O Leader of Demi-Gods! O Bliss of people! O Protector of everyone! O Benevolent to cows and knowledge-seekers! O Slayer and Destroyer of demons! O Beloved of the daughter of ocean [Lakshmi]! Be Victorious!||1||
You created the earth, the people and made a splendid universe, and we are yet to understand the reason, purpose, and ways of such creations. O benevolent to poor! Those who follow you with spontaneity, understand the world as your creation.||2||
O Mukunda, the One who is all pervading, indestructible, supreme bliss, inexplicable, beyond our sense organs, with pristine nature, and beyond His creation called Maya! Be victorious!||3||
Those sages who renounce this world, are with a devoted heart, and are dispassionate — praise You incessantly, mediate and think about You, and sing your victories all the time.||4||
You created the universe, and made three qualities in the universe¹ without help from anyone. And You, at every instant, take care of all of us who don't know devotion, sacrifice, or prayers.||5||
The demi-gods, after renouncing thought, voice, and deeds, are taking refuge in You, Who is the destroyer of the cycle of birth and death, Who is bliss and happiness for the sages, and Who destroys the unison of all troubles on us.||6||
Sharda, the Goddess of knowledge, the Vedas, Sheshanaga, the incessant companion of Sri Vishnu, all the sages, and rest all together also — cannot understand what are the various forms, manifestations, and intentions of Yours. [Despite being beyond everything] You are benevolent to the weak, You are called by the Vedas, and we pray to You, the Lord.||7||
You are like the mountain Mandarachal for the ocean like cycle of birth² and You are unique and magnificent from whatever angle we try to perceive You. You are a temple of all the qualities and You are the source of immense happiness to us. All the sages, the deft, and the demi-gods are very fearful right now — we bow to Your feet for saviour. (8)
¹ The three qualities are Sattva, Rajas, and Tamas; they respectively represent good, neutral, and bad qualities.
² In ancient times, Mountain Mandarachal was used as a churner and Kshirsagar, the Ocean of milk, was churned for the re-appearance of Lakshmi in Universe; Lakshmi had disappeared by the curse of Sage Durvasa to Indra. Here an alankar, or metaphor, is used to compare the ocean like cycle of life with Kshirsagar and Lord as Mountain Mandarachal which generated all the divine happiness in this universe.
© Stutimandal 2006, Mar 24.