Thursday, October 24, 2019

Rare Hymn on Lord Krishna By Lord Shankara and Sri Rukmini Stuti

Dear All,

Greetings. At the outset, may I wish you all a very happy Deepavali, which is just one week away. May The Festival of Light Illuminate every dimension of your lives with divine effulgence and grace.

In this context, I am delighted to share a very rare hymn on Lord Krishna by Lord Shankara when Lord Krishna visits Mount Kailash. This is taken from Harivamsha Puranam (last Canto of Mahabharata), Bhavishya Parva and Chapter 90. In the brief Phalashruti Lord Shankara mentions that one gets absolved of all sins and granted of all rightful wishes by reciting this hymn devotedly every day. 

Lord Krishna's visit to Mount Kailsh is explained in a few chapters and there is yet another stuti by Lord Shankara on Lord Krishna in Chapter 88 which is preceded by Lord Krishna's stuti on Lord Shankara. Lord Shankara, in his stuti in Chapter 88, establishes beyond doubt that there is no difference between Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. 

ka iti brahmaNo nAma Isho.ahaM sarva-dehinAm | AvAM tavA~Nga saMbhUtau tasmAt keshava nAmavAn || 48 ||
ahaM tvaM sarvago deva tvaM evAhaM janardana | Avayor antaraM nAsti shabdair-arthajair jagatpate || 61 ||
nAmani tava govinda yAni loke mahAnti ca | tAn yeva mama nAmAni nAtra kArya vicAraNA || 62 ||
tvad upAsA jagannAtha saivAsti mama gopate | yashca tvAM dveShTi devesha sa mAM dveShTi na saMshayaH || 63 ||
Meaning : ka is the name of Lord Brahama and I am the Isha omni-present in all manifestations and we originated from your divine body and that is why you are called Keshava (ka + Isha + va). You are me and I am You and there is no difference between us. One who meditates you, he meditates me too. One who hates you, hates me as well and let there be no doubt.

I have also included a very rare hymn at the end on Goddess Rukmini taken from Skanda purana, Prabhasa Khana, Dwaraka Mahatmyam and Chapter 22 which explains the procedure to worship Goddess Rukmini. This is the only hymn I have come across on Goddess Rukmini. 

Once again best wishes for a very happy and prosperous Deepavali!

With best regards and Pranams,
K. Muralidharan Iyengar (Murali)

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