Oct 15, 2008


शुभाङ्गःशान्तिदः स्रष्टा कुमुदः कुवलेशयः।
गोहितो गोपतिर्गोप्ता वृषभाक्षो वृषप्रियः॥

ശുഭാങ്കഃ ശാന്തിദഃ സ്രഷ്ടാ കുമുദ കുവലേശയഃ
ഗോഹിതോ ഗോപതിര്ഗോപ്ത വൃഷഭാക്ഷോ വൃഷപ്രിയഃ

சுபாங்க சாந்தித ஸ்ரஷ்டா குமுத குவலேசய
கோஹிதோ கோபதிர்கோப்த விரிஷபாக்ஷோ விரிஷப்ரிய

ಶುಭಾಂಗಃ ಶಂತಿದಃ ಸ್ರಷ್ಟಾ ಕುಮುದಃ ಕುವಲೇಶಯಃ
ಗೊಹಿತೋ ಗೊಪತಿರ್ಗೊಪ್ತ ವೃಷಭಾಕ್ಷೋ ವೃಷಪ್ರಿಯಃ

శుభాంగః శంతిదః స్రష్టా కుముదః కువలేశయః
గోహితో గోపతిర్గోప్తా వృషభాక్షో వృషప్రియః

subhaangah saantidah srashtaa kumudah kuvalesayah
gohito gopatir goptaa vrishabhaaksho vrishapriyah

586. Subhaangah - One who has the most beautiful form. That one who is enchanting, most handsome.
587. Saantidah - Narayana dispenses that Peace which puts an end to likes and dislikes (Raaga-Dvesha). He is the One who cleanses the mind of His devotees and gives to each the inner Peace and Joy.
588. Srashtaa – “The Creator of all beings.” In the beginning, He has created all from Himself as the Great Five Elements: (Viranchi).
589. Kumudah - The reveller in the Earth. The term ‘Ku’ means Earth. Therefore, the term means “He who delights in the Earth.”
590. Kuvalesayah - He who reclines in the waters (Kuvala). Waters surround the earth, thus it is called as Kuvala. The term can also mean the ‘Crawler’-meaning ser- pent. In this sense it indicates-” Sarpa-Saaye”: “One who reclines upon the Great Sesha”-the Divine “Sesha-Saaye.”
591. Go-hitah - One who does the Cow-welfare-work, always. Sree Krishna, through many incidents, helps to develop and conserve the sacred animal, Cow, for, the very existence of Bharat’s dispensation depends upon the Cow; the agriculture being essentially Cow-centred. ‘Go’ also means Earth. Thus: “One who saved the world” from the materialists and their designs of excesses and imperfect vision. One who protects against the irresponsible havoc, for example, of Ravana and others; all inimical to the genius of the natural Bhaarateeya Samskriti.
592. Go-patih – “The husband of the Earth.” Or, One who is the Lord protecting all those who are weary of their samsaaric life of passions and desires. Such ones, exhausted by grazing in the pastures of dissipation’ and enervated from the world of happenings, are comparable to cows. Hence Narayana is called here as the “Lord of the Cows”, -‘Gopaala.’ ‘Go’ also may be interpreted as ‘sense-organs’. In this way the term suggests “Lord of the Sense-Organs,” Sri Narayana, the Self.
593. Goptaa - The root ‘Gup’ has two meanings: to protect; to veil. Thus ‘Goptaa’ can imply “One who protects the universe” or “One who, by His Maayaa, veils the glory of the Divine Self within.
594. Vrishabhaakshah - One whose eyes rain fulfilment of all desires of His devotees. He sees the un- expressed desires of His devotees and fulfils them easily. Or it can be taken that Sri Narayana is “One whose eyes are Dharma Itself”; meaning, One who sees righteousness clearly and continuously. If one wants to see clearly righteousness, he must cultivate and develop the Narayana vision.
595. Vrisha-priyah: - Vishnu delights in Dharma. ‘Vrisha’ means’ Dharma,’ so the term can be dissolved as “One who delights in Dharma”. Or it can signify, “One who is beloved of the virtuous, the Good.”



Inspiration & courtesy:
Contribution of Shivkumar Kalyanaraman, Professor, Department of ECSE, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York, U.S.A.

Sanskrit script Courtesy:
Shri. N. Krishnamachari