danuj-ban-dahan, gun-gahan, govind nandaadi-aanand-
shumbh, shiv, rudra, shankar, bhayankar, bheem, ghor, tejaaytan, krodh-raashee ||1||
bhoodhraadheesh jagdeesh eeshaan, vigyaanghan, gyaan-kalyaan-dhaamam ||2||
vaamanaavyakt, paavan paraavar, vibho, prakat parmaatmaa, prakriti-svamee |
chandrashekhar, shoolpaani, har anagh, aja, amit, avichhinn, vrishbhesh-gaamee ||3||
neeljaldaabh tanu shyaam, bahu kaam chhavi raam raajeevlochan kripaalaa |
vasan kinjalkadhar, chakra-sarang-dar-kanj-
krishna- karunnaabhavan, davan kaaleeya khal, vipul kansaadi nirvanshakaaree |
tripur-mad-bhangkar, matgaj-charmdhar, andhkorag-grasan panngaaree ||6||
brahma, vyaapak, akal, sakal, par, parmahit, gyaan, goteet, gunn-vriti-hartaa |
sindhusut-garv-giri-vajra, gaaureesh, bhav, daksh-makh akhil vighvanskarta ||7||
bhaktipriya, bhaktjan-kaamdhuk dhenu, hari harann durghat vikat vipati bhaaree |
sukhad, narmad, varad, viraj, anvadhyakhil, vipin-aanand-veethin-vihaaree ||8||
ruchir harishankaree naam-mantraavlee dvandvadukh harni,aanandkhaanee |
vishnu-shiv-lok-sopaan-sam sarvadaa vadti tulseedaas vishad baanee ||9||
[In every verse of this devotional hymn, the stuti (lavish praise) of Lord Vishnu has been done in the first half and stuti of Lord Shiva in the next half, and that is precisely the reason why it is named Hari-Shankari.]
Harihara, a combined deity form of both Vishnu (Hari) and Shiva (Hara) from the Hindu Pantheon
By raving about the glories of Lord Vishnu and Shiva, Gosain ji Maharaj has proved that there is absolutely no distinction between *Harihara.
Lord Vishnu-is the one who burns the jungle of demons, is a thicket of virtues or is abundantly endowed with sattvic qualities, is a ruler of the senses, is the one who delights *Nanda plus his subordinates, and is indestructible.
Lord Shiva as Rudra
Lord Shiva-is renowned by auspicious names like Shambu, Shiv, Rudra, Shankar and so on; He is gravely fearsome, supremely energetic and the repository of anger.||1||
Lord Vishnu & Goddess Lakshmi
Lord Vishnu-is eternal, is endowed with six kinds of superhuman powers, brings about the destruction of this illusory world, eliminates the fear of Yama (god of death), is the husband of goddess Lakshmi and the one who grants joy to the entire Brahmand or universe.
Lord Shiva in Kailash
Lord Shiva-is the ruler of *Kailash, the master of this world, the repository of *Ishaan, of solid knowledge, wisdom and moksha or salvation||2||
Vamana Incarnation of Lord Vishnu
Lord Vishnu-the one who assumes the form of *Vamana,(the dwarf incarnation of Vishnu), imperceptible by the mind and senses, is pure (changeless reality), the svami or master of the lifeless and conscious,and lokas (cosmological regions)-parlokas (next world after death),a manifestation of the Supreme Spirit and Lord of the material world.
Lord Shiva Rides Nandi
Lord Shiva-the one who bears the crescent moon on his head and holds the trident in his hand, the destroyer of creation,devoid of sins, unborn, boundless, indestructible and the one who travels by riding Nandi, the bull which is his vehicle||3||
Dark-hued Lord Vishnu
Lord Vishnu-having a dark-hued body like the blue cloud, possessing the majestic beauty of several Kamdevs (god of love) and having beautiful eyes which look like the lotus; is the merciful one who takes delight in the entire universe.
Lord Shiva is Fair in Colour & Bears the Ganges
Lord Shiva-is smoothly glossy like the conch shell and camphor, endowed with a fair-hued and fragrant body, devoid of dirt, having matted hair and bearing the sacred river Ganges on his head. He wears a garland of white flowers||4||
The Four-Armed Lord Vishnu
Lord Vishnu-is wearing the yellow-coloured pitambar like a lotus filament and holding the conch shell, discus, lotus, the Shaarnga Bow and the extremely huge mace named 'Kaumodaki.'
Three-Eyed Lord Shiva
Lord Shiva-is like a lion for killing the intoxicated elephant of Kamdev(god of love),three-eyed, and a destroyer of the worldly web of birth and death; I make obeisance before such a Shiva||5||
Krishna, an Incarnation of Lord Vishnu, on Kaliya Naag
Lord Vishnu-the one who attracts everyone, the reservoir of compassion, the one who suppressed Kaliya Naag and the one who wiped out the races of Kansa and other evil-doers.
Lord Shiva Crushes Tripurasura with a Single Arrow
Lord Shiva-the one who crushed the frenzy of Tripurasura,the who wears the hide of an intoxicated elephant and who is Garuda for devouring the snake of *Andhakasura||6||
Lord Vishnu is the Supreme Being
Lord Vishnu-is the *Supreme Being, surpassing the kalas, the most supreme, extremely benevolent, an icon of knowledge, beyond the final inner actions and the outward senses of *hearing and the one who gets rid of the three constituents of the *three gunas.
Lord Shiva-is like a thunderbolt for shattering the mountain of *Jalandhar's arrogance, the husband of Parvati, is the site from which the world is *created and is the one who ruined the entire yagna of *Daksha.||7||
Lord Vishnu is Like Kamadhenu, the Cow of Plenty
Lord Vishnu-bhakti or religious devotion is very dear to Him, the one who is like Kamadhenu for fulfilling the heart-felt desires of bhaktas and is the destructor of their tough and terrifying adversities, and is fondly called Hari.
The Kashi Vishwanath Temple
Lord Shiva-grants the boon of happiness, delight and cherished desires, is detached, is beyond all kinds of disorders and drawbacks, and is the one who dallies in the lanes of Kashi, the delightful forest||8||
These beautiful lines of Hari and Shankar's names plus mantras (incantations), alleviate the suffering which is caused by the foes of passion and jealousy, are the reservoir of delight and are forever like the ladder which leads to the lokas of Vishnu and Shiva. With a pure voice Tulsidas endorses this truth||9||
Pada: a verse of devotional poetry especially intended to be sung
Harihara: is the name of a combined deity form of both Vishnu (Hari) and Shiva (Hara) from the Hindu tradition and is thus worshipped by both Vaishnavites and Shaivities as a form of the Supreme God, as well as being a figure of worship for other Hindu traditions in general. Harihara is also sometimes used as a philosophical term to denote the unity of Vishnu and Shiva as different aspects of the same Supreme God.
Nanda: the foster father of Krishna.
Mount Kailash: main abode of Shiva, name of a mountain supposed to be located in Tibet and the Mansarovar Lake),
Ishaan: guardian of the north-eastern direction
solid knowledge: acquired knowledge of the world as distinct from knowledge of brahman acquired by meditation and study
Vamana: the dwarf incarnation of Lord Vishnu
Tripurasura: generally connotes the Asuras who inhabited Tripura, a mythological triplet fortress made of iron, silver and gold, constructed by Mayasura and destroyed by Lord Shiva.
Andhakasura: the demon who had lusted after Shiva's wife Parvati
Supreme Being: regarded as personal and especially in his capacity as creator of the world.
Sense of Hearing: one of several usually nine traditionally recognised avenues or procedures for cultivating devotion
Three gunas: of sattva or goodness, rajas or passion, and tamas or darkness.
Jalandhar: a demon who was attracted to Parvati, the wife of Shiva
Shiva as Creator: the Lasya and the Tandava are just two aspects of Shiva's nature; for he destroys in order to create, tearing down to build again.
Daksha: One of the daughter of Daksha was Shakti or Dakshayani, who had always wished to marry Shiva. Daksha forbade it, but she did so anyway, finding in Shiva husband. Daksha disliked Shiva intensely This enmity culminated in a great sacrifice where Shiva was not invited.