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Canto 3

S'rî Râdhika Stava

 

 

Chapter 13: The Appearance of Lord Varâha

(1) S'rî S'uka said: 'After listening to Maitreya Muni's most sacred words, oh King, the best of the Kurus inquired further about the talks concerning Vâsudeva he loved so much. (2) Vidura said: 'Oh great sage, what did Svâyambhuva Manu, the king of all kings and dear son of Brahmâ, do after he obtained his loving wife? (3) Be so good to tell me about the activities of this saintly, original king, oh best of all. I would very much like to hear about that king who took to the shelter of Vishvaksena [the omnipotent Lord Vishnu]. (4) Persons of fortitude and great effort in listening to that what by pure devotees is elaborately explained, will by dint of the statements of those who installed the lotus feet of the Lord of Liberation in their hearts, find the transcendental quality of a faithful mind.' (5) S'rî S'uka said: 'After Vidura, so very modest, thus had spoken, he, who received the lotus feet of the One with the thousand heads on his lap, was complimented and addressed by the sage, whose hairs stood on end in ecstasy as he tried to formulate his stories about the Supreme Lord.

(6) Maitreya said: 'After Svâyambhuva Manu had appeared along with his wife, he, the father of mankind, with folded hands and obeisances addressed the reservoir of Vedic wisdom [Brahmâ]: (7) 'You are the one progenitor of all living entities, the father and source of their subsistence, but we, who all were born from you, wonder how we can be of service to you. (8) Give us, with all respect, oh venerable one, directions for that purpose. What are the duties within our reach to be performed for you? What should one do for His good name [His fame] all around this world and what is to be done in order to progress to the next world?'

(9) Brahmâ said: 'I am very pleased with you, my son, let there be all my blessings for the both of you, oh lord of the world, for you without any reservation in your heart have surrendered yourself to me, asking for my lead. (10) This is the exact way for offspring, oh lord of the world, to honor the spiritual master. Those who have a sane mind and are beyond envy, should, to the full of their ability and most respectfully, accept this instruction. (11) You therefore, in that role, please take care to beget children in her with the same qualities you have, so that they, once being born, may rule over the world on the basis of the religious principles [the vidhi], making sacrifices and worshiping the Original Personality. (12) Consider protecting the living entities the best way to serve me, oh ruler of man. Hrishîkes'a, the Supreme Lord of the Senses, will be pleased when you are the guardian of their lives. (13) The work of those who never managed to satisfy the Supreme Lord Janârdana ['the Lord of all living beings'], the object of all sacrifice, is certainly in vain, for they did not respect their very self as being the Supreme Soul.'

(14) Manu said: 'I will abide by what your powerful self has ordered, oh killer of all sin, please tell me what my place is in this world and the place of those born from me. (15) Oh god of this planet, the earth, the dwelling place of all beings is immersed in the great waters [of the Garbhodhaka ocean of the created universe]. Can you please lift her up?'

(16) Maitreya said: 'The personality of transcendence [Brahmâ] who also saw that the earth was immersed in the waters thought: 'How shall I lift her up?' and spent a long time meditating as follows: (17) 'While I was engaged in her creation, the earth was inundated by a flood and got deeply immersed. What would be the right course of action for us now being engaged in this matter of creation? May the Lord from whose heart I was born guide me in this!' (18) While he was thinking thus, all of a sudden from his nostril, oh sinless one, a minute boar [Varâha] appeared not larger than the top of a thumb. (19) When he saw that happen, at once the form expanded in the sky, miraculously transforming into the size of a gigantic elephant, oh son of Bharata. (20) Seeing the form of that boarlike appearance, he with Manu, the brahmins headed by Marîci and the Kumâras began to word the matter in different ways: (21) 'Who is this extraordinary being that pretends to be a boar? And how wondrous for Him to appear from my nose! (22) One moment He has just the size of the tip of a thumb and in no time He is as big as a megalith! Would this be the Supreme Lord of sacrifice Vishnu? I am baffled!' (23) While Brahmâ thus was deliberating with his sons, the Supreme Lord of Sacrifice, the Original Person, produced a wild roar like He wanted to attack. (24) With the unprecedented voice that echoed in all directions the Lord created great joy in Brahmâ and the best of the brahmins. (25) The inhabitants of Tapoloka, Satyaloka and Janaloka [see 2.5: 39] hearing the sound of the loud roar of the all-merciful Lord who in the form of a boar ended all personal distress, then all began to extoll Him with the holy mantras of the three Vedas.

(26) Knowing Himself very well as the form resulting from the spreading of the Vedic sound that originated from the knowledge of the authorities of the Truth, He roared once more in response to the transcendental glorifications of the wise and intelligent souls and playful as an elephant entered the water on their behalf. (27) Slashing His tail in the sky and quivering with the sharp and hard hairs of His skin, He scattered the clouds with His hooves and radiated with His glittering white tusks as the glory of the Supreme Lord and Maintainer of the world. (28) Sniffing out the earth, He who had assumed the transcendental body of a boar, searched everywhere showing His frightening tusks, but in spite of it all the brahmins free from fear engaged in prayer the moment they saw Him glancing them over as He entered the water. (29) The enormous mountain of His body drove by the force of the dive the ocean apart in two high waves because of which the ocean, like gifted with two arms, in distress loudly prayed: 'Oh Master of all Sacrifices, please protect me!' (30) He, as the Master of all Sacrifices penetrating with His arrow-sharp hooves the water, reaching the limits of the unlimited ocean, then found her. He saw her, the wealth of the living beings, lying there as she was before and lifted her up personally. (31) Rising to the surface He, with His tusks raising the submerged earth, appeared in His full splendor. But then He, glowing with a fierce anger, had to hold His cakra [His disc-weapon or wheel] against the demon [Hiranyâksha - 'the golden-eyed one'] who rushed towards Him with a club. (32) Being irresistible, He thereupon skillfully killed the opposing enemy, the way an elephant disposes of a lion. In the process His cheeks and tongue got smeared with blood like he was a large elephant having digged in the [reddish] earth. (33) Even as He bluish as a tamâla tree, like a playing elephant, upheld the earth on His curved tusks oh Vidura, they who were led by Brahmâ could recognize Him as the Supreme Lord. Thereupon they with folded hands offered Him prayers from the Vedic hymns.

(34) The sages said: 'All glory and victory to You, oh Unconquerable One, You who are understood by the performance of sacrifices. All our obeisances are for You who shake Your body consisting of the three Vedas and in whose pores of the hairs in Your skin this [Vedic truth] is hidden. Our respects for You who had the calling to assume the form of a boar! (35) Oh Lord, the miscreants have difficulty perceiving this form of Yours that can be worshiped by performing sacrifices: with the Gâyatrî and other mantras one honors Your skin; with the kus'a grass [on which one sits when one meditates] one honors the hairs on Your body; with the clarified butter [one uses in sacrifices] one honors Your eyes, and with the four functions of sacrifice one respects Your four legs [see 3.12: 35]. (36) Your tongue is the offering plate and Your nostrils are another plate, oh Lord. In Your belly we recognize the plate to eat from and the holes of Your ears also constitute such a plate. Your mouth is the [Brahmâ] plate for the spiritual aspect of performing sacrifices and Your throat is the plate for soma [a ritual drink], but that which is chewed by Your teeth, oh Supreme Lord, is what You consume by the sacrificial fire [agni-hotra]. (37) Your repeated incarnations are the introductory offerings of oblations in the fire [called the dîkshanîya ishthi]. The three [upasada ishthis or] consecrations constitute Your neck and Your tusks are together the [prâyanîya ishthi] course and the [udayanîya ishthi] end of the consecration. Your tongue constitutes the [pravargya] invocations [to the three upasadas]. Your head is respected with both the fires without sacrifices [satya] and the fires with sacrifices [âvasatya] and Your life breath is constituted by the combination of all sacrifices. (38) Your semen is the soma sacrifice, Your stability is respected with the rituals in the morning, at noon and in the evening, oh Lord, the different layers of Your body are the seven types of sacrifice [see 3.12: 40] and the joints of Your body are the different sacrifices [called the satrânis] one performs in twelve days. You, oh Lord, who are bound by sacrifices only, are the object of all the soma and asoma sacrifices. (39) We offer You our obeisances who, as the Supreme Lord for all the ingredients and types of sacrifice, can be worshiped by universal prayers. When one with renunciation and devotion conquers the mind, one can arrive at the realization of You as the essence of all sacrifices. You as the spiritual master of such knowledge, we again and again offer our obeisances. (40) Oh Supreme Lord, supporting the earth and its mountains so beautifully situated on the tips of Your protruding teeth, oh Lifter of the Earth, You came out of the water like a lordly elephant that with its tusk captured a lotus flower together with its leaves. (41) This form of Yours of the Veda personified that as a boar sustains the planet earth on its tusks, shines with the splendor of great mountain peaks that look even more beautiful because of the clouds surrounding them. (42) You as a father lift up this mother earth as Your wife, where the moving and the nonmoving living beings reside. Let us offer our obeisances to You and to her in whom You invested Your potency, just as an expert sacrificer sets fire to arani wood. (43) Who else but You, oh master, could deliver the earth from its position in the water? For You such deeds are not that wondrous, for the wonder of the miraculous universe that You created by Your potencies, surpasses all others. (44) When You, as the Vedas personified, were shaking Your body, we as the inhabitants of Janaloka, Tapoloka and Satyaloka were sprinkled by the drops of water that remained in the hairs of Your shoulders and were thus completely purified, oh Supreme Lord. (45) He who wants to know the limit of Your countless activities is out of his mind. The entire universe controlled by the material qualities is bewildered by the oneness of Your inner potency [of yogamâyâ]. Please, oh Lord of the Opulences, grant us Your mercy!'

(46) Maitreya said: 'Thus being praised by the great sages and transcendentalists Lord Boar, the Maintainer, placed the earth on the water He touched with His hooves. (47) After the Almighty Personality of Godhead, Vishvaksena, the Master of All Living Entities, thus sportily had lifted the earth above water, the Lord returned to His abode. (48) With the one who in a devotional attitude listens to or recounts to others this auspicious and worthwhile story about Him who puts an end to the material motive, the Lord who is present in the heart [of everyone] will immediately be pleased. (49) What would be difficult to achieve for the one who enjoys the boundless mercy of His contentment? Anything removed from that mercy appears insignificant. Those devotees who wish nothing but His mercy He, personally residing in the heart, elevates to the supreme transcendence of His abode. (50) Indeed, can one be called a human being when one, familiar with the essence of the ancient stories, resists the opportunity to drink in through one's ears the nectar of the talks about the Lord that puts an end to the pain of a material existence?'

 

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Text 1

S'rî S'uka said: 'After listening to Maitreya Muni's most sacred words, oh King, the best of the Kurus inquired further about the talks concerning Vâsudeva he loved so much.
S'rî S'uka said: 'After hearing Maitreya Muni talk about the most virtuous, o King, did the best of the Kurus, adoring the talks about Vâsudeva, inquire further. (Vedabase)

 

Text 2

Vidura said: 'Oh great sage, what did Svâyambhuva Manu, the king of all kings and dear son of Brahmâ, do after he obtained his loving wife?

Vidura said: 'O great sage, what did Svâyambhuva Manu, the king of all kings and dear son of Brahmâ, do after obtaining his loving wife? (Vedabase)

 

Text 3

Be so good to tell me about the activities of this saintly, original king, oh best of all. I would very much like to hear about that king who took to the shelter of Vishvaksena [the omnipotent Lord Vishnu].

Be so good to tell me about the character of this saintly, original king, o most pious one; I'd very much like to hear about that king who must have taken to the shelter of the harbor of Vishnu. (Vedabase)

 

Text 4

Persons of fortitude and great effort in listening to that what by pure devotees is elaborately explained, will by dint of the statements of those who installed the lotus feet of the Lord of Liberation in their hearts, find the transcendental quality of a faithful mind.'

Persons of fortitude and great effort in listening to what most certain elaborately is explained by pure devotees, will by their statements find the quality of thought of the ones who have the lotus feet of the Lord of Liberation installed in their hearts'.' (Vedabase)

 

Text 5

S'rî S'uka said: 'After Vidura, so very modest, thus had spoken, he, who received the lotus feet of the One with the thousand heads on his lap, was complimented and addressed by the sage, whose hairs stood on end in ecstasy as he tried to formulate his stories about the Supreme Lord.

S'rî S'uka said: 'Speaking thus very modest he found the lotus feet of the marvel of energies and intelligence [the Lord] on his lap and had his hairs standing on end in the realization. Then the sage, inspired by the spirit of the words relating to the Lord, addressed him. (Vedabase)



Text 6

Maitreya said: 'After Svâyambhuva Manu had appeared along with his wife, he, the father of mankind, with folded hands and obeisances addressed the reservoir of Vedic wisdom [Brahmâ]:

Maitreya said: 'When Svâyambhuva Manu along with his wife had appeared, the father of mankind with folded hands and obeisances addressed the reservoir of vedic wisdom: (Vedabase)


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'You are the one progenitor of all living entities, the father and source of their subsistence, but we, who all were born from you, wonder how we can be of service to you.

'You are the one progenitor of all living entities, the father and source of subsistence, yet how can we, of all who are born from you, be of your service as well? (Vedabase)

Text 8

Give us, with all respect, oh venerable one, directions for that purpose. What are the duties within our reach to be performed for you? What should one do for His good name [His fame] all around this world and what is to be done in order to progress to the next world?'

Give us, with all respect, to that directions about the duties unto you, o worshipful one, to our capacities of acting in this world as should be done for spreading the fame all around and the progress to the next world.' (Vedabase)

Text 9

Brahmâ said: 'I am very pleased with you, my son, let there be all my blessings for the both of you, oh lord of the world, for you without any reservation in your heart have surrendered yourself to me, asking for my lead.

Brahmâ said: 'I am very pleased with you, my son, let there be all my blessings for the both of you, o lord of the world, because without any reservation of heart you surrendered your soul to me. (Vedabase)  

 

Text 10

This is the exact way for offspring, oh lord of the world, to honor the spiritual master. Those who have a sane mind and are beyond envy, should, to the full of their ability and most respectfully, accept this instruction.

Precisely this way should offspring, o hero, for sure exercise respect unto its teachers; the sane of mind should to the full of their capacity, with great delight and free from envy, take instruction. (Vedabase)

 

Text 11

You therefore, in that role, please take care to beget children in her with the same qualities you have, so that they, once being born, may rule over the world on the basis of the religious principles [the vidhi], making sacrifices and worshiping the Original Personality.

You therefore beget children of her that are alike yourself in quality, so that once born they can rule the world with the principles of humanity, sacrificing for and honoring the Original Personality. (Vedabase)   


Text 12

Consider protecting the living entities the best way to serve me, oh ruler of man. Hrishîkes'a, the Supreme Lord of the Senses, will be pleased when you are the guardian of their lives.

Protecting the living entities you should see as the best way to be of my service, o ruler of man; with you as the guardian of their lives is Hrishîkes'a, the Supreme Lord of the senses, most satisfied. (Vedabase)

  

Text 13

The work of those who never managed to satisfy the Supreme Lord Janârdana ['the Lord of all living beings'], the object of all sacrifice, is certainly in vain, for they did not respect their very self as being the Supreme Soul.'

The work of those who never satisfied the Supreme Lord Janârdana [Krishna as the drive of man and], the object of all sacrifice, is certainly of no avail as they did not respect the Supreme Soul as their own self.' (Vedabase)

  

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Manu said: 'I will abide by what your powerful self has ordered, oh killer of all sin, please tell me what my place is in this world and the place of those born from me.

Manu said: 'By the order of your powerful self I will abide, o killer of all sin, please tell me what my place, and the place of the ones born from me, is in this world. (Vedabase)

 

Text 15

Oh god of this planet, the earth, the dwelling place of all beings is immersed in the great waters [of the Garbhodhaka ocean of the created universe]. Can you please lift her up?'

Because this earth immersed in the great waters [of the Garbhodhaka ocean of the created universe] is the dwelling place of all beings, o god of this planet, please let it be so that you try to lift it up.' (Vedabase)

 

Text 16

Maitreya said: 'The personality of transcendence [Brahmâ] who also saw that the earth was immersed in the waters thought: 'How shall I lift her up?' and spent a long time meditating as follows:

Maitreya said: 'The one beyond [Brahmâ] who also saw that the earth was within the waters thought: 'How shall I lift it up?' and thus gave it attention meditating for a long time as follows: (Vedabase)

 

Text 17

'While I was engaged in her creation, the earth was inundated by a flood and got deeply immersed. What would be the right course of action for us now being engaged in this matter of creation? May the Lord from whose heart I was born guide me in this!'

 'While I was engaged in its creation, the earth has been deeply inundated going down in a flood. What would be the right course of action for us who are engaged in this matter of creating? May the one from whose heart I was born be the Lord that directs me.' (Vedabase)

 

Text 18

While he was thinking thus, all of a sudden from his nostril, oh sinless one, a minute boar [Varâha] appeared not larger than the top of a thumb.

While thinking thus from his nostril all of a sudden, o sinless one, a minute boar [Varâha], came forth no bigger than the top of a thumb. (Vedabase)

 

Text 19

When he saw that happen, at once the form expanded in the sky, miraculously transforming into the size of a gigantic elephant, oh son of Bharata.

Seeing Him in the sky suddenly that form verily, o son of Bharata, expanded into a wonderful gigantic body with the size of an elephant. (Vedabase)

 

Text 20

Seeing the form of that boarlike appearance, he with Manu, the brahmins headed by Marîci and the Kumâras began to word the matter in different ways:

Seeing the form of that boarlike appearance, he with all the learned sons headed by Marîci and with Manu began to argue among himselves in various ways: (Vedabase)

 

Text 21

'Who is this extraordinary being that pretends to be a boar? And how wondrous for Him to appear from my nose!

'What is this extraordinary being that pretends to be a boar? Oh how wondrous the fact that it came from my nose! (Vedabase)

 

Text 22

One moment He has just the size of the tip of a thumb and in no time He is as big as a megalith! Would this be the Supreme Lord of sacrifice Vishnu? I am baffled!'

One moment He is just the size of the tip of a thumb and in no time He is as big as a monolith! Would this be the Supreme Lord of sacrifice Vishnu? I am baffled!' (Vedabase)

 

Text 23

While Brahmâ thus was deliberating with his sons, the Supreme Lord of Sacrifice, the Original Person, produced a wild roar like He wanted to attack.

While Brahmâ was thus deliberating with his sons, the Supreme Lord of Sacrifice, the Original Person, made an enormous tumult. (Vedabase)

 

Text 24

With the unprecedented voice that echoed in all directions the Lord created great joy in Brahmâ and the best of the brahmins.

Enlivening Brahmâ and the best of the brahmins, the omnipotent Lord with an heretofore unknown voice echoed from all directions. (Vedabase)

 

Text 25

The inhabitants of Tapoloka, Satyaloka and Janaloka [see 2.5: 39] hearing the sound of the loud roar of the all-merciful Lord who in the form of a boar ended all personal distress, then all began to extoll Him with the holy mantras of the three Vedas.

When the great sages and thinkers as the inhabitants of the worlds of man, the saints and the truth heard the loud roaring with which the all-merciful Lord as a Boar destroyed all the lamentation, they all chanted from the three Vedas the all-auspicious mantras. (Vedabase)


Text 26

Knowing Himself very well as the form resulting from the spreading of the Vedic sound that originated from the knowledge of the authorities of the Truth, He roared once more in response to the transcendental glorifications of the wise and intelligent souls and playful as an elephant entered the water on their behalf.

Knowing Himself well as the expanded form of the vedic sound of all the knowledge of the great ones of truth, He again roared in response to the transcendental glorifications of the wise and intelligent and entered the water playing like an elephant to their benefit. (Vedabase)


Text 27

Slashing His tail in the sky and quivering with the sharp and hard hairs of His skin, He scattered the clouds with His hooves and radiated with His glittering white tusks as the glory of the Supreme Lord and Maintainer of the world.

Slashing His tail in the sky and quivering with the sharp and hard hairs of His skin, scattered He the clouds with His hooves and radiated He, with His glittering white tusks, as the Supreme Lord and Maintainer of the world. (Vedabase)

 

Text 28

Sniffing out the earth, He who had assumed the transcendental body of a boar, searched everywhere showing His frightening tusks, but in spite of it all the brahmins free from fear engaged in prayer the moment they saw Him glancing them over as He entered the water.

Sniffing out the earth was He, who had assumed the transcendental body of a hog, searching and showed He His frightening tusks, but in spite of that did all the brahmins engaged in prayer not fear Him seeing His glancing them over while He entered the water. (Vedabase)

 

Text 29

The enormous mountain of His body drove by the force of the dive the ocean apart in two high waves because of which the ocean, like gifted with two arms, in distress loudly prayed: 'Oh Master of all Sacrifices, please protect me!'

That enormous mountain of a body from the force of the diving drove, creating two high waves, apart the ocean which, as with two arms in distress, cried out in prayer: 'O Master of all Sacrifices, please protect me against this!' (Vedabase)

 

Text 30

He, as the Master of all Sacrifices penetrating with His arrow-sharp hooves the water, reaching the limits of the unlimited ocean, then found her. He saw her, the wealth of the living beings, lying there as she was before and lifted her up personally.

As the Master of Sacrifice penetrating with His arrow-sharp hooves the water found He the limit of the unlimited and saw He lying there the earth, the wealth of the living beings, as from the beginning and lifted He her personally up. (Vedabase)

 

Text 31

Rising to the surface He, with His tusks raising the submerged earth, appeared in His full splendor. But then He, glowing with a fierce anger, had to hold His cakra [His disc-weapon or wheel] against the demon [Hiranyâksha - 'the golden-eyed one'] who rushed towards Him with a club.

Getting above the water, raising the submerged earth with His tusks, He appeared in His full splendor and held there glowing with a fierce anger His cakra [His disc-weapon or wheel] against the demon [Hiranyâksha - the golden-eyed one] that had rushed towards Him with a club. (Vedabase)

 

Text 32

Being irresistible, He thereupon skillfully killed the opposing enemy, the way an elephant disposes of a lion. In the process His cheeks and tongue got smeared with blood like he was a large elephant having digged in the [reddish] earth.

He then in the water with His inimitable prowess easily killed the obstructive enemy, just like an elephant does with a lion, and had His cheeks and tongue smeared with blood the way an elephant looks from digging in the [reddish] earth. (Vedabase)


Text 33

Even as He bluish as a tamâla tree, like a playing elephant, upheld the earth on His curved tusks oh Vidura, they who were led by Brahmâ could recognize Him as the Supreme Lord. Thereupon they with folded hands offered Him prayers from the Vedic hymns.

Bluish as a tamâla tree while upholding the earth on His curved tusks like a playing elephant, o Vidura, the ones headed by Brahmâ could understand Him to be the Supreme Lord and consequently with folded hands offered Him prayers. (Vedabase)

 

Text 34

The sages said: 'All glory and victory to You, oh Unconquerable One, You who are understood by the performance of sacrifices. All our obeisances are for You who shake Your body consisting of the three Vedas and in whose pores of the hairs in Your skin this [Vedic truth] is hidden. Our respects for You who had the calling to assume the form of a boar!

The wise uttered: 'All glories and victory to You, o Unconquerable One, who, loved by sacrifice, are the embodiment of the Vedas; all obeisances unto Him in whose pores of His body the sunken oceans undulate; our respects to the One who was motivated to assume the form of a hog! (Vedabase)


Text 35

Oh Lord, the miscreants have difficulty perceiving this form of Yours that can be worshiped by performing sacrifices: with the Gâyatrî and other mantras one honors Your skin; with the kus'a grass [on which one sits when one meditates] one honors the hairs on Your body; with the clarified butter [one uses in sacrifices] one honors Your eyes, and with the four functions of sacrifice one respects Your four legs [see 3.12: 35].

O Lord, for the miscreants this form of Yours is but difficult to see; that what is worshipable by sacrifice, the gâyatrî and other mantras, is Your touch; the hairs on Your body are the kus'a-grass [on which one sits meditating]; the clarified butter [used in sacrifices] is as Your eyes and Your four legs are the four functions of sacrifice [see 3.12:35]. (Vedabase)

 

Text 36

Your tongue is the offering plate and Your nostrils are another plate, oh Lord. In Your belly we recognize the plate to eat from and the holes of Your ears also constitute such a plate. Your mouth is the [Brahmâ] plate for the spiritual aspect of performing sacrifices and Your throat is the plate for soma [a ritual drink], but that which is chewed by Your teeth, oh Supreme Lord, is what You consume by the sacrificial fire [agni-hotra].

Your tongue is the offering plate and Your nostrils are another one, o Lord; in Your belly we see the plate of eating and the holes of Your ears are also such a plate; Your mouth is the plate of the spiritual sacrifice and Your throat is the plate for soma [a ritual drink], but that which is of Your chewing, o Supreme Lord, is what You eat through the sacrificial fire [agni-hotra]. (Vedabase)

 

Text 37

Your repeated incarnations are the introductory offerings of oblations in the fire [called the dîkshanîya ishthi]. The three [upasada ishthis or] consecrations constitute Your neck and Your tusks are together the [prâyanîya ishthi] course and the [udayanîya ishthi] end of the consecration. Your tongue constitutes the [pravargya] invocations [to the three upasadas]. Your head is respected with both the fires without sacrifices [satya] and the fires with sacrifices [âvasatya] and Your life breath is constituted by the combination of all sacrifices.

Your repeated incarnation is how You initiate, Your neck stands for the three desires [for relationship, activities and the ultimate goal] and Your tusks are the begin of You and end of all desire; Your tongue is the preparation, Your head the fire with as well as without sacrifice and for sure is Your life-breath the aggregate of all desires [or sacrifices]. (Vedabase)

 

Text 38

Your semen is the soma sacrifice, Your stability is respected with the rituals in the morning, at noon and in the evening oh Lord, the different layers of Your body are the seven types of sacrifice [see 3.12: 40] and the joints of Your body are the different sacrifices [called the satrânis] one performs in twelve days. You oh Lord, who are bound by sacrifices only, are the object of all the soma and asoma sacrifices.

Your semen is the soma of sacrifice, Your stages of growth are the morning rituals, o Lord, Your flesh and bones are the seven types of sacrifice [see 3.12:40], the joints of Your body are the different sacrifices one performs in twelve days; o Lord, You are the object of desire of all the soma and non-soma-sacrifices that bind. (Vedabase)

 

Text 39

We offer You our obeisances who, as the Supreme Lord for all the ingredients and types of sacrifice, can be worshiped by universal prayers. When one with renunciation and devotion conquers the mind, one can arrive at the realization of You as the essence of all sacrifices. You as the spiritual master of such knowledge, we again and again offer our obeisances.

Our obeisances unto You, who are worshipable by the universal prayers as the Supreme Lord for all the ingredients and types of sacrifice; You can be realized as the supreme of sacrifice by conquering the mind in devotion. You as the spiritual master of such knowledge, we again and again offer our obeisances. (Vedabase)


Text 40

Oh Supreme Lord, supporting the earth and its mountains so beautifully situated on the tips of Your protruding teeth, oh Lifter of the Earth, You came out of the water like a lordly elephant that with its tusk captured a lotus flower together with its leaves.

With the earth and its mountains so beautifully situated on the tips of Your protruding teeth, o Supreme Lord of the Uplifting, You came out of the water like an infuriated elephant that has captured a lotusflower with leaves by its tusk. (Vedabase)

 

Text 41

This form of Yours of the Veda personified that as a boar sustains the planet earth on its tusks, shines with the splendor of great mountain peaks that look even more beautiful because of the clouds surrounding them.

This form of a boar and the Veda personified, that now sustains the planet earth on its tusks, for sure is glowing like the peaks of great mountains that are beautified by the decoration of clouds. (Vedabase)

Text 42

You as a father lift up this mother earth as Your wife, where the moving and the nonmoving living beings reside. Let us offer our obeisances to You and to her in whom You invested Your potency, just as an expert sacrificer sets fire to arani wood.

For the residence of as well the moving as the nonmoving, You as a father uplift this mother earth as Your wife; as well as unto You, we offer our respects unto this mother earth in whom You invested Your potency, like the sacrificial fire that is put in the arani wood. (Vedabase)

 

Text 43

Who else but You, oh master, could deliver the earth from its position in the water? For You such deeds are not that wondrous, for the wonder of the miraculous universe that You created by Your potencies, surpasses all others.

Who else but You, o Master, could, from within the water deliver the earth. For You such acts are nothing wondrous as the wonder of the miraculous universe that You created from Your potencies surpasses all others. (Vedabase)


Text 44

When You, as the Vedas personified, were shaking Your body, we as the inhabitants of Janaloka, Tapoloka and Satyaloka were sprinkled by the drops of water that remained in the hairs of Your shoulders and were thus completely purified, oh Supreme Lord.

When You as the Vedas in person were shaking Your body, we as the inhabitants of the worlds of man, the saints and the truth were sprinkled by the drops of water that remained in the hairs of Your shoulders and were purified, o Supreme Lord. (Vedabase)

 

Text 45

He who wants to know the limit of Your countless activities is out of his mind. The entire universe controlled by the material qualities is bewildered by the oneness of Your inner potency [of yogamâyâ]. Please, oh Lord of the Opulences, grant us Your mercy!'

He who desires to know the limit of Your activities is certainly nonsensical; the oneness and potency of He who is of unlimited activities bewilders with its mystical power the total universe of the material modes; o Supreme Personality of Godhead, just grant us Your causeless mercy.' (Vedabase)


Text 46

Maitreya said: 'Thus being praised by the great sages and transcendentalists Lord Boar, the Maintainer, placed the earth on the water He touched with His hooves.

Maitreya said: 'Thus being praised by the great sages and transcendentalists did Lord Boar, the Maintainer, place the earth on the water touched by His hooves. (Vedabase)

 

Text 47

After the Almighty Personality of Godhead, Vishvaksena, the Master of All Living Entities, thus sportily had lifted the earth above water, the Lord returned to His abode.

He, the Personality of Godhead, Vishvaksena, the Master of All Living Entities, lifted this way as the Supreme Lord, the earth and its creatures as a pastime from below on top of the water and then returned to His abode.  (Vedabase)

 

Text 48

With the one who in a devotional attitude listens to or recounts to others this auspicious and worthwhile story about Him who puts an end to the material motive, the Lord who is present in the heart [of everyone] will immediately be pleased.

With the one who in a devotional attitude narrates to others this auspicious and worthwhile tale about Him who destroys the material motive, is the Lord either very pleased or will He very soon in the heart be pleased.  (Vedabase)

 

Text 49

What would be difficult to achieve for the one who enjoys the boundless mercy of His contentment? Anything removed from that mercy appears insignificant. Those devotees who wish nothing but His mercy He, personally residing in the heart, elevates to the supreme transcendence of His abode.

The Lord pleased is unto him of all benediction and will give, of what is so difficult to obtain, all that, which standing apart from the service in devotion shows itself as insignificant gains; residing in the hearts of those who are of devotion He personally elevates to the supreme transcendental of His own abode. (Vedabase)


Text 50

Indeed, can one be called a human being when one, familiar with the essence of the ancient stories, resists the opportunity to drink in through one's ears the nectar of the talks about the Lord that puts an end to the pain of a material existence?'

Indeed, who else than, alas, the non-human being, could, in the world known with the goal of life and the essence of the ancient stories regarding the Fortunate One, refuse the nectar of the narrations which, drank through the ears, put an end to all material pangs? (Vedabase)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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