Brahmā’s praise of Nārāyaṇa to take up Hayagrīva rūpa to kill Madhu and Kaiṭabha from the Mahābhārata(Śāntiparvan)

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Hayagrīva slaying an asura(Kalighat painting)

brahmovāca।
oṃ namaste brahmahṛdaya namaste mama pūrvaja ।
lokādyabhuvanaśreṣṭha sāṅkhyayoganidhe prabho ॥
vyaktāvyaktakarācintya kṣemaṃ panthānamāsthitaḥ ।
viśvabhuksarvabhūtānāmantarātmannayonija ।
ahaṃ prasādajastubhyaṃ lokadhāma svayaṃbhuvaḥ ॥
tvatto me mānasaṃ janma prathamaṃ dvijapūjitam ।
cākṣuṣaṃ vai dvitīyaṃ me janma cāsītpurātanam ॥
tvatprasādāttu me janma tṛtīyaṃ vācikaṃ mahat ।
tvattaḥ śravaṇajaṃ cāpi caturthaṃ janma me vibho ॥
nāsatyaṃ cāpi me janma tvattaḥ pañcamamucyate ।
aṇḍajaṃ cāpi me janma tvattaḥ ṣaṣṭhaṃ vinirmitaṃ ॥
idaṃ ca saptamaṃ janma padmajanmeti vai prabho ।
sargesarge hyahaṃ putrastava triguṇavarjita ॥
prathamaḥ puṇḍarīkākṣaḥ pradhānaguṇakalpitaḥ ।
tvamīśvaraḥ svabhāvaśca bhūtānāṃ tvaṃ prabhāvana
tvayā vinirmito’haṃ vai vedacakṣurvayotiga ।
te me vedā hṛtāścakṣurandho jātosmi jāgṛhi ।
dadasva cakṣūṃṣi mama priyo’haṃ te priyosi me ॥

In Devanagari

ब्रह्मोवाच।
ॐ नमस्ते ब्रह्महृदय नमस्ते मम पूर्वज ।
लोकाद्यभुवनश्रेष्ठ साङ्ख्ययोगनिधे प्रभो ॥
व्यक्ताव्यक्तकराचिन्त्य क्षेमं पन्थानमास्थितः ।
विश्वभुक्सर्वभूतानामन्तरात्मन्नयोनिज ।
अहं प्रसादजस्तुभ्यं लोकधाम स्वयंभुवः ॥
त्वत्तो मे मानसं जन्म प्रथमं द्विजपूजितम् ।
चाक्षुषं वै द्वितीयं मे जन्म चासीत्पुरातनम् ॥
त्वत्प्रसादात्तु मे जन्म तृतीयं वाचिकं महत् ।
त्वत्तः श्रवणजं चापि चतुर्थं जन्म मे विभो ॥
नासत्यं चापि मे जन्म त्वत्तः पञ्चममुच्यते ।
अण्डजं चापि मे जन्म त्वत्तः षष्ठं विनिर्मितं ॥
इदं च सप्तमं जन्म पद्मजन्मेति वै प्रभो ।
सर्गेसर्गे ह्यहं पुत्रस्तव त्रिगुणवर्जित ॥
प्रथमः पुण्डरीकाक्षः प्रधानगुणकल्पितः ।
त्वमीश्वरः स्वभावश्च भूतानां त्वं प्रभावन
त्वया विनिर्मितोऽहं वै वेदचक्षुर्वयोतिग ।
ते मे वेदा हृताश्चक्षुरन्धो जातोस्मि जागृहि ।
ददस्व चक्षूंषि मम प्रियोऽहं ते प्रियोसि मे ॥

Copypasting Ganguli’s translation(since I’m very short on time): http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m12/m12c047.htm

“Brahma said, ‘I bow to thee, O heart of Brahman. I bow to thee that hast been born before me. Thou art the origin of the universe. Thou art the foremost of all abodes. Thou, O puissant one, art the ocean of Yoga with all its branches. Thou art the Creator of both what is Manifest and what is Unmanifest. Thou treadest along the path whose auspiciousness is of inconceivable extent. Thou art the consumer of the universe. Thou art the Antaralock (Inner Soul) of all creatures. Thou art without any origin. Thou art the refuge of the universe. Thou art self-born; for origin thou hest none that is not thyself. As regards myself, I have sprung through thy Grace. From thee have I derived my birth. My first birth from thee, which is regarded sacred by all regenerate persons, was due to a fiat of thy Mind. My second birth in days of yore was from thy eyes. Through thy Grace, my third birth was from thy speech. My fourth birth. O puissant Lord, was from thy ears. My fifth birth, excellent in all respects, was from thy nose. O Lord, My sixth birth was, through thee, from an egg. This is my seventh birth. It has occurred, O Lord, within this Lotus, and it is meant to stimulate the intellect and desires of all the beings. At each Creation I take birth from thee as thy son, O thou that art divested of the three attributes. Indeed, O lotus-eyed one, I take birth as thy eldest son, made up of Sattwa the foremost of three attributes. Thou art endued with that nature which is Supreme. Thou springest from thyself. I have been created by thee. The Vedas are my eyes. Hence, I transcend Time itself. Those Vedas, which constitute my eyes, have been taken away from me. I have, therefore, become blind. Do Thou awake from this Yoga-sleep. Give me back my eyes. I am dear to thee and thou art dear to me.

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