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Brahma Sthuthi

(Prayer of Lord Brahma)


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(once when Lord Krishna was taking rest along with his cowherd friends,, cows and calves after killing Aghasura,  the cows grazed and went away to a long distance. Lord Krishna went in search of the cows. At that time Lord Brahma with an aim of testing the powers of  Lord Krishna made the calves and cowherds disappear. When Lord Krishna came back he understood as to what has happened and assumed the forms of all the calves as well as the missing cowherds. After one year when Lord Brahma  came back, he saw that everything was  absolutely normal in Vrindavana . Lord Krishna then showed him his real form. Lord Brahma praised him by a great prayer, which occurs in tenth Skanda, 14th chapter , slokas 1-40. I have consulted the translation of this prayer by Smt Sudha devi Ramkumar  in her book in Tamil called “Sri Krishna Sthuthi malai” and the translation by Sri .C.l.Goswami in his English translation of Bhagawatham published by Gita press , Gorakhpur.)



1.Naimeedya  they abhravapushe  thadidhambaraya,

Gunjavatham saparipicha lasan mukhaaya,

Vanya sruje  kavala  vethra  Vishana venu,

Lakshsmasraye  mrudhu pade pasu pangajaya.


I praise you ,oh praiseworthy Lord , who is the son of a cowherd,

With tender feet , wearing bright cloths , with colour of dark cloud,

With a shining face, wearing ear studs made  of Gunja seeds,

And decorated by the feather of peacock, with garland of forest flowers,

Holding a vessel holding food , a cane , a horn  and a flute.


2,Asyapi deva vapusho  madanugrahasya,

Swechaamayasya na thu Bhootha mayasya kopi,

Nese  mahi  thwa vasithum  manasantharena,

Saakshath  thaveva  kimuthathma sukhanu bhoothe.


Oh God , when this form of yours assumed for blessing us ,

Taken of your own free will and wishes of your devotees,

Is not capable of being understood within my mind,

How can I understand the divine holy form of yours?


3.Jnane  prayasamudha paasya  namantha yeva,

Jeevanthi sanmukharithaam bhavadheeya varthaam,

Sthane  sthithaa  sruthi gathaam  thanu vang manobhir ye,

Prayaso ajitha  jitho apyasi, tri strolokyaam.


Those who stay in their own homes , without,

Making any effort  to increase their Jnana,

But spend their time venerating you  by body speech and mind,

And hear your stories  by  good people  by visiting them,

Conquer you completely in all the three worlds.


4.Sreya sthuthim bhakthi mudhasya they vibho,

Klisyanthi  ye kevala bodha labhdaye,

Theshamasou klesaala  yeva sishyathe,

Naanyadhyadhaa  sthoola  thushava gathinaam.


Those who avoid using devotion which leads to fame, Oh Lord,

But undergo lot of suffering  for spiritual enlightenment,

Find that leaves them,   with only sufferings,

Similar to the ones , who are engaged in pounding coarse husk.


5.Pureha  bhooman bahavopi yogina ,

Thwad arpithehaa  nija karma labhdhayaa,

Vibhudhya  bhakthyaiva  kadho upa neethaya,

Prapedhire agno  Achyutha  they gathim paraam.


Oh Lord , in olden times ,many  people  having failed,

In their attempts  and objectives, gave up all their activities,

And taking recourse to pure devotion got as a result of your stories,

Oh Achyutha , immediately attained the state of salvation.


6.THadhai bhooman  mahimaa gunasya they,

Vibho ddhumar hathya malaantharthmabhi,

Avikriyath swanubhavaadha roopatho,

Hyananya bodhyathmathayaa na chanyadhaa.


Oh Lord, your fame  of being devoid of any attributes,

Can only be realized  by those  with pure mind who have turned,

Their look inwards and perceive in  their mind without  sending their senses outward,

Because  no one can see you  by any other method.


7.Gunathmana sthe api  gunaan vimathum,

Hithaava theernsya ka easwarayi  asya,

Kalena  yairva vimithaa sukalpai,

Bhoopamsava  khe  mihika dhyubhasa.


Oh Lord of all Gunas  , who controls all gunas,

Who can ever find  in you , the God  who has come ,

To this world for the sake of the good of the world

For even the most intelligent ones  ,who might have ,
counted particles of dust, dew drops in the air .

And the rays of the bright ones of the sky  , cannot find you.


8.Thathenukampaam  su sameekshamano,

Bhunjana  yevathmakruthan  vipaakam,

Hrudh vak vapurbhir  vidhannamasthe,

Yo mukthapadhe  sa dhaayabhaak.


Anxiously expecting  your mercy is the one,

Who simply enjoys  the  effect of his good acts,

And  salutes you by heart, words and body,

And thus Becomes fit for salvation.


9.Pasyesa may anarya manantha aadhye,

Parathmani thwayyapi maayeemaayini,

Maayaa vithathyekshithu maathma vaibhavam,

Aham kiyannaichhamiva archiri agnai.


See My God, I thought of  enchanting you by my guile,

You ,who is greatest God,  who is endless, who is primeval,

Who is the divine soul and the great enchanter,

And did I not try to show you my greatness,

In spite of me being a spark from you who is a raging fire.


10.Atha kshamaswa Achyutha  may rajo bhuvo,

Hyajanatha sthwath  pradhageesa  maanina,

Ajaavale  paandha  , thmontha chakshusha,

Yesho  anukampyo  mayi nadha vanithi.


So please pardon me who has  only rajo guna ,  Oh Achyutha,

For  having thought  that  I am  independent of you ,

And further being not able  to see you  due to ignorance,

And  was bent on committing  this sin towards  you,

In spite of  the fact  that you are my protector.


11.Kwaham thamo mahad ahanka charagni vaarbhoo,

Bhoo samvishtitha anda  ghata  raptha  vithasthikaya,

Kwedhrugwidhaa viganthaa anda paranuchayaa,

Vathaadhwaro mavivarasya  cha they mahithwa.


Where am I,   who is like a seven feet breakable pot ,

Along with the sheath of matter , greatness,

Ether, air , fire, water and earth compare to you,

Being  infinite  and whose pores are like huge windows,

Through which countless  cosmic eggs  flow.


12.Uthksepanam  Garbha gathasya paadayo,

Kim kalpathe  mathu radhoksha  jaagase,

Kimasthi  naasthi vyapadesa bhooshitham,

Thavasthi  kukshe kiyadhapyanantha,


Oh God who is beyond senses, like the kick,

Of the foetus inside the womb is not an offence against the  mother,

Is there anything  in what I did which is wrong,

For am I not like  a child within your belly .


13.Jagathrayaantho  dhadhi samplavodhe  na hi,

Narayanasyodha  nabhi naalath,

Vinirgatho  ajasthvithi vajna na vai,

Mrushaa kim thweeswara  thwanna vinirgathosmi.


When the three worlds ended  during the great deluge,

On the belly button of  the reposing Narayana , I was born,

Say the sacred books  and that is not a lie,

And it is not a lie that I have come out of your belly.


14.Narayanasthwam na hi sarva dehinaam,

Aathmasya adheesa akhila loka saakshi,

Narayano angam nara bhooja laayanath,

Thacchapi  sathyam  na thavaiva  maaya.


Are you not Narayana, the Lord of the souls of

All beings and the witness  to the entire universe,

And you are also the one lying down on water *of deluge,

And  the present  form of yours is one brought by illusion.

    * “Naara”


15.Thacchhe jalastham  thava sa jagat vapu,

Kim may  ne drushtam bhagavamstha daiva,

Kim vaa sudrushtam  hrudhi  may thadaiva,

Kim no sapadyaiva  punarvya darsi.


Why was not I able to see that  form of yours,

That was supporting the world and lying on water?

And Why was it seen clearly by me in my heart at the very moment,

And why is it that I was able to see it again immediately?


16.Athraiva mayaa dhamanaa vathare hyasya,

Prapanchasya  bahi  sphutasya,

Kuthsnasya  chaanthar jatare jananyaa,

Mayaa thwameva  prakatee krutham  they.


Oh Lord who is the dispeller of illusion,

Even when you were within  your mother,

Did you not show her  the entire universe?

And even at that time your power of illusion was clearly seen.


17.Yasya kukshaa vidham sarva saathmam  bhathi yadhaa thadhaa,

Thathvayya peeha  thath sarva  kimidham mayayaa vinaa.


All the universe including you are visible in your abdomen,

And how can this happen except through your illusion?


18.Adyaiva  thwath druthe asya  kim mama na they mayathwa maadarshitham,

Yekosi  pradhamam thatho Vruja suhrudh vathsaa samasthaa api,

Thwanthosi chathur bhujasthadakhilai  saakam mayo upasithaa,

Sthavandhyeva  jagannthya bhoosthadhamitham brahma dwayam  sishyathe.


Today you have shown us the illusory nature of everything except you,

And before I stole the cows and cowherds, you only were there,

And after that  you became the cows,  cowherds and all that they had,

And I saw people including me doing service to your four armed form,

And later you became the entire universe and now you are the non dual Brahmam.


19.Ajaanathaam thwath padavi manathmani,

Aathmanaa bhasi  vithathya maayaam,

Srushtaa  vivaham jagatho vidhaana yiva,

Yiva thwameshantha  yiva trinethra.


To the ignorant ones who do not know about you,

You appear as the nature mingled with  the spirit ,

But by your own illusion you appear as me for creation,

As you yourself for upkeep and as three eyed one  for destruction.


20.sureshvrushishveesa thadaiva nrushwapi,

Thiryakshu  yaadha swapi they ajanasya,

Janmaa sathaam Dur madha nigrahaya,

Prabho vidhaathaa  sadanugrahaya cha.


Oh God , you who do not have any birth,

Is born as devas, humans , sages, animals,
Birds  as well the beings that live in water,

And these are meant to punish the wicked,

And for blessing the people who are good.


21.Ko  vethi  bhooman bhagwan paramathman,

Yogeswarothir bhavatha  strilokyaam,

Kwa vaa kadham  vaa kathi  vaa kadethi,

Vistharayan  kreedasi  yoga maayam.


Oh God , Oh Supreme spirit , Oh master of Yoga,

When you are spreading the curtain of illusion,

Who can ever understand what you do in the three worlds,

As to  where or how or when you choose to play?


22.Thasmad idham jagad asesha masath swaroopam,

Swapna abhamastha dhishanam purudhu khadhu kham,

Thwayyeva  nithya  sukha bodha  thana vanantho,

Maayatha  uddhyadapi  yathsa dhivaavabhathi.


So this universe which is unreal, devoid of intelligence,

Full of  endless misery and which is like a dream,

Appears as real , appearing and vanishing in your infinite self,

Which  is full of eternal bliss and consciousness.


23.Yeva sthwamathma  Purusha Purana,

Sathya  swayam jyothir anantha  aadhya,

Nithyo aksharo  ajasra sukho niranjana,

Poorno adhvayo  muktha upadhitho amrutha.


You are the unique soul , very ancient person,

Personification of truth , shining , endless, primeval,

For ever , imperishable , full of pleasure, without any taint,

Complete , one who does not have second,

One who gives salvation and are immortal.


24.Yevam vidham thwaam sakala aathmanaam api,

Swa athmaana, athma athma thataa vichakshathe,

Gurva arka labdho Upanishad su chakshushaa ye

They  tharantheeva  bhavaannruthambudhim.


Those  who get the sight to see and learn,

From you who are the teacher, who brightens like sun,

Would  be  able to see this world  hidden by your illusion,

And  would be able to see you in the cave of  their mind,

And Would surely be able to cross the sea of birth and death.


25.Aathamaana mevathmatha yaa vijaanatham  thenaiva,

Jatham nikhilam prapanchitham,

Jnanena  bhooyo api  cha thath  praleeyathe,

Rajjwamahir bhoga  bhava bhavai yadha.


In those of the people who are not able to see their  self ,

In  its true character, their ignorance ties them to this world,

And   again this  self disappears  with  their spiritual enlightenment,

Like the rope appearing like a snake  when we are ignorant,

And  appears in its true form with coming of enlightenment.


26.Ajnana samgnou  bhava bhandha mokshou dhvou,

Nama naanyai  stha rithagna bhaavath,

Ajaasra  chinthatathmani kevale pare ,

Vicharya maano  tharanaa vivahanee.


Due to ignorance people refer to bondage and release,

They are only names  and when studied in depth,

They do not have a separate existence  away from self,

For the existence of thing is due to his grace,

Like night and day existing due to Sun.


27.Thwamathmaanam param  mathwa  paramathaanameva  cha,

Aathmaa punar bahir mrugya aaho agna janathagnathaa.


The ignorant people who do not know this conclude,

That you  are not same as  the  soul  inside their body,

And also think  that that soul is also same as their body,

And thus they whose mind is clouded by ignorance ,

Continuously search for you outside their body.


28.Antharbhave anantha bhavanthameva  hi,

Athathya jantho  mrugayanthi santha,

Asanthamapya anthyahimantharena santham,

Gunam tham kimu yanthi  santha.


In this  endless chain of birth and death which exists,

The wise  hunt  for  that which is inside all beings,

Rejecting  all that which is other than you,

And they are called sages , for they do not believe,

The rope near at hand as the snake.


29.Adhaapi they deva padambuja dhvaya,

Prasada lesanu graheetha yeva  hi.

Jaanaathi  thathwam  bhagwan mahimno,

Na chanmya  ekoupi  chiram vichinwan.


Nevertheless only one who gets a drop ,
of the grace of your lotus like feet,

Will know  the essence of know ledge of God,

And not other who in loneliness ,

Keep on investigating it for a long time.


30.Thadasthu may nadha  sa bhoori bhago,

Bhavethra  vanyathra  thu vaa thiraschaam,

Yenaa hame kopi  bhava  janaanam  bhoothwa,

Nisheve thava pada pallavam.


Therefore Oh Lord , may I be lucky enough.

In this life  or any other which could be sub human,

To be one among the crowd of  your devotees,

And be engaged  in the service of  your feet as tender as a leaf bud.


31.Aho athi dhanya  Vruja gopa ramanyaa,

Sthanyamrutham peetha matheeva  they nudhaa,

Yaasaam vibho vathsa tharath athmajathmanaa,

Ya thrupathaye  adhyaapi  cha chala madhwaraa.


Oh, the pretty damsels and cows  of Vruja are lucky,

For you have drunk  their milk to your satisfaction from their breasts,

But Oh Lord  even the sacrifices by us who are more than sons to you,

Has not  satisfied you till now, How lucky they are!


32.Aho bhagfyam aho bhagyam  nanda gopa  vrujoukasam,

Yan mithram  paramanandam  poornam  brahma sanathanam.


What , what luck  for Nanda Gopa and those gopa boys,

For  the divine joy , the complete one ,
And  the beginning less Brahmam is their friend.


33.Yesham thu bhagya  mahima Achyutha  thaavadastham,

Yekadasaiva  hi vayam batha bhoori bhaga,

Yethad drushika chaskai rasa kruth  pibhaamaa,

Sarvaadhayo  angryudha  jamadhwa  amruthasavam.


Let the great luck of these be however kept aside,

We the Gods of the eleven senses *considered ourselves blessed,

 By repeatedly  drinking   the nectar of your lotus like feet,

How much more blessed  are the cowherds who enjoy,

The beauty of  your  entire self and your sense organs.

   *Hearing-Dig palakas, touch-Vayu, sight-Sun God,

   Taste –Varuna, smell Aswini kumaras, Speech-Agni,

   Hands-Indra, Feet-Upendrada  ,mind-moon god,

  And  Intellect –Brahma, Pride-Shiva.


34.Thad bhoori bhagyamiha janma kimapyatavyam,

Yad gokulepi kadha mangri  rajo abhishekam,

Yajjeevitham  thu mikhilam  Bhagawan Mukunda,

Thwadhyapi  yad pada raja sruthi mrugya meva.


I would consider it to be a very great fortune,

If my birth is assured in earth , that too in Gokula,

And that too in the forest nearby  , with the,

Privilege of bathing  in the dust of the feet,

Of any of the residents of Vruja  whose ,
Entire life  is completely , Lord Mukunda ,

Whose feet dust  is sought by Vedas to this day.


35.Yeshaam gosha nivasinaa Amutha bhavan  kim deva trathethi,

Na schetho  viswaphalath phalam thwadaparam kuthrapyayan  muhyathi,

Sadweshad iva  poothanapi  sakulaa thwameva devaapithaa,

Yad dhamartha   suhruthi priyathma  thanaya  pranasayasthwath krutha.


My mind is confused  as to whether you would give a reward of yourself,

Which is the fruit of the greatest  fruit of the universe to ,

The people of Vruja  who have given themselves, their wealth, their wife ,

Their Children  , their mind and their souls  to you completely.

As you gave salvation to Poothana and her family , even when she came with hatred.


36.THavad  raagadhaya  sthenaasthavath karagruham gruham,

Thavan mohongri nigado  yavath krushna  na they janaa.


Because attachments and other similar things play a role of thieves,

Our homes will become prisons  and infatuation becomes fetter,

As long as we do not become  your devotees, Oh Lord Krishna.


37.Prapancham  nish prapanchopi  vidambayasi  bhoothale,

Prapanna  janad aananda  sandhoham  prathidhum prabho.


For increasing the joy of your devotees ,

Who have surrendered to you , Oh Lord,

You imitate  the ways of the people of the world,

Though you  do not have any connection with it.


38.Janatha yeva jananthu  kim bahookthyaa  na may Prabho,

Manaso  vapusho vaacho  vaibhavam thava  gochara.


Let the people who claim to know you alone,  know you,

For what is the point in talking of them?

Because your  greatness is not at all within the reach,

Of my mind,  sense  and words, Oh Lord


39.Anujaanihio maam Krishna sarva thwam vethsi sarva sdruk,

Thwameva jagathaam naadho  jagadhe  thathavarpitham.


Give me leave  to go, Oh Lord Krishna ,

You are everything and you see everything,

You are  lord of the universe and ,

The entire world  is offered to you.


40.Sri Krishna  , vrushni kula  pushkara  josha dhayina,

Kshamaa  nirjara  dwija pasu dadhdhi  vrudhi karina,

Uddharna  sarvara hara  kshithi Rakshasa drug,

Aakalpamarka marhan bhagwan namasthe.


Oh Krishna, who is like the Sun to the lotus flower of the clan of Vrushnis,

Who is  like a moon which is an ocean which swells  to Brahmins, cows, earth and devas,

Who is the light that dispels darkness brought about by false religions,

And Who is the enemy of asuras, who merits praise everywhere till the end of eons,

My salutations to you  forever and ever.