Canto 6: Prescribed Duties for MankindChapter 8: The Nārāyaṇa-kavaca Shield

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 6.8.17

sanat-kumāro 'vatu kāmadevād

dhayaśīrṣā māḿ pathi deva-helanāt

devarṣi-varyaḥ puruṣārcanāntarāt

kūrmo harir māḿ nirayād aśeṣāt


sanat-kumāraḥ — the great brahmacārī named Sanat-kumāra; avatu — may he protect; kāma-devāt — from the hands of Cupid or lusty desire; haya-śīrṣā — Lord Hayagrīva, the incarnation of the Lord whose head is like that of a horse; māmme; pathi — on the path; deva-helanāt — from neglecting to offer respectful obeisances to brāhmaṇas, Vaiṣṇavas and the Supreme Lord; devarṣi-varyaḥ — the best of the saintly sages, Nārada; puruṣa-arcana-antarāt — from the offenses in worshiping the Deity; kūrmaḥ — Lord Kūrma, the tortoise; hariḥ — the Supreme Personality of Godhead; māmme; nirayāt — from hell; aśeṣāt — unlimited.


May Sanat-kumāra protect me from lusty desires. As I begin some auspicious activity, may Lord Hayagrīva protect me from being an offender by neglecting to offer respectful obeisances to the Supreme Lord. May Devarṣi Nārada protect me from committing offenses in worshiping the Deity, and may Lord Kūrma, the tortoise, protect me from falling to the unlimited hellish planets.


Lusty desires are very strong in everyone, and they are the greatest impediment to the discharge of devotional service. Therefore those who are very much influenced by lusty desires are advised to take shelter of Sanat-kumāra, the great brahmacārī devotee. Nārada Muni, who is the guide for arcana, is the author of the Nārada-pañcarātra, which prescribes the regulative principles for worshiping the Deity. Everyone engaged in Deity worship, whether at home or in the temple, should always seek the mercy of Devarṣi Nārada in order to avoid the thirty-two offenses while worshiping the Deity. These offenses in Deity worship are mentioned in The Nectar of Devotion.

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