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Dosha pariharashtam

(The octetof antidoteto defects)

 

By

SridharaAyyaval

 

Translated by

P.R.Ramachander

 

(The greatsaint Sridhara Ayyaval was the son Sri Sridhara Padmanabha who was a high ranking officer in the court of the king of Mysore. He was offered the post of his father , when his father attained salvation and he rejected thatofferas he was spiritually oriented and took his residence in Thiruvisainallur in the banks of river Cauvery. You can read about this great savant in http://www.sriayyaval.org/lsdetail.html . Here is a remarkable†† stotra , where he†† expresseshis views on those who only find the defect of othersand tellsus , what we should do to get rid of defects ourselves.The devanagari original of the stotra can be found in http://www.sriayyaval.org/history/ayyval_works/Slokas/Doshapariharashtakam.pdf)

 

1.Anyasya†† dosha gananakuthukam samethath,

AAvishkarothi†† niyatham†† mayi doshavathwam,

Dosha punarmayi†† na chedakhile†† satheese,

Dosha graham†† kadhumudhethumamesa thasmin.

 

Ienjoy the counting of the defect of others,

And it makes clear thatI am one with defect,

Oh Lord Shiva , when all thedefects in the world are yourselves,

Andwhere doesyourdefects lie , oh my God?

 

2.Yeshaa vyadhethara kruthethi†† mamesa thasmin,

Kopo yadhisvaparakama mukhaprassootha,

Seyamvydhethi mayimayna kadannu kopaa,

Swasya†† vyadhaa†† swa duritha prabhaavaahi sarvaa.

 

Oh God, I complain that all my problems are created by others,

And if my angeris ††born due to my†† defects like passion,

Why is it that,†† I am not getting angry†† at my problems,

And it is clear to me that all my problem are dueto my own defects.

 

3.Kama prabruthya akhiladoshanidher mamesha ,

Mayyaha†† dosham ithiko nuduragrahoi asmin,

Heyathwa maalapathiyoayamalam†† ne kena,

Vaaryodha†† sathva vathi†† soyam†† masath kimaha.

 

Oh God , passion and other defects areall the treasureof my defects,

And why am I am getting angry when others talk of my defects ,

And they tell others not to come near me and what can I do about it,

As they havenot talkedabout anything which is not in me.

 

4.Yas samsritha†† swa hithadhirvyasana athurasthath,

Doshasyatham prathivaachoisthuthadanya dosham,

Yaadhchmithanmamana kimkshathayeswadosha,

Chinthaiva†† may thadapanodhaphalo uchithaath.

 

Suppose someone approaches me to solve his sorrows and sufferings,

I can possibly point out tohim his defectsand more defects,

Andwill not pointing out defects of others leadto my fall due to my defects ,

And so I consider thinking aboutmy defects so that I can remove them , will be more apt.

 

5.Dosham parasyananugruhnathimayyanena,

Swathmaisha†† yeva para gathra samahathena,

DurvasthunevaMalini kriyathethadanya,

Dosha grahadahahakim nanirvriuuthithavyam.

 

When I keep on thinking about the defectsof others,

All those defects , which are collected†† from other people ,

Would becomethe bad thing that†† would dirty my mind,

And so†† Whyshould I collect†† defects††† from other persons?

 

6.Nirdosha bhaavam itharasyasadoshabhavam,

Swasyamisavidhdhathi†† para doshadhi men,

Aastham iyam†† thadh itharaathu pararthi mathra,

Hethurvya anukthu na kadhammamathucha bhavam.

 

Havinga feeling that I do not have any defectsand feel that others have defects,

And†† feeling they only have††† all the defects

Causessorrow and worries††† to all thosepersons,

And is this not that†† whichshows toothers my pettiness?

 

7.Padmadhi sourabha†† ivabramarasya harsha,

Hithvaaanyadheeya sugune†† punar anya doshe ,

Harsho durartha ivageha keetekimasthe ,

Haa may kadhesakrupayaavigalethsayeshaa.

 

The bee getsjoy due to the sweet smell of the lotus,

And like that if I see greatness of othersI should get joy,

And getting joy outof defects of others is like the pig getting pleasure,

Out of the gutterand Oh lord when shall I get rid of thisdefectby your blessing?

 

8.Dosha swabaaji†† mathi kousalam anya bhaji,

Moudyamgune anya jushi†† harshabhara swabhaji ,

Astha prasathir akhileshudhaya athyudhara,

Vrutharyojithomamakadasthuharanuraga.

 

Let me see my defectsand let me nothave the trick of finding otherísdefects,

Let me be happy of seeing greatness of others and not to that of mine,

Let therebe fameofmy beingmerciful††† andbeing generous to all others,

When will I increase†† my powerby being in love with you?