Shriiman NaaraayaNiiyam - Dashaka 100 - Shlokam 1


Shlokam 1

OM Namo Vasudevaaya

agre pashyaami tejo nibiDatara- kalaayaavalii- lobhaniiyam
piiyuushhaa-plaavito'ham tadanu tadudare divya-kaishora-veshham |
taaruNyaa-rambha-ramyam parama-sukha-rasaa-svaada-romancitaangaiH
aaviitam naarad-aadyair-vilasad-upanishhad-sundarii-maNDalaiH-ca ||

[NaaraayaNa BhaTTatiri gives a graphic head to foot description of the image of KR^shhNa at the Guruvayoor temple] :

I see in front of me (agre pashyaami) a brilliance (tejo). This brilliance is captivating (lobhaniiyam) like a densely packed (nibiDatara) bunch or bouquet of kalaayaa flowers (kalaayaavalii). [Kalaayaa is a flower which is a brilliant blue in colour] I am drenched in a shower of nectar (piiyuushha-aaplaavito'ham) at this sight !

Then (tad-anu) , at the very core (tad-udare) of that brilliance, I see the divine form of a boy ( divya kaishora veshham). His form is particularly pleasing (ramyam) because his youth (taaruNyam) is just blossoming (aarambham).

He is surrounded (aaviita) by sages like naarada and others (naarada-adyaiH). These sages are experiencing supreme bliss ( parama sukha rasa aasvaadanam). And because of that experience their hairs are standing on end (romancita) on their limbs (angaiH) ! He is also surrounded by groups (maNDalaiH) of resplendent (vilasat) beautiful damsels (sundarii). Who are these damsels? They are the upanishhads themselves !

[ Reminiscent of gopastrii pariveshhTitaH ? ]