This week’s kavi samaya verse is again taken from the first canto of the Śrīkṛṣṇavilāsa, just because we couldn’t resist it. Here the poet in describing Viṣṇu as the gods come to petition him plays on the idea that Viṣṇu’s left eye is the moon and his right the sun (as is also true of Śiva) – and of course that the sun brings the lotus to bloom while the moon causes it to close.
पर्यायतः पाणिधृतं सरोजं
विन्यस्य विन्यस्य दृशोः पदव्याम् ।
निद्रां प्रबोधञ्च मुहुर्नयन्तीं
पद्मासनां सस्मितमीक्ष्माणम् ॥
He was watching
with a smile
as Lakṣmī over and again brought the lotus she held
first before his left eye and then his right,
making it close and open, close and open.
1.41 of Sukumāra’s Śrīkṛṣṇavilāsa