Mahavirashtaka Stotra

Posted: 28.10.2008
Updated on: 02.12.2010

 

Dipawali Greetings



Mahavirashtaka Stotra

by
Kavi Bhagendu



He, whose consciousness mirrors infinite substances (living and
non-living) in all their modifications (origination, destruction and 
permanence) at one time; who lights up the Moksha Marg like the
Sun; and is omniscient; may such Mahavira Svami appear in my vision.

He, whose eyes are without the redness that arises out of anger;
whose gaze is steady and unblinking, signifying complete absence
of  anger; and whose posture is absolutely calm and tranquil
reflecting the highest purity; may such Mahavira Svami appear in my vision.

He whose feet glow with the lustre of crown jewels of Indras
paying obeisance and are capable of giving respite to worldly beings
from the fire of rebirth or whose very remembrance works like water
to douse the fires of rebirth, may such Mahavira Svami appear in my vision.

Even a frog, which intended to worship Mahavira Svami with great
devotion and joy, attained birth in heaven in a moment! Hence it is
not surprising if the true devotees of Mahavira Svami attain Moksha;
may such Mahavira Svami appear in my vision.

Blessed with a body like burnished gold yet unattached to it; strange
yet unique; born to King Siddhartha yet beyond transmigration and
worldly attachments; endowed with unparalleled powers and knowledge;
may such Mahavira Svami appear in my vision.

Whose doctrine may be compared to a vast, deep and pure Ganga
of j├▒ana, with the many nayas as her waves, the cool waters of which
enable worldly people to diffuse their miseries. Even today, savants
take a dip in that knowledge like swans on a river;
may such Mahavira Svami appear in my vision.

He who, even as a youth, in order to attain the eternal, beatific and
immensely peaceful kingdom of Moksha; conquered through the
power of his soul cupid, the god of love who holds the inhabitants of the three worlds under his thrall;
may such Mahavira Svami appear in my vision.

He, who can cure forever the terror of moha; who is free from all
desires; who is the truest friend; whose greatness is known to all;
who is auspicious; who is a shelter to monks who fear samsara
and transmigration; who is endowed with the finest virtues;
may such Mahavira Svami appear in my vision.

All who read this Mahavirashtaka Stotra, written out of devotion by
his devotee Bhagendu, shall attain the ultimate goal of liberation.

Source/Info

Sanskrit devotional poem composed by Kavi Bhagendu in the 19th century

English translation by Manish Modi

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