Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Dasaka 4  Om Namoh Naarayanaya!  I bow down to Sri Naarayana Bhattadiri who gave us this "Song of Solace"

Dasaka 4
O Lord Guruvayyorapa!  Bestow on me the health to serve you.  I can assure you that I will quickly please you by practising the Yamas and Niyamas prescribed by Ashtanga Yoga.  (1)
8 limbs of Ashtanga Yoga:  Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana, Samadhi). 
Yama:  Ahimsa (non violence), Satya (Truthfulness), Asteya (non stealing), Brahmacharya (non excess), Aparigraha (non possessiveness).
Niyama:  Saucha (purity), Santosha (contentment), Tapas (self discipline), Svadhyaya (self-study), Ishvara Pranidhana (surrender).
O Lord Guruvayoorapa!  The practice of Yama and Niyama will purify my mind and the practice of Asana will provide flexibility to my body to sit in the lotus pose.   (2)
By constantly chanting the Pranava Mantra (Om), by controlling the breath, and by disengaging ourselves from worldly sensual pleasures, we will become purified and will only seek the pleasure of your name and form.  (Pranayama and Pratyahara) or (3)
We will concentrate our intellect on your indistinct form and attain the softness of the mind and the bliss of devotion.  (Dharana) (4)  
After repeatedly concentrating on your form, it will be easy for us to visualize your charming form within our inner eye.  (5)
Our mind will be captivated when we focus all our attention on your entrancing form.  Your form will gradually become clearer (Dhyana) and we will climax with enlightenment and bliss  (Samadhi).  (6)  
O Lord of the Universe!  Having experienced the bliss of Samadhi in which the pure Brahman is realized, we may falter, but we will keep repeating the process of Dharana.  (7)  
O Lord!  Enjoying the rapturous experience of Self-realization through the repeated practice of Dharana-Dhyana-Samadhi, we will become free from all attachments and wander around the world like Suka, Narada and others.  (8)
O Lord!  After mastering this process of Dharana-Dhyana-Samadhi, we can attain deliverance by bringing the life breath under control (using the techniques of yoga) along the six centers (chakras) and letting it slowly go out from the Sushumna nerve end.  (9)
O Supreme Lord!  Then, we can discard the subtle body and merge with you through the Sushumna nadi. (10)
Your devotees are led to the realm of the Sun by the deities who lord over the fire, the day, and the Uttarayana, from where they pass unto the land of Dhruva.  (11)
Your devotees are then led to the land of Brahma (in Satyaloka) when they cannot bear the heat of the fire that emanates from the mighty snake (Sesha).  (12)  
Those devotees live in Brahmaloka or in Vishnuloka (both are part of Satyaloka) until they are merged with the Supreme at the time of the great deluge, or earlier with the power of their Yoga.  (13)
O Lord!  Entering the macrocosm and passing through it's seven sheaths (earth, water, fire, ether, air, intelligence, illusion), they finally attain your lotus feet.  (14)
Such devotees who merge with you, do not take birth again.  O Lord Guruvayoorappa!! You are the embodiment of Truth-Awareness-Bliss (Sat-Chit-Ananda).  Please protect me, who is singing your praises!  (15)  

Om Namoh Naarayanaaya!!
This is a humble attempt to present these verses in English.  Please pardon any mistakes and feel free to correct/comment on anything.  
1.  Sri Naarayaneeyam by Gita Press with Hindi translation  2.  Sri Naarayaneeyam by P.N. Menon

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