Friday, March 16, 2012


Dasaka 8  Om Namoh Naarayanaya!  Namaskarams to Sri Naarayana Bhattadiri who gave us this "Song of Solace"

Dasaka 8
The Deluge and the Miracle of Creation
O Lord!  The great deluge wiped out everything and on the day after, Brahma received the Vedas from you and began the work of creation.  (1)
Lord Brahma spent a thousand four-stage yugas (Krita, Treta, Dwapara, Kali) immersed in your contemplation.  Brahma's night is called Naimittka Pralaya (temporary deluge).  (2)
O Lord, when Brahma wakes up, he performs his duty of creation.  For liberated souls (who live across many Yugas), the act of creation is like waking up to work after a night's sleep.  (3)
Lord Brahma has now completed one Parardha or half of his age.  Let me now describe what happened during the deluge and on the day after.  (4)
1000x4 yugas=1 day for Brahma
1000x4yugas=1 night for Brahma
2000x4 yugas=1 day+1 night for Brahma
360 days for Brahma=1 year for Brahma
100 years for Brahma = Brahma's full age
O Lord!  When at the end of the day, Brahma closed his eyes and lay merged in you, the worlds entered your stomach and the universe became a single body of water.  (5)
O Bliss Absolute!  When there was nothing but water in the universe, you lay down on Naga Sesha immersed in Yoga Nidra (contemplating on yourself)!  (6)
Lord!  At this time, with everything merged in you, you commanded Time to wake you up at the end of the deluge, and slept!  (7)
O Lord!  When you had slept thus for four thousand yugas, at the end of the deluge, Time awakened you.  (8)
What a sight it must have been to see you resting on the snake in the ocean!  You opened your eyes and rested it on the worlds that were merged in you!!  (9)
What a wonder!  A divine lotus emerged from your navel containing the essence of everything that was merged in you!  (10)
The lotus (that emerged from you) was so brilliant that it dispelled all the darkness in the universe!  (11)
In that lotus that was fully bloomed, Brahma appeared with all the knowledge of the Vedas intact in his memory.  (12)
O Supreme soul!  You are all pervading and dwell in Guruvayoor!  You awakened Brahma!  Please free me from my sorrows!!  (13)
This is a humble attempt to present these verses in English.  
Please pardon any mistakes and feel free to correct/comment.  
Sources:  
1.  Sri Naarayaneeyam by Gita Press with Hindi translation  
2.  Sri Naarayaneeyam by P.N. Menon


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