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...

15.6: Brahmans feasted by Krishna

52. The Life of the world said to Rukmini, ‘I have invited all the Brahmans. As soon as they perform their bathings and devotions, they will come quickly to the feast.

53. Today’s novel and incomparable marvel is the glorification of humility.’ Thus speaking, the God of gods smiled.

54. Hrishikeshi (the Lord of the heart) said to Rukmini, ‘Their good deeds have come io their fruitage. Therefore without effort on their part you will be seen by the noble Brahmans.’

55. The noble Brahmans, having completed their regular ceremonial duties, came to the temple. The Holder of the Sharang bow (Krishna) made them a namaskar and gave them seats.

56. Then Krishna took the lead in worshipping the Brahmans. With His own hands He washed their feet and bowed His head to the water in which their feet were washed.

57. The dark-complexioned One lovingly gave the Brahmans sandalwood paste and the black paste, the garlands of flowers, incense and lights, the fragrant black powder, the tulsi and many kinds of perfumes.

58. Shrirang [Shriranga] (Krishna) having put plates before them, served them with solid and liquid foods. Taking water, He made the offering of food to God.

59. He gave to the noble Brahmans water to sip and then praying to them, the Dweller in Vaikuntha (Heaven) said to them, ‘As you eat, remember Govinda (God) at every morsel.

60. He who remembers God with every morsel that he takes into his mouth, although he has dined yet he will be regarded as having fasted.’ So said the Husband of Rukmini to the Brahmans.

61. All the Brahmans were full of joy and all were satisfied. Water to wash their hands and the pansupari were given to all by Krishna.

62. Then Shripati (Krishna) waved over the Brahmans lights in a platter inlaid with jewels as they sat in lines on their own seats.

63. The Holder of the Sharang [Sharanga] bow (Krishna) then joined both His hands together and said to them, ‘The event of today will never occur again.

64. Through the millions of good deeds belonging to My credit I have met you here today, and the universe is filled with supreme joy.’ Thus spoke the Lord of the world.

65. ‘Now I Myself and the saints will sit down in one line and eat. Put your minds at rest, and sit quietly for a moment.’

66. Thus speaking, the Performer of the marvellous deeds called to Him the assembly of the bhaktas, and the Brahmans saw at that time a remarkable wonder.

67. Brahmadev [Brahmadeva] and other gods sitting in their chariots of light, and Indra with many other gods, also arrived.

68. The Yogis were disturbed in their minds saying, ‘We have not the joy of bhakti which the Husband of Rukmini, pleased with Nama, has given him with love.’

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