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Govindam  adhi purusham  thamaham Bhajam

( I sing about the primeval God Govinda)

 

By

 

Lord Brahma

 

Translated by

 

P.R.Ramachander

 

  (This great prayer has been taken from a book called Brahma Samhita(Collection of writings by Lord Brahma) . This book was almost lost to the posterity and was recovered by Chaithanya Mahaprabhu from Kerala. He could get only 62 verses of this great work. The book  gives a very esoteric description of Govinda in his world of Goloka. An excellent commentary was written for this great work by Sri Bhakthi Sidhananda Saraswathi. ( http://www.dharmakshetra.com/sages/relaization%20of%20brahma.htm ).  He has also given a word to word meaning of all the verses. This work later formed the bedrock of the Gaudiya Vaishnavism I have used this  word for word meaning as well as Dictionaries and arrived at a simple translation of a great prayer contained in this great book. I have considered it as a prayer and have not tried to establish its philosophical import.. In some places I have arrived at a slightly different meaning for some of the verses. I hope the great translator would pardon me. )

 

 

 1.Chinthamani prakara sadmasu Kalpa Vuksha,

Laksha vrutheshu  surabhir abhipalayantham,

Lakshmi sahasra  satha  sambhrama  sevyamanam,

Govindam adhi purusham  thamaham Bhajami.

 

I sing about Govinda the primeval God,

Who is the wish giving tree ,

In a home built  with wish giving gems,

Who tends and takes care of millions of cows,

And who is being served by  millions  of Lakshmis

 

2.Venum kwanantham aravinda dalayataksham,

Barha avatamsam aseethabudha sundarangam,

Kandarpa koti  kamaneeya visesham shobham,

Govindam adhi purusham  thamaham Bhajami.

 

I sing about Govinda the primeval God,

Who plays the flute , who has eyes like lotus petals,

Who wears peacock feathers as an ornament,

Who is as pretty with the colour of the blue rich clouds,

And who has the glitter of billions of Gods of love.

 

3.Aalola chandra kalasad vana maalya vamsee,

Rathnangavam  pranaya keli  kala vilasam,

Shyamam  tribanga lalitham niyatha prakasam,

Govindam adhi purusham  thamaham Bhajami.

 

I sing about Govinda the primeval God,

Who wears a garland of forest flowers,

Attached with a pendant of the moon,

Who holds the flute as well as ornaments studded with gems,

Who enjoys the sports of love play,

Who shines  being dark  and who is,

Simple and destroys the three types of suffering*.

              *Due to mind, body and soul

 

4.Angaani  yasya  sakalendriya  vruthi manthi,

Pasyanthi  paanthi  kalayanthi chiram jaganthi,

Ananda chinmaya  sadujjwala  vigrahasya,

Govindam adhi purusham  thamaham Bhajami.

 

I sing about Govinda the primeval God,

Whose individual limbs can take up duties of all limbs,

And who eternally sees the universes that are apparent,

And whose form shines with extreme divine joy.

 

5.Advaitham  achyutham  anadhim  anantha roopam,

Adyam  Purana purusham  nava youvanam cha,

Vedeshu  durlabham adurlabhamathma bhkthou,

Govindam adhi purusham  thamaham Bhajami.

 

I sing about Govinda the primeval God,

Who has no second, who is without defects,

Who does not have beginning and has an endless form,

Who is first , most ancient  and ever young,

Who is difficult  to  attain even by  the Vedas,

But easily accessible to his dear devotees.

 

6.Pandhaasthu  koti satha  vathsara  sampragamyo,

Vayor adhapi manaso  muni pungavaanaam,

So apyasthi  yath  prapadha seemnya vichinthyathasthve,

Govindam adhi purusham  thamaham Bhajami.

 

I sing about Govinda the primeval God,

Whose tip of the toe is beyond  the reach of pranayama  

And also  beyond the minds of  the foremost of the great sages.

Whose path of search extends to several  billions of years*.

        *Beyond Yoga and penance

 

7.Yeko apyasou rachayithum  jagadanda kotim,

Yath sakthirasthi jagadanda chaya yadantha,

Andantharastha paramanu chayantharastham,

Govindam adhi purusham  thamaham Bhajami.

 

I sing about Govinda the primeval God,

Who being only single  still creates billions of universes,

And fills that entire universe with his power,

And who is also  in every atom of the scattered universes.

 

8.Yad bhava bhavithadhiyo  manjasthadhaiva,

SAmprapya roopa mahimasana yana bhoosha,

Sookthairyameva  nigama pradhithou sthuvanthi,

Govindam adhi purusham  thamaham Bhajami.

 

I sing about Govinda the primeval God,

By singing whose praises and greatness,

As told in the Vedas with great devotion,

Men attain beauty , fame, position and vehicles.

 

9.Ananda  chinmaya  rasa prathibhavitabhis,

Thabhirya yeva  nija roopa thayaa  kalabhi,

Goloka yeva nivasthya  akhilathma bhootho,

Govindam adhi purusham  thamaham Bhajami.

 

I sing about Govinda the primeval God,

The soul all beings who surely lives in Gokula*,

Which is filled with joy  and divine illusion,

And who shows interest  towards all those,

Who are engrossed with his real form and its parts.

     *Goloka is also considered as a separate heaven

 

10.Premanjana churitha bhakthi vilochanena,

Santha sadaiva hrudayeshu vilokayanthi,

Yam shyama sundaram  achinthya guna swaroopam,

Govindam adhi purusham  thamaham Bhajami.

 

I sing about Govinda the primeval God,

Who is seen with love tinged collyrium in their eyes,

Always by saints in their heart of hearts,

As the dusk coloured handsome one,

With a form of unimagined good.

 

11.Ramadhi moorthishukalaa niyamena thishtan,

Nanavathara makarod bhuvaneshu kinthu,

Krishna swayam sambavatparama pumaan yo,

Govindam adhi purusham  thamaham Bhajami.

 

I sing about Govinda the primeval God,

Who though he took several incarnations in this world,

That of Lord Krishna  is the most supreme one,

In spite of there existing  several temporal forms like that of Rama.

 

12.Yasya prabha prabhavatho jagadanda koti,

Kotishwasesha vasudhadhi vibhoothi bhinnam,

Tad brahma nishkalam anantha masesha bhootham,

Govindam adhi purusham  thamaham Bhajami.

 

I sing about Govinda the primeval God,

Whose power  excels the power of  people in crores of universes,

Which is different from the power of Earth and other planets,

And is the Brahmam which is unlimited  and  free of taints,

And that which never , ever ends.

 

13.Mayahi yasya  jagad anda shathani soothe,

TRigunya tad vishaya  Veda vithayamana,

Sathwa valambi para sathwam  vishudha sathwam,

Govindam adhi purusham  thamaham Bhajami.

 

I sing about Govinda the primeval God,

Who is the illusion which brings out hundreds of  universes,

With the three fold characters* as their subject,

Which are incorporated in the Vedas,

And which support existence of  the divine and absolute beings.

            *Sathva, Rajas and thamas

 

14.Ananda chinmaya rasathmathaya mana su,

Ya praninnaam prathiphalan smaratham upethya,

Leelayithena buuvanani jayathyajasram,

Govindam adhi purusham  thamaham Bhajami.

 

I sing about Govinda the primeval God,

Who when the mind is filled  with divine joy,

Affirms that the  soul being filled with intense taste

Of the living beings , and the play  of the world, which forever wins.

 

15.Goloka namni , nija dhamni thale cha tasya,

Devi Mahesa Hari  dhamasu theshu theshu,

They they prabhava nichayaavihithascha  yena,

Govindam adhi purusham  thamaham Bhajami.

 

I sing about Govinda the primeval God,

Whose real residence is the world called Goloka,

Below which are the worlds of Goddess, Shiva and Vishnu,

Which really have their power established by Him only.

16.Srishti , sthithi pralaya  sadhana shakthir yeka,

Chayeva yasya bhuvanani vimarthi Durga,

Ichanuroopamapi  yasya cheshtathe saa,

Govindam adhi purusham  thamaham Bhajami.

 

I sing about Govinda the primeval God,

Who alone  does creation, upkeep and destruction,

And as his shadow Durga maintains the world,

As he can take any form  and do any activity.

 

17.Ksheeram yadha dadhi vikara visesham yogath,

Sanmjayathe na hi thathapradhagasthi hetho,

Ya Shambhuthamapi  thadha  samupaithi karyad.

Govindam adhi purusham  thamaham Bhajami.

 

I sing about Govinda the primeval God,

Like the milk is but a different form of  curds,

Transformed due  to some reaction  but does not,

Have the same properties like that of  curds,

Lord Shiva is his another form for some other activity.

 

18.Deeparchireva  hi  dasantha ram abhyupetya,

Deepayate  vivruta hethu samana dharma,

Yastha drugeva hi cha Vishnu thaya  vibhathi,

Govindam adhi purusham  thamaham Bhajami.

 

I sing about Govinda the primeval God,

Like one flame of a lamp lights another lamp,

Which in turn illuminates and does the same job,

Similarly he lights  his form of Vishnu by his power.

 

19. Ya karanarnava  jale  bhajathi sma yoga,

Nidhram anantha jagad  anda sa rome koopa,

Aadhara  shakthim mavalambhya paraam swa moorthim,

Govindam adhi purusham  thamaham Bhajami.

 

I sing about Govinda the primeval God,

Who does his yogic sleep in the waters of the ocean,

With the endless universes as his pores of hair,

And depending on his  basic power assumes his own form.

 

20.Yasyaika nisvasita kaalam athavalambya,

Jivanthi  loma vilajaa  jagadanda natha,

Vishnurmahan  sa iha  yasya  kala visesho,

Govindam adhi purusham  thamaham Bhajami.

 

I sing about Govinda the primeval God,

Who is great Lord Vishnu with his special appearance

Taking shelter in the short time of his one breath,

As Lord Brahma  who appeared from one pore of hair of  him.

 

21.Bhaswan yadhasma sakaleshu nijeshu theja,

Sviyam kiyath prakatayathyapi  thadvadthra,

Brhama ya eva  jagadandi vidhana Kartha,

Govindam adhi purusham  thamaham Bhajami.

 

I sing about Govinda the primeval God,

From whom Lord Brahma , who is the chief of the universe,

Receives  his power of regulation.

Like the Sun reflects  his form as the ,

Shining images in various pieces of precious stones.

 

22.Yad pada pallava yugam vinidhaya khumba,

Dwandwe  pranamasamaye  sa Ganadhiraja,

Vignaan vihanthu  malamasya  jagat trayasya,

Govindam adhi purusham  thamaham Bhajami.

 

I sing about Govinda the primeval God,

Whose pair of tender flower like feet are held,

By Lord Ganesa on the bulging parts of his forehead,

And at the time of his saluting you ,

He becomes capable of destroying all obstacles of the three worlds.

 

23.Agnirmahi gaganamambu marud disascha,

Kalasthadathma  manaseethi  jagat trayani,

Yasmad  bhavanthi  vibhavanthi  visanthi yam cha,

Govindam adhi purusham  thamaham Bhajami.

 

I sing about Govinda the primeval God,

From whom, Fire, earth, sky , water , air

Directions, time , soul  and mind of the three worlds,

Originate and also exist at the time of deluge.

 

24.Yacha  chakshur savitha  sakala grahaanaam,

Raja  samastha sura moorthirasesha theja,

Yasyagnaya bhramathi sambhrootha kala chakro,

Govindam adhi purusham  thamaham Bhajami.

 

I sing about Govinda the primeval God,

By whose orders the Sun, the king of planets

Who is the king of all devas full of brilliance,

Does the journey mounting on the wheel of time .

 

25.Dharmoadha papanichaya  srutha yasthapamsi,

Brahmadhi keeta  pathagava dhayascxha jeeva,

Yad data  mathra vibhava prakata prabhava,

Govindam adhi purusham  thamaham Bhajami.

 

I sing about Govinda the primeval God,

Who has conferred the power and potencies of all beings,

Right from Lord Brahma  down to the very lowly insects,

As per their virtues and sins as prescribed by the Vedas.

 

26.Yasthvitha indra gopam  adhavendra maho  swakarma,

Bandhanuroopa  phala  bhajana mathanothi,

Karmani nirvahathi  cha bhakthi bhaajaam,

Govindam adhi purusham  thamaham Bhajami.

 

I sing about Govinda the primeval God,

Who manages the duties  of his devotees,

Right from Lord Indra to the tiny insect Indragopa,

And impartially bestows  on them the results of their actions,

And manages their affairs  as per their bondage.

 

27.Yam krodha kama   sahaja  pranayadhi bheethi,

Vathsalya  moha  guru gowarava  sevya bhavou,

SAnchinthya  thasya  sadruseem  thanumapurethe,

Govindam adhi purusham  thamaham Bhajami.

 

I sing about Govinda the primeval God,

Meditating on whom  under the control of,

Anger, passion , friendship and other such emotions,

As well as fear , affection, reverence, servility,

Would result in to the bodily form fitting such emotions.