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 99th dasaka shows how the
Vedas praise the Divine The slokas are based on Veda mantras in praise of
the magnificent qualities of Vishnu? Can any one count the particles on the
Earth? This world was measured by Him by
three steps of His and those in the world enjoy, endowed with all the wealth. It
is Vishnu who supports all these worlds; may I attain his abode Vaikuntha which
is above everything else, which I love
very much and where Your devotees experience supreme bless as if nectarine
Lord! You are there before anything else appeared; You are the doer of everthing
(creation, sustenance and dissolution of the world etc); you appear to be new (different, fresh) every
minute, and you are the repository of all material, psychic and spiritual
wealth (vibhutis). Only the
faithful devotee who offers you havis etc. in sacrifices and worships
and recounts your supreme greatness in your incarnations as Krishna etc.
becomes pleased, fulfilled and acclaimed and quickly reaches the goal of
attaining your abode of Vaikuntha (वैकुण्ठ).
who praise, glorify or acclaim (kings etc.)!
Glorify the very essence of the Vedas (Vishnu), the way you understand
it the same way, with stories of His
exploits and leelas in different incarnations. Knowing that His names are beneficial and
auspicious for every one, do samkirtan
i.e. singing his names with love and devotion. O Vishnu! By samkirtan,
stuti etc. of your greatness may I gain knowledge of Your True Transcendental
Lord!) Always visualize Vishnu’s exploits by which He protected and preserved dharma
and what He did for the well-being of Indra as a servant or as a friend. The Yogis always see Your resplendent abode Vaikuntha
which is above all the worlds and which the best among Brahmins, who are
awakened, illumine with a profusion of praise. .
already born or yet to be born has reached
the end your greatness. Knowing
benefits and are auspicious, I chant Your names again and again. With a variety
of words of adulation, I praise You whose abode Vaikuntha is high above
the three worlds
water that came into being at the beginning of creation took You into its womb.
O Narayana who reclined (on Adishesha) in the primordial water! The souls of
all beings together merged in You. O
Lord who has no birth! From your navel sprouted a lotus which had the quarters
(directions) as the petals and Meru as the whorl. This lotus is said to be the
form of the world.
विष्णुरेतद्भुवनमजनयत् तन्न जानीथ यूयं
ह्यन्तरस्थं किमपि तदपरं विद्यते विष्णुरूपम्।
मखपरा हन्त नेच्छा मुकुन्दे ॥७॥
Denizens of the World! Lord Vishnu has created this world. You do not know
this. There is another form of Vishnu
which is inside you. Your mind is
covered by Maya as if by a fog; you are are
satisfied only by the enjoyment of objects of the senses; you are interested
only in yagna (sacrifices); It is a
matter of great concern that You have no love or devotion for Mukunda (Vishnu).
Lord! With thousands of heads, eyes and
feet You fill the whole of this Universe and beyond that. Not only that, You shine inside the heart, in
a space like a very small hole. O Parapurusha! You are the past and the future
and everything. Though you are immanent
in the body and the senses you transcend them and you are the enjoyer of
supreme bliss sweet as nectar.
You have taken on the form of the three worlds, transcending it, You shine as infinite pure
consciousness. Your magnificence is also
as great. A small part of You is manifested as the whole world. The major
portion, more than Three-fourth, the very embodiment of supreme bliss, shines above all the worlds.
understand and realise. The purely sattwic form of yours is manifest and
it is this form which is like the waves in the ocean of nectar which surpasses
everything, which captures the heart by the sweetness of its qualities. I take refuge in this form O Lord of
Guruvayur! save me from my ailments.