of Sri Kulashekara Alvar
sri-vallabheti vara-deti daya-pareti
natheti naga-sayaneti jagan-nivasety
alapinam prati-dinam kuru mam mukunda
O Mukunda, my Lord! Please let me become a constant reciter of Your names, addressing You as Sri-vallabha ("He who is very dear to Lakshmi"), Varada ("the bestower of benedictions"), Dayapara ("He who is causelessly merciful"), Bhakta-priya ("He who is very dear to His devotees"), Bhava-lunthana-kovida ("He who is expert at plundering the status quo of repeated birth and death"), Natha ("the Supreme Lord"), Jagan-nivasa ("the resort of the cosmos,") and Naga-sayana ("the Lord who lies down on the serpent bed").
jayatu jayatu devo devaki-nandano 'yam
jayatu jayatu krishno vrishni-vamsa-pradipah
jayatu jayatu megha-syamalah komalango
jayatu jayatu prithvi-bhara-naso mukundah
All glories to this Personality of Godhead known as the son of Srimati Devakidevi! All glories to Lord Sri Krishna, the brilliant light of the Vrishni dynasty! All glories to the Personality of Godhead, the hue of whose soft body resembles the blackish color of a new cloud! All glories to Lord Mukunda, who removes the burdens of the earth!
mukunda murdhna pranipatya yace
bhavantam ekantam iyantam artham
bhave bhave me 'stu bhavat-prasadat
O Lord Mukunda! I bow down my head to your Lordship and respectfully ask you to fulfill this one desire of mine: that in each of my future births I will, by your Lordship's mercy, always remember and never forget Your lotus feet.
naham vande tava caranayor dvandvam advandva-hetoh
kumbhipakam gurum api hare narakam napanetum
ramya-rama-mridu-tanu-lata nandane napi rantum
bhave bhave hridaya-bhavane bhavayeyam bhavantam
O Lord Hari, it is not to be saved from the dualities of material existence or the grim tribulations of the Kumbhipaka hell that I pray to your lotus feet. Nor is my purpose to enjoy the soft-skinned beautiful women who reside in the gardens of heaven. I pray to Your lotus feet only so that I may remember You alone in the core of my heart, birth after birth.
nastha dharme na vasu-nicaye naiva kamopabhoge
yad bhavyam tad bhavatu bhagavan purva-karmanurupam
etat prarthyam mama bahu matam janma-janmantare 'pi
tvat-padambhoruha-yuga-gata niscala bhaktir astu
O my Lord! I have no attachment for religiosity, or for accumulating wealth, or for enjoying sense gratification. Let these come as they inevitably must, in accordance with my past deeds. But I do pray for this most cherished boon: birth after birth, let me render unflinching devotional service unto your two lotus feet.
divi va bhuvi va mamastu vaso
narake va narakantaka prakamam
caranau te marane 'pi cintayami
O Lord, killer of the demon Naraka! Let me reside either in the realm of the demigods, in the world of human beings, or in hell, as You please. I pray only that at the point of death I may remember Your two lotus feet, whose beauty defies that of the lotus growing in the Sarat season.
cintayami harim eva santatam
nanda-gopa-tanayam parat param
I always think of Lord Hari, whose joyful lotus face bears a gentle smile. Although He is the son of the cowherd Nanda, He is also the supreme Absolute Truth worshiped by great sages like Narada.
srama-mushi bhuja-vici-vyakule 'gadha-marge
hari-sarasi vigahyapiya tejo-jalaugham
bhava-maru-parikhinnah klesam adya tyajami
The desert of material existence has exhausted me. But today I will cast aside all troubles by diving into the lake of Lord Hari and drinking freely of the abundant water of His splendor. The lotuses in that lake are His hands and feet, and the fish are His brilliant shining eyes. That lake's water relieves all fatigue and is agitated by the waves His arms create. Its current flows deep beyond fathoming.
mura-bhidi ma viramasva citta rantum
sukha-taram aparam na jatu jane
O mind, please never stop taking pleasure in thinking of the Mura demon's destroyer, who has lotus eyes and bears the conch and disc weapons. Indeed, I know of nothing else that gives such extreme pleasure as meditating on Lord Hari's divine feet.
mabhir manda-mano vicintya bahudha yamis ciram yatana
naivami prabhavanti papa-ripavah svami nanu sridharah
alasyam vyapaniya bhakti-sulabham dhyayasva narayanam
lokasya vyasanapanodana-karo dasasya kim na kshamah
O foolish mind, stop your fearful fretting about the extensive torments dealt out by Yamaraja. How can your enemies, the sinful reactions you have accrued, even touch you? After all, is your master not the Supreme Lord, the husband of goddess Sri? Cast aside all hesitation and concentrate your thoughts on Lord Narayana, whom one very easily attains through devotional service. What can that dispeller of the whole world's troubles not do for His own servant?
vishama-visaya-toye majjatam aplavanam
bhavati saranam eko vishnu-poto naranam
The people in this vast ocean of birth and death are being blown about by the winds of material dualities. As they flounder in the perilous waters of sense indulgence, with no boat to help them, they are sorely distressed by the need to protect their sons, daughters, and wives. Only the boat that is Lord Vishnu can save them.
bhava-jaladhim agadham dustaram nistareyam
katham aham iti ceto ma sma gah kataratvam
sarasija-drisi deve taraki bhaktir eka
naraka-bhidi nishanna tarayishyaty avasyam
Dear mind, do not bewilder yourself by anxiously thinking, How can I cross this fathomless and impassable ocean of material existence? There is one who can save you--Devotion. If you offer her to the lotus-eyed Lord, the killer of Narakasura, she will carry you across this ocean without fail.
daravarte tanaya-sahaja-graha-sanghakule ca
samsarakhye mahati jaladhau majjatam nas tri-dhaman
padambhoje vara-da bhavato bhakti-navam prayaccha
O Lord of the three worlds, we are drowning in the vast ocean of samsara, which is filled with the waters of material hankering, with many waves of illusion whipped up by the winds of lust, with whirlpools of wives, and with vast schools of sharks and other sea monsters who are our sons and brothers. O giver of all benedictions, please grant me a place on the boat of devotion that is Your lotus feet.
prithvi-renur anuh payamsi kanikah phalguh sphulingo laghus
tejo nihsvasanam marut tanu-taram randhram su-sukshmam nabhah
kshudra rudra-pitamaha-prabhritayah kinah samastah sura
drishte yatra sa tarako vijayate sri-pada-dhuli-kanah
Once our savior has been seen, the whole earth becomes like a mere speck of dust, all the waters of the ocean become mere droplets, the totality of fire becomes an insignificant spark, the winds become just a faint sigh, and the expanse of space becomes a tiny hole. Great lords like Rudra and Grandfather Brahma become insignificant, and all the demigods become like small insects. Indeed, even one particle of dust from our Lord's feet conquers all.
he lokah srinuta prasuti-marana-vyadhes cikitsam imam
yoga-jnah samudaharanti munayo yam yajnavalkyadayah
antar-jyotir ameyam ekam amritam krishnakhyam apiyatam
tat pitam paramaushadham vitanute nirvanam atyantikam
O people, please hear of this treatment for the disease of birth and death! It is the name of Krishna. Recommended by expert yogis steeped in wisdom--such as Yajnavalkya--this boundless, eternal inner light is the best medicine, for when drunk it bestows complete and final liberation. Just drink it!
he martyah paramam hitam srinuta vo vakshyami sankshepatah
samsararnavam apad-urmi-bahulam samyak pravisya sthitah
nana-jnanam apasya cetasi namo narayanayety amum
mantram sa-pranavam pranama-sahitam pravartayadhvam muhuh
O mortal beings, you have submerged yourselves fully in the ocean of material existence, which is filled with waves of misfortune. Please hear as I briefly tell you how to attain your supreme benefit. Just put aside your various attempts at gaining knowledge and instead begin constantly chanting the mantra om namo narayanaya and bowing down to the Lord.
nathe nah purushottame tri-jagatam ekadhipe cetasa
sevye svasya padasya datari pare narayane tishthati
yam kancit purushadhamam katipaya-gramesam alpartha-dam
sevayai mrigayamahe naram aho mudha varaka vayam
Our master, the Personality of Godhead Narayana, who alone rules the three worlds, whom one can serve in meditation, and who happily shares His personal domain, has manifested Himself before us. Yet still we beg for the service of some minor lord of a few villages, some lowly person who can only meagerly reward us. Alas, what foolish wretches we are!
baddhenanjalina natena sirasa gatraih sa-romodgamaih
kanthena svara-gadgadena nayanenodgirna-bashpambuna
asmakam sarasiruhaksha satatam sampadyatam jivitam
O lotus-eyed Lord, please sustain our lives as we constantly relish the nectar of meditating on Your lotus feet, with our palms prayerfully joined, our heads bowed down, and our bodily hair standing up in jubilation.
yat krishna-pranipata-dhuli-dhavalam tad varshma tad vai siras
te netre tamasojjhite su-rucire yabhyam harir drisyate
sa buddhir vimalendu-sankha-dhavala ya madhava-dhyayini
sa jihvamrita-varshiti prati-padam ya stauti narayanam
That head is the loftiest which is white with dust from bowing down to Lord Krishna. Those eyes are the most beautiful which darkness has abandoned after they have seen Lord Hari. That intelligence is spotless--like the white glow of the moon or a conchshell--which concentrates on Lord Madhava. And that tongue rains down nectar which constantly glorifies Lord Narayana.
jihve kirtaya kesavam mura-ripum ceto bhaja sridharam
pani-dvandva samarcayacyuta-kathah srotra-dvaya tvam srinu
krishnam lokaya locana-dvaya harer gacchanghri-yugmalayam
jighra ghrana mukunda-pada-tulasim murdhan namadhokshajam
O tongue, praise the glories of Lord Kesava. O mind, worship the enemy of Mura. O hands, serve the Lord of Sri. O ears, hear the topics of Lord Acyuta. O eyes, gaze upon Sri Krishna. O feet, go to the temple of Lord Hari. O nose, smell the tulasi buds on Lord Mukunda's feet. O head, bow down to Lord Adhokshaja.
amnayabhyasanany aranya-ruditam veda-vratany anv-aham
medas-cheda-phalani purta-vidhayah sarvam hutam bhasmani
tirthanam avagahanani ca gaja-snanam vina yat-pada-
dvandvambhoruha-samsmritim vijayate devah sa narayanah
All glories to Lord Narayana! Without remembrance of His lotus feet, recitation of scripture is merely crying in the wilderness, regular observance of severe vows enjoined in the Vedas is no more than a way to lose weight, execution of prescribed pious duties is like pouring oblations onto ashes, and bathing at various holy sites is no better than an elephant's bath.
madana parihara sthitim madiye
hara-nayana-krisanuna kriso 'si
smarasi na cakra-parakramam murareh
O Cupid, abandon your residence in my mind, which is now the home of Lord Mukunda's lotus feet. You have already been incinerated by Lord Siva's fiery glance, so why do you neglect Lord Murari's disc?
nathe dhatari bhogi-bhoga-sayane narayane madhave
deve devaki-nandane sura-vare cakrayudhe sarngini
lilasesha-jagat-prapanca-jathare visvesvare sridhare
govinde kuru citta-vrittim acalam anyais tu kim vartanaih
Think only of your master and sustainer, the Supreme Lord, who is known as Narayana and Madhava and who lies on the body of the serpent Ananta. He is the darling son of Devaki, the hero of the demigods, and the Lord of the cows, and He holds a conchshell and the bow Sarnga. What will you gain by thinking of anything else?
ma draksham kshina-punyan kshanam api bhavato bhakti-hinan padabje
ma srausham sravya-bandham tava caritam apasyanyad akhyana-jatam
ma smarsham madhava tvam api bhuvana-pate cetasapahnuvanan
ma bhuvam tvat-saparya-vyatikara-rahito janma-janmantare 'pi
O Madhava, please do not let me even glance at those whose pious credits are so depleted that they have no devotion for Your lotus feet. Please do not let me be distracted from listening to the worthy narrations of Your pastimes and become interested in other topics. Please, O Lord of the universe, let me pay no attention to those who avoid thinking of You, and let me never be unable to serve You in some menial way, birth after birth.
maj-janmanah phalam idam madhu-kaitabhare
mat-prarthaniya-mad-anugraha esha eva
bhrityasya bhritya iti mam smara loka-natha
O enemy of Madhu and Kaitabha, O Lord of the universe, the perfection of my life and the most cherished mercy You could show me would be for You to consider me the servant of the servant of the servant of the servant of the servant of the servant of Your servant.
tattvam bruvanani param paras tan
madhu ksharantiva mudavahani
pravartaya pranjalir asmi jihve
My dear tongue, I stand before you with joined palms and beg you to recite the names of Lord Narayana. These names describing the Supreme Absolute Truth bring great pleasure, as if exuding honey.
karomi narayana-pujanam sada
vadami narayana-nama nirmalam
smarami narayana-tattvam avyayam
At every moment I bow down to the lotus feet of Narayana, I perform worship to Narayana, I recite the pure name of Narayana, and I reflect on the infallible truth of Narayana.
Texts 28 and 29
sri-natha narayana vasudeva
sri-krishna bhakta-priya cakra-pane
sri-rama padmaksha hare murare
ananta vaikuntha mukunda krishna
govinda damodara madhaveti
vaktum samartho 'pi na vakti kascid
aho jananam vyasanabhimukhyam
O Srinatha, Narayana, Vasudeva, divine Krishna, O kind friend of Your devotees! O Cakrapani, Padmanabha, Acyuta, Kaitabhari, Rama, Padmaksha, Hari, Murari! O Ananta, Vaikuntha, Mukunda, Krishna, Govinda, Damodara, Madhava! Although all people can address You, still they remain silent. Just see how eager they are for their own peril!
sreyo deva-sikha-manir disatu no gopala-cuda-manih
He is the jewel riding on the back of Garuda, who carries away the Lord's devotees on his wings. He is the magic jewel protecting the three worlds, the jewellike cloud attracting the Cataka-bird eyes of the gopis, and the jewel among all who gesture gracefully. He is the only jeweled ornament on the ample breasts of Queen Rukmini, who is herself the jewel of beloved consorts. May that crown jewel of all gods, the best of the cowherds, grant us the supreme benediction.
satru-cchedaika-mantram sakalam upanishad-vakya-sampujya-mantram
samsaroccheda-mantram samucita-tamasah sangha-niryana-mantram
jihve sri-krishna-mantram japa japa satatam janma-saphalya-mantram
O tongue, please constantly chant the mantra composed of Sri Krishna's names. This is the only mantra for destroying all enemies, the mantra worshiped by every word of the Upanishads, the mantra that uproots samsara, the mantra that drives away all the darkness of ignorance, the mantra for attaining infinite opulence, the mantra for curing those bitten by the poisonous snake of worldly distress, and the mantra for making one's birth in this world successful.
daityendrarti-karaushadham tri-bhuvane sanjivanaikaushadham
sreyah-prapti-karaushadham piba manah sri-krishna-divyaushadham
O mind, please drink the transcendental medicine of Sri Krishna's glories. It is the perfect medicine for curing the disease of bewilderment, for inspiring sages to engage their minds in meditation, and for tormenting the mighty Daitya demons. It alone is the medicine for restoring the three worlds to life and for bestowing unlimited blessings on the Supreme Lord's devotees. Indeed, it is the only medicine that can destroy one's fear of material existence and lead one to the attainment of the supreme good.
adyaiva me visatu manasa-raja-hamsah
kanthavarodhana-vidhau smaranam kutas te
O Lord Krishna, at this moment let the royal swan of my mind enter the tangled stems of the lotus of Your feet. How will it be possible for me to remember You at the time of death, when my throat will be choked up with mucus, bile, and air?
cetas cintaya kirtayasva rasane namri-bhava tvam siro
hastav anjali-samputam racayatam vandasva dirgham vapuh
atman samsraya pundarika-nayanam nagacalendra-sthitam
dhanyam punya-tamam tad eva paramam daivam hi sat-siddhaye
O mind, think of the lotus-eyed Lord who reclines on the mountainlike serpent Ananta. O tongue, glorify Him. O head, bow down to Him. O hands, join your palms in supplication to Him. O body, offer outstretched obeisances to Him. O heart, take full shelter of Him. That Supreme Lord is the topmost Deity. It is He alone who is all-auspicious and supremely purifying, He alone who awards eternal perfection.
dehe na yasya pulakodgama-roma-rajih
notpadyate nayanayor vimalambu-mala
dhik tasya jivitam aho purushadhamasya
One who hears descriptions of Lord Janardana's pastimes and glorious qualities but whose bodily hair fails to bristle in ecstasy and whose eyes fail to flood with tears of pure love--such a person is indeed the most degraded rascal. What a condemned life he leads!
andhasya me hrita-viveka-maha-dhanasya
cauraih prabho balibhir indriya-namadheyaih
devesa dehi kripanasya karavalambam
O Lord, the powerful thieves of my senses have blinded me by stealing my most precious possession, my discrimination, and they have thrown me deep into the pitch-dark well of delusion. Please, O Lord of lords, extend Your hand and save this wretched soul.
idam sariram parinama-pesalam
pataty avasyam sata-sandhi-jarjaram
kim aushadham pricchasi mudha durmate
niramayam krishna-rasayanam piba
This body's beauty is fleeting, and at last the body must succumb to death after its hundreds of joints have stiffened with old age. So why, bewildered fool, are you asking for medication? Just take the Krishna elixir, the one cure that never fails.
ascaryam etad dhi manushya-loke
sudham parityajya visham pibanti
tyaktvanya-vacah kuhakah pathanti
The greatest wonder in human society is this: People are so incorrigible that they reject the life-giving nectar of Lord Narayana's names and instead drink poison by speaking everything else.
tyajantu bandhavah sarve
nindantu guravo janah
govindo mama jivanam
Let my relatives all abandon me and my superiors condemn me. Still, the supremely blissful Govinda remains my life and soul.
satyam bravimi manujah svayam urdhva-bahur
yo yo mukunda narasimha janardaneti
jivo japaty anu-dinam marane rane va
pashana-kashtha-sadrisaya dadaty abhishtam
O mankind, with arms raised high I declare the truth! Any mortal who chants the names Mukunda, Nrisimha, and Janardana day after day, even in battle or when facing death, will come to regard his most cherished ambitions as no more valuable than a stone or a block of wood.
narayanaya nama ity amum eva mantram
srinvantu bhavya-matayo yatayo 'nuragad
uccais taram upadisamy aham urdhva-bahuh
Raising my arms, I utter this compassionate advice as loudly as I can: If those in the renounced order want to be delivered from the terrible, poisonous condition of material life, they should have the good sense to constantly hear the mantra om namo narayanaya.
cittam naiva nivartate kshanam api sri-krishna-padambujat
nindantu priya-bandhava guru-jana grihnantu muncantu va
durvadam parighoshayantu manuja vamse kalanke 'stu va
tadrik prema-dharanuraga-madhuna mattaya manam tu me
My mind cannot turn from Sri Krishna's lotus feet, even for a moment. So let my dear ones and other relatives criticize me, my superiors accept or reject me as they like, the common people spread evil gossip about me, and my family's reputation be sullied. For a madman like me, it is honor enough to feel this flood of love of Godhead, which brings such sweet emotions of attraction for my Lord.
krishno rakshatu no jagat-traya-guruh krishnam namadhvam sada
krishnenakhila-satravo vinihatah krishnaya tasmai namah
krishnad eva samutthitam jagad idam krishnasya daso 'smy aham
krishne tishthati visvam etad akhilam he krishna rakshasva mam
May Krishna, the spiritual master of the three worlds, protect us. Continually bow down to Krishna. Krishna has killed all our enemies. Obeisances to Krishna. From Krishna alone this world has come into being. I am the servant of Krishna. This entire universe rests within Krishna. O Krishna, please protect me!
he gopalaka he kripa-jalanidhe he sindhu-kanya-pate
he kamsantika he gajendra-karuna-parina he madhava
he ramanuja he jagat-traya-guro he pundarikaksha mam
he gopijana-natha palaya param janami na tvam vina
O young cowherd boy! O ocean of mercy! O husband of Lakshmi, the ocean's daughter! O killer of Kamsa! O merciful benefactor of Gajendra! O Madhava! O younger brother of Rama! O spiritual master of the three worlds! O lotus-eyed Lord of the gopis! I know no one greater than You. Please protect me.
dara varakara-vara-suta te tanujo virincih
stotra vedas tava sura-gana bhritya-vargah prasadah
muktir maya jagad avikalam tavaki devaki te
mata mitram bala-ripu-sutas tat tvad anyam na jane
Your wife is the beautiful daughter of the ocean, and Your son is Lord Brahma. The Vedas are Your panegyrist, the demigods comprise Your company of servants, and liberation is Your pleasure, while this entire universe is a display of Your magic power. Srimati Devaki is Your mother, and Arjuna, the son of Bala's enemy, is Your friend. For these reasons I have no interest in anyone but You.
pranamam isasya sirah-phalam vidus
tad-arcanam prani-phalam divaukasah
vacah-phalam tad-guna-kirtanam budhah
The wise inhabitants of the heavenly regions know that the perfection of the head is to offer prostrate obeisances to the Supreme Lord, the perfection of the life-breath is to worship the Lord, the perfection of the mind is to ponder the details of His transcendental qualities, and the perfection of speech is to chant the glories of His qualities.
sriman-nama procya narayanakhyam
ke na prapur vanchitam papino 'pi
ha nah purvam vak-pravritta na tasmims
tena praptam garbha-vasadi-duhkham
What person, even if he be most sinful, has ever said aloud the blessed name Narayana and failed to fulfill his desires? But we, alas, never used our power of speech in that way, and so we had to suffer such miseries as living in a womb.
dhyayanti ye vishnum anantam avyayam
hrit-padma-madhye satatam vyavasthitam
te yanti siddhim paramam tu vaishnavim
The unlimited and infallible Vishnu, who is always present within the lotus of the heart, grants fearlessness to those who fix their intelligence upon Him. The devotees who meditate on Him will reach the supreme perfection of the Vaishnavas.
tat tvam prasida bhagavan kuru mayy anathe
vishno kripam parama-karunikah khalu tvam
samsara-sagara-nimagnam ananta dinam
uddhartum arhasi hare purushottamo 'si
O Supreme Lord, O Vishnu, You are the most compassionate. So now please show me Your favor and bestow Your mercy upon this helpless soul. Kindly uplift this wretch who is drowning in the ocean of material existence. O Lord Hari, You are the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
madhavaya madhu-vidvishe namah
Obeisances to Lord Madhava, enemy of the Madhu demon. His beautiful form, lying on the couch of the serpent Ananta, is speckled by the shower of spray from the milk ocean's waves.
alam alam alam eka praninam patakanam
nirasana-vishaye ya krishna krishneti vani
yadi bhavati mukunde bhaktir ananda-sandra
karatala-kalina sa moksha-samrajya-lakshmih
By themselves the words "Krishna, Krishna" are sufficient to drive away the sins of all living beings. Anyone who possesses devotion for Lord Mukunda that is densely imbued with ecstasy holds in the palms of his hands the gifts of liberation, worldly influence, and splendor.
yasya priyau sruti-dharau kavi-loka-virau
mitrau dvi-janma-vara-padma-sarav abhutam
rajna krita kritir iyam kulasekharena
This work was composed by King Kulasekhara, a bee at the lotus feet of the lotus-eyed Lord. The king's two beloved friends are the twin stems of the glorious lotus of the brahmana community, expert Vedic scholars renowned as leaders of the community of poets.
mukunda-malam pathatam naranam
asesha-saukhyam labhate na kah svit
samasta-papa-kshayam etya dehi
prayati vishnoh paramam padam tat
Who among those who recite this Mukunda-mala will not achieve complete happiness? An embodied being who chants these prayers will have all his sinful reactions eradicated and proceed straight to the supreme abode of Lord Vishnu.