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...

15.5: Krishna conforms to Ceremonial rites

36. Then the lover of His bhaktas, Hrishikeshi (the Lord of the heart), with His own mind free from fear, took His bhaktas with Him and started to give the invitations.

37. This object of contemplation by the Yogis, the object of worship for all gods, arrived at the kundal [kundala] bathing pool.

38. All the earth-gods (Brahmans) had assembled there, great and small. They said among themselves, ‘Our host does not come quickly to see us.

39. When taking the penance yesterday, he promised to give the Brahmans a feast, but even the invitation has not yet arrived.’

40. Just then Vanamali (Krishna), along with the assembly of bhaktas, arrived, and seeing the Brahmans with His lotuseyes, He prostrated Himself on the ground before them.

41. The Life of the world said to them, ‘Discarding all doubts and without hesitation you must come to the feast.

42. You gave Me your assurance that I should not fear. You must fulfil My wish. Complete your bathing and devotions and quickly come.’

43. Hearing this kindly worded invitation, the Brahmans were pleased. Listen now with reverence to the reply they made:

44. ‘Regarding it as perfectly true that we live under Thy protection, in living in this sacred city we give Thee our blessings-

45. Thou art always protecting cows and Brahmans. Every one speaks of Thee that Thou, O Swami, art merciful to the lowly.

46. Thou art King of kings; we Brahmans are Thy priests, and with Thy look of mercy Thou constantly carest for us.

47. In describing with Thy lips Thy reverence for us, we can truly make no comparison. It is Thy good pleasure always to show respect for the commands of the Vedas.

48. Thou, O God, in all good faith, must keep Thy promise. Thou must grant love to Nama’s mind through Thy favour.’

49. Hearing this, the Brother of the helpless, the Root of every life, the Ocean of happiness for all His bhaktas, the Joy of Yogis,

50. with a mind overflowing with joy, quickly returned to His temple, and with exceeding love told Rukmini of all that happened.

51. ‘This day is a blessed one, a golden day has arisen. I have therefore arranged it as a festival to My bhaktas, which will truly be without comparison.’

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