Vasudeva Sthuthi

Vasudeva Sthuthi
[Prayer by Vasudeva]
Translated by P. R. Ramachander

[This is the prayer offered by King Vasudeva as soon as Lord Krishna was born in the prison. This occurs in tenth Skanda and third chapter of Bhagawatha Purana as slokas 13-21. Another prayer by Vasaudeva addressed to Krishna has been earlier translated by me and is available at I have referred the translations by Smt. Sudha devi Ramkumar and Sri C. L. Goswami. My thanks to those great pioneers.]

1. Vidhithosi bhavaan saakshath Purusha prakruthe para,
Kevalanubhava aanada swaroopa sarva budhi druk.

Oh Lord, I know that you are the supreme person who is beyond nature,
And you are the pure personification of bliss, who sees the minds of all.

2. Sa yeva swa prakruthyedham sushtvagre trigunathmakam,
Thadhanu thwam hyapravishta yiva bhavyase.

From your own self you created this world of three fold existence*,
And after creating it, you appear to have entered this world.
*Truth, consciousness and bliss

3. Yadheme avikruthaa bhavasthadhaa they vikruthey saha,
Naanaa veeryaa pradhak bhoothaa virajam janayanthi hi.

Though you are a part of the different beings,
The characteristics of those beings in various degrees,
Do not shine out in your great form.

4. SAnnipathya samuth paadhya drusyanthe anugathaa yiva,
Praageva vidhyamanathvanna theshamiha sambhava.

Though you are seen with the people of the world as well as travel with them,
In spite of your being the cause of all such things and people,
How is it that you never get their form or feelings?

5. Yavam bhavaan budhya anumeya lakshanai,
Grahyair gunai sannapi thadruna grahaa,
Anaa vruthath vaad bahirantharam na they,
SArvasya sarvathmana aathma vasthutha.

Oh Lord though you are existing along with,
The objects that can be recognised by the senses,
You cannot be caught by those senses,
And you do not have the properties of inside and outside,
For you are everywhere and everything is that thing.

6. Ya aathmano drusya guneshu sannithi,
Vyavasyathe swa vyathire katho abudha,
Vinanuvaadam na cha than mneeshitham,
Samyag yathas yaktha mupaadath pumaan.

He who believes that what he sees is only right,
Is not wise as he does not understand that,
What he knows are nothing but a display of words
And if he believes that which has been,
Proved as unreal as real, then he is a fool.

7. Thwatho asya janma sthidhi samyamaan, vibho,
Vadanthyanee hadha gunaadha vikriyath,
Thwayeesware brahmani no virudhyathe,
Thwadasraya thwad upacharyathe gunai.

Oh Lord, the wise conclude that birth, upkeep and death,
Originate from you who is desire less,change less,
And beyond properties and it appears that,
This looks as a contradiction in you who is god of all,
And that such things are ascribed to you,
Because you are the one who makes them act.

8. Sa thwam triloka sthithaye swa maayaya,
Vibharshim shuklam khhalu varnamathmana,
SArgaaya raktham rajasopa brahmitham,
Krushnam cha varna thamasaa janaathyaye.

Oh Lord you are in the entire three worlds using your illusion,
Taking the form which is white you do the upkeep of the world,
Taking the form which is red, you do the creation of the world,
And taking the form which is black you do its destruction.

9. Thwamasya lokasya vibho ririkshushu,
Gruhe avatheerno maam akhileswara,
Rajanya samgnaa asura koti yoodhapai,
Nirvyoohyamaanaa niha nishyase chamoo.

Oh God of the universe, you have taken birth,
In my house for protecting the world,
And there is no doubt in my mind,
That you would soon completely,
Destroy the billions of Asuras who are,
Going by the names of kings in this world.