Prayer of gods to Vishnu ||9||
1Sri Garuda said: -O lord, of great wisdom, I shall like to know the nature of deities. Ajina and other; in the serial order of their position.
2-4Krishna said: -The deities Ajana and others are born in different families of gods. Thereafter come fifteen deities of action, viz, Viradha, Caru, Deshna, Citraratha, Dhritarashtra, Kisora, Huhu, Haha, Vidyadhara, Visvavasu, Paravasu, Citrasena, Gopala and Bala.
5O lord of birds, such Gandharvas are hundred in number. They are equal in status to Ajanaja in the state of release and bondage.
6Ajanaja deities who are hundred percent inferior to Karmaja deities axe Gritaci, Menaka, Rambha, Urvasi, Tilottama Suketu, Sabari, Manjughosha, Pingala and other prominent Yakshas (Yakshanis).
7-15Equal to Ajanaja and hundred per cent inferior to Karmaja are Visvamitra, Vashistha, Narada, Cyavana and Utathya. The noble sages equal to Ajaneya are Kasyapa, Parasara the middle, Pavamanya, Pragatha, Kshudra-Sukta Devala, Gritsamada, Asuri, Bharadvaja, Mudgala, Uddalaka Rishyagringa, Sankha, Satyavrata, Suyajna, Babhravya, Mandukya, Bashkala, Dharmacarya, Agastya, Dalbhya, Dardhya, Acyuta, Kavasa, Harita, Kanva, Virupa, Musala, Vishnuvriddha, Atreya, Srivatsya, Vatsala, Bhargava. Apnavana Mankukeya, Mandukya, Javali, Vitihavya. Gritsamada, Saunaka. The very names of these sages (who are his devotees) are pleasing to Hari.
16I shall tell you, O Tarkhya, listen. I have sixteen thousand wives who have borne to me sixteen thousand sons who are equal to.
17Kaseru, the daughter of Tvashtri is senior to these in merit. O lord of lords, now I shall tell you about those who are junior to these in age.
18Pitris are hundred per cent junior to seven Ajanajas. Conversely, the Vedic scholars declare them it be hundred per cent senior to Ajanajas.
19O best of birds, listen, I shall tell you about those who are junior to Pitris in age. Of the eight there sprang Deva Gandharvas. They are less in number to the Pitris by hundred and eight.
20Thereafter were born Anandas who were hundred per cent superior to Gandharvas in virtue. They were principally the attendants of Devas, who received direct orders from them.
21These are hundred per cent inferior to gams. And hundred percent inferior to Deva Gandharvas are the Kshitipas.
22Hundred per cent superior to these are Uttama Ganas among mankind. Having so far made incidental remarks, I shall now take up the matter in hand.
23Thus the deities Brahma, Lakshmi, etc., completed their praise and stood in silence with their palms-joined in reverence.
24Thus praised, Vishnu, the eternal lord of gods, thought of granting shelter to his devotees.
25This pious praise is pleasing to the lord. It is sacred as well as destroyer of sins. It is the means of imparting bliss of self-realization.
26Those who do not read or hear this praise of the lord are hypocrites.
27The wicked people who do not differentiate the lord from the deities and at the same time enjoy the pleasures of life eat nothing but faeces abounding in hundreds of worms.