Prakarana of Yogavasishtham Rama speaks to Viswamitra and other
sages about Kala (Time, Death)
नीतः संसारकुहरे भ्रमः ॥१॥
of samsara, people of little intelligence, with their doubts,
imagination and meaningless talk, have
created differences leading to increased
confusion and delusion among people.
फलं मुकुरबिंबितम् ॥२॥
have interest in this cage of nets ? Only children will want to eat the fruits
reflected in a mirror.
प्रोत्थाब्धिमिव बाडवः ॥३॥
the eater of all beings born in this world like the badavagni drinking up the ocean
during dissolution. Nothing exists which this Kala does not devour. .
भीमः कालो महेश्वरः
सर्वां कबलीकर्तुमुद्यतः ॥४॥
overlord, is terrible and is common for
everyone (i.e. does not spare any one).
It is bent upon devouring all this which is perceived (by the senses)
विश्वात्मतां गतः ॥५॥
minute even for great and noble men. It
eats up the whole of these endless worlds pervading them.
सर्वमाक्रम्य तिष्ठति ॥६॥
such names as yuga, samvatsara and kalpa though he is unmanifest. He pervades everything and eats them up .
गरुडेनेव पन्नगाः ॥७॥
auspicious things, even those as heavy as Sumeru mountain, are devoured by Kala
(Time) as serpents by Garuda.
क्रूरः कर्कशः कृपणोऽधमः
न कालो निगिरयत्ययम् ॥८॥
hard-hearted, cruel, abrasive, stingy or mean, there is nothing which is not
eaten up by Kala.
तृप्तो महाशनः ॥९॥
such a great eater that it is not
satisfied even after gulping down countless worlds
करोत्यत्ति निहन्ति च
हि नानारूपो यथा नटः ॥१०॥
actor doing many roles, takes on many forms in this cosmic dance taking away,
destroying, doing, eating and killing. .
power on men taking on different forms,
with limbs or without limbs, pretty or ugly, manifest or concealed.