Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Baladeva Vidyabhusana Pranama mantra

Baladeva Vidyabhusana (ca. 1700-1793 AD)

govinda-deva-dayitaṁ paramārtha-pūrṇaṁ
      vidvatsv aho jayapure jaya-bhūṣitaṁ vai
      vedānta-riktha-baladeva-yatiṁ namāmi

“I offer my humble obeisances unto the great sage Śrīla Baladeva Vidyābhūṣaṇa. Being very dear to Lord Govindajī and surcharged with transcendental knowledge, he became decorated with victory in the assembly of learned scholars in Jaipur.  What a wonder! Nobody was equal or superior to him in debates on the śruti, smṛti or nyāya, for he possessed the treasure of fully knowing the conclusion of all Vedic scriptures.”

Disclaimer: Although I have been using the above picture  - lacking an original one -, it should be mentioned that this is a modern drawing, most likely some decades old, which is seen in the Radha-Gokulananda Temple and may not resemble Vidyabhusana at all. The painter is unknown to me.