‘Nityam Swodara Poshanaya Sakalaanuddishya vitthaasaya /

vyartham paryatanam karomi bhavatassevaam na jane Vibho /

majjanmanthara punyapaakaphalathastvam Sarva! Sarvaantharas-

tishthasyeva hi thena vaa Pasupathey! tey rakshaneeyosmyaham ’

<(Sivanandalahari Stanza 57 by Adi Shankara)

I have contacted many and travelled a lot without aim just for filling my stomach and desirous of becoming prosperous. Little did I realise the significance of service to you, Oh Lord of all beings and all-pervasive! You do wipe away the sins of your devotees. May be, some good was done in my past birth that I feel confident as you are within all the beings and thus consider me too to be saved!

Sri V.D.N.Rao and Shri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham presents the Essence of Puranas in English, condensed by Sri. V.D.N.Rao, devotee of Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam. Compiled, Composed and Interpreted by V.D.N.Rao, Former General Manager, India Trade Promotion Organisation, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi Ministry of Commerce, Govt. of India The author can be contacted at [email protected]