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Acara Kandha 226-234

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Devotion of Vishnu

1Suta said: -He, who for his own salvation bows down unto the endless, origin less, birthless, changeless, deathless reality, becomes fit to be honoured by all the regions.
2Humbly do I make obeisance unto the all-pervading, almighty Vishnu who is pure knowledge and highest joy and who resides in the hearts of beings.
3I make obeisance to the lord, who, residing in the hearts of beings, bears witness to all their acts, whether good or evil.
4He, who being capable does not bow down unto Vishnu, is not a man but a consumer of earth’s cereals.
5Even a single act of obeisance unto Krishna, beautifully black as a pregnant rain cloud, the immeasurable reality, the over-lord of all regions, done with true love and humility, instantaneously serves to purify even a Candala (lit. eater of dog’s flesh).
6The elevated status, which a person attains to by laying himself prostrate before Krishna can not be acquired by performing even a hundred horse sacrifices
7Faith in, and devotion and obeisance to Krishna succour those, who wander benighted in the wilderness of the world, or are drifted about by the currents of the ocean of worldliness.
8Whether standing, scaled, or laid down in bed., one should recite the Mantra, Salutation unto Narayana.
9As long as there exists the Mantra “Salutation unto Narayana” in this world, and as long as one retains the faculty of speech, pity it is that one should willfully go to hell.
10A pure-souled man, if he be a four-mouthed or a hundred mouthed one, will not be able to enumerate a ten thousandth part of the countless attributes of Vishnu.
11The holy sages such as, Vyasa etc., stopped short in their praise of the destroyer of Madhu on account of their limited comprehension, and not on account of the limited nature of his attributes.
12-13By singing his name, a man, even in a moribund condition, is absolved of all sin, and progresses of his journey to Mukti as a berated spirit, like an elephant liberated from the clutches of a lion.
14Obeisance to Krishna to Acyuta (eternal one), or to Vasudeva; those, who utter any of these Mantras, are never carried to. the mansion of Yama.
15-20As the sun or fire dissipates darkness so does the dnging of the names of Krishna dissipate the sin of the singer. The term Krishna is an ambrosial antidote to the venom of the serpent of worldliness, those, who are bitten by this serpent, shall do well to recite it. He, on the tip of whose tongue lie the two sounds of Ha and ri (Hari), is sure to sail across the ocean of life and to come by the highest bliss. A man, who is conscious of the guilt of many willful iniquities, shall not dream of a re-birth in this world, if he sincerely seeks his reformation and becomes a devoted hearer of the glories of Narayana.

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