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From: Sriran Ramanujam +1 614 860 6672 (sriram_at_cbnea.att.com)
Date: Thu Oct 26 1995 - 14:01:00 PDT
svAtma nitya niyAmya nityadAsyaikarasAtma svabhAvAnusandhAna pUrvaka bhavadanavadhikAtisaya svAmyAdi akhilaguNa gaNAnubhAvajanita anavdhikAtisya pritiKarita asEsasEsataikaratirUpa nityakainkaryaprApyupAya bhakti tadupAya samyagjnAna tadupAya samIchInakriyA tadanuguNAs AtvikAstikyAdi samastAtmaguNA vihInaha duruttarAnanta tadviparyaya jnAnakriyAnuguNa anAdipApavAsanA mahArNavAntarnimagnaha tilatailavat(e) dAruvahnivat(e) durvivEchatriguNa kshaNaksharaNasvabhAva achEtanaprakrtivyAptirUpa duratyaya bhagavamAyAtirOhita svaprakAsaha AnAdyAsavidyanchitAnantaAsakya visramsana karmapAsapAsapragrathitaha anAgatAnantakAlasamIksyapi adrashtasantArOpAyaha nikhilajantu jAtasaraNya! sriman! nArAyaNa! tavacharaNAravaindayugaLam saraNamaham prapadyE|| The gist of this part of the text is "I seek your lotus feet as my refuge", various epithets qualifying "I" are enumerated The Lord is then addressed with a few exclamatory epithets before the formal surrender. I whose essential nature is built to be ever commanded by Him, understanding this nature and ever thinking of it, meditating always on His great Lordship and all his auspicious qualities, with a devotion which is a means to the service in the form of an intense desire to be of service in all forms under all conditions, possessed of ripe knowledge which would lead to devoted service, engaged in action in the form of service to Him, lacking as I am in personal qualities like virtue (satva) and firm faith, possessed as I am of qualities and conduct directly opposite to that enumerated and hence steeped in an ageless ocean of sin incapable of being crosses, with naturally endowed knowledge and lustre covered by inevitable association with prakriti which by nature is susceptible to continous change and is a mixture of the threefold qualities (satva,rajas&tamas), the inevitable association being ordinarily inseparable like oil in the gingelly seed and fire in firewood; bound inextricably by the rope or karma in the form of virtue and sin collected over ages out of ignorance; I who cannot find the means of over-coming this bond to samsAra however long I may try; I take refuge in your lotus feet as the only means of emancipation O, nArAyaNa! ever associated with Sri! The refuge of all created beings! I seek your protection.