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					                 DASAVATARA STOTRA (from Gita govinda)

       pralaya-payodhijale kesava dhrtavanasi vedam kesava (2)
                    vihitavahitra- caritra- makhedam (2)
                            kesava dhrta minasarira
               jaya jagadisa hare kesava jaya jagadisa hare
  O God, in the form of a fish! In the flood of dissolution you have held up the
         revealed knwoledge of the Vedas, like a boat, without effort.
                  Hail! Hari, God of the world, Victory to Thee!

Purport: The first avatara signifies the restoration of true knowledge
(Vedas), recovered from the deluge of egoism, which has to be destroyed
in the process.

              ksitirati-vioulatare kesava tava tishati prsthe (2)
                    dharani-dharanakina-cakragarishte (2)
                          kesava dhrta kacchaparupa
                jaya jagadisa hare kesava jaya jagadisa hare

O God, in the form of Tortoise! On the ample expanse of your back, calloused by
        the burden of the earth that it bears, securely stands the world.
                  Hail! Hari, God of the world, Victory to Thee!

Purport: The incarnation of God in the Tortoise form during the churning
of the Ocean, signifies that the churning of the ocean of experience with
the churn of knowledge, towards the Absolute can rest only on the
immovable, all-sufficient, all-sustaining basis of self-evident truth,
symbolized by the Tortoise avatara.

             vasati dasanasikhare kesava dharani tava lagna (2)
                      sasini kalankakaleva nimagna (2)
                          kesava dhrta sukararupa
                jaya jagadisa hare kesava jaya jagadisa hare


 O God, in the form of the Boar! The world restsin peace on the tip of your tusk,
                  like the dark marking ont he disc of the moon.
                   Hail! Hari, God of the world, Victory to Thee!

Purport: The Boar avatara is identified with sacrifice both in the
Vishnupurana and Bhagavata. As sacrifice (of worldly affairs) is essential
for the stability of mind for contemplation on God, it is symbolized by the
Boar form of the Lord.

           tava kara kamalavare kesava nakhamadbhutasrngam (2)
                        dalita hiranyakasipu varabrngam
                          kesava dhrta naraharirupa (2)
                  jaya jagadisa hare kesava jaya jagadisa hare
 O God, in the form of Man-Lion! In your hand of lotus like beauty, are the finger
nails with their wonderful tips which have torn as under the most powerful demon
Purport: This avatara illustrates that a true devotee is fearless (as
Prahlada) and God comes to his rescue even in the midst of terror.

                    Hiranyakasipu, as if he was a huge insect.
                   Hail! Hari, God of the world, Victory to Thee!

           Chalayasi vikramane kesava bali madbhutavamana (2)
                   padanakhanitra-janita-janapavana (2)
                         kesave dhrta vamanarupa
               jaya jagadisa hare kesava jaya jagadisa hare


  O God, in the form of dwarf! By planting your feet you have cheated Bali, the
 mighty . Ganga, the river which sanctifies the world, has come out of you rtoe-
                                       nails.
                  Hail! Hari, God of the world, Victory to Thee!

Purport: The Dwarf avatara shows that valour (as exemplified by King
Bali) can find its fulfilment only in complete surrender to God.

        Ksatriyarudhiramaye kesava jagadapagata papam kesava (2)
                   snapayasi payasi samitabhavatapam (2)
                        kesave dhrta bhrgupatirupa (2)
                jaya jagadisa hare kesava jaya jagadisa hare.


 O God, in the form of the Lord of the Bhrigus, you have bathed the world in the
blood of the tyrannous rulers, thus cleansing it of sin and destroying the misery of
                                its relative existence.
                   Hail! Hari, God of the world, Victory to Thee!

Purport: When the rulers, endowed with power for protection of the
subjects, had however degenerated into an oppressive tyranny, it had to be
crushed ruthlessly. This is illustrated by the Parasurama avatara.

            vitarasi diksu rane kesava dikpatikamantyam kesava
                    dasamukha-mauli-balim ramaniyam (2)
                           kesava dhrta ramasarira
                 jaya jagadisa hare kesava jaya jagadisa hare


O God in the body of Sri Rama! You have a made a beautiful offering of the ten
heads of the demon Ravana in battle to the guardians of the cardinal directions.
                Hail! Hari, God of the world, Victory to Thee!

  Purport: The Sri Rama avatara is an ideal demonstration of how a man
 can rise to divinity, by unswerving adherence to dharma, in all its details

     Vahasi vapusi visade kesava vasaanam jaladabhanam kesava (2)
                  hala-hati-bhiti-milita-yamunabham (2)
                     keshava dharta-haladharrupa (2)
              jaya jagadisa hare kesava jaya jagadisa hare.
 O God , brother in the form of Balarama,the bearer of the plough! You wear on
   your immaculate body a garment of the colour of the clouds, blue like the
       Yamuna, darkened by the fear of being dragged by your plough.
                  Hail! Hari, God of the world, Victory to Thee!

          Nindasi yajnavidhe kesava-rahaha srutijatam kesava (2)
                  sadaya - hrdya darshitapasughatam (2)
                      kesava dharta buddhasarira (2)
               jaya jagadisa hare kesava jaya jagadisa hare.


 O God, in the body of Buddha, the enlightened! Out of compssion of your heart
 you have condemned the ritualistic portion of the vedas ordaining the killing of
                                  the animals .
                  Hail! Hari, God of the world, Victory to Thee!

Purport: At a time, when the people were steeped in ignorance and
scriptures where inaccessible to them, and the ones who had access to the
scriptures were more concerned with the form and rituals than with the
spirit of the teachings, God incarnated as Buddha, the embodiment of
compassion.



      maleccha-nivaha-nidhane kesava kalayasi karavalam kesava (2)
                    dhumaketumiva kimapi karalam (2)
                       kesava dharta kalkisarira (2)
              jaya jagadisa hare kesava jaya jagadisa hare.


 O God, in the form of Kalki! For the destruction of wicked , you carry a meteor-
           like sword in your hand, trailing a train of disaster to them.
                  Hail! Hari, God of the world, Victory to Thee!

Purport: The yet to be avatara is Kalki, the mighty warrior, born in a
pious family, to rid the world of the oppression of its unrighteous rulers.

            Srijayadevakeverida kesava nida muditmudaram (2)
                 srnu subhadam sukhadam bahvasaram (2)
                       kesave dharta dasavidhiraupa (2)
                jaya jagadisa hare kesava jaya jagadisa hare.


  O God, who took ten forms! Please listen to the song of Jayadeva.It bestows
                 goodness, and joy; it is the essence of life.
                Hail! Hari, God of the world, Victory to Thee!

				
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