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Vinay Patrika 08 | Shiv Bhajan | Tulsidas


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Vinayāvalī 008

O Śaṅkara, you are a great deity, a great donor and very ingenuous (simple). You dispelled the misfortunes of each and every one who folded hands [in front of you].[1]

To serve, remember and worhip [you], [only] a few leaves1 and rice grains [are sufficient]. [And in return,] you have given everything, till everywhere, in this world -- happiness, elephants, chariots and horses.[2]

O Vāmadeva, I live in your village Kāśī, and have never requested [you for anything]. [Now this] physical affliction has occurred, they are your servants [who have caused this]2.[3]

They are cruel in their deeds, please call them instantly and chide them, I offer myself as a sacrifice to you. These rogues want to stamp down [this holy plant of] Tulasī (meaning Tulasīdāsa himself) and want to grow the Śākhoṭa plant.3[4]


1 The leaves of the Bilva tree (Aegle Marmelos) are used in the worhip of Śiva.

2 Śiva is also the Iṣṭadeva of ghosts and demons.

3 The Śākhoṭa (Trophis Aspera) is a small, crooked and ugly tree.


Poet: Tulasīdāsa

Book: Vinayapatrikā

Translator: Akhandanandaprasada

Submitter: Akhandanandaprasada


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