An Interpretation by Swami Muni Nrayana Prasad

KOLATIRESA STAVAM

 

Composed in 1893 just after the installation of the Siva Temple at Kolathukara near Trivandrum.This was written at the request of the devotees who had gathered there.Madanartta is the metre of this Malayalam work.

                     1     
 
Considerate always to those
Who approach, treating you
Ask the one on whom even time depends;
And unfavorable to the unrighteous
Are you, the one of fore-head –eye.
Please protect me properly,
O the Supreme Lord
Residing at the kolathukara Temple

                        2

He who causes emergence of the world
From within, within a moment;
He who constantly rules it
Simply by gazing;
He who is amused by such games
Should protect me properly.
O the Supreme Lord
Residing at the Kolathukara Temple

                      3                     

Though the one all underlying substratum
That fills everywhere,
You assume this kind of visible
From for the sake adoration,
You, being such, should free me
From indolence by granting me
The boon of transcental awareness
O the Supreme Lord
Residing at the Kolathukara Temple.

                        4

If it so happens that
Any of these senses such as the eyes
Thoughtlessly goes wrong in its path,
That very moment, please let me
Wisely think of the one sat
O the Supreme Lord
Residing at the Kolathukara Temple

                     5

Let my limbs such as hands and feet
Not do any unvirtuous deed
Let them not be tempted to do
Anything forbidden in an improper manner,
O Lord, residing at the Kolathukara temple.

                     6

Please avoid sickness and other afflictions,
O the desire-fulfiller the destroyer of desires,
O the ocean of compassion,
O the happiness-maker, please give me
Happiness with all compassion,
O the Lord residing at the kolathukara Temple

                      7

Let not penury-related dreadful sufferings
Approach me, and from me banish
Haughtiness always.
And grant me the lucky opportunity
To live in the vicinity of the virtuous,
O the Lord residing at the Kolathukara Temple.

                       8

Forgive all my sinful acts
That I might have committed
Owing to my own flick mind.
Helping me to avoid all the griefs,
Please possess me, and moreover,
Let me eternally remember your
Holy feet that would obviate all sins,
O the Lord residing at the Kolathukara Temple.

                              9

Even Brahma and Vishnu
Feel your boundless grandeur
To be immensely immeasurable.
Who else then is there to describe it?
I was only giving vent to
A few of my humble aspirations;
O the Lord residing at the Kolathukara Temple.

                              10

These meaningless incoherent
Words of mine are like
The lisps of an infant
In distress, but knows
No means of expressing it.
You, along with the Mother, (like a mother)
Is my sole refuge now
O my Supreme Lord
Residing at the Kolathukara Temple.