Bhaktavijaya: Stories of Indian Saints

by Justin E. Abbott | 1933

This is the English translation of Bhaktavijaya which is a Marathi poem written by Mahipati in 40,000 lines. The text documents the legends of Indian saints from various backgrounds and extensively covers figures like Ekanath, Tukaram, and Ramadasa, highlighting their contributions to scholarship, philosophy, poetry, and social reform. The Bhaktavi...

14.9: Narada visits Krishna

141. Just then Narad [Narada] arrived in haste with a brahma-vina in his hand. He was singing with his sweet voice in very delightful words.

142. The God-loving bhakta arrived singing of the pure and blessed name of God, then hastened to approach Pandurang [Panduranga], and bowed to Him.

143. The Husband of Rukmini suddenly saw Narad, the statue of indifference to earthly things, possessor of the joy of love.

144. Krishna lovingly gave him an embrace, and said to this son of Brahmadev [Brahmadeva], ‘Your singing seems to Me beyond all comparison.’

145. Hearing Him say this, Narada was choked with emotion. Tears fell from his eyes. Then with joy he sang of Krishna’s good deeds and name.

146. Victory to Thee, who gavest the promise to Pundalik [Pundalika], Helper of the helpless, Dweller on the banks of the Bhima, Husband of Rukmini, Ocean of mercy, overflowing with joy, Thou didst personally protect Thy bhaktas.

147. Victory to Thee, lotus-eyed Shrirang [Shriranga] (Krishna), Ornament of Thy bhaktas, eternally unchangeable, O Saviour of the universe, Pandurang, associated with what has no associate, and for ever the same.

148. Victory to Thee, Enjoyer of the sea of milk, Father of Brahmadev [Brahmadeva], King of the Heaven Vaikunth [Vaikuntha]. Through repeating Thy name alone, Thou drivest away illusory thought from Thy bhaktas.

149. Victory, victory to Thee, Ocean of compassion. Lord of the earth. Thou dost stand upon the banks of the Bhima, and when pious bhaktas come to visit Thee, Thou dost protect them with Thy look of mercy.’

150. Narad [Narada] sang His praises in this way, and then performed over the Husband of Rukmini the waving ceremony. Having finished this song of praise, he prostrated himself before Him.

151. The god then hung around Narada’s neck a garland made of champaka flowers and the tulsi. The son of Brahmadev [Brahmadeva] having worshipped God, departed.

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