Dasakam - 98 - Nishkala Brahmopasana
Bhattathiri offered his salutations to the Parabrahman or the Lord Guruvayoorappan, who is responsible for creation and protection of this universe, who is in the form of the universe, whose radiance gives brightness for this universe, whose description is beyond words and comprehension, whose true nature cannot be understood by even Devas and divine sages.
Bhattathiri prostrated to that Brahman who is beyond the birth and death cycle, who is beyond good and bad deeds, who is above three attributes Sattva, rajas and tamas, yet to bless the people living in the world, accepted the Maya, exhibited knowledge-ignorance, wealth and though formless took up various forms to protect the people of the world, while remaining in state of Supreme bliss.
The Parabrahman form is neither a bird, nor an animal, human, deva, asura, female, male, not even five elements of nature, good or bad deeds, not three attributes, living or non-living. If there is some thing left behind all these, then that form which even hundreds of vedas find it difficult to explain is the supreme Brahman and Bhattathiri offered his humble prostrations to that swaroopam.
Bhattathiri offered his salutations to the Brahman or the Lord who reflects himself in his Maya and created the whole universe like a projection of dream using the Mahat, Ahankara, five tanmatras namely sound, smell, taste, form and touch, panchabhutas namely fire, earth, space, water and earth and senses. During pralaya (deluge), the entire creation is destroyed and pulled back to the supreme Brahman form just like how the tortoise pulls its body inside its shell, causing an intense darkness everywhere, yet the supreme Brahman shines unaffected by the darkness.
Bhattathiri offered his salutations to the Brahman or Lord Krishna, who is mentioned as primeval sound, actions, atom, time, whose supreme form is explained in Vedas as Purusha, Supreme consciousness, atma, who has the ability to create the maya just from the corner of his eye.
It is difficult to explain Lord's swaroopam as to whether it exists or non-existing due to ignorance, just like it is difficult to differentiate between a rope and a snake in darkness. By singing the praises of the Lord and practising those mentioned in scriptures, one can gain the knowledge to cut the dark forest of Samsara. Bhattathiri offered his salutations to that divine merciful form of the Lord.
Jewels are made of gold, Pots are made of mud. Similarly while exploring of what makes this human form; there are lot of philosophical meanings that are derived. Things perceived in dream disappear after waking up. Similarly, what was perceived as snake in darkness of night, becomes clear as rope during the day light. Similarly one understands the divine form only after gaining the divine knowledge. Bhattathiri offered salutations to that form of Lord.
Bhattathiri prostrated to Lord Krishna, from whom the sun, fire, wind, brahma, devas originated, learnt to do their work as purpose of the creation and loose their positions after the purpose is over and who created and control this entire universe.
Bhattathiri prayed to Lord Guruvayoorappan through Karma, jnana and bhakti yoga, the creator of the three worlds made of sattva, Rajas and tamas gunas, One who is the meaning of the three letter word, ''Pranava'' mantra, one who is the manifestation of the trinity, whose true nature is described by three vedas, who is the pure consciousness and exists in all the three states, awakening, sleeping, dreaming, who measured this entire universe in just his three strides, who remains unchanged in past, present and future times.
Lord's form is eternal, pure, ever awake, devoid of bondages and actions, transcends all dualities, changeless, the originating point of forgiveness or tolerance, truth, mercy, wealth and all good qualities, causeless, taintless and exhibiting limitless glory, latent in hearts of the attachment-free saints, shines with supreme consciousness.
Lord's wheel of time with its twelve spokes (months), and 360 teeth (days) is irreversible, going round with dangerously high speed, capable of destroying the world in a minute. Having surrendered at the lotus feet of merciful Guruvayoorappan, Bhattathiri pleaded protection from the woes caused by the time wheel and from all afflictions. Lord Guruvayoorappan nodded his head and acknowledged Bhattathiri's salutations and requests immediately.