Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Vinay Patrika: Hymn 212

Raag Kedara

Shri Raghunath ji Alleviates Suffering

raghupati bipati-davan |

param kripaalu, pranat-pratipaalak, patit-pavan ||1||

koor, kutil, kulheen, deen, ati malin javan |

sumirat naam raam pathaye sab apne bhavan ||2||

gaja-pingalaa-ajaamil-se khal ganaai dhaaun kavan |

tulsidaas prabhu kehi na deenhi gati jaankee-ravan ||3||

Shri Ram Guards Those who Seek Refuge in Him

Shri Raghunath ji alleviates painful disasters. He is very compassionate, the guardian of refugees and purifies the sinful ||1||

Smarana of Ram Naam Leads Us to Vaikunth

You sent those who are merciless, wicked, of low castes, poor and even savage barbarians to Your supreme abode (heaven of Vishnu), the instant they did *smarana of Ram Naam ||2||

Renunciation Takes Pingala to Lord Krishna

Who can count the wretches of the likes of Gajendra, Pingala, Ajamil and others(enamoured by worldly enjoyments). O Tulsidas! (one has no inkling as to how sinners like them were given Vaikunth, the supreme abode where You dwell) As a matter of fact who all were not liberated by Lord Ramchandra ji, (whoever sought his refuge was given *mukti by Him, then why won't He give salvation to me? ||3||

smarana: a concentrated internal practice of remembering God

Pingala: In ancient times, in Videha-Nagari of King Janaka, there lived a lady named Pingala.

After experiencing miseries in her profession, she gave up worldly desires and began to think, "Lord Krishna is very dear to my heart, but I have not tried to please Him. Regarding these persons who will die one day – what happiness have they given to me? No happiness at all. They enjoyed my body, I became theirs, and I lost everything. Somehow, by the mercy of Krishna, I have now renounced them, and this renunciation will take me to Krishna."

Pingala then closed the door of her house, lied down to sleep and slept very well. And afterwards she became a great devotee.

Gajendra : was the king of elephants. One hot day, he went to the lake with his family to cool off in its fresh waters. But from within the lake a crocodile attacked and would not let go of him. When the family saw ‘death’ coming close to Gajendra, they abandoned him. Gajendra prayed to Lord Vishnu who came to the aid of Gajendra, who offered a lotus to the god. Vishnu attacked the crocodile and saved His Loved One.

Ajamil: was the son of a devout devotee of Vishnu. But unlike his holy father wasted his time in sinful activities.

Ajamil's sins increased with the passing years .Ajamil's wife bore him ten sons and the youngest, Narayana was the most loved of them all.

Gradually Ajamil became weak and took to his bed. He saw two of Yama's messengers by his bedside. Startled, he shouted his son Narayan's name. Lord Vishnu who is called Narayana heard the plea and responded instantly.

mukti: release of the soul from the body and from further rebirths

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