dakinyo yatudhanyas ca
kusmanda ye ’rbhaka-grahah
kotara revati jyestha
unmada ye hy apasmara
vrddha bala-grahas ca ye
sarve nasyantu te visnor
dakinyah yatudhanyah ca kusmandah—witches and devils, enemies of children; ye—those who are; arbhaka-grahah—like evil stars for children; bhuta—evil spirits; preta—evil hobgoblins; pisacah—similar bad spirits; ca—also; yaksa—the living entities known as Yaksas; raksah—those known as Raksasas; vinayakah—those by the name Vinayaka; kotara—by the name Kotara; revati—by the name Revati; jyestha—by the name Jyestha; putana—by the name Putana; matrka-adayah—and evil women like Matrka; unmadah—those who cause madness; ye—which others; hi—indeed; apasmarah—causing loss of memory; deha-prana-indriya—to the body, life air and senses; druhah—give trouble; svapna-drstah—the evil spirits that cause bad dreams; maha-utpatah—those causing great disturbances; vrddhah—the most experienced; bala-grahah ca—and those attacking children; ye—who; sarve—all of them; nasyantu—let be vanquished; te—those; visnoh—of Lord Visnu; nama-grahana—by the chanting of the name; bhiravah—become afraid.
The evil witches known as Dakinis, Yatudhanis and Kusmandas are the greatest enemies of children, and the evil spirits like Bhutas, Pretas, Pisacas, Yaksas, Raksasas and Vinayakas, as well as witches like Kotara, Revati, Jyestha, Putana and Matrka, are always ready to give trouble to the body, the life air and the senses, causing loss of memory, madness and bad dreams. Like the most experienced evil stars, they all create great disturbances, especially for children, but one can vanquish them simply by uttering Lord Visnu’s name, for when Lord Visnu’s name resounds, all of them become afraid and go away.
“I worship the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Govinda, who is the original person—nondual, infallible, and without beginning. Although He expands into unlimited forms, He is still the original, and although He is the oldest person, He always appears as a fresh youth. Such eternal, blissful and all-knowing forms of the Lord cannot be understood by the academic wisdom of the Vedas, but they are always manifest to pure, unalloyed devotees.”
While decorating the body with tilaka, we give protection to the body by chanting twelve names of Visnu. Although Govinda, or Lord Visnu, is one, He has different names and forms with which to act differently. But if one cannot remember all the names at one time, one may simply chant, “Lord Visnu, Lord Visnu, Lord Visnu,” and always think of Lord Visnu. Visnor aradhanam param: this is the highest form of worship. If one remembers Visnu always, even though one is disturbed by many bad elements, one can be protected without a doubt. The Ayurveda-sastra recommends, ausadhi cintayet visnum: even while taking medicine, one should remember Visnu, because the medicine is not all and all and Lord Visnu is the real protector. The material world is full of danger (padam padam yad vipadam). Therefore one must become a Vaisnava and think of Visnu constantly. This is made easier by the chanting of the Hare Krsna maha-mantra. Therefore Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu has recommended, kirtaniyah sada harih [Cc. adi 17.31] param vijayate sri-krsna-sankirtanam, and kirtanad eva krsnasya mukta-sangah param vrajet.
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