garuRa girå suni haraseu kågå, boleu umå parama anurågå |
dhanya dhanya tava mati uragåri, prasna tumhåri mohi ati pyåri ||1||
suni tava prasna saprema suhåi, bahuta janama kai sudhi mohi åi |
saba nija kathå kahau° maiÚ gåi, tåta sunahu sådara mana låi ||2||
japa tapa makha sama dama bratadånå, birati bibeka joga bigyånå |
saba kara phala raghupati padapremå, tehi binu kou na påvai chemå ||3||
ehi tana råma bhagati mai på, tåte mohi mamatå adhikåi |
jehi te° kachu nija svåratha hoi, tehi para mamatå kara saba koi ||4||
Shiva Narrating the Tale of Lord Rama to Uma
Umå, (Lord Shiva continues). Hearing the words of Garuda, Kakbhushundi was delighted and replied with utmost affection: O enemy of serpents! Your intellect is blessed, truly blessed! I found your questions to be very pleasing to me. Hearing your loving and beautiful question, I was reminded of my many previous births. And shall narrate my whole story at length;
Garuda, the Mount of Lord Vishnu, Listens to Kakbhushundi
Dear Garuda, listen attentively with absolute reverence.The fruition of chanting prayers, austere penance, performing sacrifices, subduing the mind and senses, fasts, charity, asceticism, correct judgement, yoga and self realization, is devotion to the feet of Lord Raghunathji.
Acquiring Love for Lord Rama
Without this no one can attain eternal peace. It was in this body that I attained devotion to Lord Rama; that is why it is so dear to me. Everyone naturally loves that through which one has achieved some personal motive.
pannagåri asi niti sruti sammata sajjana kahahii |
ati nicahu sana priti karia jåni nija parama hita ||95(A)||
påta kita te° hoi tehi te° påtambara rucira |
krmi pålai sabu koi parama apåvana pråna sama ||95(B)||
We Care for Silkworms Producing Silk
O Garuda! It is a renowned ethic of the Vedas and saintly persons also endorse this fact that one should love the lowest of creatures, knowing very well that it is extremely beneficial for us. Silk is produced from worms and beautiful silk textiles are made from it. For this very reason everyone cares for such an impure silkworm like their own life.
svåratha såca jiva kahu° ehå, mana krama bacana råma pada nehå |
soi påvana soi subhaga sarirå, jo tanu påi bhajia raghubirå ||1||
råma bimukha lahi bidhi sama dehi, kabi kobida na prasamsahi tehi |
råma bhagati ehi tana ura jåmi, tåte mohi parama priya svåmi ||2||
tajau° na tana nija icchå maranå, tana binu beda bhajana nahi baranå |
prathama moha° mohi bahuta bigovå, råma bimukha sukha kabahu° na sovå ||3||
nånå janama karma puni nånå, kie joga japa tapa makha dånå |
kavana joni janameu° jaha° nåhi, mai khagesa bhrami bhrami jaga måhi ||4||
dekheu° kari saba karama gosåi, ° sukhi na bhayau° abahi ki nåi° |
sudhi mohi nåtha janma bahu keri, siva prasåda mati moha° na gheri ||5||
Exalted Brahma, the Creator
The actual self-interest of a living creature lies in developing love for Lord Rama's feet in thought, word and deed. Only that body is sacred and blessed, in which one is able to worship the Hero of the Raghus. The wise and learned never praise that person who is against Lord Råma, even though he has an exalted body like that of Brahmå (the Creator).
Kakbhusundi, the Crow, is Devoted to Lord Rama
Devotion to Lord Rama arose in my heart in this very body. Therefore O svami! It is supremely dear to me. Though death depends on my own wish, I refuse to leave this body. Because the Vedas state that worship of the Lord is not possible without a physical body. Earlier infatuation had given me much trouble; as long as I was indifferent to Lord Råma, I never had a sound sleep.
Earlier, Kakbhusundi had a Number of Births
In a number of births I did yoga , japa (muttering of prayers), austere penance, charity, performed sacrifices and acts of various kinds. O Garuda! Which species is there in this world in which I have not been born (over and over again) during my circle of births? O Gosain!I have experienced all kinds of deeds, but have never been so happy as in this birth. O Nath! I can remember many previous births, because my intelligence was not surrounded by infatuation, due to Lord Shiva's grace.
prathama janma ke carita aba kahau° sunahu bihagesa |
suni prabhu pada rati upajai jåte° mitahi kalesa ||96(A)||
puruba kalpa eka prabhu juga kalijuga mala mula |
nara aru nåri adharma rata sakala nigama pratikula ||96(B)||
Kaliyuga, the Age of Spiritual Darkness
O Pakshiraja! Listen, I am now going to narrate the story of my first birth, which is sure to arouse love for the Lord's feet, which gets rid of all afflictions. O Lord! In an earlier kalpa (duration of the world), the world was passing through Kaliyuga, the age of spiritual darkness, in which men and women were steeped in wickedness and opposed the Vedas. (96 A-B)