka.  He was accompanies by the sages Sanaka and others who are your devotees.  (1)
Manu beseeched Brahma:  "O Brahma born of the lotus!  While I was creating new beings, the earth fell into the ocean.  Please save the earth and find a place for the newly created beings."  Brahma then meditated on your Lotus Feet.  (2)
O Lord!  You heard Brahma's cry for help.  You then emerged as a boar from his nostril. (3)
When you first emerged as a boar, you were only the size of a toe, but soon grew as large as an elephant.  Brahma and his sons were wonderstruck, seeing your growth.  (4)
Brahma wondered: "Is this the Maya of the invincible Lord Vishnu?  Who is this mighty boar who has emerged from my nostril?"  At this time, you grew as large as a mountain and gave a fearsome grunt!  (5)
The sages in the worlds of Jana, Tapa and Satya heard your loud grunt and started to sing your praises.  This pleased you and you plunged into the ocean, grunting again.  (6)
O Lord!  With your hair standing, your tail raised, eyes rolling and your snout pointed downwards, you pierced through the clouds as you plunged into the ocean. This delighted all the sages.  (7)
O Lord!  You frightened the dwellers of Rasathala with your grunt, as you searched the ocean (that was filled with crocodiles and whales) for Goddess Earth.  (8)
O Lord Varaaha!  You found the earth at the bottom of Rasathala and easily took the earth in your tusk, disregarding the demons who were pursuing you.  (9)
O Lord in the form of the playful boar, who effortlessly saved the earth, please protect me from my disease!  (10)
Om Namo Bhagavathe Vaasudevaya!!
Source:  Naarayaneeyam by T.N Menon

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Dasaka 11 Om Namo Naarayanaya!  
Namaskarams to Sri Naarayana Bhattadiri who gave us this "Song of Solace"

Dasaka 11
O Lord Guruvayoorappa!  As creation continued to occur, the Sages approached Vaikunta, your divine abode, to meet you.  (1)  
The sages arrived at the seventh gate of your divine abode, after crossing the six gates and the Naisreyasa garden.  (2)
The gate keepers, Jaya and Vijaya stopped the sages from entering Vaikunta.  This angered the sages. This happened only because you willed it.  (3)
The angry sages cursed Jaya and Vijaya to take on the form of demons, as per their behavior.  They begged you to bless them, O Lord, to yet be chanting and remembering your name, even in their demonic forms.  (4)
O Lord Vishnu!  You then appeared in your charming form along with Goddess Lakshmi, riding on Garuda (the eagle), and delighted the sages.  (5)
Out of compassion for your attendants, you blessed them that they may attain you through three births of enmity towards you.  (6)
Jaya and Vijaya were born to Sage Kashyapa and Diti as the twin demons, Hiranyaaksha and Hiranyakashipu.  They were conceived at an inauspicious time of day (dusk), and so were cruel by nature and deeds. (7)
The twins shook the world with their merciless exploits, blinded by their natural tendencies.  (8)
Of the two, Hiranyaaksha, could not find a match for his might and so captured the Earth Goddess and immersed her in the ocean.  (9)
O Lord!  Hearing about your glory, Hiranyaaksha set out in search of you, so as to fight and subdue you!  O Lord of Guruvayoor!  You are the seat of mercy!  Please cure me of my disease!  (10)

Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya!
Sources:  Narayaneeyam by P.N.Menon; Narayaneeyam by Gita Press
Please pardon any mistakes or misinterpretations!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Dasaka 10 Om Namo Naarayanaya!  Namaskarams to Sri Naarayana Bhattadiri who gave us this "Song of Solace"

Dasaka 10
O Lord of Vaikunta!  With powers endowed by you, Brahma created the world, that included living things, such as:  trees, birds, animals, human beings and various Gods.  (1)
Brahma also created five orders of ignorance:  false knowledge, egoism, attachment, anger and fear.  Having created these impure objects, he then purified himself by meditating on your lotus feet.  (2)
Brahma then created from his mind the four Rishis:  Sanaka, Sananda, Sanatana and Sanatkumara.  They lay immersed in devotion to you O Lord, while Brahma unsuccessfully tried to get the Rishis to continue with the creation process.  (3)
Out of Brahma's mid-brow arose (as a result of his anger):  "Mrida", who cried out in uncontrolled anger:  "O Brahma!  Name me and create a space for me!"  So he became known as Rudra.  (4)
Brahma divided Rudra into eleven different forms with eleven names and eleven wives and spaces and requested them to procreate.  (5)
When the various forms of Rudra multiplied, the Universe was filled with scary beings and this created fear in Brahma's mind.  Brahma then asked Rudra to stop procreating and immerse himself in meditating for the welfare of this world.  (6)
Out of Brahma's various limbs arose Mareechi, Atri, Angiras, sage Krathu, Pulaha, Pulastya, Bhrigu, Vasishta, Dakhsa and your devotee, Narada.  (7)
Brahma then created Dharma, Kardama and Goddess Saraswati.  He became excited by the God of Love at the sight of Saraswati, but controlled himself with the help of reminders from Sanaka, Daksha and others.  (8)
The four faced Brahma created from himself, the Vedas, the Puranas and other branches of study.  Brahma however could not figure out how to let his creations multiply on their own.  So he sought your help and meditated on your lotus feet.  (9)
Blessed by the knowledge of creation, Brahma split his body into two and assumed the male and female forms.  O Govinda!  O Lord of Guruvayoor!  Please protect me from my maladies!  (10)
Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya!
Sources:  Narayaneeyam by P.N.Menon; Narayaneeyam by Gita Press
Please pardon any mistakes or misinterpretations!