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!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Dasaka 9 Om Namoh Naarayanaya!  Namaskarams to Sri Naarayana Bhattadiri who gave us this "Song of Solace"

Dasaka 9
O Lord!  Brahma was curious about the source of the lotus.  So, he turned his face in every direction and lo and behold, four faces sprang up in the four directions!  (1)
Lord Brahma was unable to discern where the lotus was attached and wondered who he was and why he was all alone.  (2)
Knowing that there must be a source for the lotus, Lord Brahma descended into the lotus stalk using his Yogic powers.  Yet, he was unable to see your attractive form!  (3)
Lord Brahma looked for you for a hundred divine years in vain!  Brahma then sat on the lotus absorbed in deep meditation.  (4)
After another hundred divine years of deep contemplation, Brahma was blessed by a vision of your delightfully divine form, resting on the snake (Naga Sesha).  (5)
O Lord!  I meditate on your divine form that Lord Brahma envisioned:  adorned with a bejeweled crown, bangles, necklaces, shoulder ornaments, waist belts, the Kaustubha gem on your chest, wearing yellow silk garments, and looking as fresh and gentle as a Kalaya flower!  (6)
O Lord who stole Godess Lakshmi's heart!  You are the destroyer of all miseries and you are glorified in all the scriptures and by Brahma.  I am indeed blessed to have a vision of your form.  Please grant me the sharpness of intellect and protect me!  (7)
O Lord!  You blessed God Brahma with the knowledge and skill to create the three worlds and the courage to overcome anything supported by his devotion to you.  (8)
After that, Lord Brahma meditated for another hundred divine years and gained in intelligence and in power.  (9)
Blessed by you, Lord Brahma created the three worlds and everything in it from the lotus. O Guruvayoorappa!  You are epitome of compassion, please look upon me with kindness and bless me!  (10)

Om Namo Bhagavathe Vaasudevaya!

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