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)
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Om Namo Bhagavathe Vaasudevaya!

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


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