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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176. The bhakta Savata then said, ‘O bhakta of Vishnu, awake. A feeling of pity has come to the Lord of Pandhari. He will now meet with you.

177. The Husband of Kamala has become impatient to meet you. He will meet you and give you peace. In His love for you, you will see Him very near to you. Let your heart sorrow no longer.

178. What heaps of good deeds you have done. It is that you have worshipped God in all things. And so Hrishikeshi (. the Lord of the heart) who is merciful is pleased with you without effort on your part.

179. By the force of bhakti, you have made the Lord of Pandhari your debtor. Seeing this strange thing, I am overcome with amazement, O chief of bhaktas.

180. Is it that with a banner upon yourshoulder, and with its design of an eagle, you went on pilgrimage to Pandhari? Or is it that you took upon your head the dust from the feet of saints, and therefore Shri Hari is pleased with you?

181. Or is it that on the tenth of the month you led a band of singers, and imitating the cowherds and taking Hari’s name, you described Him in your services of praise?

182. Did Govinda; become pleased with you on seeing your joy, and so the infinite ocean of compassion, the Brother of the lowly, felt gratified?

183. Or was it that you felt a sense of repentance during your infinite rebirths when you may have put your body to the saw? Or did you practise painful austerities? Or did you visit a great bathing place?

184. Or was it that you spent your life in benevolent deeds? Or when you performed services of praise on the Ekadashi (the eleventh day) was the Life of the world standing there and so became pleased with you?

185. The Lord of Pandhari is the only one who understands your extraordinary good fortune.’ Thus speaking, the bhakta Savata prostrated himself at the feet of Nama.

186. Nama replied to him, ‘You are partner in my joy, O noble Vaishnava. Giver of my life, I see no one your equal.

187. You told me of the auspicious event (of meeting with Krishna). At once make it true. Enable me at once to meet my Vitthal [Vitthala].

188. Listen to me, O you God-loving chief of the bhaktas. I cannot hold in my impatience. Seeing my unhappy condition, why does not compassion enter into your heart?’

189. Then seizing a sickle he (Savata) ripped open bis stomach. The moment Pandurang [Panduranga] came outside, Nama grasped His feet.

190. The cloud-dark Krishna filled with compassion and emotion embraced Nama, and with the hem of His yellow robe He wiped the forehead of Nama.

191. Then the Lord of Pandhari smilingly said to Nama, ‘Why have you made your heart so sorrowful? Tell Me at once.’

192. Nama grasped the feet of the god, and spoke in a sweet voice, ‘Thou art my father and mother. Thou wilt be my Helper through all eternity.

193. O Thou Supreme Brahm [Brahma], the cloud-dark complexioned One, by what allurement dost Thou preserve Thy love? I do not understand. O merciful to the lowly, O Pandurang [Panduranga]!’

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