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Canto 6

S'rî S'rî S'ikshâshthaka

 

 

Chapter 8: The Armor of Mantras that Protected Indra

(1-2) The king said: 'What was the protection of the thousand eyed king [Indra] when he, sporting with the armed forces of the enemy and their carriers, conquered the three worlds and enjoyed the opulence oh sage? Please explain to me in what way the armor of Lord Nârâyana's mercy was protecting him when he defeated in battle those who tried to kill him.'

(3)
The son of Vyâsadeva said: 'Now listen attentively to what the son of Tvashthâ, chosen as the priest, upon request told the great Indra as being the defense that is called Nârâyana[-kavaca]. (4-6) S'rî Vis'varûpa said: 'One puts on armor in case one is overcome by fear. [For His purpose arming oneself] one should first wash one's hands and feet and then after saying the required mantra [doing âcamana, three times over] sip water. Sitting down, facing the north one next should ritually purify oneself [in pavrita 'touching kus'a'] by preparing oneself mentally in silence. Thus in dedication to the lordship of Nârâyana being innerly cleansed one should adopt the defense in which one, beginning with saying 'om', offers one's obeisances to Nârâyana by designating two mantras to one's body [by nyâsa], that is to say the [eight syllables of the] mantra 'om namo nârâyanâya' to each of the [eight] parts of the body, touching therewith [consecutively] one's lower legs, knees, thighs,  abdomen, heart, chest, mouth and [top of the] head, or even repeat this in reverse order [beginning with ya, which is called respectively utpatti-nyâsa and samhâra-nyâsa *]. (7) Next one should assign the [twelve] syllables of the mantra beginning with om and ending with ya [om namo bhagavate vâsudevâya] to the [twelve parts of the] fingers starting with the [tip of the] index finger and ending with the four joints of the two thumbs. (8-10) [Then chanting the mantra 'om vishnave namah', All glories to Lord Vishnu] the heart should be assigned 'om', 'vi' next comes to the top of the head, 'sha' comes between the eyebrows, 'na' on the s'ikhâ [the tuft of hair on the back of the head with Vaishnava monks], 've' comes between the eyes, the syllable 'na' should be assigned to all the joints of the body and 'mah' should be thought of as a weapon in the form of a mantra, so that one becomes an intelligent [representative of it]. By [finally] saying the mantra beginning with a visarga [an aspirated 'ha'] and ending with 'phath' ['mah astrâya phath' or: 'thus I call for my weapon'], one should be fixed on the respect for Lord Vishnu in every possible way. (11) One should recite the following prayer representing the Supreme Self to meditate upon that [in the form of Bhagavân] is endowed with the six opulences of learning [or knowledge], power and austerity [as also wealth, beauty and fame]:

(12)Narada talks to Vyasa Kesava 'I pray that the Lord of the eight qualities [see also 3.15: 45] whose feet rest upon the back of Garuda and who holds the conch shell, disc, shield, sword, club, arrows, bow and ropes in his eight hands, will protect me on all sides. (13) May Matsya [the fish incarnation of Lord Vishnu] protect me against the aquatic predators in the water  who represent the noose of Varuna. May He as the dwarf incarnation Vâmana who took the three steps [as Trivikrama, Lord Vishnu as the conqueror of the three worlds] protect me on land and may He as Vis'varûpa [Him in the form of the universe] protect me in the sky [the ether]. (14) May the Supreme Master Lord Nrisimhadeva whose fearful laughter resounding in all directions meant the fall of the enemy of the leader of the demons [Hiranyakas'ipu] and the miscarriage of  his babies, protect me in [my toiling in] the wilderness and on the front in battle. (15) May we in the streets be protected [against thugs] by Him whom one respects with the rituals, Lord Varâha who raised the planet earth on His tusks. May there for us on the mountain tops be the protection of Lord [Paras'u-]Râma and may we in foreign countries be protected by [Lord Râmacandra] the elder brother of Bharata and His brother Lakshmana. (16) May Lord Nârâyana protect me against religious fanaticism and keep me from acting in madness, may Nara keep me from being arrogant, may Dattâtreya the master of [the powers of] yoga keep me from straying from the path of yoga and may Kapila, the Lord of [all good] qualities, keep me from attachment to the fruits of labor. (17) May Sanat-kumâra [the perfect celibate] protect me against Cupid [lust], may Hayagrîva [the horse incarnation] keep me from the path of disrespecting the divinity, may the best of  all sages the devarshi Nârada keep me from offenses during the service and may the Lord in the form of Kûrma [the tortoise incarnation] keep me out of the everlasting hell. (18) May Bhagavân Dhanvantari [the physician avatâra] protect me against things harmful to one's health, may Rishabhadeva, the one fully in control of the mind and the self [see 5.4: 6], keep me from duality and fear, may Yajña [Vishnu as the Lord of sacrifice] keep me from infamy and an awkward social position and may Lord Balarâma in the form of Ananta S'esha [the Lord of the ego, see 5.25] keep me away from the angry serpents. (19) May Bhagavân Dvaipâyana [Vyâsadeva] keep me from ignorance and may Lord Buddha protect me against the hosts of heretics and madness [as a consequence of negligence]. May Kalki, the Lord who in this darkest age of quarrel incarnates as the greatest one in defense of the dharma [also as the channa- or covert avatâra], protect me against the impurities of the time we are living in [viz. intoxication, promiscuity, gambling and meat-eating; see also 1.17: 24]. (20) May Kes'ava protect me with His club during the hours after sunrise, may Govinda holding His flute protect me early in the morning, may Nârâyana the Lord of all potencies, protect me late in the morning and may Lord Vishnu the ruler with the disc in His hand, protect me during the hours at noon [see also 5.21: 10]. (21) May Lord Madhusûdana with the fearful bow S'ârnga protect me early in the afternoon. May Mâdhava, the Lord of Brahmâ, Vishnu and S'iva, protect me in the late afternoon and may Lord Hrishîkes'a protect me during the hours at dusk. May Lord Padmanâbha [the Lord from whose navel the universe sprang] be the one protector during the entire evening early and late. (22) May the Lord with the S'rîvatsa mark protect me during the hours after midnight, may Janârdana the Lord with the sword in His hand protect me late at night and may Lord Dâmodara protect me during the hours before dawn [during which there is the brâhmamuhûrta **]. May the Controller of the Universe, the Supreme Lord in the form of time protect me [as the kâla-mûrti, also the clock]. (23) Please let the sharp rimmed [Sudars'ana] disc [His order of time, the cyclic of natural time] that wielded by the Lord destructively moves in all directions alike the fire at the end of time, burn to ashes the enemy forces, the same way a blazing fire with its friend the wind would burn dry grass in an instant. (24) May You [Kaumodakî], oh mace so dear to the Invincible Lord, whose impact sparks with fire like thunderbolts, pound to pieces, smash, destroy and pulverize my enemies the imps [Kushmândas], the magicians [Vainâyakas], the evil spirits [Yakshas], the demons [Râkshasas], the ghosts [Bhûtas] and the maddeners [Grahas]. (25) Oh conch shell [oh Pâñcajanya], may you with your frightening sound make the hearts tremble of the enemy torturers [Pramathas], evil spirits [Pretas], she-devils [Mâtâs], madmen [Pis'âcas] and heretics [Vipra-grahas] with their evil looks. (26) You oh sharpest of all swords [oh Nandaka], may you in the hands of the Lord cut to pieces, chop up the enemy soldiers. Oh shield marked with a hundred shining moons, blind the eyes of the evil-minded ones so full of anger and pluck out their sinful eyeballs. (27-28) May by the glory of Your name, form and attributes all the bad [influence of the] planets, falling stars, sinners, snakes, scorpions, predators  and other living beings and fear arousing poisoners of our minds and bodies who obstruct our well-being, be completely destroyed. (29) May the majesty of Garuda whom one praises in hymns, he who embodies the Vedic verses, may that master protect us with [his name and] all the names of Vishvaksena [the Lord whose powers are found throughout the universe] against an endless suffering. (30) May His holy names, forms, strategies ['carriers'] and weapons, protect our intelligence, mind and life air from being caught in fear.

(31)
W
e pray that whatever that is disturbing us [and our devotion] will find its end as a logical consequence of the fact that it is You, the Lord [of time] alone who decides what the ultimate reality would be of that what is and that what is not [like happiness and grief coming and going, see B.G. 2: 14]. (32-33) Those bent upon an absence of differences think of the oneness of the Soul [within the material diversity]. Following that course, He is truly understood as the [One transcendental] omniscient Supreme Lord [who defeats the illusion] by means of His expanding spiritual energy in the form of His decorations, weapons, characteristics and the opulence of His many potencies and different names. May He, the all-pervading One, with all His forms protect us always and everywhere. (34) May the Supreme Lord in every nook and corner, in all directions, above and below, on all sides, from within and from without, in the form of Nrisimhadeva annihilate all worldly fears with His mighty roar [or song, see the Nrisimha Pranâma]. May He with His effulgence overshadow all other influences.'

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'rî Vis'varûpa continued:] 'Oh King Indra, when you the way I described it under the protection of this [mystic] armor relate to Lord Nârâyana, you will conquer very easily the leaders of the demoniac hordes. (36) Whoever keeps this [prayer] in mind will, whatever he came to see, found at his feet or stumbled upon, immediately be freed from all fright and fear. (37) He who employs this mystic prayer has nothing to fear, not from the government, not from rogues, not from maddeners and such nor from any disease at any time. (38) This prayer was in the past used by a man called Kaus'ika, a brahmin who fixed in yoga gave up his body in the desert. (39) His remains were spotted by Citraratha, the king of the Ghandarvas from above in his heavenly chariot, when he one day, surrounded by many a beautiful woman, had moved in the direction where the twice-born one had died. (40) All of a sudden he with his heavenly vehicle, his vimâna, inescapably tumbled out of the sky. Amazed about it he consulted with the Vâlikhilyas [the sages of the sun god] who advised him to collect the bones, throw them in the eastward flowing Sarasvatî and then return home after taking a bath in that river.'

(41)
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rî S'uka said: 'Anyone who at the opportune moment hears about [this prayer] and carefully concentrates on it, will acquire the respect of all living beings and be delivered from all fear. (42) Indra who had performed a hundred sacrifices [see 4:9: 1], by means of this prayer that he received from Vis'varûpa conquered in battle the Asuras and enjoyed the opulence of the three worlds [see also B.G. 4: 34].'
 

 

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Third revised edition, loaded November 16, 2011.
 

 

 

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Text 1-2

The king said: 'What was the protection of the thousand eyed king [Indra] when he, sporting with the armed forces of the enemy and their carriers, conquered the three worlds and enjoyed the opulence oh sage? Please explain to me in what way the armor of Lord Nârâyana's mercy was protecting him when he defeated in battle those who tried to kill him.'
The king said: 'What was the protection of the thousand eyed king [Indra] when he sported with the armed forces of the enemy and their carriers; conquering the three worlds he enjoyed the opulence, o sage - please explain to me in which way the defense of Lord Nârâyana's mercy was protecting him as he defeated in the fight those who tried to kill him. ' (Vedabase)

 

Text 3

The son of Vyâsadeva said: 'Now listen attentively to what the son of Tvashthâ, chosen as the priest, upon request told the great Indra as being the defense that is called Nârâyana[-kavaca].

The son of Vyâsadeva said: 'Now hear attentively about that what the son of Tvâsta, chosen as priest, being asked for it told the great Indra to be the protective defense in mantra's of Nârâyana. (Vedabase)

 

Text 4-6

S'rî Vis'varûpa said: 'One puts on armor in case one is overcome by fear. [For His purpose arming oneself] one should first wash one's hands and feet and then after saying the required mantra [doing âcamana, three times over] sip water. Sitting down, facing the north one next should ritually purify oneself [in pavrita 'touching kus'a'] by preparing oneself mentally in silence. Thus in dedication to the lordship of Nârâyana being innerly cleansed one should adopt the defense in which one, beginning with saying 'om', offers one's obeisances to Nârâyana by designating two mantras to one's body [by nyâsa], that is to say the [eight syllables of the] mantra 'om namo nârâyanâya' to each of the [eight] parts of the body, touching therewith [consecutively] one's lower legs, knees, thighs,  abdomen, heart, chest, mouth and [top of the] head, or even repeat this in reverse order [beginning with ya, which is called respectively utpatti-nyâsa and samhâra-nyâsa *].

Vis'varûpa said: 'Having washed one's hand and feet, sipping the water with the necessary mantra's [âcamana] should one, sitting in proper respect ['with Kusa'] facing the north, prepare oneself mentally designating mantra's [like om namo bhagavate vâsudevâya and om namo nârâyanâya] to the different parts of the body. In silence purified in dedication to the lordship of Nârâyana should one, in case of rising fear, adopt the defense [called nârâyana-kavaca] offering one's obeisances to Nârâyana by touching one's lower legs, the knees, the thighs, the abdomen, the heart, the chest, the mouth and the head one after another beginning with 'om' or even do this once more in reverse order [this is called utpatti-nyâsa and samhâra-nyâsa]. (*) (Vedabase)

 

Text 7

Next one should assign the [twelve] syllables of the mantra beginning with om and ending with ya [om namo bhagavate vâsudevâya] to the [twelve parts of the] fingers starting with the [tip of the] index finger and ending with the four joints of the two thumbs.

Next one should assign the [12] syllables of the mantra beginning with om and ending with ya [: om na-mo bha-ga-va-te va-su-de-va-ya] to the fingers starting with the index finger and ending with the four joints of the thumbs. (Vedabase)

 

Text 8-10

[Then chanting the mantra 'om vishnave namah', All glories to Lord Vishnu] the heart should be assigned 'om', 'vi' next comes to the top of the head, 'sha' comes between the eyebrows, 'na' on the s'ikhâ [the tuft of hair on the back of the head with Vaishnava monks], 've' comes between the eyes, the syllable 'na' should be assigned to all the joints of the body and 'mah' should be thought of as a weapon in the form of a mantra, so that one becomes an intelligent [representative of it]. By [finally] saying the mantra beginning with a visarga [an aspirated 'ha'] and ending with 'phath' ['mah astrâya phath' or: 'thus I call for my weapon'], one should be fixed on the respect for Lord Vishnu in every possible way.

The heart one should assign 'om', 'vi' next comes to the top of the head, 'sa' comes between the eyebrows, 'na' on the s'ikhâ [the tuft of hair on the back of the head with vaishnava monks], 've' comes between the eyes, the syllable 'na' should be assigned to all the joints of the body, and 'ma' should be thought of as a weapon in the form of a mantra. Thus should an intelligent person, saying the mantra of 'visarga' ending with 'phat' in all directions ['visarga mah astrâya phath' or: 'with this weapon I free myself from the world'], fix himself on 'Om Vishnave Namah' ['All glories to Lord Vishnu']. (Vedabase)

 

Text 11

One should recite the following prayer representing the Supreme Self to meditate upon that [in the form of Bhagavân] is endowed with the six opulences of learning [or knowledge], power and austerity [as also wealth, beauty and fame]:

One should recite the following mantras that personify the Supreme Self worthy to meditate upon that is endowed with the six opulences of learning, power and austerity [as also wealth, beauty and fame]: (Vedabase)

   

Text 12

'I pray that the Lord of the eight qualities [see also 3.15: 45] whose feet rest upon the back of Garuda and who holds the conch shell, disc, shield, sword, club, arrows, bow and ropes in his eight hands, will protect me on all sides.

'I pray that the Lord, He of the eight perfections [see 3-15-45] whose feet rest on the back of Garuda holding the conchshell, disc, shield, sword, club, arrows, bow and ropes in his eight arms, will grant me His protection. (Vedabase)

 

Text 13

May Matsya [the fish incarnation of Lord Vishnu] protect me against the aquatic predators in the water  who represent the noose of Varuna. May He as the dwarf incarnation Vâmana who took the three steps [as Trivikrama, Lord Vishnu as the conqueror of the three worlds] protect me on land and may He as Vis'varûpa [Him in the form of the universe] protect me in the sky [the ether].

May Matsya [the fish-incarnation of Lord Vishnu] protect me in the water against the predators of Varuna, may He on land protect me by the ropes of Vâmana, the dwarf-incarnation of Trivikrama [Lord Vishnu as the conqueror of the three worlds] and may He in the sky protect me as Vis'varûpa [Him in the form of the universe]. (Vedabase)

 

Text 14

May the Supreme Master Lord Nrisimhadeva whose fearful laughter resounding in all directions meant the fall of the enemy of the leader of the demons [Hiranyakas'ipu] and the miscarriage of  his babies, protect me in [my toiling in] the wilderness and on the front in battle.

May the Supreme Master protect me in my toiling in the wilderness and at the front in battle; may Lord Nrsimhadev, of whose fearful laughter, resounding in all directions, the enemy of the leader of the demons and his offspring to be came to fall, release me. (Vedabase)

 

Text 15

May we in the streets be protected [against thugs] by Him whom one respects with the rituals, Lord Varâha who raised the planet earth on His tusks. May there for us on the mountain tops be the protection of Lord [Paras'u-]Râma and may we in foreign countries be protected by [Lord Râmacandra] the elder brother of Bharata and His brother Lakshmana.

May on the street there be the protection of that One Lordship respected in the rituals, Lord Varâha who on his own tusks raised the planet earth; may there for us be on the mountain peaks the protection of Lord [Parasu-]Râma and in foreign countries the protection of the elder brother [Lord Râmacandra] of Bharata, and His brother Lakshmana. (Vedabase)

  

Text 16

May Lord Nârâyana protect me against religious fanaticism and keep me from acting in madness, may Nara keep me from being arrogant, may Dattâtreya the master of [the powers of] yoga keep me from straying from the path of yoga and may Kapila, the Lord of [all good] qualities, keep me from attachment to the fruits of labor.

May Lord Nârâyana protect me from religious fanaticism and from acting to madness; may Nara keep me from being arrogant, may Dattâtreya keep me away from disloyal union [non-yoga] and may the master of all Yoga, the controller of all quality, Lord Kapila be my guarantee against the bondage of karma. (Vedabase)

 

Text 17

May Sanat-kumâra [the perfect celibate] protect me against Cupid [lust], may Hayagrîva [the horse incarnation] keep me from the path of disrespecting the divinity, may the best of  all sages the devarshi Nârada keep me from offenses during the service and may the Lord in the form of Kûrma [the tortoise incarnation] keep me out of the everlasting hell.

May Sanat-Kumâra [the perfect celibate] keep me out of the hands of Cupid, may Hayagrîva [the horse-incarnation] keep me on the path away from disrespecting the divinity, may the best of sages Devarshi Nârada keep me from offenses doing worship and may the Lord as Kûrma [the tortoise-incarnation] keep me out of the infinite hell. (Vedabase)

 

Text 18

May Bhagavân Dhanvantari [the physician avatâra] protect me against things harmful to one's health, may Rishabhadeva, the one fully in control of the mind and the self [see 5.4: 6], keep me from duality and fear, may Yajña [Vishnu as the Lord of sacrifice] keep me from infamy and an awkward social position and may Lord Balarâma in the form of Ananta S'esha [the Lord of the ego, see 5.25] keep me away from the angry serpents.

May Bhagavân Dhanvantari [the physician-avatâra] protect me from things injurious to one's health, may Rshabhadeva, the full control over the mind and the self [see 5. 4-6], keep me from the duality and fear, may Yajña [Vishnu as the Lord of sacrifice] keep me from infamy and an akward social position, and may Lord Balarâma in the form of Ananta S'esha [the Lord of the ego, see 5.25] keep me away from the angry serpents. (Vedabase)
 
Text 19

May Bhagavân Dvaipâyana [Vyâsadeva] keep me from ignorance and may Lord Buddha protect me against the hosts of heretics and madness [as a consequence of negligence]. May Kalki, the Lord who in this darkest age of quarrel incarnates as the greatest one in defense of the dharma [also as the channa- or covert avatâra], protect me against the impurities of the time we are living in [viz. intoxication, promiscuity, gambling and meat-eating; see also 1.17: 24].

May Bhagavân Dvaipâyana [Vyâsadeva] keep me from incompetence, may also Lord Buddha, who leads the ones who are illusioned, keep me away from the delusional and may Kalki, the Lord of this age of quarrel incarnating as the greatest in defense of the dharma [as the channa- or covert avatâra's], protect me against the impurities of the time [intoxication, promiscuity, gambling and meat-eating; see also 1.17:24]. (Vedabase)

 

Text 20

May Kes'ava protect me with His club during the hours after sunrise, may Govinda holding His flute protect me early in the morning, may Nârâyana the Lord of all potencies, protect me late in the morning and may Lord Vishnu the ruler with the disc in His hand, protect me during the hours at noon [see also 5.21: 10].

May Kes'ava with His club protect me in the morning, may Govinda holding His flute do so in the afternoon, may Nârâyana protect me in the late afternoon and may for the fourth part of the day Lord Vishnu, the ruler with the disc, be the controller of all forces [see also 5.21.10]. (Vedabase)

 

Text 21   

May Lord Madhusûdana with the fearful bow S'ârnga protect me early in the afternoon. May Mâdhava, the Lord of Brahmâ, Vishnu and S'iva, protect me in the late afternoon and may Lord Hrishîkes'a protect me during the hours at dusk. May Lord Padmanâbha [the Lord from whose navel the universe sprang] be the one protector during the entire evening early and late.

May Lord Madhusûdana with the fearful bow Sârnga protect me in the early evening. May Mâdhava, the Lord of Brahmâ, Vishnu and S'iva, protect me in the late evening and may Lord Hrisikes'a protect me in the early night. May around midnight Lord Padmanâbha [the Lord from whose navel the universe sprang] be my only protector. (Vedabase)

 

Text 22

May the Lord with the S'rîvatsa mark protect me during the hours after midnight, may Janârdana the Lord with the sword in His hand protect me late at night and may Lord Dâmodara protect me during the hours before dawn [during which there is the brâhmamuhûrta **]. May the Controller of the Universe, the Supreme Lord in the form of time protect me [as the kâla-mûrti, also the clock].

May the Lord with the S'rîvatsa-mark be the controller after midnight, may Janardhana, the Lord with the sword in His hand be the controller over the end of the night, may Lord Dâmodara protect me at dawn and may the Controller of the Universe, the Supreme Lord that is the personification of time rule over the early morning [**]. (Vedabase)

 

Text 23

Please let the sharp rimmed [Sudars'ana] disc [His order of time, the cyclic of natural time] that wielded by the Lord destructively moves in all directions alike the fire at the end of time, burn to ashes the enemy forces, the same way a blazing fire with its friend the wind would burn dry grass in an instant.

Please let the sharp rimmed disc operated by the Lord [His order of time, the cyclic of natural time], that at the end of the age is as the fire of devastation, with its moving around the entirety of worlds, burn to ashes the enemy forces just like a blazing fire with its friend the wind would do instantly with dry grass. (Vedabase)


Text 24

May You [Kaumodakî], oh mace so dear to the Invincible Lord, whose impact sparks with fire like thunderbolts, pound to pieces, smash, destroy and pulverize my enemies the imps [Kushmândas], the magicians [Vainâyakas], the evil spirits [Yakshas], the demons [Râkshasas], the ghosts [Bhûtas] and the maddeners [Grahas].

May You, o club, so dear to the Invincible Lord, whose touch like thunderbolts sparks with fire, pound to pieces and pound to pieces, destroy and pulverize my enemies, the imps [Kushmânda's], the conjurers [Vainâyaka's], the evil spirits [Yaksha's], the demons [Râkshasa's], the ghosts [Bhûta's] and the poisoners [Graha's]. (Vedabase)

 

Text 25

Oh conch shell [oh Pâñcajanya], may you with your frightening sound make the hearts tremble of the enemy torturers [Pramathas], evil spirits [Pretas], she-devils [Mâtâs], madmen [Pis'âcas] and heretics [Vipra-grahas] with their evil looks.

O conchshell, may you with your frightening sound cause the hearts of the enemy torturers [Pramatha's], living dead [Preta's], bastards [Mâtâ's], madmen [Pis'âca's] and heretics [Vipra-graha's] with their evil looks, to tremble to the core. (Vedabase)

 

Text 26

You oh sharpest of all swords [oh Nandaka], may you in the hands of the Lord cut to pieces, chop up the enemy soldiers. Oh shield marked with a hundred shining moons, blind the eyes of the evil-minded ones so full of anger and pluck out their sinful eyeballs.

You, o sharpest of swords, may you in the hands of the Lord cut to pieces, chop up, the enemy soldiers. O shield marked with a hundred shining moons, blind the eyes of the envious so full of evil and pluck their sinful eyeballs out. (Vedabase)

 

Text 27-28

May by the glory of Your name, form and attributes all the bad [influence of the] planets, falling stars, sinners, snakes, scorpions, predators  and other living beings and fear arousing poisoners of our minds and bodies who obstruct our well-being, be completely destroyed.

May by the glory of Your name, form and attributes all the enmity, all the sin, all the envious, the snakes, the scorpions and predators, the earthly ghosts, as well as the fear arousing poisoners of our minds and bodies which hindered our well-being, be sent to their full destruction. (Vedabase)

 

Text 29

May the majesty of Garuda whom one praises in hymns, he who embodies the Vedic verses, may that master protect us with [his name and] all the names of Vishvaksena [the Lord whose powers are found throughout the universe] against an endless suffering.

Garuda, the majesty of the Lord glorified in verses, the personification of the Veda; may that master protect us from endless suffering by all the names of Vis'vaksena Himself [the Lord who's powers are found throughout the universe]. (Vedabase)

 

Text 30

May His holy names, forms, strategies ['carriers'] and weapons, protect our intelligence, mind and life air from being caught in fear.

May the adornment of His retinue, of His holy name, form, carriers and weapons, protect and maintain our intelligence, mind and life-air from all kinds of dangers. (Vedabase)

 

Text 31

We pray that whatever that is disturbing us [and our devotion] will find its end as a logical consequence of the fact that it is You, the Lord [of time] alone who decides what the ultimate reality would be of that what is and that what is not [like happiness and grief coming and going, see B.G. 2: 14].

As sure a fact that with the Supreme Lord there is no doubt of the ultimate over the manifest and unmanifest, are we sure that by this truth whatever that is all of disturbance to us will find its end. (Vedabase)

 

Text 32-33

Those bent upon an absence of differences think of the oneness of the Soul [within the material diversity]. Following that course, He is truly understood as the [One transcendental] omniscient Supreme Lord [who defeats the illusion] by means of His expanding spiritual energy in the form of His decorations, weapons, characteristics and the opulence of His many potencies and different names. May He, the all-pervading One, with all His forms protect us always and everywhere.

With those thinking an absence of differences is the oneness known by the diversity. Following that course, is He Himself by His expanding spiritual energy with all His decorations, weapons, characteristics and having so many potencies and different names, truly understood as the omniscient Supreme Lord defeating the illusion; may He, the all-pervading One, with all His forms, protect us always and everywhere. (Vedabase)

 

Text 34

May the Supreme Lord in every nook and corner, in all directions, above and below, on all sides, from within and from without, in the form of Nrisimhadeva annihilate all worldly fears with His mighty roar [or song, see the Nrisimha Pranâma]. May He with His effulgence overshadow all other influences.'

May the Supreme Lord In every nook and corner, in all directions, above and below, from all sides, from within and from without in the form of Nrsimhadev annihilate all worldly fears by His mighty roar [or song, see the Nrsimha Pranâma]; may He with His effulgence overshadow all other influences. (Vedabase)

 

Text 35

S'rî Vis'varûpa continued:] 'Oh King Indra, when you the way I described it under the protection of this [mystic] armor relate to Lord Nârâyana, you will conquer very easily the leaders of the demoniac hordes.

O King Indra, under the protection of this mystic armor relating to Lord Nârâyana that I described, will you conquer very easily the leaders of the demoniac hordes. (Vedabase)

 

Text 36

Whoever keeps this [prayer] in mind will, whatever he came to see, found at his feet or stumbled upon, immediately be freed from all fright and fear.

Whatever the person who but sets his mind to it, whether he came to see it, found it at his feet or stumbled into it, will immediately be freed from all fears. (Vedabase)

 

Text 37

He who employs this mystic prayer has nothing to fear, not from the government, not from rogues, not from maddeners and such nor from any disease at any time.

He who employs this mystic prayer has nothing to fear, not from the government, nor from rogues, not from the poisoners and such nor from diseases either at any time. (Vedabase)

 

Text 38

This prayer was in the past used by a man called Kaus'ika, a brahmin who fixed in yoga gave up his body in the desert.

This prayer was before used by a man named Kaus'ika, a brahmin, a yoga-adept who gave up his body in the desert. (Vedabase)

 

Text 39

His remains were spotted by Citraratha, the king of the Ghandarvas from above in his heavenly chariot, when he one day, surrounded by many a beautiful woman, had moved in the direction where the twice-born one had died.

His dead body was spotted from above in his heavenly chariot by the King of the Ghandarva's, Citraratha when he once surrounded by many a beautiful woman went to where the twice-born one had died. (Vedabase)

 

Text 40

All of a sudden he with his heavenly vehicle, his vimâna, inescapably tumbled out of the sky. Amazed about it he consulted with the Vâlikhilyas [the sages of the sun god] who advised him to collect the bones, throw them in the eastward flowing Sarasvatî and then return home after taking a bath in that river.'

All of a sudden he inescapably, headfirst, fell down from the sky with his heavenly vehicle. Struck with wonder talking to the Vâlikhilya's [the sages of the sungod], he received instruction to collect all the bones and throw them in the eastward flowing Sarasvatî. After taking a bath in that river he could then return home.' (Vedabase)

 

Text 41

S'rî S'uka said: 'Anyone who at the opportune moment hears about [this prayer] and carefully concentrates on it, will acquire the respect of all living beings and be delivered from all fear.

S'rî S'uka said: 'Anyone who may hear this in times of trouble or anyone who employs this zealously, offering Him obeisances, is released from all the fearful of any creature in existence. (Vedabase)

 

Text 42

Indra who had performed a hundred sacrifices [see 4:9: 1], by means of this prayer that he received from Vis'varûpa conquered in battle the Asuras and enjoyed the opulence of the three worlds [see also B.G. 4: 34]'

By this prayer received from Vis'varûpa enjoyed Indra as the vessel of enlightenment, the riches of all three worlds and conquered he in battle all the ones of darkness [see also B.G. 4.43]. (Vedabase)

*: This is an actual practice of Vaishnava monks living in the temple. Each morning they apply tilaka, holy clay, on different bodyparts addressing Lord Nârâyana with different mantras, thus allaying the fear and warding off the danger of facing the material world with all its opponents to the teaching. The formal âcamana mantra before sipping water goes as follows: 'om apavitrah pavitro vâ sarvâvasthâm gato 'pi vâ // yah smaret pundarîkâksham sa bahyâbhyantarah śucih // s'rî-vishnu s'rî-vishnu s'rî-vishnu'.

**: Generally, each day and each night Vedically is divided into six parts consisting of five ghathikâs of 24 minutes each. To each portion of the day of two hours there is another name of the Lord or activity for God to be respected according to these verses. The periods concern the regular hours (to the position of the sun, considered from the equator) directly after sunrise 6-8 (before breafast), early in the morning 8-10, late in the morning 10-12, at noon 12-2 (lunchtime), early in the afternoon 2-4, late in the afternoon 4-6 and the hours at dusk (after dinner) 6-8, early in the evening 8-10, late in the evening 10-12, early at night 12-2, late at night 2-4 and before dawn 4-6 (with the brâhmamuhûrta, the meditation hour between the fourth and second ghathikâ before sunrise).

 

 

 

 

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