Narayanabhattathiri, is a masterly
summary of Srimad Bhagavatam in 1034
sanskrit slokas of great poetic merit.
The whole work is divided into 100 dasakas of mostly ten slokas each. It was completed in 100 days at the end
of which Bhattathiri, who was suffering from chronic rheumatic disease, was
completely cured and also had a beatific vision of the Lord of Guruvayoor as Venugopala
. In the last sloka of each dasaka Bhattathiri cries out his heart, praying to the Lord to end his afflictions
and restore his health. Dasakas 91-99 contain the essence of the Eleventh Canto
the sadhanas for Self-realisation or mukti, liberation from the
cycle of births and deaths. As in the previous dasakas, Bhattathiri directly addresses the Lord of
Guruvayoor in these dasakas also.
of the 91st dasaka which eulogises Bhakti (devotion to the Lord)
with a prosaic translation in English.
भयं यत्र सर्वात्मनैव।
all the other gods and the indwelling spirit (atman) of all beings. Worshipping your lotus feet is the best means
of totally banishing all fears for those who see things where none exist and
suffer from this delusion. He who follows the methods of worshipping as
propounded by you will never trip and fall even though he runs on a deluding path
Magnificent Lord! powered and motivated by you,
the indwelling atman, whatever I do by thought, word or deed, I offer at
your lotus feet. Even one who by birth
is a shwapaka (one who cooks and eats dogs), if he surrenders to you his
mind, deeds, words, sense objects and the prana (vital air), purifies
the world; not the best among brahmins
who has turned away from your lotus feet.
ननु मनःकल्पितं च द्वितीयं
भीतिं विजह्याम् ॥३॥
not real. Let me therefore practice the unity of my atman (individual
soul) with you, the paramatman (Universal soul) by disciplining the mind
with the higher intellect. When the mind
again comes under the influence of maya it goes back to its previous state of
seeing multiplicity in place of unity.
Then I will continuously think of you and identify with you, the
master of maya, with loving devotion
and thus conquer my fear.
इव जगति श्रीमतां सङ्गमेन।
acquired by association with the wealthy in this world, the sprouting of
devotion and its growth is achieved, by those who have earned enough punya, by
association with those who are devoted to your lotus feet. May I always have the company of such devoted
people and let me, by hearing stories of your greatness and magnanimity flowing
out from their mouths, strengthen my devotion which will wipe out my sins O
करुणां लोकबाह्यश्चरेयम् ॥५॥
for devotion as the best way of attaining liberation, let me sing about your
incarnations and chant your divine names. By these two means, let my heart melt
very soon and may I laugh some times, cry sometimes, shout or sing or dance
like mad at other times steeped in love for you and walk completely outside the
conventional materialistic way of life. May I have your grace for such a state of
mind O Lord!
च भुवनपते! यत्नभेदं विनैव ॥६॥
a subdued mind, I shall pay obeisance to all the five elements (earth, water, fire,
air and space) and all that have been formed of these elements such as birds,
fish, animals, humans, friends, foes which are all nothing but Your own
manifestation. By worshipping You, my devotion will take root, I will develop
detachment and True Knowledge about You will dawn on me without any other
being distracted by hunger, thirst etc. arising in the path of this mundane
life, with the mind dissolved in You and not moving away from Your lotus feet
even for a second, with continuous remembrance of Your captivating form, neither happy when something good happens nor
unhappy when undesirable things occur realizing every thing is Maya, with the mind cooled by the moonlight
from Your toe nails which shine like the moon.
कृपा द्विट्सु भूयादुपेक्षा।
to experience You as the indwelling spirit (atma) of all beings, May I have love
for You, friendship with your devotees, compassion towards dull-heads and
indifference to enemies. May I develop earnest interest in worshipping you in an idol
or image. Serving you by these means I
will soon become one of the best among your devotees.
विभो! सिद्धयोगी प्रबुद्धः ॥९॥
Your Maya veils your real nature by projecting it in the form of the five
elements earth, water, fire, air and space.
It pushes beings, which are
tossed about with no control over themselves, into a web of sorrow and misery according
to the their many karmas, past and present. O Lord! Let not Your Maya overcome
me for which Siddhayogi Prabhuddha has prescribed Bhakti
to your lotus feet as the only remedy. .
suffering through which all beings pass, I will develop dispassion and
discrimination and, having obtained from a competent guru the secret of your
true nature, develop loving devotion to you by hearing stories about your
qualities, leelas and exploits and, overcoming the maya of yours, experience the pure bliss
at your lotus feet. This is the first step towards that, O Lord of Guruvayoor!,
destroy all my afflictions.