Vishnu Shatpadi by Adi Shankara

Sextet on Vishnu

O Vishnu! Leading away from arrogance, tranquilise my mind, and destroy the enduring greed for desires. Scatter away the mercy for living-beings, and take me across the cycle of rebirth.||1||

I sing praises of the lotus-feet of Lord of Lakshmi, Which has juice like the river Ganga, Which is fragrant and full of pleasures eternally, and Which breaks the shackles of the cycle of rebirth.||2||

O Lord! Even though there is no difference between us (I am a part of You), I belong to You and not vice-versa. Just like the ocean is made of waves but the waves are not made up of ocean.||3||

O Krishna, Who lifted the Govardhan¹! O Upendra, Who is the younger brother of Indra², Who is the enemy of demons, Who has sun and moon as two eyes! After seeing you, isn't it true that we get dispassionate about the whole mortal world? (Or it says that indeed Your appearance to someone destroys his (her) passion for the mortal world).||4||

O Supreme Lord, Who protects this earth by various incarnations like Matsya (fish)! I am feared by the cycle of life and death and therefore I am worthy of being saved by You.||5||

O Damodar! O Govind, Who is the temple of qualities, Who has a lotus-like body, Who is like the Mandarachal mountain for Ksheersagar like ocean of rebirth! You drive away the immense fear from my life.||6||

O Narayan, Who is full of compassion! I am taking the refuge of Your lotus-feet. May this above-said sextet (six pada) which is like a bumble-bee resides in my lotus-like mouth.||7||


¹ During Lord's appearance as Krishna, He stopped Nand and others to do sacrifices to Indra for clouds. He instead asked for devotion towards Narayan. Indra thought Krishna as a simple boy and got annoyed by His teachings. He sent clouds as a precursor to an attack on Vraj and started preparing his army. Krishna lifted Govardhan as a large umbrella to save everyone. Later Indra asked for forgiveness.

² Indra's father and mother, Kashyap and Aditi, had a boon of getting Lord as a child for three times. During second time, Lord was born from Kashyap and Aditi as Upendra; more popularly He is known as Vaman.

Poet: Adi Shankaracharya

Source: Stotra Ratnavali — Gitapress

© Stutimandal 2006, Mar 24.