Meditation of God ||232||
1Suta said: -Now I shall narrate to you the hymns of the knowledge of ambrosia as the god Hara, interrogated by Narada first disclosed to him.
2Narada said: -He, who is bound by the pairs of opposite, by anger and passion, by good and evil, by objects of the senses, is veritably an evil-minded and tyrannized being.
3O thou destroyer of Tripura, do I wish to learn from thee, the means of sailing across the sea of existence.
4Hearing this word of Narada, Sambhu, the three-eyed deity, with his countenance beaming with joy, replied as follows:
5Mahesvara said: -Hear me, O thou foremost of the Rishis, the, extremely secret hymn of Jnanamritam, which dissipates all misery and dispels the fear of chains of rebirths.
6-7He, through whose illusion all the inmates of the universe, from the humblest animal-culum to the four-faced Brahma, are enveloped in a delusive sleep on Nescience; if through the grace of such Vishnu one quits his sleep (delusion) and wakes the wakening. of perfect knowledge, verily he liberates himself from the chain of necessary rebirths~ so difficult of achievement even by the gods. In different to cultivation of the knowledge of the Real, an individualized Self (man), intoxicated with the wine of power, pride and luxury, sinks down, file a cow, in the oozy mire of worldliness.
8-10Fondly attached to their sons, wives and relations, men sink in the ocean of worldliness, as old and wo:m out wild elephants are drowned in one and the same ocean through an unconquerable instinct of companionship. I do not find the emancipation of that foolish person, even in the course of a hundred millions of rebirths, who, like a silk-worm, imprisons his self in a cocoon of delusion. Hence, O Narada, constantly meditate upon the self of Vishnu, the undecaying god of the gods, the lord of the universe, and worship him with the greatest self-control.
11-15He, who contemplates the birthless, origin less, endless, omniscient, unmoving, all-pervading spirit, contained within its own self, is liberated from the shackles of life. He, who constantly contemplates the eternal Vishnu, the only reality that is unknowable, and which is without any parts (indivisible) and affections, lying beyond the sphere of mortality the embodiment of sacrifice, the manifest and unmanifest, is liberated from the shackles of life. He, who contemplates the eternal, blissful, occult, all-seeing Vishnu, the infinite reality, devoid of all qualities, beyond all Nescience, is liberated from the shackles of life. He, who constantly meditates upon the disembodied, immoveable, omniscient, all-pervading Vishnu, the ordainer, the enjoyer of thoughts and sentiments, becomes an emancipated self. He, who constantly contemplates the lord Vishnu, who knows without the aid of sensations, who is unmanifest and without any substitute, and lies beyond the sphere of illusion, unaffected by disease or affection, the god Vasudeva, the preceptor of all, is liberated from the shackles of life. He, who constantly contemplates the b1rthless Vishnu, the pure and perfect knowledge, which cannot be known by the senses, whom the mind comprehended not, and the speech fails to describe, the one unconquerable entity, is liberated from the shackles of life. He, who constantly contemplates Vishnu, who is without any imitation, mind, and sense of egoism, and is not affected by the pairs of opposite, is liberated from the shackles of life. He, who constantly contemplates the eternal birthless, deathless, decay less, fearless Vishnu, that suffers no change, and has sprung from no seed is liberated from the trammels of life. He who constantly contemplates the great Vishnu, the deathless spirit, the infinite joy whom sin touches not and the senses cannot reach, in liberated from the shackles of life.
16-18He, who constantly contemplates the great Vishnu, devoid of good and evil, free from the dashing of the six kinds of waves (propulsions of the senses), the only knowable, sinless entity is liberated from the shackles of life. He, who with undisturbed mined contemplates Vishnu the embodiment of self, whose determination (cogitation) is truth, and whose seat is purity is liberated from the shackles of life. He, who constantly contemplates the most excellent Vishnu, the lord of the universe, the knower of past, present, and future, the witness to whatever takes place in the universe, and who is beyond all speech (description), becomes an emancipated self. He, who constantly contemplates. Vishnu, that lies beyond the ken of knowledge, the undecaying, eternal subjectivity, is liberated from the shackles of life. He, who constantly contemplates Visnu, the protector of the universe, the friend, the grantor of all desired objects, the spirit that occupies the three regions and is imaged in the universe, is liberated from the shackles of life. He, who constantly contemplates Visnu, the dissipator of all misery, the misery, the grantor of all bliss the extinguisher of all sin, is liberated from the shackles of life. He, who constantly contemplates Vishnu, who is always served by the Devas, Gandharvas, Apsarasas, Siddhas, Caranas, Munis, and Yogins, is liberated from the trammels of life, He, who wishing to be liberated from the bond of existence constantly contemplates Vishnu by hymnising him in the abovesaid way, becomes a liberated self. The universe is established in Vishnu, Vishnu is established in the universe; he, who constantly contemplates the birthless. Vishnu the lord of the universe, is liberated from the shackles of life.
19Suta said: -The bull ensigned deity thus addressed the holy Narada of yore. I have narrated to you (the hymn) exactly as diva narrated it to that holy sage.
20O my child, by thus meditating upon the changeless, indivisible Brahma, you shall attain his eternal Self.
21The merit of celebrating a thousand horse sacrifices and a hundred Vajapeya Yajnas does not rank a sixteenth part of what is acquired by meditating, for a moment, with undivided attention, on the eternal Self of Vishnu.
22The celestial Rishi (sage) having learnt from Isvara (Siva) of the superiority of Vishnu to all the Gods devoutly worshipped him and attained to the region of Vishnu.
23He, who recites this excellent hymn, or hears it recited by others, stands absolved of sin; committed by him in the course of a million rebirths.
24He who, in a devout spirit, recites this hymn of Vishnu; narrated by Mahadeva, comes by immortality.