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...

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186. This supreme secret should be considered as the secret knowledge of the Vedas, the life of indifference to earthly things, and as the characteristic of the sphere of intelligence.

187. It is the mystic power of pure knowledge, the seed of final deliverance, the king of all mantras. the treasure-house of joy manifested in the world.

188. Nama’s extraordinary love was for a time hidden in his heart, but his story has made it known world-wide.

189. This story of Nama’s is the height of hearing the highest contemplation for the mind, and the loved object of meditation.

190. It is the summing up of thought, the centre of one’s intelligence, the revelation of one’s essence to the world.

191. It is the marvellous doing of bhakti, the soul of reverence, the glorification of honour manifested in the world.

192. It is the noble light of victory, it is life beyond the beyond, the extending of God’s praise coming to stand before us.

193. It is the life of all religious duties, it is the purifier of the pure, or the storehouse of joy.

194. It is the nectar of yoga accomplishment, the joy of bhaktas and the full life of desirelessness.

195. It is the festival of God and His bhaktas. It is nectar brought to its perfection. He who will drink of it with fondness will without effort go to everlasting life.

196. Those who listen to this story of the Tirthavali [Nama’s wanderings to sacred bathing places ] will not have to be born again. Therefore, you should listen to its description.

197. One must not speak of it as a common story. It is not memorized poetry. In it the substance of the Upanishads and the manifestation of the divine sweetness appear.

198. Here is not the place where that knowledge is to be recognized which none should claim for themselves. One should leave the desire for pedantry and listen with reverence.

199. This is the method adopted by the good. The enjoyers of it are the saints. Such is the substance of the words Dnyandev has written in the Tirthavali.

200. Bringing his verses to my mind, I have written in my own uncouth way; so the wise should not find fault with it.

201. In the next chapter there will be the exceeding delightful and significant story of the life of Kurmadas. Listeners must keep their minds in a quiet state and listen with attention.

202. The Pervader of the universe, the Husband of Rukmini, the Life of the world, is the One who relates the story and the One who causes it to be related. This holy book the Bhaktavijaya is being composed at His desire.

203. When oil and a wick are placed in a lamp, a brilliant light appears; so the eagle-bannered One, giving light to the mind causes this book to be composed by His love. 204, He who is the Purifier of the sinner, the Helper of the helpless, He has saved an innumerable number of the dull-minded. Mahipati is His stamp and be worships Him with love.

205. Swasti (Peace!) This book is the Shri Bhaktavijaya. In listening to it the Lord of the earth is pleased. Listen, you God-loving, pious bhaktas. This is the fifteenth deeply delightful chapter; it is an offering to Shri Krishna.

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