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Acara Kandha 226-234

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Cakradhara Hymn

1Suta said: -O Saunaka, now here me narrate the hymn to the decay less one (Acyuta), which grants to its reciter all that he may wish to obtain, and which Brahma being asked by Narada first related to him.
2Narada said: -Be pleased to describe to me, O Lord the undecaying, unchanging Vishnu, the grantor of all bliss who should be hymnised, every day, at the time of divine worship.
3Commendable and well-born are they, and they have achieved the end of their existence, who constantly hyminse the undecaying Vishnu. Such men are competent to confer all sorts of happiness on their kindred.
4Brahma said: -Hear me narrate, O holy sage, the hymn to Vasudeva, which grants emancipation to its reciters, and which, being sung at the time of worship by a votary, brings about the gratification of the deity.
5-6Om, obeisance of the god, Vasudeva, the absolver of all sin, obeisance to the pure bodied one, the embodiment of pure knowledge, obeisance to the lord of all the gods, who wears the ringlets of hair on his breast known as the Srivatsa. Obeisance to the wielder of sword and buckle, who wears a garland of lotus flowers around his neck.
7Obeisance to the mainstay of the universe to the support of the heaven-to the dreadful Nrsirmha (Man-lion) to the light that burns in the heart, free from doubt and hesitation (Vaikunta).
8Obeisance to the lotus-navelled thousand-headed one, who lies on the serpent of eternity (Sesha) in the ocean of the milk of ambrosia (Kshiroda).
9Obeisance to the destroyer of the Kshatriya race, who wields a battle-axe in his hand. Obeisance, over and again, to the adorable and the true-willed one.
10Obeisanye to the lord of the three regions, to the discus-wielding divinity, to the subtlest, original, blissful principle.
11Obeisance to the dwarf shaped god, who relieved Bali of the cares of a kingdom-to the spirit of the sacrifice, manifest in the shape of the primordial boar. 0m obeisance to Govinda.
12Obeisance to the highest joy, to the perfect knowledge of one who is eternal knowledge and original ideil. and from whom all know-ledge proceeds.
13Obeisance to the supreme, second less reality to the foremost subjectivity, to the creator, governor and final cause of the universe, to the fountain source of all knowledge, to the supreme idealist whose idea has taken shape in the form of the universe.
14-15aObeisance to the destroyer of Madhu (amativeness), to the killer of Ravana, and to the god who brought about the ruins of the demons Kansa, Kesi and Kaitabha.
15b-16aObeisance to the lotus-eyed one, to the Garuda ensigned divinity, to the destroyer of Kalanemi, to the one that rides on the pinions of the celestial Garuda.
16b-17aObeisance to the son of Devaki, to the joy of the race of Vrishni, to the lord of Rukmini, to the son of Aditi.
17b-18aObeisance to the Gokula-abiding one to the darling of Gokula, to Krishna, the darling of the milkmaids.
18b-20Victory to the wielder of the mount Govardhana; to the killer of Vana, to the destroyer of Canur and Kaliya; victory to the eternal truth, the eternal witness of the universal phenomena, to the fulfiller of all ends, to the all-giving Madhava known only by the Vedantins.
21Victory to the unmanifest, occult, undecaying reality, that runs through all to perfect knowledge, to the undecaying. self of supreme felicity.
22Victory to the self of eternal peace that’ is without support (does not depend on anything) to the adorable Vishnu, the lord of the universe.
23Thou art the preceptor, the disciple, the initiation, and the mystic formula. Thou art the Nyasa (psychic location or projection), the rules, postures and Mudras of Yoga; thou, are the implements of worship such as flowers, offerings, etc.
24Thou art the supreme receptivity, the mystic tortoise, the emblem of the pendency of the world; thou are the mystic lotus, the sacrificial platform and the deities that preside over the mystic diagram (Mandalam) such as, the energies of virtue, knowledge etc.
25-29Thou art Rama, the wielder of the ploughshare, the destroyer of Sambara; thou art the Devas and the Brahmarishis, thou art the all-pervading god whose prowess is truth.
30-34Thou art the Adityas, Vasus, Rudras, Asvi, Maruts, Devas, Danavas, Nagas, Yakshas, Rakshasas, and Khagas. Thou art the Gandharvas Apsarasas, Siddhas, Pitris, and the immortals. Thou art the universal matter, the senses, the unmanifest one; thou art the mind, intellect, egoism, objects of sense-perception, and the self-conscious ego, the god that resides in the hearts of all creatures.
35Thou the sacrifice, the implements of sacrifice, the sacrificial Mantras, the oblations, the priest, the scrificer the chanter of the Vedic Mantras, the burnt offering the priest that casts the sacrificial animal in fire.
36Thou art the firmament with its suns and starry constellations, the nether regions, the universal expanse of ether, the region of Maha; in short whatever is found to exist among men, beast and Devas, all creation whether mobile or immobile are but the manifestations of thy eternal Self, O Lord.
37-38Who can behold thy eternal and universal image, O Lord, which cannot be perceived by the senses, which is invisible to the immortals, and which only the Yogins behold in their psychic trance?
39-40Who can comprehend thy real, unmanifest, birthless, deathless, changeless, undecaying, all pervading, perfect, second less Self, which is infinite reality perfect purity, pure knowledge, though devoid of qualities and full of supreme felicity?
41-43The shape which thou assume in any particular incarnation, any of them the Devas, in their limited capacity, meditate upon as a substitute for the real self. O thou infinite subjectivity how shall I be able to worship thy real Self, which the mind comprehended not and the senses do not perceive.
44I have been able to worship with offerings of flowers etc., only a few of thy attributes, O lord, manifest in the shape of Sankashana, etc.
45-47Be graciously pleased to pardon me for the defects in my performances of Japas and Homas, as well as for any omission on my part in connection with thy divine worship I have not been able to worship thee, 0 lord, as laid down in the astras, with due devotion, so be pleased to pardon my inefficiency, day and night, morning and evening, whether moving or at rest, my devotion is firmly attached to thy feet, O lord, I do not care for my body.
48-52I am quite indifferent to the performances of religious rites, my sole delight in in the O lord of the universe. What has he not done for the attain ment of heaven, or for self-emancipation, who has placed a firm faith in Vishnu, the grantor of all desires? Who is there in the universe, who can worship or hymnise thee to the fullest extent? Be pleased to accept this humble and deficient worship which I have trade of thee, to-day. Thus I have narrated to you, O sage, the hymn of the discus-wielding deity; sing his glories in a devout spirit, if you wish to attain the supreme bliss. He, who recites this hymn at the close of a worship of the universal preceptor, is able to work out his salvation in no time and becomes freed from the bonds of re-births.
53Even in the Kali Yuga he, who recites this hymn, thrice, every day, in a pure spirit, obtains all that he wishes to obtain. By reading this, hymn to Vishnu, a sonless man obtains a son, a sick person gets rid of diseases, an indigent man obtains wealth, a captive obtains his liberty.
54A seeker after erudition obtains erudition, a seeker after fame obtains renown, even the remembrances of his past births recur to a man who recites this hymn.
55He, who sings the glories of the absolute subjectivity is truly wise, is really pure and truthful in his speech.
56He is omniscient and acquires the merit of performing all the religious rites.
57Those, who are not propelled to do anything for the service of Hari (God), or are not fondly moved towards him, are beyond the pale of all religion.
58-59No, purificatory rite can purify the mind or speech of the miscreant, who has not an unswerving faith in the all-pervading lord (Vishnu). By duly worshiping the god Hari, the grantor of all comforts, a person obtains whatever he wishes to obtain in this life, I make obeisance to the immortals, birthless, all-pervading god, who resides in the hearts of all creatures, and whom the Asuras, Siddhas, and erudite persons cannot comprehend in their minds, whom only the holy sages know, and who is the sole witness of ‘the universal phenomena.
60-61I make offerings of the flowers of sentiments, of pure, pleasurable faith and love to the eternal, universal lord, the embodiment of self, devoid of all qualities, the absolute purity; may that all witnessing Self, the perfect knowledge, reside in my heart.
62-63Thus I have narrated to you the hymn to the endless; origin less supreme Vishnu. Let a man, whose mind is shorn of all desires, constantly meditate upon his divine self; in as much as he is the god. Where is the Yogin who contemplating the pure, original, second less subjectivity, effulgent as the sun, is not merged in his eternal essence?
64The self-controlled person, who recites this hymn in a devotional spirit, becomes absolved of all sin, and enters the infinite region presided over by Murari.
65He, who prays for friendship of the god, a. well as for liberation of self, and virtue and object of desire, is freed from all the shackles of life, and attains Vishnu, the adorable refuge of all.
66He, who abjuring all company takes I am emancipated self. recourse to Vasudeva, the absolute purity, the lord, the governor and destroyer of the universe, is freed from the shackles of life, and becomes commits sin.

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