Monday, 11 July 2016

366. Sage Agastya advised Rama to pray the Sun.

                   The deities, sages, Kinnaras etc. watching the fight between Rama and Ravana from the firmament were anxious that Rama should kill that rakshash. When they saw that Ravana was returning to the battle field their anxiety grew more and they were thinking what to do to ensure the end of that rakshash. Sensing the mood of the other spectators, Sage Agastya decided to act. He along with some of the deities went to Rama who was getting ready to face Ravana who was returning in his chariot to the battle field. 
         Hi! Reader! If you wanna hear what the sage told Rama in their mother-tongue viz. Sanskrit,  click here.  As English translation is also given there, you may skip the rest of this chapter, if you so desire.
           He told Rama "O my lad! Let me tell you the eternal secret, by which you can conquer all your enemies in battle. 
      "This holy hymn dedicated to the Sun deity will ensure in destroying all enemies and bring you victory and never ending supreme bliss.
      "This hymn is supreme and is a guarantee of complete prosperity and is the destroyer of sin, anxiety, anguish and is the bestower of longevity.
    "Worship Him, who stretch his innumerable rays when he has completely risen, and who is held in reverence by the devas and asuras, and who is the Lord of the universe by whose effulgence all and everything brighten.
      "He indeed represent the totality of all celestial beings. He is self-luminous and sustains all with his rays. He nourishes and energizes the inhabitants of all the worlds and the race of devas and asuras.
    "He is Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, Skanda and Prajapati. He is also Mahendra (=Shiva), kubera, kala, yama, soma (Moon deity) and varuna.
       "He is the pitrs, vasus, sadhyas, aswini devas, maruts, manu, vayu, agni, prana and, being the source of all energy and light, is the maker of all the six seasons.
       "He is the son of Aditi, creator of the universe, inspirer of action, transverser of the heavens. He is the sustainer, illumination of all directions, the golden hued brilliance and is the maker of the day.
         "He is Omnipresent and pervades all with countless rays. He is the power behind the seven sense organs, the dispeller of darkness, bestower of happiness and prosperity, the remover of misfortunes and is the infuser of life.
         "He is the primordial being manifesting as the Trinity. He ushers in the Day and is the teacher. He is Hiranyagarbha,  and has a vast and supreme felicity. He is the remover of intellectual frost.
           "He is the Lord of the firmament, dispeller of darkness. Master of all the vedas and a friend of the waters. He causes rain. 
            "He, whose form is circular and is colored yellow, is intensely absorbed and inflicts death. He is the destroyer of all and is Omniscient and exceedingly energetic and sustains the universe and all action.
       "He is the lord of stars, planets and all constellations. He is the origin of everything in the universe and is the cause of the lustre of even the brilliant ones. Salutations to Thee who is the One being manifest in the twelve forms of the Sun.
      "Salutations to the Eastern and western mountain, Salutations to the Lord of the stellar bodies and the Lord of the Day.
     "Salutations to the One who ordains victory and the prosperity that follows. Salutations to the one possessed of yellow steeds and to the thousand rayed Lord, and to Aditya.
       "Salutations to the Terrible one, the hero, the one who travels fast. Salutations to the one whose emergence makes the lotus blossom and to the fierce and omnipotent one.
     "Salutations to the Lord of Brahma, shiva and Achyuta.                      "Salutations to the powerful and to the effulgence in the Sun that is both the illuminator and devourer of all and is of a form that is fierce like Rudra.
     "Salutations to the transcendental atman that dispels darkness, drives away all fear, and destroys all foes. Salutations also to the annihilator of the ungrateful and to the Lord of all the stellar bodies.
     "Salutations to the Lord shining like molten gold, to the transcendental fire, the fire of supreme knowledge, the architect of the universe, destroyer of darkness and salutations again to the effulgence that is the Cosmic witness.
       "Salutations to the Lord who destroys everything and creates them again. Salutations to Him who by His rays consumes the waters, heats them up and sends them down as rain.
      "Salutations to the Lord who abides in the heart of all beings keeping awake when they are asleep. He is both the sacrificial fire and the fruit enjoyed by the worshipers.
     "The Sun is verily the Lord of all actions in this universe. He is verily the vedas, the sacrifices mentioned in them and the fruits obtained by performing the sacrifices.
        "Raghava, one who recites this hymn in times of danger, during an affliction or when lost in the wilderness and having fear, he will not lose heart and will become brave and confident.
      "Raghava, worship this Lord of all Gods and the Universe with one-pointed devotion. Recite this hymn thrice and you will win this battle.
      "O mighty armed one, you shall triumph over Ravana this very moment." 
       Having said what he wanted, Agastya joined his pals in the firmament. And the mind of Rama was cleared and was infused with the confidence of victory.
       He was greatly pleased and felt that he became more brave and energetic.
      Gazing at the sun with devotion, he recited this hymn thrice and experienced bliss.
      Purifying Himself by sipping water thrice, He took up his bow with his mighty arms.        
          Without any apprehension whatsoever, Rama eagerly awaited Ravana. Seeing Rama, determined to kill Ravana, the sun-god, blessed him victory.

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