SrI: SrImathE SatakOpAya nama: SrImathE rAmAnujAya nama: SrImath varavaramunayE nama:
daṁṣṭrā-karālāni ca te mukhāni
diśo na jāne na labhe ca śarma
prasīda deveśa jagan-nivāsa
‘Beholding Thy Visages terrific with tushes, and flaming like the Fires of Time,[1. The consuming Fires at cataclysmal periods.] I forget where I am, nor find comfort. Mercy, O God of gods! O Kosmos-Refuge!.’
Viewing Thy many a Visage, terrific like Time-flames,[2. The consuming Fires at cataclysmal periods.] waiting to consume, when the ends of Yugas come round, I fail to recognize directions, and I feel my happiness fled. O Habitat of the Kosmos! O, Supreme Lord of devas, of Brahmā and of Īśa too! deign to be kind, and let me return to my old nature’s ways.[3. That is, going back to his material condition with the usual physical eye-sight etc.]
In this manner did Pārtha’s Charioteer[4. Śri Kṛishṇa.] demonstrate to him how all the Universe rested on Him, lived from Him and functioned through Him. He will now prove to Pārtha (Arjuna), the destruction, He Himself, out of His Will, is going to bring on those who were seen siding with the party of Dhṛitarāshtra in the guise of kings, and of those belonging to Yudhishtira, —possessed of Āsuric natures— so that (mother-) earth be rid of such burdens.
Arjuna, —after having realized, with the spiritual eyes with which the Lord blessed Him, the Divine Powers of the Lord in His aspect as creating etc.,— now sees in the Lord, the all-Soul, with the self-same eyes, the event how all the hosts belonging to Dhṛitarāshtra meet their destruction,— though an event which has not actually yet happened.
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