Chathu Sloki Bhagawatam

Chathu Sloki Bhagawatam
[Essence of Bhagawatam in four verses]
Translated by P. R. Ramachander

[These few verses occur in the discussion between Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma in the second chapter of Bhagawatham. Though there are seven verses, first two verses are introductory in nature and the last one is the concluding verse. This has been taken from the Hindi Publication called Sthotra Rathnavali by Gita press, Gorakhpur. Only a very simple meaning of the verses, as I understand it has been given and interpretation and discussion is avoided.]

Sri Bhagawan Uvacha:
The God said:

Jnanam parama guhyam yea yad vignana samanvitham,
Sarahasyam thadangam cha grahana gaditham maya, 1

Please hear from me that knowledge of mine,
Which is mystic and governed by reason,
And which is kept as a very secret,
And please understand it carefully.

Yavan aaham yada bhavo yad roopa guna karmaka,
Thadaiva Thathwa vignamasthu they madanugrahath. 2

Due to my mercy and blessing, you would understand,
That knowledge fully and completely,
Which explains my transcendental existence,
My moods, my philosophy, my form and my properties.

Aahameva samevagre nanyad yatsa thatparam,
Paschadaham yadethascha yo aavasishyeth so asyaham. 3

I only was there before creation,
And nothing else was there,
Afterwards again I only was there,
And in future, I only will be there.

Kruthe artha yath prathiyeth na prathiyeth cha aathmani,
Thad vidhya dathmano maayaam yadha aabhaso yadha thama. 4

Anything which is told as having any meaning,
If it does not have any relation to me,
Is knowledge of the soul that is an illusion,
And is without light and is very dark.

Yada mahaanthi bhoothani bhootheshcha vacheshvanu,
Pravishtanya pravishtani thada theshu na theshwaham. 5

Like the five great elements,
Which are present and not present,
In all elements of the world,
I exist, within everything that is created,
And also outside of those same things.

Ethavadeva jiggnasyam Thathwa jigna sunathmana,
Anvaya vyathirekhabhyam yathsyath sarvathra sarvadha. 6

There is great curiosity,
To know about the soul,
Its principle and existence,
Which ends with these words,
Which are everywhere and for always

Ethan matham samathishta paramena samadhina,
Bhavan kalpa vikalpeshu, na vimuhyathi karhichith. 7

He who searches for this supreme truth,
With his mind fully under control,
Will in all space and time,
Be set free in no time.

Ithi Srimad Bhagawathe maha purane aashta dasa sahasthrayam samhithayam vaisikhyam dwitheeya skande bhagawat brahma samvade chatu sloki bhagawatha sampoornam.

Thus ends the Bhagawatham (story of the lord) told in four verses which occurs in the second section called Discussion between Vishnu and Brahma, in the great book Bhagawatham.

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