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Monday, June 21, 2010

!! श्री श्री गजेन्द्र मोक्ष !! The Liberation of Shri Gajendra

!! ॐ नमो भगवते वासुदेवाय !!

हे! श्री हरि विष्णु आपकी यह छवि हमेशा मेरे चित और नैनो में बसी रहे। आपसे यही एकमात्र प्रार्थना है मेरी !!

!! श्री श्री गजेन्द्र मोक्षं !!

The Liberation of Shri Gajendra

Trikut Mountain

In the midst of the ocean of milk, there is a very high and beautiful mountain that has an altitude of ten thousand Yojans, or eighty thousand miles... This mountain is known as Trikuta... The valleys beneath Trikuta Mountain are beautifully decorated by many varieties of jungle animals, and in the trees, which are maintained in gardens by the demigods, varieties of birds chirp with sweet voices...

Trikuta Mountain has many lakes and rivers, with beaches covered by small gems resembling grains of sand... The water is as clear as crystal, and when the demigod damsels bathe in it, their bodies lend fragrance to the water and the breeze, thus enriching the atmosphere...

The Lake

In a valley of Trikuta Mountain there was a garden called Rtumat. This garden belonged to the great devotee Varuna and was a sporting place for the damsels of the demigods... Flowers and fruits grew there in all seasons... In that garden there was a very large lake filled with shining golden lotus flowers and the flowers known as kumuda, kahlara, utpala and satapatra, which added excellent beauty to the mountain...

The lake was crowded with swans, karandavas, cakravakas, cranes, and flocks of water chickens, datyuhas, koyastis and other murmuring birds. Because of the agitating movements of the fish and tortoises, the water was decorated with pollen that had fallen from the lotus flowers...

The lake was surrounded by kadamba flowers, vetasa flowers, nalas, nipas, vanjulakas, kundas, kurubakas, asokas, sirisas, kutajas, ingudas, kubjakas, svarna-yuthis, nagas, punnagas, jatis, mallikas, satapatras, jalakas and madhavi-latas... The banks were also abundantly adorned with varieties of coconut trees and so many trees that yielded flowers and fruits in all seasons... Thus the entire mountain stood gloriously decorated...

Once, a leader of the elephants who lived in the forest of the mountain Trikuta wandered toward the lake with his female elephants... He broke many plants, creepers, thickets and trees, not caring for their piercing thorns... Simply by catching scent of that elephant, all the other elephants, the tigers and the other ferocious animals, such as lions, rhinoceroses, great serpents and black and white sarabhas, fled in fear...

The Gajendra and His wife

By the mercy of this elephant, animals like the foxes, wolves, buffalos, bears, boars, gopucchas, porcupines, monkeys, rabbits, the other deer and many other small animals loitered elsewhere in the forest... They were not afraid of him...

Surrounded by the herd's other elephants, including females, and followed by the young ones, Gajapati, the leader of the elephants, made Trikuta Mountain tremble all around because of the weight of his body... Thus surrounded by his associates, who were afflicted by thirst, he soon arrived at the bank of the lake...

The King of the elephants entered the lake, bathed thoroughly and was relieved of his fatigue... Then, with the aid of his trunk, he drank the cold, clear, nectarean water, which was mixed with the dust of lotus flowers and water lilies, until he was fully satisfied...

"Like a human being who lacks spiritual knowledge and is too attached to the members of his family, the elephant, being illusioned by the external energy of Lord Shri Hari Vishnu, had his wives and children bathe and drink the water... Indeed, he raised water from the lake with his trunk and sprayed it over them. He did not mind the hard labor involved in this endeavor..."

The Crocodile
By the arrangement of providence, a strong crocodile was angry at the elephant and attacked the elephant's leg in the water... The elephant was certainly strong, and he tried his best to get free from this danger sent by providence...

Thereafter, seeing Gajendra in that grave condition, his wives felt very, very sorry and began to cry... The other elephants wanted to help Gajendra, but because of the crocodile's great strength, they could not rescue him by grasping him from behind...

The elephant and the crocodile fought in this way, pulling one another in and out of the water, for one many long years... Upon seeing the fight, the demigods were very surprised...

Thereafter, because of being pulled into the water and fighting for many long years, the elephant became diminished in his mental, physical and sensual strength. The crocodile, on the contrary, being an animal of the water, increased in enthusiasm, physical strength and sensual power...

When the King of the elephants saw that he was under the clutches of the crocodile by the will of providence and, being embodied and circumstantially helpless, could not save himself from danger, he was extremely afraid of being killed...

Helpless Gajendra crying and consequently thinking

He consequently thought for a long time and finally reached the following decision..

“The other elephants, who are my friends and relatives, could not rescue me from this danger... What then to speak of my wives? They cannot do anything. It is by the will of providence that I have been attacked by this crocodile, and therefore I shall seek shelter of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is always the shelter of everyone, even of great personalities...”

“The Supreme Personality of Godhead is certainly not known to everyone, but He is very powerful and influential... Therefore, although the serpent of eternal time, which is fearful in force, endlessly chases everyone, ready to swallow him, if one who fears this serpent seeks shelter of the Lord, the Lord gives him protection, for even death runs away in fear of the Lord... I therefore surrender unto Him, the great and powerful supreme authority who is the actual shelter of everyone...”

Thereafter, the King of the elephants, Gajendra, fixed his mind in his heart with perfect intelligence and chanted a mantra which he had learned in his previous birth as “Indradyumna” and which he remembered by the grace of Shri Hari Vishnu... He took a lotus flower in his trunk, and with great difficulty due to his painful condition, he uttered the following Mantras..:

बुद्धि के द्वारा निश्चय करके तथा मन को हृदय देश में स्थिर करके वह गजराज अपने पूर्व जन्म में सीखकर कण्ठस्थ किये हुए सर्वश्रेष्ठ एवं बार बार दोहराने योग्य निम्नलिखित स्तोत्र का मन ही मन पाठ करने लगा..

Gajendra, took a lotus flower in his trunk and pray to Lord Shri Hari Vishnu in painful condition.

श्री गजेन्द्र अश्रुपूर्ण नेत्रों से श्रीहरि नारायण की विनतीपूर्वक स्तुति करने लगा

Srimad Bhagwatam (8.3.2)

The King of the elephants, Gajendra, said:

“I offer my respectful obeisances unto the Supreme Person, Vasudeva [om namo bhagavate vasudevaya]... Because of Him this material body acts due to the presence of spirit, and He is therefore the root cause of everyone. He is worshipable for such exalted persons as Brahma and Siva, and He has entered the heart of every living being... Let me meditate upon Him...”

"जिनके प्रवेश करने पर (जिनकी चेतना को पाकर) ये जड शरीर और मन आदि भी चेतन बन जाते हैं (चेतन की भांति व्यवहार करने लगते हैं), ‘ओम’ शब्द के द्वारा लक्षित तथा सम्पूर्ण शरीर में प्रकृति एवं पुरुष रूप से प्रविष्ट हुए उन सर्व समर्थ परमेश्वर को हम मन ही मन नमन करते हैं..."

Srimad Bhagwatam (8.3.3)

“The Supreme Godhead is the supreme platform on which everything rests, the ingredient by which everything has been produced, and the person who has created and is the only cause of this cosmic manifestation. Nonetheless..., He is different from the cause and the result. I surrender unto Him, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is self-sufficient in everything....”

"जिनके सहारे यह विश्व टिका है, जिनसे यह निकला है , जिन्होने इसकी रचना की है और जो स्वयं ही इसके रूप में प्रकट हैं – फिर भी जो इस दृश्य जगत से एवं इसकी कारणभूता प्रकृति से सर्वथा परे (विलक्षण ) एवं श्रेष्ठ हैं – उन अपने आप – बिना किसी कारण के – बने हुए भगवान की मैं शरण लेता हूं...

Srimad Bhagwatam (8.3.4)

“The Supreme Personality of Godhead, by expanding His own energy, keeps this cosmic manifestation visible and again sometimes renders it invisible... He is both the supreme cause and the supreme result, the observer and the witness, in all circumstances. Thus He is transcendental to everything... May that Supreme Personality of Godhead give me protection...”

"अपने संकल्प शक्ति के द्वार अपने ही स्वरूप में रचे हुए और इसीलिये सृष्टिकाल में प्रकट और प्रलयकाल में उसी प्रकार अप्रकट रहने वाले इस शास्त्र प्रसिद्ध कार्य कारण रूप जगत को जो अकुण्ठित दृष्टि होने के कारण साक्षी रूप से देखते रहते हैं उनसे लिप्त नही होते,वे चक्षु आदि प्रकाशकों के भी परम प्रकाशक प्रभु मेरी रक्षा करें..."

Srimad Bhagwatam (8.3.5)

“In due course of time, when all the causative and effective manifestations of the universe, including the planets and their directors and maintainers, are annihilated, there is a situation of dense darkness... Above this darkness, however, is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. I take shelter of His lotus feet...”

"समय के प्रवाह से सम्पूर्ण लोकों के एवं ब्रह्मादि लोकपालों के पंचभूत में प्रवेश कर जाने पर तथा पंचभूतों से लेकर महत्वपर्यंत सम्पूर्ण कारणों के उनकी परमकरुणारूप प्रकृति में लीन हो जाने पर उस समय दुर्ज्ञेय तथा अपार अंधकाररूप प्रकृति ही बच रही थी। उस अंधकार के परे अपने परम धाम में जो सर्वव्यापक भगवान सब ओर प्रकाशित रहते हैं वे प्रभु मेरी रक्षा करें..."

Srimad Bhagwatam (8.3.6)

“An artist onstage, being covered by attractive dresses and dancing with different movements, is not understood by his audience; similarly, the activities and features of the supreme artist cannot be understood even by the demigods or great sages, and certainly not by those who are unintelligent like animals... Neither the demigods and sages nor the unintelligent can understand the features of the Lord, nor can they express in words His actual position. May that Supreme Personality of Godhead give me protection...”

"भिन्न भिन्न रूपों में नाट्य करने वाले अभिनेता के वास्तविक स्वरूप को जिस प्रकार साधारण दर्शक नही जान पाते ,उसी प्रकार सत्त्व प्रधान देवता तथा ऋषि भी जिनके स्वरूप को नही जानते , फिर दूसरा साधारण जीव तो कौन जान अथवा वर्णन कर सकता है – वे दुर्गम चरित्र वाले प्रभु मेरी रक्षा करें..."

Srimad Bhagwatam (8.3.7)

“Renunciants and great sages who see all living beings equally, who are friendly to everyone and who flawlessly practice in the forest the vows of brahmacarya, vanaprastha and sannyasa desire to see the all-auspicious lotus feet of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. May that same Supreme Personality of Godhead be my destination.”

"आसक्ति से सर्वदा छूटे हुए , सम्पूर्ण प्राणियों में आत्मबुद्धि रखने वाले , सबके अकारण हितू एवं अतिशय साधु स्वभाव मुनिगण जिनके परम मंगलमय स्वरूप का साक्षात्कार करने की इच्छा से वन में रह कर अखण्ड ब्रह्मचार्य आदि अलौकिक व्रतों का पालन करते हैं , वे प्रभु ही मेरी गति हैं.."

Srimad Bhagwatam (8.3.8)

“The Supreme Personality of Godhead has no material birth, activities, name, form, qualities or faults. To fulfill the purpose for which this material world is created and destroyed, He comes in the form of a human being like Lord Rama or Lord Krsna by His original internal potency.”

"जिनका हमारी तरह कर्मवश ना तो जन्म होता है और न जिनके द्वारा अहंकार प्रेरित कर्म ही होते हैं, जिनके निर्गुण स्वरूप का न तो कोई नाम है न रूप ही, फिर भी समयानुसार जगत की सृष्टि एवं प्रलय (संहार) के लिये स्वेच्छा से जन्म आदि को स्वीकार करते हैं..."

Srimad Bhagwatam (8.3.9)

“He has immense potency, and in various forms, all free from material contamination, He acts wonderfully... He is therefore the Supreme Brahman. I offer my respects to Him...”

"उन अन्नतशक्ति संपन्न परं ब्रह्म परमेश्वर को नमस्कार है..उन प्राकृत आकाररहित एवं अनेको आकारवाले अद्भुतकर्मा भगवान को बारंबार नमस्कार है..."

Srimad Bhagwatam (8.3.10)

“I offer my respectful obeisances unto the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the self-effulgent Supersoul, who is the witness in everyone's heart, who enlightens the individual soul and who cannot be reached by exercises of the mind, words or consciousness...”

"स्वयं प्रकाश एवं सबके साक्षी परमात्मा को नमस्कार है । उन प्रभु को जो नम, वाणी एवं चित्तवृत्तियों से भी सर्वथा परे हैं, बार बार नमस्कार है..."

Srimad Bhagwatam (8.3.11)

"The Supreme Personality of Godhead is realized by pure devotees who act in the transcendental existence of bhakti-yoga... He is the bestower of uncontaminated happiness and is the master of the transcendental world. Therefore I offer my respect unto Him...”

"विवेकी पुरुष के द्वारा सत्त्वगुणविशिष्ट निवृत्तिधर्म के आचरण से प्राप्त होने योग्य, मोक्ष सुख की अनुभूति रूप प्रभु को नमस्कार है..."

Srimad Bhagwatam (8.3.12)

“I offer my respectful obeisances to Lord Vasudeva, who is all-pervading, to the Lord's fierce form as Lord Nrsimhadeva, to the Lord's form as an animal [Lord Varahadeva], to Lord Dattatreya, who preached impersonalism, to Lord Buddha, and to all the other incarnations...I offer my respectful obeisances unto the Lord, who has no material qualities but who accepts the three qualities goodness, passion and ignorance within this material world... I also offer my respectful obeisances unto the impersonal Brahman effulgence...”

"सत्त्वगुण को स्वीकार करके शान्त , रजोगुण को स्वीकर करके घोर एवं तमोगुण को स्वीकार करके मूढ से प्रतीत होने वाले, भेद रहित, अतएव सदा समभाव से स्थित ज्ञानघन प्रभु को नमस्कार है..."

Srimad Bhagwatam (8.3.13)

“I beg to offer my respectful obeisances unto You, who are the Supersoul, the superintendent of everything, and the witness of all that occurs. You are the Supreme Person, the origin of material nature and of the total material energy... You are also the owner of the material body... Therefore, You are the supreme complete. I offer my respectful obeisances unto You...”

"शरीर इन्द्रीय आदि के समुदाय रूप सम्पूर्ण पिण्डों के ज्ञाता, सबके स्वामी एवं साक्षी रूप आपको नमस्कार है ... सबके अन्तर्यामी , प्रकृति के भी परम कारण, किन्तु स्वयं कारण रहित प्रभु को नमस्कार है.."

Srimad Bhagwatam (8.3.14)

“My Lord, You are the observer of all the objectives of the senses. Without Your mercy, there is no possibility of solving the problem of doubts... The material world is just like a shadow resembling You... Indeed, one accepts this material world as real because it gives a glimpse of Your existence...”

"सम्पूर्ण इन्द्रियों एवं उनके विषयों के ज्ञाता, समस्त प्रतीतियों के कारण रूप, सम्पूर्ण जड-प्रपंच एवं सबकी मूलभूता अविद्या के द्वारा सूचित होने वाले तथा सम्पूर्ण विषयों में अविद्यारूप से भासने वाले आपको नमस्कार है..."


Srimad Bhagwatam (8.3.15)

“My Lord, You are the cause of all causes, but You Yourself have no cause... Therefore You are the wonderful cause of everything... I offer my respectful obeisances unto You, who are the shelter of the Vedic knowledge contained in the sastras like the Pancaratras and Vedanta-sutra, which are Your representations, and who are the source of the parampara system... Because it is You who can give liberation, You are the only shelter for all transcendentalists. Let me offer my respectful obeisances unto You...”

"सबके कारण किंतु स्वयं कारण रहित तथा कारण होने पर भी परिणाम रहित होने के कारण, अन्य कारणों से विलक्षण कारण आपको बारम्बार नमस्कार है... सम्पूर्ण वेदों एवं शास्त्रों के परम तात्पर्य , मोक्षरूप एवं श्रेष्ठ पुरुषों की परम गति भगवान को नमस्कार है..."

Srimad Bhagwatam (8.3.16)

“My Lord, as the fire in arani wood is covered, You and Your unlimited knowledge are covered by the material modes of nature... Your mind, however, is not attentive to the activities of the modes of nature. Those who are advanced in spiritual knowledge are not subject to the regulative principles directed in the Vedic literatures... Because such advanced souls are transcendental, You personally appear in their pure minds. Therefore I offer my respectful obeisances unto You...”

"जो त्रिगुणरूप काष्ठों में छिपे हुए ज्ञानरूप अग्नि हैं, उक्त गुणों में हलचल होने पर जिनके मन में सृष्टि रचने की बाह्य वृत्ति जागृत हो उठती है... तथा आत्म तत्त्व की भावना के द्वारा विधि निषेध रूप शास्त्र से ऊपर उठे हुए ज्ञानी महात्माओं में जो स्वयं प्रकाशित हो रहे हैं उन प्रभु को मैं नमस्कार करता हूँ..."

Srimad Bhagwatam (8.3.17)

“Since an animal such as I has surrendered unto You, who are supremely liberated, certainly You will release me from this dangerous position. Indeed, being extremely merciful, You incessantly try to deliver me... By your partial feature as Paramatma, You are situated in the hearts of all embodied beings. You are celebrated as direct transcendental knowledge, and You are unlimited... I offer my respectful obeisances unto You, the Supreme Personality of Godhead...”

"मुझ जैसे शरणागत पशुतुल्य (अविद्याग्रस्त) जीवों की अविद्यारूप फाँसी को सदा के लिये पूर्णरूप से काट देने वाले अत्याधिक दयालू एवं दया करने में कभी आलस्य ना करने वाले नित्यमुक्त प्रभु को नमस्कार है... अपने अंश से संपूर्ण जीवों के मन में अन्तर्यामी रूप से प्रकट रहने वाले सर्व नियन्ता अनन्त परमात्मा आप को नमस्कार है..."

Srimad Bhagwatam (8.3.18)

“My Lord, those who are completely freed from material contamination always meditate upon You within the cores of their hearts. You are extremely difficult to attain for those like me who are too attached to mental concoction, home, relatives, friends, money, servants and assistants... You are the Supreme Personality of Godhead, uncontaminated by the modes of nature. You are the reservoir of all enlightenment, the supreme controller. I therefore offer my respectful obeisances unto You...”

"शरीर, पुत्र, मित्र, घर, संपंत्ती एवं कुटुंबियों में आसक्त लोगों के द्वारा कठिनता से प्राप्त होने वाले तथा मुक्त पुरुषों के द्वारा अपने हृदय में निरन्तर चिन्तित ज्ञानस्वरूप , सर्वसमर्थ भगवान को नमस्कार है..."

Srimad Bhagwatam (8.3.19)
“After worshiping the Supreme Personality of Godhead, those who are interested in the four principles of religion, economic development, sense gratification and liberation obtain from Him what they desire... What then is to be said of other benedictions? Indeed, sometimes the Lord gives a spiritual body to such ambitious worshipers. May that Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is unlimitedly merciful, bestow upon me the benediction of liberation from this present danger and from the materialistic way of life...”

"जिन्हे धर्म, अभिलाषित भोग, धन तथा मोक्ष की कामना से भजने वाले लोग अपनी मनचाही गति पा लेते हैं अपितु जो उन्हे अन्य प्रकार के अयाचित भोग एवं अविनाशी पार्षद शरीर भी देते हैं वे अतिशय दयालु प्रभु मुझे इस विपत्ती से सदा के लिये उबार लें..."

Srimad Bhagwatam (8.3.20)
“Unalloyed devotees, who have no desire other than to serve the Lord, worship Him in full surrender and always hear and chant about His activities, which are most wonderful and auspicious... Thus they always merge in an ocean of transcendental bliss... Such devotees never ask the Lord for any benediction. I, however, am in danger...”

"जिनके अनन्य भक्त -जो वस्तुतः एकमात्र उन भगवान के ही शरण है-धर्म , अर्थ आदि किसी भी पदार्थ को नही चाह्ते, अपितु उन्ही के परम मंगलमय एवं अत्यन्त विलक्षण चरित्रों का गान करते हुए आनन्द के समुद्र में गोते लगाते रहते हैं...."

Srimad Bhagwatam (8.3.21)

“Thus I pray to that Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is eternally existing, who is invisible, who is the Lord of all great personalities, such as Brahma, and who is available only by transcendental bhakti-yoga... Being extremely subtle, He is beyond the reach of my senses and transcendental to all external realization... He is unlimited, He is the original cause, and He is completely full in everything. I offer my obeisances unto Him...”

"उन अविनाशी, सर्वव्यापक, सर्वश्रेष्ठ, ब्रह्मादि के भी नियामक, अभक्तों के लिये प्रकट होने पर भी भक्तियोग द्वारा प्राप्त करने योग्य, अत्यन्त निकट होने पर भी माया के आवरण के कारण अत्यन्त दूर प्रतीत होने वाले , इन्द्रियों के द्वारा अगम्य तथा अत्यन्त दुर्विज्ञेय, अन्तरहित किंतु सबके आदिकारण एवं सब ओर से परिपूर्ण उन भगवान की मैं स्तुति करता हूँ..."

Srimad Bhagwatam (8.3.22)

“The Supreme Personality of Godhead creates His minor parts and parcels, the jiva-tattva, beginning with Lord Brahma, the demigods and the expansions of Vedic knowledge [Sama, Rig, Yajur and Atharva] and including all other living entities, moving and nonmoving, with their different names and characteristics...”

"ब्रह्मादि समस्त देवता, चारों वेद तथा संपूर्ण चराचर जीव नाम और आकृति भेद से जिनके अत्यन्त क्षुद्र अंश के द्वारा रचे गये हैं..."

Srimad Bhagwatam (8.3.23)

“As the sparks of a fire or the shining rays of the sun emanate from their source and merge into it again and again, the mind, the intelligence, the senses, the gross and subtle material bodies, and the continuous transformations of the different modes of nature all emanate from the Lord and again merge into Him... He is neither demigod nor demon, neither human nor bird or beast...”

"जिस प्रकार प्रज्ज्वलित अग्नि से लपटें तथा सूर्य से किरणें बार बार निकलती है और पुनः अपने कारण मे लीन हो जाती है उसी प्रकार बुद्धि, मन, इन्द्रियाँ और नाना योनियों के शरीर – यह गुणमय प्रपंच जिन स्वयंप्रकाश परमात्मा से प्रकट होता है और पुनः उन्ही में लीन हो  जाते है।"

Srimad Bhagwatam (8.3.24)

“He is not woman, man, or neuter, nor is He an animal. He is not a material quality, a fruitive activity, a manifestation or nonmanifestation... He is the last word in the discrimination of "not this, not this," and He is unlimited. All glories to the Supreme Personality of Godhead...!”

"वे भगवान न तो देवता हैं न असुर, न मनुष्य हैं न तिर्यक (मनुष्य से नीची – पशु , पक्षी आदि किसी) योनि के प्राणी है... न वे स्त्री हैं न पुरुष और नपुंसक ही हैं... न वे ऐसे कोई जीव हैं, जिनका इन तीनों ही श्रेणियों में समावेश हो सके... न वे गुण हैं न कर्म, न कार्य हैं न तो कारण ही... सबका निषेध हो जाने पर जो कुछ बच रहता है, वही उनका स्वरूप है और वे ही सब कुछ है.. ऐसे भगवान मेरे उद्धार के लिये आविर्भूत हों..."

Srimad Bhagwatam (8.3.25)

“I do not wish to live anymore after I am released from the attack of the crocodile... What is the use of an elephant's body covered externally and internally by ignorance..? I simply desire eternal liberation from the covering of ignorance. That covering is not destroyed by the influence of time...”

"मैं इस ग्राह के चंगुल से छूट कर जीवित नही रहना चाहता; क्योंकि भीतर और बाहर – सब ओर से अज्ञान से ढके हुए इस हाथी के शरीर से मुझे क्या लेना है.... मैं तो आत्मा के प्रकाश को ढक देने वाले उस अज्ञान की निवृत्ति चाहता हूँ, जिसका कालक्रम से अपने आप नाश नही होता , अपितु भगवान की दया से अथवा ज्ञान के उदय से होता है..."

Srimad Bhagwatam (8.3.26)

“Now, fully desiring release from material life, I offer my respectful obeisances unto that Supreme Person who is the creator of the universe, who is Himself the form of the universe and who is nonetheless transcendental to this cosmic manifestation.... He is the supreme knower of everything in this world, the Supersoul of the universe. He is the unborn, supremely situated Lord... I offer my respectful obeisances unto Him...”

"इस प्रकार मोक्ष का अभिलाषी मैं विश्व के रचियता, स्वयं विश्व के रूप में प्रकट तथा विश्व से सर्वथा परे, विश्व को खिलौना बनाकर खेलने वाले, विश्व में आत्मरूप से व्याप्त , अजन्मा, सर्वव्यापक एवं प्राप्त्य वस्तुओं में सर्वश्रेष्ठ श्री भगवान को केवल प्रणाम ही करता हूं, उनकी शरण में हूँ..."

Srimad Bhagwatam (8.3.27)

“I offer my respectful obeisances unto the Supreme, the Supersoul, the master of all mystic yoga.., who is seen in the core of the heart by perfect mystics when they are completely purified and freed from the reactions of fruitive activity by practicing bhakti-yoga...”

"जिन्होने भगवद्भक्ति रूप योग के द्वारा कर्मों को जला डाला है, वे योगी लोग उसी योग के द्वारा शुद्ध किये हुए अपने हृदय में जिन्हे प्रकट हुआ देखते हैं उन योगेश्वर भगवान को मैं नमस्कार करता हूँ..."

Srimad Bhagwatam (8.3.28)

“My Lord, You are the controller of formidable strength in three kinds of energy... You appear as the reservoir of all sense pleasure and the protector of the surrendered souls. You possess unlimited energy, but You are unapproachable by those who are unable to control their senses... I offer my respectful obeisances unto You again and again...”

"जिनकी त्रिगुणात्मक (सत्त्व-रज-तमरूप ) शक्तियों का रागरूप वेग असह्य है, जो सम्पूर्ण इन्द्रियों के विषयरूप में प्रतीत हो रहे हैं, तथापि जिनकी इन्द्रियाँ विषयों में ही रची पची रहती हैं-ऐसे लोगों को जिनका मार्ग भी मिलना असंभव है, उन शरणागतरक्षक एवं अपारशक्तिशाली आपको बार बार नमस्कार है..."

Srimad Bhagwatam (8.3.29)
“I offer my respectful obeisances unto the Supreme Personality of Godhead, by whose illusory energy the jiva, who is part and parcel of God, forgets his real identity because of the bodily concept of life.... I take shelter of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, whose glories are difficult to understand...”

"जिनकी अविद्या नामक शक्ति के कार्यरूप अहंकार से ढंके हुए अपने स्वरूप को यह जीव जान नही पाता, उन अपार महिमा वाले भगवान की मैं शरण आया हूँ।"

When the King of the elephants Gajendra was describing the supreme authority, without mentioning any particular person, he did not invoke the demigods, headed by Lord Brahma, Lord Siva, Indra and Candra. Thus none of them approached him.... However, because Lord Hari is the Supersoul, Purusottama, the Personality of Godhead, He appeared before Gajendra....

जिसने पूर्वोक्त प्रकार से भगवान के भेदरहित निराकार स्वरूप का वर्णन किया था , उस गजराज के समीप जब ब्रह्मा आदि कोई भी देवता नही आये, जो भिन्न भिन्न प्रकार के विशिष्ट विग्रहों को ही अपना स्वरूप मानते हैं, तब सक्षात श्री हरि- जो सबके आत्मा होने के कारण सर्वदेवस्वरूप हैं-वहाँ प्रकट हो गये...

After understanding the awkward condition of Gajendra, who had offered his prayers, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Hari, who lives everywhere, appeared with the demigods, who were offering prayers to Him... Carrying His disc (Chakra) and other weapons, He appeared there on the back of His carrier, Garuda, with great speed, according to His desire. Thus He appeared before Gajendra....

उपर्युक्त गजराज को उस प्रकार दुःखी देख कर तथा उसके द्वारा पढी हुई स्तुति को सुन कर सुदर्शनचक्रधारी जगदाधार भगवान इच्छानुरूप वेग वाले गरुड जी की पीठ पर सवार होकर स्तवन करते हुए देवताओं के साथ तत्काल उस स्थान पर पहुँच गये जहाँ वह हाथी था.....

Lord Shri Hari Narayana appeared to save his beloved devotee "Gajendra".

Gajendra had been forcefully captured by the crocodile in the water and was feeling acute pain, but when he saw that Narayana, wielding His disc, was coming in the sky on the back of Garuda, he immediately took a lotus flower in his trunk, and with great difficulty due to his painful condition, he uttered the following words...: "O My Lord, Narayana, master of the universe, O Supreme Personality of Godhead, I offer my respectful obeisances unto You...."

सरोवर के भीतर महाबली ग्राह के द्वारा पकडे जाकर दुःखी हुए उस हाथी ने आकाश में गरुड की पीठ पर सवार चक्र उठाये हुए भगवान श्री हरि को देखकर अपनी सूँड को -जिसमें उसने (पूजा के लिये) कमल का एक फूल ले रक्खा था-ऊपर उठाया और बडी ही कठिनाई से “सर्वपूज्य भगवान नारायण आपको प्रणाम है...” यह वाक्य कहा....

Thereafter, seeing Gajendra in such an aggrieved position, the unborn Supreme Personality of Godhead, Hari..., immediately got down from the back of Garuda by His causeless mercy and pulled the King of the elephants, along with the crocodile, out of the water.... Then, in the presence of all the demigods, who were looking on, the Lord severed the crocodile's mouth from its body with His disc.... In this way He saved Gajendra, the King of the elephants....

Lord Shri Hari Vishnu saved Gajendra and accepted the Lotus Flower

उसे पीडित देख कर अजन्मा श्री हरि एकाएक गरुड को छोडकर नीचे झील पर उतर आये । वे दया से प्रेरित हो ग्राहसहित उस गजराज को तत्काल झील से बाहर निकाल लाये और देवताओं के देखते देखते चक्र से मुँह चीर कर उसके चंगुल से हाथी को उबार लिया....

When the Lord delivered Gajendra, King of the elephants, all the demigods, sages and Gandharvas, headed by Brahma and Siva, praised this activity of the Supreme Personality of Godhead and showered flowers upon both the Lord and Gajendra...

There was a beating of kettledrums in the heavenly planets, the inhabitants of Gandharvaloka began to dance and sing, while great sages and the inhabitants of Caranaloka and Siddhaloka offered prayers to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Purusottama...

When the Lord Shri Hari delivered Gajendra, all the demigods, sages and Gandharvas, headed by praised his activity and showered flowers upon both the Lord and Gajendra.

The best of the Gandharvas, King Huhu, having been cursed by Devala Muni, had become a crocodile... Once this King Huhu was enjoying with women in the water, and while enjoying he pulled the leg of Devala Muni, who was also taking a bath in the water... Upon this, the sage became very angry and immediately cursed him to become a crocodile...

King Huhu was very sorry when cursed in that way, and he begged pardon from the sage, who in compassion gave him the benediction that he would be freed when Gajendra was delivered by the Personality of Godhead... Thus the crocodile was delivered when killed by Shri Hari Narayan..

King Huhu(Crocodile) Liberated

Now, having been delivered by the Supreme Personality of Godhead, he assumed a very beautiful form as a Gandharva... Understanding by whose mercy this had happened, he immediately offered his respectful obeisances with his head and began chanting prayers just suitable for the transcendental Lord, the supreme eternal, who is worshiped by the choicest verses..

Having been favored by the causeless mercy of the Supreme Personality of Godhead and having regained his original form, King Huhu circumambulated the Lord and offered his obeisances... Then, in the presence of all the demigods, headed by Brahma, he returned to Gandharvaloka.... He had been freed of all sinful reactions....

Shri Gajendra Liberated

Because Gajendra, King of the elephants, had been touched directly by the hands of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, he was immediately freed of all material ignorance and bondage... Thus he received the salvation of sarupya-mukti, in which he achieved the same bodily features as the Lord, being dressed in yellow garments and possessing four hands...

This Gajendra had formerly been a Vaisnava and the king of the country known as Pandya, which is in the province of Dravida [South India]... In his previous life, he was known as Indradyumna Maharaja...

Maharaja Indradyumna going to Malaya Hills

Indradyumna Maharaja retired from family life and went to the Malaya Hills, where he had a small cottage for his asrama.... He wore matted locks on his head and always engaged in austerities. Once, while observing a vow of silence, he was fully engaged in the worship of the Lord and absorbed in the ecstasy of love of Godhead...

Maharaja Indradyumna was engaged in meditation on Lord Shri Hari Vishnu

While Indradyumna Maharaja was engaged in ecstatic meditation, worshiping the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the great sage Agastya Muni arrived there, surrounded by his disciples... When the Muni saw that Maharaja Indradyumna, who was sitting in a secluded place, remained silent and did not follow the etiquette of offering him a reception, he was very angry....

Agastya Muni then spoke this curse against the King:
"This King Indradyumna is not at all gentle. Being low and uneducated, he has insulted a brahmana. May he therefore enter the region of darkness and receive the dull, dumb body of an elephant...."

After Agastya Muni had thus cursed King Indradyumna, the Muni left that place along with his disciples. Since the King was a devotee, he accepted Agastya Muni's curse as welcome because it was the desire of the Supreme Personality of Godhead... Therefore, although in his next life he got the body of an elephant, because of devotional service he remembered how to worship and offer prayers to the Lord....

Upon delivering the King of the elephants from the clutches of the crocodile, and from material existence, which resembles a crocodile, the Lord awarded him the status of sarupya-mukti....

The Supreme Personality of Godhead, the Supersoul of everyone, being thus pleased, addressed Gajendra in the presence of everyone there... He spoke the following blessings...

The Supreme Personality of Godhead Shri Hari Vishnu said:
“Freed from all sinful reactions are those who rise from bed at the end of night, early in the morning, and fully concentrate their minds with great attention upon My form... your form... this lake... this mountain... the caves... the gardens... the cane plants... the bamboo plants... the celestial trees... the residential quarters of Me, Lord Brahma and Lord Siva... the three peaks of Trikuta Mountain, made of gold, silver and iron... My very pleasing abode [the ocean of milk]... the white island, Svetadvipa, which is always brilliant with spiritual rays... My mark of Srivatsa... the Kaustubha gem... My Vaijayanti garland... My club, Kaumodaki... My Sudarsana disc and Pancajanya conchshell... My bearer, Garuda, the king of the birds... My bed, Sesa Naga.. My expansion of energy the goddess of fortune... Lord Brahma... Narada Muni... Lord Siva... Prahlada... My incarnations like Matsya, Kurma and Varaha... My unlimited all-auspicious activities, which yield piety to he who hears them... the sun... the moon... fire... the mantra omkara... the Absolute Truth... the total material energy... the cows and brahmanas... devotional service... the wives of Soma and Kasyapa... who are all daughters of King Daksa... the Rivers Ganges, Sarasvati, Nanda and Yamuna [Kalindi]... the elephant Airavata... Dhruva Maharaja... the seven Rishis... and the pious human beings..."

"My dear devotee, unto those who rise from bed at the end of night and offer Me the prayers offered by you, I give an eternal residence in the spiritual world at the end of their lives..."

After giving this instruction, In the presence of the Gandharvas, the Siddhas and the other demigods, who were praising the Lord for His wonderful transcendental activities, the Lord, sitting on the back of His carrier, Garuda, returned to His all-wonderful abode and took Gajendra with Him....

हे! भगवान श्री हरि विष्णु नारायण, आपके इस स्वरूप को मेरा बारम्बार नमस्कार है। !!

Those who hear this narration become fit to be promoted to the higher planetary systems. Simply because of hearing this narration, they gain a reputation as devotees, they are unaffected by the contamination of Kali-yuga, and they never see bad dreams...

Therefore, after getting up from bed in the morning, those who desire their own welfare--especially the brahmanas, ksatriyas, vaisyas and in particular the brahmana Vaisnavas--should chant this narration as it is, without deviation, to counteract the troubles of bad dreams...

------------------!! Jay Jay Narayan Narayan Hari Hari !!------------------

This Holy Gajendra Moksha Katha's Source Srimad Bhagwatam

by disciples of

Shri A. C. Vedanta Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada


Mukesh K. Agrawal

Shri Gajendra Moksha is Puranic legend from Shimad Bhagavata Mahpuraan in its 8th canto. Lord Shri Vishnu came down to earth to protect Shri Gajendra from the death clutches of Makara (Crocodile)...

Shri Gajendra was the King of elephants. One hot day, he proceeded to the lake with his family to cool off in its fresh waters. But from within the lake a crocodile appeared who attacked him and would not let go of him.... When the family and relatives saw ‘death’ coming close to Gajendra, and everyone realised that everything was lost, they left Gajendra alone.... Shri Gajendra prayed toShri Hari Vishnu to save him... Shri Hari Vishnu came to the aid of Shri Gajendra, who offered a lotus to the god. Shri Hari Vishnu attacked the crocodile and saved His Loved One....

Shri Gajendra, in his previous life was a great devotee called Indradyumna who was also a great king... One day, Agastya, a great sage came to visit the king... Indradyumna did not receive the Sage with the respect that the latter expected... The enraged Agastya cursed the king to become an elephant in his next birth, as he sat heavy on his seat and did not rise to greet him...

The crocodile in its last life was a king called HuHu in the Gandharva planet... Once while enjoying himself in the waters, he pulled the leg of a sage. The enraged sage cursed the king to become a crocodile in his next life.... The repentant HuHu asked for pardon. The Sage proclaimed that though he could not retrieve the curse, the crocodile would be liberated from the cycle of birth and death when Shri Gajendra would be saved by the Lord God Himself....

Those who hear this narration become fit to be promoted to the higher planetary systems. Simply because of hearing this narration, they gain a reputation as devotees, they are unaffected by the contamination of Kali-yuga, and they never see bad dreams....

!! ॐ नमो भगवते वासुदेवाय !!

श्रधा रखो जगत के लोगो, अपने दीनानाथ में !
लाभ, हानि, जीवन और मृत्यु सब कुछ उसके हाथ में !!

मारने वाला है भगवान् , बचाने वाला है भगवान् !
बाल न बांका होता उसका जिसका रक्षक दयानिधान !

त्याग दो दे रे भाई कल की आशा, स्वार्थ बिना प्रीत जोड़ो !
कल क्या होगा इसकी चिंता, जगतपिता पर छोड़ो !!

क्या होनी है क्या अनहोनी, सबका उसको ज्ञान !
मारने वाला है भगवान् , बचाने वाला है भगवान् !

मारने वाला है भगवान् , बचाने वाला है भगवान् !
बाल न बांका होता उसका जिसका रक्षक दयानिधान !

::::::::::::!! जय जय नारायण नारायण हरि हरि !!:::::::::::::

::::::::::!! Glory be to Shri Hari Vishnu Narayana !!::::::::::

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