Sunday, June 20, 2010

The Eightfold Verse about the Mother Divine ( Bhavani Ashtakam )

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The first write up has moved to http://www.eastrovedica.com/html/eightfoldverse1.asp

Meanwhile , here is another write up. This gracious poem was crafted by the ace philosopher Sankara, who was as candid as Socrates. He was equally humble, moving one to tears !


Thou art my Refuge, O Mother
My only Refuge !
Neither Father nor Mother
Neither relatives nor sons
Or daughters preciious
Or husband loving
Or wife or Education
Nor Profession
Can redeem me
Only Thou can !


Na Thaatho Na Maataa Na Bandhur-Na Daathaa
Na Putro Na Putree  Na Bhrtyo Na Bhartaa
Na Jaayaa Na Vidyaa Na Vrttir-Mama-Iva
Gatis-Tvam Gatis-Tvam Tvam-Ekaa Bhavaani


I am more or less a coward
Sunk in the quagmire of worldliness
Always enmeshed in worldly life
With a lot of worries
Thou art my Sole Refuge, O Mother !


Bhavaabdhaav-Apaare Mahaa-Duhkha-Bhiiru
Pa-Paata Pra-Kaamii Pra-Lobhii Pra-Mattah |
Ku-Samsaara-Paasha-Pra-Baddhah Sada-[A]ham
Gatis-Tvam Gatis-Tvam Tvam-Ekaa Bhavaani

I know not the act of donating
Nor meditation mystic
Neither Tantra holy
Nor mantras divine
I know not Pujas
Acts of worship
Nor Raja Yoga
Thou art my Sole Refuge, O Mother !


Na Jaanaami Daanam Na Ca Dhyaana-Yogam
Na Jaanaami Tantram Na Ca Stotra-Mantram |
Na Jaanaami Puujaam Na Ca Nyaasa-Yogam
Gatis-Tvam Gatis-Tvam Tvam-Ekaa Bhavaani|

I know not divine merit
Nor waters divine
Nor Salvation great
Nor Unio Mystica
I know not devotion
Nor the vows of abstinence
Thou art my Sole Refuge, O Mother !

Na Jaanaami Punnyam Na Jaanaami Tiirtha
Na Jaanaami Muktim Layam Vaa Kadaacit
Na Jaanaami Bhaktim Vratam Vaapi Maatar
Gatis-Tvam Gatis-Tvam Tvam-Ekaa Bhavaani

I am an evil doer
With an evil mind
I am servile
Without aristocracry
With bad words
With bad glances
Worried and suffering
Thou art my Sole Refuge, O Mother !


Ku-Karmii Ku-Sanggii Ku-Buddhih Kudaasah
Kula-[Aa]caara-Hiinah Kadaacaara-Liinah
Ku-Drssttih Ku-Vaakya-Prabandhah Sada-[A]ham
Gatis-Tvam Gatis-Tvam Tvam-Ekaa Bhavaani

I know not kings
Nor do I know anything Solar
Nor about Godhead
I always rely on Thee
Thou art my Sole Refuge, O Mother !


Prajesham Ramesham Mahesham Suresham
Dinesham Nishiitha-Ishvaram Vaa Kadaacit |
Na Jaanaami Caanyat Sadaham Sharannye
Gatis-Tvam Gatis-Tvam Tvam-Ekaa Bhavaani


I am controversial
Wherever I go
Away from domicile
Even in the midst
Of enemies
I rely on Thee
Even in forest
Thou art my Refuge
Be ever my Sanctuary
O Mother Celestial ! 

Vivaade Vissaade Pramaade Pravaase
Jale Ca-[A]nale Parvate Shatru-Madhye
Arannye Sharannye Sadaa Maam Prapaahi
Gatis-Tvam Gatis-Tvam Tvam-Ekaa Bhavaani


Orpah, without riches,
Susceptible to disease
Weak and suffering
Am I
Always worried
And struggling
My life is miserable
Be ever my Sanctuary
O Mother Celestial !

Anaatho Daridro Jaraa-Roga-Yukto
Mahaa-Kssiinna-Diinah Sadaa Jaaddya-Vaktrah
Vipattau Pravissttah Pranassttah Sadaaham
Gatis-Tvam Gatis-Tvam Tvam-Ekaa Bhavaani 
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