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Song Name: Aksaram Paramam Brahma

Official Name: Krsnastotram; Canto 4 Chapter 21 Verses 178 to 198

Author: Vyasadeva

Book Name: Brahma Vaivarta Purana

Language: Sanskrit

 

 

LYRICS:

(1)

(indra uvāca)

akṣaraḿ paramaḿ brahma jyotīrūpaḿ sanātanam

guṇātītaḿ nirākāraḿ svecchāmayam anantajam  [178]

 

(2)

bhakta-dhyānāya sevāyai nānā-rūpa-dharaḿ varam

śukla-rakta-pīta-śyāmaḿ yugānukramaṇena ca  [179]

 

(3)

śuklaḿ tejaḥ-svarūpaḿ ca satye satya-svarūpiṇam

tretāyāḿ kuńkumākāraḿ jvalantaḿ brahmatejasā  [180]

 

(4)

dvāpare pītavarṇaḿ ca śobhitaḿ pītavāsasā

kṛṣṇa-varṇaḿ kalau kṛṣṇaḿ paripūrṇatamaḿ prabhum   [181]

 

(5)

nava-dhārā-dharotkṛṣṭa-śyāmasundara-vigraham

nandaikanandanaḿ vande yaśodā-jīvanaḿ prabhum  [182]

 

(6)

gopikā-cetana-haraḿ rādhā-prāṇādhikaḿ param

vinoda-muralī-śabdaḿ kurvantaḿ kautukena ca  [183]

 

(7)

rūpeṇāpratimenaiva ratna-bhūṣaṇa-bhūṣitam

kandarpa-koṭi-saundaryaḿ vibhrataḿ śāntam īśvaram  [184]

 

(8)

krīḍantaḿ rādhayā sārdhaḿ vṛndāraṇye ca kutracit

kṛtracin nirjane’raṇye rādhā-vakṣaḥ sthala sthitam  [185]

 

(9)

jala-krīḍāḿ prakurvantaḿ rādhayā saha kutracit

rādhikā-kabarī-bhāraḿ kurvantaḿ kutracid vane  [186]

 

(10)

kutracid-rādhikā-pāde dattavantam alaktakam

rādhā-cavita-tāmbūlaḿ gṛhṇantaḿ kutracinmudā  [187]

 

(11)

paśyantaḿ kutracid rādhāḿ paśyantīḿ vakra-cakṣuṣā

dattavantaḿ ca rādhāyai kṛtvā mālāḿ ca kutracit 

kutracidrādhayā sārdhaḿ gacchantaḿ rāsa-maṇḍalam  [188]

 

(12)

rādhā-dattāḿ gale mālāḿ dattavantaḿ ca kutracit 

sārdhaḿ gopālikābhiśca viharantaḿ ca kutracit  [189]

 

(13)

rādhāḿ gṛhītvā gacchantaḿ tāḿ vihāya ca kutracit 

vipra-patnī-dattamannaḿ bhuktavantaḿ ca kutracit  [190]

 

(14)

bhuktavantaḿ tālaphalaḿ bālakaiḥ saha kutracit 

vastraḿ gopālikānāḿ ca harantaḿ kutracinmudā  [191]

 

(15)

gāyantaḿ ramya-sańgītaḿ kutracid bālakaiḥ saha

kālīya-mūrdhni pādābjaḿ dattavantaḿ ca kutracit  [192]

 

(16)

gavāḿ gaṇaḿ vyāharantaḿ kutracid bālakaiḥ saha 

vinoda-muralī-śabdaḿ kurvantaḿ kutracin mudā  [193]  

 

(17)

stutvā śakraḥ stavendreṇa praṇanāma hariḿ bhiyā 

purā dattena guruṇā raṇe vṛtrāsureṇa ca  [194]  

 

(18)

kṛṣṇena dattaḿ kṛpayā brahmaṇe ca tapasyate 

ekādaśākṣaro mantraḥ kavacaḿ sarva-lakṣaṇam  [195]

 

(19)

dattam etat kumārāya puṣkare brahmaṇā purā 

tena cāńgirase dattaḿ gurave ńgirasā mune  [196]

 

(20)

idam indra-kṛtaḿ stotraḿ nityaḿ bhaktyā ca yaḥ paṭhet 

iha prāpya dṛḍhāḿ bhaktim ante dāsyaḿ labhed dhruvam  [197]

 

(21)

janma-mṛtyu-jarāvyādhiśokebhyo mucyate naraḥ

na hi paśyati svapne’pi yama dūtaḿ yamālayam  [198]

 

 

TRANSLATION

1) “The king of the demigods said: To the imperishable Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is eternal, whose form is splendid, who is beyond the modes of material nature, who has no material form, whose desires are all fulfilled, who is limitless.” [178]

 

2) “He gives the devotees a chance to meditate on Him and serve Him. He appears in each yuga in forms that are either white, red, yellow complexioned forms.” [179]

 

3) “In Satya Yuga, He appears suitably in a splendid white form. In Treta Yuga, He appears in a red complexioned form, akin to kunkuma powder, that is effulgent and shines with spiritual splendor.” [180]

 

4) “In Dvapara Yuga, He dons a splendid yellow appearance with His yellow garments. In Kali Yuga, He shall appear in a dark complexioned form. To the fully opulent and primeval Supreme Personality of Godhead, I offer my respectful obeisances.” [181]

 

5) “I offer my respectful obeisances to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is handsome and dark like the most glorious of new monsoon clouds. He is Nanda Maharaja's only child, and is the life and soul of Mother Yasoda.” [182]

 

6) “He enchanted the consciousness of the cowherd girls, He is the most dearer than life to Srimati Radharani, He plays pranks and plays happily the flute.” [183]

 

7) “His divine form has no equal, He is splendorously adorned with jeweled ornaments, He is as handsome as millions of Cupids, He emits peacefulness, and is the Supreme controller.” [184]

 

8) “Sometimes, He is playing with Radha in the forests of Vrndavana. Sometimes, in secluded parts of the forest, He rests on Radha’s breasts.” [185]

 

9) “Sometimes, He exhibits pastimes in the water playing with Radha, and sometimes, He braids Radha’s hair in the forest.” [186]

 

10) “Sometimes, He decorated Srimati Radharani’s feet with red lac, and sometimes, He happily partakes the betelnuts that have already been chewed by Radha.” [187]

 

11) “Sometimes, He looks at Radha, and She looks at Krsna with crooked eyes. Sometimes, He places the flower garland on Radha. Sometimes, He goes to the rasa dance circle with Radha.” [188]

 

12) “Sometimes, He gives Radha the same flower garland that He originally received from Her. Sometimes, He enjoys pastimes with the cowherd girls.” [189]

 

13) “Sometimes, He leaves with Radha, leaving the other gopi girls behind. Sometimes, He eats food prepared by the wives of the brahmanas.” [190]

 

14) “Sometimes, He eats fruits and tubers with the cowherd boys. Sometimes, He happily steals the garments by the gopi girls.” [191]

 

15) “Sometimes, He sings beautiful songs with the cowherd boys. Sometimes, He places His lotus feet upon Kaliya’s head.” [192]

 

16) “Sometimes, He tends the cows with the cowherd boys. Sometimes, He plays pranks and plays happily the flute.” [193]

 

17)  After Indra chanted this prayer, which was given to him by his guru (Brhaspati) when in battle with Vrtasura, he offered his respectful obeisances to Sri Krsna, with great awe and reverence. [194]

 

18) Lord Krsna gave this prayer, the eleven-syllable mantra, and the kavaca mantra to Lord Brahma after having performed penance. [195]

 

19) At Puskara tirtha, Lord Brahma gave this prayer to the one of the Sanat-Kumaras. Then, he gave this prayer to Sage Angira. Then, sage Angira passed this prayer unto Indra’s guru. [196]

 

20) The one who regularly chants this prayer that is spoken by Indra will attain firm devotion and at the end of this lifetime, attain direct service to the Lord. [197]

 

21) The person who read this will also be free from birth, death, old-age, disease, and lamentation. Indeed, that person will not see the messengers of Yamaraja or his abode in their dreams. [198]

 

REMARKS/EXTRA INFORMATION:

Indra recited these verses to Lord Krsna after surrendering to Him after He lifted Govardhana Hill for seven days. Verses 1 through 16 are the actual prayer.

 

Verses 1 through 6 are well known are sung in Ramanand Sagar’s serial “Shri Krishna” (1994) Original episode 42.

 

UPDATED: June 5, 2017