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...

15.1: Bhaktavijaya is for lovers of Saints

Obeisance to Shri Ganesh.Obeisanceto Rukmini and Pandurang

1. Listen with reverence, you hearers. Today the Husband of Rukmini is especially pleased with you. Therefore He has made the stories of His bhaktas widely known and in detail over the whole of the earth.

2. When a cloud has rained for the sake of the chatak bird; or when the moon has arisen for the chakar bird; or as fishes rejoice when the ocean is stirred up for their sake;

3. or as the sandalwood descended in order to cool the body of good men; or as the sun arises to make the whole world happy;

4. or as if a limitless forest of tulsi should spring up in order to complete fully the worship of Vishnu; or as when the bilva tree grows up to make glad the Husband of Uma (Shiva);

5. or as when in the spring-time flowers appear in order to give pleasure to the nostrils; or as when a cloud rains upon the earth in order to make mankind happy;

6. or as when the Godavari river came down on the surface of the earth in order to wash away the sins of Gautam; or as if the nectar should appear in the ocean in order to satisfy the gods;

7. so, for you who listen with fondness, these stories of the saints have been composed. Listen with reverence, you pious folk, to a summary of the previous chapter.,

8. The Holder of the Sharang bow (Krishna) had said to Rukmini, ‘I intensely love all My bhaktas, but I always feel a limitless love for Nama more intense than for others.’

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