of Meppathur 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 92nd dasaka which describes the path of Karma coupled
with Bhakti (devotion to the Lord), with
a prosaic translation in English.
कुहचिदपि मनःकर्मवाचां प्रवृत्तिः
that the karmas (rites, actions) prescribed by the Vedas are to
be performed without attachment to the fruits (results) thereof, I shall
perform such karmas as offerings to you and thus will I reach the state
of Naishkarmya, the path of knowledge.
Let not my mind, speech or action engage in karma prohibited in
the Vedas. If some such thing
happens unavoidably, I offer that also to You, O Lord, the Light of Consciousness.
मृदि क्वापि वा भावयित्वा।
the other karmayoga in which one engages in loving devotion to You, I
will create in stone, mud or in the mind a form of yours which is dear to my
heart and daily offer worship to that image, according to my capacity and with
heart-felt devotion, with flowers, incense and naivedya and thus make
you pleased with me (obtain your prasada).
तादृशं मा कृथा माम्॥३॥
and Sudras who are deprived of hearing your stories etc are to be pitied. Let
that be so, but I feel sorry for those dwijas, who are supposed to be
nearer to your lotus feet but still attached to the pleasures of the senses.
They perform yagas and other vedic rites for making a living and turn a deaf
ear to stories about Your much talked about leelas and exploits. Vain and conceited about their learning and
their high birth, what is it that they do not do? O Lord do not make me like
बहुतरकथनीयानि मे विघ्नितानि।
मा कृथा माम्॥४॥
sinner keeps chanting ‘Krishna’, ‘Rama’ in order conceal his bad deeds and
conduct. Because of this constant chattering of this shameless fellow I am unable
to get a chance to talk about many things.
This brother of mine cannot do anything fruitful, he just worships
Vishnu always” –Thus talk some people about those who are wise and have given
their hearts to You. They use abusive words against your devotees and laugh
loudly in derision. O Lord! do not make me like them. .
worship you in Krita Yuga as a saint, of pure white complexion, by
performing tapas (severe austerities).
In Treta yuga they worship You as the embodiment of Yagna, of red
complexion, wearing sruk, sruva etc. by the performance of yagas
(sacrifices). In Dwapara Yuga You are worshipped in
a form shining with the discus and the
mace, and of dark complexion, following
the tantric system of worship. . In Kali
Yuga You are worshipped in a form with deep blue complexion by sankirtan (singing
aloud Your names and Your praises) and other means.
कालेयकालो जयति मुररिपो! यत्र संकीर्तनाद्यैः
हि किल कलौ संभवं कामयन्ते
Enemey of Mura! Giver of Every Thing! This Kali Yuga wins over other
yugas because in Kaliyuga only people can quickly please You (get Your
blessings) by such effortless means as chanting your names and singing about
your exploits and leelas. Even those born in Kruta, Treta and Dwapara yugas wish to be
born in this Kali Yuga.
your devotees, have taken birth in this Kali Yuga fortuitously by luck or fate. Lord! Please do not delude us into thinking that sense
objects are sweet like nectar while in fact they are poison.
स्युर्द्रमिलभुवि ततो भूरिशस्तत्र चोच्चैः
मामप्येतदन्तर्भवमपि च विभो! किञ्चिदञ्चद्रसं त्व-
भ्रमय न भगवन् पूरय त्वन्निषेवाम् ॥७॥
Kaliyuga there will be bhaktas (devotees). In Dravidadesa there
will be more bhaktas. Wihin Dravidadesa
too the number of bhaktas will be more on the banks of Kaveri,
Tamraparni, Kritamala and Prateechi. O
Lord! we are also born in this region and we have a modicum of bhakti to You. Please do not delude us and bind us
with the rope of desires. Please give us
an opportunity to fully worship you.
धर्मद्रुहं तं कलिमपकरुणं प्राङ्महीक्षित् परीक्षित्
सिद्ध्येदसदिह न तथा त्वत्पदे चैष भीरुः
times gone by King Parikshit took out his sword to kill Kali who was an
opponent of dharma and was merciless but he (Parikshit) did not actually
kill him pondering over the good points of Kali. In Kali Yuga good actions like Your worship
etc. will bear fruit quickly whereas bad actions will yield results only after
a long interval. Moreover, Kali is
afraid of Your devotees. O Lord! punish
this Kali when he prevents people from taking to the path of Bhakti by
making people ill etc.
गीता च गायत्र्यपि च तुलसिका गोपिकाचन्दनं तत्
Gopichandan, worship of Salagrama, Ekadasi and the letters of Your names – these eight
which are effortless, make You pleased and therefore in this Kaliyuga they lead
people to liberation quickly- so say the
rishis. Therefore O Lord! make me attached to these eight.
पितॄणामपि न पुनरृणी किङ्करो वा स भूमन्
who, forsaking all actions, totally surrenders himself to You, becomes rid of
obligations to the celestials, rishis and forbears; Nor does he become a
servant of any of them. The fruits of
any bad activity arising out of him
unwittingly is wiped out by You, seated in his heart. O Lord of Guruvayoor! block the sorrows
springing from my sins and bless me with bhakti.