Madhura Geetam – Sloka Series: 6

Vaasudeva Parattatva Dashakam

There are innumerable paths and many deities in our religion. Yet, if we closely look at our scriptures, they all talk about only One Supreme Lord! Even the wise saints who established the various faiths agree that there is only one Supreme Being. Sri Swamiji has written a set of ten slokas  — known as Vasudeva Paratatva Dashakam — extolling this Supreme Lord. The lyrics and the meaning are presented below.

yasya pAdAravindasya tuLasIganda mohitA: |
sanakAdi mahAntopi vAsudEva: parEShvara: ||

The One whose Lotus Feet has the fragrance of Tulasi and is capable of captivating the great Sanakadis, That Vasudeva is the Supreme Lord!

dahanAd panchabANasya prasiddham shankaram prabhum |
leelayA mOhayatyESha: vAsudEva: parEShvara: ||

Lord Shiva attained glory for winning over Lord Manmatha by scorching him,
But, the One who conquered him sportingly,
That Vasudeva is the Supreme Lord!

AlOTya sarvashAstrANi vyAsEna parikIrtita: |
sa Eva karuNAsindu: vAsudEva: parEShvara: ||

On searching through all the Sastras revealed by Sage Vyasa,
The One who is extolled as the ocean of compassion,
That Vasudeva is the Supreme Lord!

ahitam kartumicchantam bhrigum cha munisatthamam |
prasIdayati vAtsalyAt vAsudEva: parEShvara: ||

The One whose motherly compassion calmed and pleased the angry Sage Bhrigu,
That Vasudeva is the Supreme Lord!

bhavAnyA dattha shApOpi hasathA chitrakEthunA |
svIkruthO thasya nAthO vai vAsudEva: parEShvara: ||

The One who is the Lord of Chitraketu – who accepted the curse of Lord Parvati with a smile,
That Vasudeva is the Supreme Lord!

trimatastApakair dhIrai: munIndrairapi pUjitha: |
shlAgithashchApi thai: bhaktyA vAsudEva: parEShvara: ||

The One who is worshiped with devotion by the founders of the three paths and extolled by the great Sages,
That Vasudeva is the Supreme Lord!

sruShTi karthA chathurmUrdhA: shankarO sruShTi nAshaka: |
bhUpAlanaparOyam vai vAsudEva: parEShvara: ||

Lord Brahma is the creator of the Universe and Lord Shiva the destroyer,
The One who nurtures this Creation,
That Vasudeva is the Supreme Lord!

asurEbhyO varam dattvA sankaTE patitAnasau |
rakShati brahmarudrAdIn vAsudEva: parEShvara: ||

Lord Brahma and Lord Shiva got into a difficult situation after bestowing boons to the demons,
The One who saved Lord Brahma and Lord Shiva,
That Vasudeva is the Supreme Lord!

samyagnutE gajEndrENa stutibhir lingavarjitai: |
ayamEva gatO pAtum vAsudEva: parEShvara: ||

The One who went to the rescue of Gajendra – who had been abandoned by his own clan and therefore had called out to Him in despair –
That Vasudeva is the Supreme Lord!

tyaktvA svadhAma vaikuNTham lOkAnugraha vAnjchayA |
avatArAmstu yashchakrE vAsudEva: parEShvara: ||

The One who, out of tremendous compassion, abandoning His own abode Vaikunta, is incarnating again and again in this cycle of birth and death,
That Vasudeva is the Supreme Lord!

dashakam ya: paThet etat paratatva prakAshakam |
prApnOti vimalam gnAnam muraLIdhara tOShakam ||

The one who reads these ten slokas that extoll the Supreme Truth,
will please Lord Muralidhara and by His Grace attain true wisdom.

Translated by
Sowmya Balasubramanian, Houston TX

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