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...

15.10: God in his Saguna form

105. Then He changed His form from that of a citizen, and showed the form in which His attributes are manifested. He gave Nama an embrace and lovingly-held him to His heart.

106. Hrishikeshi (the Lord of the heart) gave the Brahmans His blessing and showed them also His true form. Even Sharada (the goddess of learning) finds it impossible to describe the beauty of that form.

107. The noble Brahmans looked upon Him with a crown of jewels on His head, with a mark of the muskpaste on His forehead, dark-complexioned, and beautiful to look at.

108. He wore a head-dress of peacock feathers, and beautiful earrings shaped like crocodiles hung from His ears. This Husband of Rukmini looked with compassion on ail His saints.

109. He who having seen the abundance of Pundalika’s good deeds, took a sagun [saguna] form. This Enjoyer of the ocean of milk, this Dweller in the heaven Vaikunth [Vaikuntha], God supreme,

110. His pure face was smiling. His teeth sent forth a lustre like that of jewels. This dark-complexioned Form gives peace to the eyes of those who look at it.

111. The God-loving bhaktas alone have authority to possess that joy. As they bring into their imagination the Lord of the Yadus, they acquire many forms of joyous love.

112. This Merciful to the lowly wore the Kaustubha jewel and the Vaijayanti garland.

113. On His breast was the Shri Vatsa mark which was his ornament of love. His dark-skinned body had been rubbed over with sandalwood paste. His lotus-eyes were beautiful.

114. He had in His hand the conch-shell and the disk. His hands were placed on His hips. His dark-complexioned body was clothed in a yellow robe. It is this appearance which rests in the hearts of His bhaktas.

115. Shri Hari along with His wife Lakshmi had His feet placed parallel on the bricket. The limitless number of foot-ornaments were, so to speak, so many demons (named daityas and danavas).

116. When this divine light manifested itself, it lighted up the whole universe. Even the sun, seeing that light hid itself.

117. The saints and all the Brahmans quietly stood and looked upon that four-armed sagun [saguna] form.

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