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athAto brahma-jijJAsA -

Advitiya - Sat, 12 Feb 2005 02:25:39 +0530
vedAnteSu yam Ahur eka-puruSaM vyApya sthitaM rodasI
yasminn Izvara ity ananya-viSayaH zabdo yathArthAkSaraH |
antar yaz ca mumukSubhir niyamita-prANAdibhir mRgyate
sa sthANuH sthira-bhakti-yoga-sulabhaH niHzreyasAyAstu vaH ||

He in the Vedanta by the wise pronounced
Sole being, who the upper and the under world
Pervading overpasses, whom alone
The name of God describes, here applicable
And pregnant – crippled else of force, to others
Perverted – and the Yogins who aspire
To rise above the human death, break in
Breath, soul and senses passionately seeking
The immutable, and in their own hearts find –
He, easily by work and faith and love
Attainable, ordain your heavenly weal.
Advitiya - Mon, 14 Feb 2005 21:18:22 +0530
zrutim apare smRtim itare
bhArataM anye bhajantu bhava-bhItAH
aham iha nandaM vande
yasyAlinde paraM brahma

Some may worship the God of the Upanishads,
some the One described in the Smritis, and
yet others may bow down to the God glorified
in the Mahabharata, shaking with the fears
of life and death in this material world.

But I will place my head at the feet
of Nanda Maharaj in whose back yard
the Supreme Brahman is crawling about
in the form of a baby Boy.
evakurvan - Mon, 14 Feb 2005 21:25:42 +0530
Advitiya that last post is beautiful
Madanmohan das - Thu, 17 Feb 2005 05:01:33 +0530
I'll second that! Ki sundar! ki adbhut!
Madanmohan das - Thu, 17 Feb 2005 05:20:33 +0530
You may be familiar with this one, but it also touches on your theme.

barhApIdAbhirAmaM mRgamada-tilakaM kuNDalAkrAntagandaM
kaNjAkSaM kambukanThaM smitasubhagamukhaM svAdhare nyastavunum/
zyAmaM zAntaM tribhaNgaM ravikaravasanaM bhUsitaM vaijayantyA
vande vRndAvanasthaM yuvati zatavRtaM brahma-gopAla-vezam//

Brahman in the attire of cowherd boy
Madanmohan das - Sun, 27 Feb 2005 02:05:23 +0530
pUrNapremarasAmRtAbdhilahari lolAngagauracchaTA
koTyAcchAditavizvamIzvaravidhivyAsAdibhih saMstutam/
durlakSyAM zrutikoTibhih prakaTayanmUrtiM jaganmohohinIm-
AzcAryaM lavaNodarodhasi paraM brahma svayaM nRtyati//

Who, while tossed on the surging billows of the ocean of purna-prema rasAmrta, the graceful motion of his golden limbs shed lustre through millions of universes; whose praises are sung in perfect hymns by gods and sages like Isa, Vidhi, Vyasa and others, and who is incomprehensable to millions of texts of holy writ; that param brahma himself, manifesting his world-enchanting and astonishing form, now personally dances of the shore of the briney deep.

Caitanya Candramrta 131
Madanmohan das - Sun, 27 Feb 2005 02:18:58 +0530
When Sudama Vipra entered Dvaraka it is said in the Bhagavat that he realised the ultimate bliss of brahman.
Advitiya - Thu, 07 Apr 2005 00:27:41 +0530
yaM zaivAH samupAsate ziva iti brahmeti vedAntino
bauddhA buddha iti pramANa-paTavaH kartei naiyAyikAH |
arhann ity atha jaina-zAsanaratAH karmeti mImAMsakAH
so’yaM no vidadhAtu vAJchita-phalaM trailokya-nAtho hariH ||

May Hari, the Lord of the universe, the remover of evil – whom the devotees of Shiva worship as Shiva, the Vedantins as Brahman, the Buddhists as Buddha, the followers of Nyaya Philosophy who are clever in logic as the Agent, those devoted to the Jaina doctrines as Arhat, the ritualists of the Mimamsa school as Karma – may he grant us all our heart’s desires.
anuraag - Thu, 07 Apr 2005 10:13:01 +0530
QUOTE(evakurvan @ Feb 14 2005, 03:55 PM)
Advitiya that last post is beautiful

zrutim apare smRtim itare
bhArataM anye bhajantu bhava-bhItAH
aham iha nandaM vande
yasyAlinde paraM brahma

-Sri Raghupathi Upadhyaya
Padyavali 126
evakurvan - Thu, 07 Apr 2005 10:17:00 +0530
I will fasten the bells of his love to my feet
And dance in front of Girdhar.
Dancing and dancing I will please his eyes;
My love is an ancient one.
My love is the only truth.

I do not care about social norms
Nor do I keep my family's honour.
I cannot forget, even for a moment,
The beauty of my lover.

I am dyed in Hari's colour

anuraag - Thu, 07 Apr 2005 14:11:19 +0530

Brahman in the attire of cowherd boy

parAkRta namad bandhaM
param brahma narAkRtiM
saundarya sAra sarvasvaM
vande nandAtmajaM mahaH
(gUDArtha dIpika, Ch.14. Sri Madhusudana Sarasvati)

I adore the great Personality, the Son of Nanda,
Who removes all the bondage of those that worship (Him),
Who is the Supreme Brahman in the form of a Human being,
and Who is all that is the Essence of beauty.
evakurvan - Thu, 07 Apr 2005 14:49:48 +0530
zeSa gaNeza dineza maheza sureza hu jAhi nirantara gAvai
jAhi anAdi ananta akhaNDa acheda abheda subheda batAvai |
nArada se zuka vyAsa raTai paci hAre ta-U puni pAra na pAvai
tAhi ahIra kI chauhariyA chachiyA-bhari chAcha pai nAca nacAvai ||

He whom Shesha-naga, Ganapati, Shiva,
Surya, and Indra constantly glorify,
He whom the best of the Vedas describe
as 'beginningless, 'unlimited,' 'unbroken,'
'impenetrable,' 'nondual,' and 'dual.'

He whose glories are sung by Narada, Shukadeva, and Vyasa,
but whose furthest extent remains beyond even them --
that very Personality of Godhead, these cowherdesses
can force to dance tempting Him for
a spoonful of their buttermilk!"
anuraag - Fri, 08 Apr 2005 12:38:09 +0530
aho bhAgyam aho bhAgyaM
yan-mitramM paramAnandaM
pUrNam brahma sanAtanam

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.14.32

How greatly fortunate are Nanda Mahārāja,
the cowherd men and all the other inhabitants of Vrajabhūmi!
There is no limit to their good fortune,
because the Absolute Truth,
the source of transcendental bliss,
the eternal Supreme Brahman, has become their friend.