S'rî Dasâvatâra Stotra
Text and Melody: Jayadeva Gosvâmî
Musical arrangements: Anand Aadhar Prabhu
The Yoga of Knowledge:
Verses 7 to 11 and 33 to 39
Whenever and wherever it is sure that one weakens in righteousness and a predominance of injustice does manifest, o descendant of Bharata, at that time I do manifest Myself.
To liberate the seekers of truth, to take the power away from the wicked ones and to reestablish the way of the human principles I do appear age after age.
Anyone who knows as such of my divine birth(s) and activities will never, after leaving his body, take birth again, but will attain Me, O Arjuna.
Freed from attachment, fear and anger in the full awareness of Me, many who were purified in the knowledge of penance, have attained My transcendental love.
All who surrender themselves to Me I surely award My path [of glory] that is followed by all men, o son of Prthâ, in all respects.
Greater than the sacrifice of material things is the sacrifice of knowledge, o chastiser of the enemy; all this karma in sum, O son of Prthâ, finds its end in knowledge.
Try to understand that by exercising respect, inquiring submissively and rendering service to the ones who know, as they will initiate you into the truth of the seers.
Knowing it so you will never fall victim to illusion again as from this you will, O son of Prthâ, go for the vision of the soul of all living beings, that is in Me.
Even if you are the greatest of all sinners you will, with this boat of transcendental knowledge, cross the ocean of all this misery.
Like firewood ablaze with fire turns to ashes, O Arjuna, so the fire of knowledge turns all of your karma to ashes.
Surely there exists nothing of knowledge in this world that can compare to this purification and he who is mature in his own yoga will enjoy that in due course of time within himself.
A man of faith can attain keeping close to the knowledge in the control of his senses as of that knowledge having achieved the transcendental he very soon attains to peace.
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