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)
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Om Namo Naarayanaaya!!