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Title: 018 Vayu Purana
User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2006-06-26 08:56:51
A Passage From the Vayu Purana
bruhi tata kripa-sindho, bhaktanugraha-katara;
paritranaya lokanam, hetum kalmasha-cetasam.
Shri Satananda said: “O father, O ocean of mercy, you are always eager to bestow your compassion on the devotees and protect the common people. Please tell me the reason why the hearts of the people are contaminated in Kali-yuga.
(2) na tapas ca na cejya ca, na dhyanam jnanam avyayam;
na danam sattva-samyuktam, kalau na dirgha-jivanam.
“In Kali-yuga there is no austerity, worship, meditation, eternal knowledge, charity, truth, or long life.
(3) kenopayena nistaro, bhavishyati kalau yuge.
“By what means will the people be delivered in Kali-yuga?”
(4) shri-gautama uvaca
sadhu prishtam tvaya putra, guhyad guhyatamam mama;
samahita-mana bhutva, shrinu tat paramadbhutam.
Shri Gautama Muni said: “My son, your question is very auspicious. Please hear very attentively a wonderful answer, an answer that is the most secret of all secrets.
(5) etad guhyatamam vakyam, brahma loka-pitamahah;
vaikuntham nagaram gatva, sendrair deva-ganaih saha;
vakta shri-loka-natham vai, karunamaya-vigraham.
“Accompanied by Indra and the demigods, Lord Brahma, the grandfather of all living entities, went to the city of Vaikuntha in this universe and spoke these confidential words to Lord Narayana, who has the most merciful form and is the master of the worlds.”
(6) shri-satananda uvaca
katham vai brahmana tata, prishtah shri-purushottamah;
karanam tatra va kim vai, kathyatam muni-pungava.
Shri Satananda said: “What did Lord Brahma inquire from the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Shri Purushottama? O best of sages, please also tell me the reason for this inquiry.”
(7) shri-gautama uvaca
shrinu putra prayatnena, kalau kalmasha-samjnake;
sarve papa-rata lokas, canda mithya-vivadinah.
Shri Gautama Muni said: “O son, please listen with great attention. In the greatly contaminated Kali-yuga, everyone is engaged in sinful activities. Everyone is passionate, hot-tempered, and a liar.
(8) svadhyayadina rahita, devata-tithi-vancakah;
parasva-lolupah kecit, para-darabhigaminah.
“The people do not worship the demigods, observe the holy days, or study the Vedas. Some are greedy for other’s weath and some are interested in other’s wives.
(9) iti vikshya samudvigna, dharani bhara-sankula;
dhenu-rupa-dhara dina, kripana malinanana.
“Seeing this, the earth-goddess became greatly disturbed with the sinful burden she bore. In this helpless and powerless condition, she assumed the form of a cow with a sorrowful face .
(10) gatva vai brahma-sadanam, rodamana punah punah;
sa-gadgada-vaco bhutva, stutva brahmanam isvaram.
“Then she went to the abode of Lord Brahma. Weeping again and again, with words choked with grief she prayed to him as follows.
(11) sarve kali-mala-grastah, papishtha lobha-tat-parah;
“‘Everyone is in the grip of Kali’s contaminating influence. The world is full of sinners, greedy materialists, most abominable class of people and the blasphemers of demigods and brahmanas.
(12) tesham pada-praharena, kampate mamaki tanuh;
tasmat loka-paritranam, prithivyam kena jayate.
“‘When these sinful people walk, my body trembles being hit by their feet. Therefore please tell me the means of deliverance of these people on the earth?
(13) tad eva kuru devesa, yena santir bhaven mama;
ity uktvadho-mukhi-bhuya, sthita bhur asurakula.
“‘O master of the demigods, please do something to relieve me of my distress so that I can recover my peace of mind.’ After speaking in this way, the earth goddess, troubled by the presence of so many demons, lowered her face.
(14) tatah sancintya devesam, brahma loka-pitamahah;
vaikuntha-nagaram gatva, stutva tam purushottamam.
“After thinking for some time, Lord Brahma, the controller of the demigods and the grandfather of the worlds, went to the city of Vaikuntha and offered prayers to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Shri Purushottama as follows.
jaya krishna jagannatha, jaya vaikuntha-nayaka;
jaya deva kripa-sindho, jaya lakshmyah pate prabho.
“Shri Brahma said: ‘All glories to Lord Krishna, the master of Vaikuntha and the material world! O ocean of mercy, glory to You! All glories to the husband of Shrimati Lakshmidevi!
(16) jaya nilambuja-syama, nila-jimuta-saubhaga,
kandarpa-koti-saundarya, jaya shrivatsa-lanchana.
“‘O Lord dark like a blue lotus, O Lord dark like a monsoon cloud, glory to You! O Lord more handsome than millions of Kamadevas, O Lord marked with Shrivatsa, glory to You!
(17) jaya pitambara-dhara, jaya kaustubha-bhushana;
jaya padma-palasaksha, jaya padmanana prabho.
“‘All glories to the Lord who is dressed in yellow garments, decorated with the Kaustubha jewel, whose eyes are like lotus petals and whose face is just like a lotus flower!
(18) jaya padma-pada-dvandva, tila-pushpa-su-nasika;
jaya natha jagad-bandho, vinatasuta-vahana.
“‘All glories to the Lord who possesses lotus like feet, whose graceful nose is like a sesame flower, who is the real friend of the worlds and who is carried by Garuda!
(19) jaya cakra-gada-padma-sankha-hasta catur-bhuja;
jaya padma-dharitribhyam, nishevita-padambuja.
“‘All glories to the Lord who holds a disc, club, lotus, and conchshell in His four hands! O Lord whose lotus feet are constantly served by the goddesses Padma and Dharitri, glory to You!’”
(20) shri-gautama uvaca
iti samstuyamano ’pi, shri-krshnah karuna-nidhih;
brahmanam deva-deveso, jagada kripayanvitah.
Shri Gautama Muni said: “After hearing these prayers, Lord Shri Krisna, who is an ocean of mercy mercifully spoke to Brahma, the master of the demigods as follows:
(21) kim vrittam jagati-natha, bruhi kim karavami te;
ity uktva padma-yonis ca, provaca shri-gadagrajam.
“‘O master of the universe, how are things with You? Please tell me if I can help you in some way.’ Hearing these words, Brahma spoke to Lord Krishna:
kalau papa-rata lokah, svadhyaya-vidhi-varjitah;
sudra-vritti-dvijah sudra, brahmana-dvesha-karinah.
“‘Shri Brahma said: ‘In Kali-yuga the people are continuously engaged in sinful activities . They neither study the Vedas nor do they care to follow the Vedic rules and regulations. The brahmanas act like sudras, and sudras hate the brahmanas.
(23) dvijanam gunato nicah, sudra mantra-pradayinah;
sishnodara-para vipra, vipratve sutra-dharinah.
“‘The brahmanas are degraded in character and so the sudras become gurus and give mantras to others. The brahmanas are addicted to pleasing their bellies and genitals and the brahminical status is determined only by wearing a thread.
(24) mahaharah kharva-kaya, alasa manda-buddhayah;
janas tvad-vimukhah sarve, para-dravyabhilashinah.
“‘The people are gluttonous, short in stature, lazy, dull-minded, foolish, greedy after others’ property, and averse to You.
(25) asat-patha-ratah sarve, agamyagaminas tatha;
“‘Everyone follows the path of illusion. They abandon their prescribed occupational duties, commit adultery, and blaspheme the demigods and brahmanas.
(26) iti tad-bhara-magna sa, dharani rudati punah;
tasmal loka-paritranam, prithivyam kena jayate;
tat kurushva jagannatha, dina-durgati-nasana.
“‘Greatly troubled by carrying the burden of these sins, the earth-goddess weeps again and again. How will the fallen people of the earth be delivered? O master of the worlds, You are the destroyer of all miserliness and inauspiciousness. Please do something to deliver them.’”
(27) shri-gautama uvaca
iti samjnapito devo, brahmana prabhur acyutah
sa devan aha tad vishnur, guhyad guhyatamam vacah
Shri Gautama Muni said: “After Brahma had communicated to the Lord about the problem, Lord Vishnu, the infallible Supreme Personality of Godhead, spoke to the demigods in reply words that revealed the most secret of all secrets.
(28) ditija bhuvi jayadhvam, jayadhvam bhakta-rupinah;
kalau sankirtanarambhe, bhavishyami saci-sutah.
“He said: ‘O demigods, please go and take birth as devotees on the earth. I will take birth as Sacidevi’s son and I will inaugurate the harinama-sankirtana movement.
(29) krite japair mama pritis, tretayam homa-karmabhih;
dvapare paricaryabhih, kalau sankirtanair api.
“‘In Satya-yuga I am pleased by japa (meditation), in Treta-yuga by performance of sacrifices and fruitive activities, in Dvapara-yuga by My Deity worship, and in Kali-yuga I am pleased solely by the chanting of My holy names.’
bruhi me karuna-sindho, kirtanam kim svarupakam;
katham vatra bhagavatah, para pritir bhavishyati.
“The demigod Brahma said: ‘O ocean of mercy, please describe to us the nature of this process of loud chanting of Your holy names. How should it be performed so that Your Lordship will be most pleased?’
(31) shri-bhagavan uvaca
shrinu brahman pravakshyami, sankirtanam atah param;
samahita-mana bhutva, sarat sarataram hi yat.
“The Supreme Personality of Godhead said: ‘O Brahma, please listen very carefully and I will describe to you the most exalted process of sankirtana, which is the essence of all the essential things.
(32) mridangaih karatalais ca, svara-bhava-samanvitaih;
raga-raganvitam ganam, yatah syat tulya-kirtanam.
“‘Sankirtana is the sweet singing of My holy names with great devotion and attachment, in various musical notes, melodies & modes, accompanied by the music of mridangas, karatalas, and other musical instruments.
(33) te sabdenocyate radha, na sabdenocyate janah;
teneti sruti-matrena, yathaivardrantarobhavam.
“‘When in sankirtana there is the word ‘tena’, the syllable ‘te’ means ‘Radha’, and the syllable ‘na’ means ‘person’. In this way the word ‘tena’ refers to Me, whose heart has been softened due to love for Radha!
(34) tatha catra bhavishyami, bhaktyanugraha-kamyaya;
sahasraso ’vatara me, gita brahman yuge yuge.
“‘O Brahma, as I have described Myself in the Gita, I appear millenium after millenium in My thousands of incarnations, with the sole desire to show favour to My devotees.
(35) bana-margair veda-margai, ripunam tatra sankshayam;
bhaktanam taranam kritva, khyapitam sva-yasah kshitau.
“‘Walking either on the path of arrows or the path of the Vedas, I deliver the devotees by destroying their enemies, and establish My glories on the earth by performing exquisite pastimes.
(36) kalau nashta-drisam esha, mat-padyarka udeshyati.
“‘For they who have become blinded by the influence of Kali-yuga, a verse with My holy names will rise like a glorious sun. This verse is:
(37) hare krishna, hare krishna, krishna krishna hare hare;
hare rama hare rama, rama rama hare hare.
“‘Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare;
Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.
(38) sakrid dvis trir yatha-sakti, yavaj jivam athapi va;
vyaharan svapaco ’pi syan, mama bhakto na samsayah.
“‘Everyone should chant this maha-mantra again and again, either once, twice, thrice or as many times as possible during the day & night, for as long as one lives. By chanting this mantra even the most sinful person who was a dogeater will immediately become My devotee. Of this there is no doubt.
(39) sarva-veda-vido viprah, puranagama-paragah;
na cen mad-bhakta-bhaktas te, dure tishthanti varjitah.
“‘Even if they are learned in all the Vedas and even if they have traveled to the farther shore of the Agamas and Puranas, they who are not devotees of My devotees cannot approach Me. They must stay far away from Me and are eternally deprived of My association.
(40) api cet su-duracarah, pukkasah svapaco ’thava;
mad-bhakta-bhakti-krit sa syan, mama kaustubha-sannibhah.
“‘Even a barbarian, a dogeater, or a person who has performed most abominable sinful actions will reside near My heart, almost touching My Kaustubha jewel, if he has devotedly served My devotee.
(41) bhakta-rupam aham dhritva, bhaktajna-paripalakah;
mat-paran uddharishyami, ghora-samsara-sagarat.
“‘To fulfill & maintain My devotees’ (Advaita Acarya’s) request, I will accept the form of a devotee in Kali-yuga and I will deliver My surrendered devotees from the terrible ocean of repeated birth and death.
(42) tilakancita-bhalah shri-tulasi-kanthikashritah;
sankha-cakra-lasad-bahu-mulah kaupinah vasasah.
“‘In that form of a devotee, My forehead will be decorated with tilaka, My neck with tulasi beads, and My hands will be effulgent with the marks of a disc and conchshell etc. I will accept the dress and loincloth of a sannyasi.
(43) mad-bhakta vicarishyanti, kalau bhagavatottamah.
“‘Alongwith Me, My topmost eternally liberated devotees will travel here & there and perform My work of inspiring all living entities to become devotees also.
(44) svarnadi-tiram asthaya, navadvipa-janalayah;
tatra dvija-kulam prapto, bhavishyami janalaye.
“‘I will take birth in a brahmana family in Shri Navadvipa, and reside there by the Ganges’ shore.
(45) bhakti-yoga-pradanaya, lokasyanugrahaya ca;
sannyasa-rupam asthaya, krishna-chaitanya-nama-dhrik.
“‘To show mercy to the people and award them the supreme gift of devotional service, I will become a sannyasi and I will be glorified by the name Shri Krishna Chaitanya.
(46) anandasru-kala-purnah, pulakavali-vihvalah;
bhakti-yogam pradasyami, hari-kirtana-tat-parah.
“‘Always eager and devoted to the loud chanting of the holy names of Lord Hari, My eyes will be always beautified & filled with tears of bliss and the hairs of My body will stand erect when I will be agitated by transcendental happiness. In this way, I will give to the people the supreme gift of the science of devotional service unto Lord Krishna.
(47) tenaiva sarva-lokanam, nistaro vai bhavishyati;
man-nama-smaranat kincit, kalau nasty eva vaidikam.
“‘Simply by remembering My holy names even once, all the living entities in the universe will be delivered. I will exhibit this kind of compassion because in Kali-yuga it is not possible for anyone to strictly follow the path of the Vedas.
(48) mad-bhakta yatra gayanti, tatra tishthami niscitam;
tat svayam bhuvi bhakta vai, jayadhvam bhakti-tat-parah.
“‘I always reside where My devotees sing My names and glories. So all of you demigods, please personally appear on the earth as My devotees and eagerly practice My devotional service.
(49) yena lokasya nistaras, tat kurudhvam mamajnaya;
dharitri bhavita cabhir, mayaiva dvija-dehinah.
“‘By My order please act in such a way that all the people of the people will become delivered. Then I will personally accept the form of a brahmana and relieve the earth of all her fears by performing My pastimes.
(50) sadyas tatra sva-gopanam, santa tu kamalalaya;
namna gadadhara iti, vikhyato dharani-tale.
“‘All the cowherd people of My highest abode of Vraja will also appear on the earth. She (Shrimati Radharani), the original source and resting place of all the goddesses of fortune will be known on earth as Shri Gadadhara Pandita.
(51) balaramo mamaivamsah, so’ pi mat-prishtham eshyati;
nityananda iti khyato nyasi-cudamanih kshitau
“‘Lord Balarama, who is My first expansion and non-different from Me will also appear by My side as Lord Shri Nityananda. He will become the crest jewel of all renunciants on the earth.
(52) kritvavadhuta-vesham sa, dharman bhagavatan bahun;
grahayitva janan ittham grihinam asramam tatah.
“‘Assuming the dress of an avadhuta, he will freely distribute bhagavata dharma i.e. love of God. He will distribute this pure love through various means and deliver all the living entities. He will do first as a brahmacari and later as a householder.
(53) jahnavy-adibhir atmanam, darsayishyati manavan.
“‘Accompanied by His eternal consort Shrimati Jahnavi-devi and many other intimate associates, He (Nityananda) will reveal his transcendental pastimes to the people.
(54) kamadeva iti gatva, dhruvanandeti samjnitah;
jahnavi-sishyatam etya lokan nistarayishyati
“‘The demigod Kamadeva will appear as Dhruvananda. He will become a disciple of Shrimati Jahnavi-devi and deliver many living entities.
(55) naicim tanum samasthaya, loka-sikshartha-tat-parah
vikhyato hari-daso yo, mama bhaktim karishyati
“‘To teach the whole world that low birth is not an obstacle for chanting of the Hare Krishna maha-mantra, you (Brahma) will accept birth in a low-caste family. Your name will be Haridasa Thakura and you will most diligently engage in My pure devotional service.
(56) rudro’ vatirya mad-bhaktim, shrimad-advaita-samjnakah
grahiyishyati lokams ca, yatnat karunikah prabhuh
“‘Lord Siva will incarnate as My great devotee and His name will be Shrimad Advaita Acarya. Due to His unlimited compassion, He will give pure bhakti to each & everyone with great endeavour.
(57) naradah shrinivaseti, ramanandeti tumburuh;
vikhyatim prapya mad-bhaktau, kurutam baktim avyaye.
“‘Shrila Narada Muni will become Shrinivasa (also called as Shrivasa Thakura) and Tumburu will become Shrila Ramananda Raya. Both of them will become very famous due to their pure unalloyed devotional service unto Me.
(58) brihaspatir vasava-guruh, sarvabhaumo bhavishyati,
nanante vasinas tatra, sastrany adhyapayishyati.
“‘Indra’s guru Brihaspati will become Shrila Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya. He will teach the ultimate truth of bhakti-yoga contained in various scriptures.
(59) punah siromanir bhutva, nyasadin prathayishyati.
“‘Just like in the heavenly planets, he will again become the crest jewel of all learned teachers and deliver many people including even sannyasis.
(60) candro bhaved vardhamano, yas tu dayalutavadhih;
evam anye bhavishyanti, devah svamsena bharatah.
“‘Many other demigods will also personally appear on the earth. As the moon increases day by day, so their mercy and virtues will increase unlimitedly by becoming My associates.
(61) tatraiva bhavita brahman vyasah kesava-bharatih
sannyasasyopadesena, bhavishyati gurur mama.
“‘O Brahma, Vyasa will also appear as the sannyasi Shri Kesava Bharati. He will assist in My pastimes by becoming My sannyasa guru.
(62) indro’ vatirya matiman, prithivyam prithivi-patih;
prataprudro vikhyato, mad-bhaktanam samasrayah
“‘Indra will descend to the earth as the most powerful King of Orissa Prataprudra.
He will take shelter of My associates and achieve pure devotion unto Me.
(63) anye deva-ganah sarve, mad-bhaktah mat-parayanah,
kurvanti mamakim bhaktim, shrinu brahman samahitah.
“‘All the other demigods will also become My devotees and fully surrender unto Me.They will diligently engage in My devotional service. O Brahma, please hear this with great attention.
(64) sarve samagamishyamah, sva-sthanam punar acyutam;
prakasam mama devadyah, bhaktah krishna-parayanah.
“‘After manifesting in this way as devotees of Lord Krishna to assist Me in My pastimes, the demigods and others will return to their respective abodes.
(65) idam ye shrinuyan nityam, bhaktitah parikirtayet;
koti-janmar jitam papam, tat-kshanat tasya nasyati.
“‘They who with devotion regularly or daily hear or recite these words of Mine, become instantly free from all the sins they have committed in ten million births.’”
(66) shri gautama uvaca
tato deva-ganah sarve, brahma loka-pitamahah;
pranamya deva-devesam, gantarah sva-puram yatha
Shri Gautama Muni said: “Accompanied by all the demigods, Lord Brahma, the grandfather of the worlds, bowed before Lord Krishna, the master of all the demigods and reurned to his own abode.”