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Brahma Samhita

Author: Vyasadeva

Year: cerca 2900 to 3000 B.C.

Language: Sanskrit

The Brahma Samhita (Praises by Brahma) are prayers said by Lord Brahma, the first disciple of the disciplic succession started by Krsna. Lord Brahma, who has been given the task of material creation and checking the mode of passion, is himself created by Lord Krsna, through His navel. The bulk of the Brahma Samhita contains prayers said to Krsna by Lord Brahma.

 

Throughout Kaliyuga, the present age of quarrel and hypocrisy, the Brahma Samhita was relatively unknown, until the appearance of Lord Caitanya, who recovered Chapter 5 of the entire text. As a result, chapter 5 is the chapter that is read, studied, and sung ever since. Spiritual initiation ceremonies are often began by chanting the fifth chapter of the Brahma Samhita in unison. George Harrison popularized two verses of the Brahma Samhita through the song Govinda in the 1970 album Radha Krsna Temple. Srila Prabhupada loved the recording so much that he made every ISKCON temple play a cassette recording of this song during Sringara Arati.

 

Another text that is known is the Nrsimha prayers that were uttered by Lord Brahma to his son, Narada Muni.

 

TEXT:

Brahma Samhita Chapter 5

 

SUBTEXT:

Nrsimha Kavaca Stotram Trailokya Vijaya

 

PURPORTS:

A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami (Purport 1)

A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami (Purport 2)

Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura

 

UPDATED: July 23, 2010