Discussion on Pilgrimage of Venkatesagiri ||23||
1Sri Krishna said: -Jambavati, the daughter of Soma, in her previous birth became my wife. She became superior to ail the ladies of my harem.
3When I am deep in love with Lakshmi, my passion for Jambavati subsides. When I am less in love with Lakshmi, I have equal passion for all. But among these I have more love for Jambavati.
4Garuda said: -O omni-formed lord, what sort of worship was performed by Jambavati that she became superior to all others.
5Thus asked by Garuda, lord Krishna son of Devaki, spoke in a voice resembling the thunder of clouds.
6Sri Krishna said: -Jambavati, the daughter of Soma in her former birth, purified her life as well as her father’s by the worship of Vishnu.
7She heard the sacred Puranas, bowed to and circumambulated Vishnu who takes men across the ocean of life and death. She kept him ever in her memory.
8-9O lord of birds, by hearing the Puranas ceaselessly she and her father became detached from worldly affairs. Wealth, friendship and her previous possessions elephants, gems, house, etc., she regarded as evanescent.
10-11She thought, “all this. wealth, friendship, etc., are given and taken back by Hari.” She was not distressed thereby. “The most compassionate lord has taken pity on me today”, she said. Both she and her father set their heart on Vasudeva with sincere devotion. She became averse to seeking means for her sustenance. She accepted whatever came to her without being sought.
12She placed her wealth at the lotus-feet of the lord who takes men across the ocean of suffering. She set her tongue to the praise of Hari.
13She applied her hands to the act of sweeping the temple of Vishnu with devotion that removes impurity. She directed her ears to hearing the sacred tale of Hari, the tale that takes one to heaven or effects release.
14She set her eyes to seeing the idols of Vishnu a fact that effaces impurities of body accrued from eternal times. She set her body to the pious embraces of the Vaishnavas, kept herself in their company or busied herself with her body anointing with the fragrant substances that were left after the worship of Hari.
15She set her organ of smell to the feet of Hari-the feet which give release from the circle of birth and death. She set her organ of taste to partake the remanents of what had been offered to Hari and were mixed with Tulasi leaves.
16She set her feet to traversing the path sacred to Hari, her head to bowing at the feet of lord, her heart and mouth to his praise and service as is the practice among the illustrious devotees of Vishnu.
17She directed her intellect to thinking upon the supreme spirit, and her organ of, speech to the praise of the lord.
18Thus, she placed her life at the feet of the lord, started on pilgrimage with her father, to propitiate lord Vishnu. Before she started on pilgrimage, she worshipped at first the Brahmanas and the devotees of Vishnu with clothes and ornaments.
19-20O lord, so long I remain on pilgrimage, I shall be in Yogic practice. May you, O lord, favour me with the company of the faithful, not with the Company of non-believers.
21Let me hear the narrative of Hari. May I not go on pilgrimage with friends, sons, relatives and also with those who start on journey with a set motive or purpose.
22Fruitless is the pilgrimage of those who do not carry Salagrama stone with them.
23If one goes on pilgrimage on foot let him take the Salagrama stone with himself. Such a person obtains full fruits of his pilgrimage. If he wears shoes or protects his feet, he derives the fruit of his pilgrimage less by one fourth.
24If he goes on pilgrimage on a vehicle or a horse he derives the fruit of his pilgrimage less by one half. If he goes riding on a bull, he derives the fruit of his pilgrimage less by” one-fourth. If he subsists on the food provided by another, his pilgrimage is wasted. He derives no fruit of his pilgrimage.
25But there is no sin if he accepts food from an ascetic, Vedic Scholar or a high souled person. Having made tills vow she set out on pilgrimage.
26She took bath, washed off the ointment and listened to the Puranas. She shared food with her father and together with him set out on journey the next day. She walked the distance of one Kosa the very next day.
27She worshipped and fed the Brahmanas and listened to the story of the lord. Those who perform journey in this way their journey becomes fruitful.
28The noble have declared that pilgrimage without compassion is barren. Similar fate awaits those who do not hear the divine story of lord Hari on their way to a shrine.
29-30The same fate awaits those who go on pilgrimage on horse or in other vehicles. Slaying a horse (in Asvamedha) invites sin that can be-washed off at the sight of the idol of Vishnu at a sacred shrine.
31The sin accruing from the worship of lord without devotion can be wiped off by the repeated uttering of-the Vedic mantra for the purpose or by meditating upon Vishnu. Whatever is performed by Wily of worship without devotion is a sheer waste. Thus, say the learned devotees of Vishnu.
32Hence; O lord of birds, one should devote oneself to Vishnu, hear his narrative which destroys sins I remember oneself falling at the feet of the lord, thus he should devote himself to the service of the lord.
33She proceeded O lord of birds, together with her father to visit lord Vishnu the consort of Lakshmi, at the Sesha mountain. She thought of Hari all the way to the shrine.
34“When shall I see lord Vishnu of wide chest, adorned with Srivasta. When shall I see the lord with lovely belly marked with three folds.
35When shall I see the lord with the neck resembling a conch and the resting-place for Maharloka. When shall I see the navel of the lord, the resort of the firmament.
36When shall I see the face of the lord, the resort of the people of Janas.
37When shall I see the head of the lord1 the resort of Satya people. When shall I see the hips of the lord, the resort of Bhu people.
38When shall I see the thigh of the lord, the resort of Talatala people.
39When shall I see the tender knees of the lord, the resort of Sutala people. When shall I see the soles of the ford the resort of Patala people.
40Thus pondering, on her way to the shrine, she reached the mountain Sesha where she saw lord Sesha possessed of one thousand hoods. The mountain abounded in various trees and was inhabited by monkeys.
41She said: “I have seen this mountain by my merits accumulated since various births.” At the sight of the lord her eyes overflowed with tears. She stood up immediately and bowed to the lord.
42One should salute the lord in front of the image and not at the back. She bowed to the lord with the eight organs on her body, placing Salagrama in front.
43The devotees of Vishnu should act accordingly. The consort of Lakshmi abides at the peak of the -mountain; worshipped or honoured by Lakshmi, Brahma and others.
44I shall see the mighty, supreme lord of Lakshmi. I shall attend the mountain and put up my residence at the holy hermitage of Kapila.
45Lord Vishnu is here in his visible form I and not elsewhere. She took bath, dressed her hair arid offered rice-balls to the manes at a sacred place.
46She gave cows, land, gold, etc., in charity and ascended the mountain.
47-48She put Salagrama in front and bowed to the lord with devotion. She had traversed one hundred steps before she found herself in front of the-ford where sitting comfortably she heard the recital of the Bhagavata and the portion of the Purana which contains the praise of the mountain Venkata. With full devotion she heard the glory of lord Venkatadri from the honourable preceptor Jaigisavya.