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Devi Bhujangam

                                            

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Aadhi Shankara Bhagawat Pada

 

(This a Bhujanga stotram (written in a meter which resembles crawling of the snake) by Adhi Shankara.  This prayer is addressed to the Goddess of Sri Chakra. And naturally several terms from Yoga Sasthra occurs here. The Sanskrit text of the stotra is available in

http://www.sringeri.net/2010/01/26/stotra/devi/devi-bhujanga-stotram.htm)

 

1.Virinchyadhibhi panchabhir loka palai,

Samoode  mahananda peete nishannam,

Dhanur bana pasangusa  protha hastham,

Mahasthraipuraa  Shankaradvaitha mavyath.

 

Let us be protected by her who is one with Lord Shankara,

Who sits  on the stage of very great joy , carried by,

Lord Brahma  and five other great protectors,

And who is armed with bow, arrow, rope and goad,

And who is the great goddess Tripura..

 

2.Yadannathibhi panchabhi  kosa jaalai,

Sire  paksha puchathmakai rantharantha,

Nigoode  maha yoga peede nishannam,

Purare radhanthapuram noumi nithyam.

 

I daily worship that Goddess who sits ,

On The great seat of Yoga hidden by,

The five kosas*  like that of Annamaya,

In the form head, wings, body, tail** ,

Who is the consort of Lord Shiva

 

*The five kosas are annamaya, Pranamaya, Manomaya, Vijnana mayaand Anandamaya

**The form  is imagined as a bird whose parts are mentioned here.

 

3.Virinchadhi roopai prapanche  vihruthya,

Swathanthra yadhaa swathma visranthiresha,

THadhaa mana mathru prameyathiriktham,

Paranandha meede Bhavani thwadheeyam.

 

Oh Bhavani , being independent you take the forms,

Of Brahma and others  and play in this universe,

And later when you take rest within yourself,

Then  you are steeped in divine and ultimate joy,

Being devoid of the three temporary forms of the knower,

His method and what he tries to know and I pray you.

 

4. Vinodhaya  chaithanyamekam  vibhajya,

Dwidhaa Devi jeeva  sivaschedhi naamnaa,

Shivasyapi jeevathwa mapaadayanthi,

Punarjeevamenam  shivam vaa karoshi.

 

Playfully you divide the single divine entity,

In to  two aspects  named as the  soul  and the god,

And ascribe the concept of living to the God,

And later you make the soul as,

Either the soul  or  the God.

 

5.Samakunchya  moolam  hrudhi nyasya vayu,

Mano bhroobilam  prapayithwa nivruthaa,

Thatha  sachidananda roope  pade they,

Bhavathyamba  jeeva shivathwena kechith.

 

Mother , some people after bending the Mooladhara,

Keep the air  in their heart and make  their mind,

Attain a place in the middle of the eye brows

And get engaged in yogic practices and then they,

Take the form of Paramasiva in side ,

Your ever joyous and divine form.

 

 

6.Sareerethi kashte  ripou puthra varge,

Sada bheethi moole kalathre dhane vaa,

Na  kaschid wirajyathya ho devi chithram,

Kadham  thwath kadaksham vinaa Thathwa bodha.

 

Oh Goddess ,In spite of the suffering and fear ,

Created by the attachment  to enemy, sons,

Wife and wealth, no body develops detachment to them,

Wonder of wonders, how can  the real knowledge of the soul,

Ever come without a glance from the corner of your eye.

 

7.Sareere dhane apathya varge kalathre,

Virakthasya  saddhesikadhi  ishta budhe,

Yadakasmikam  jyithir Ananda roopam,

Samadhou bhaveth thath thwamasyamba sathyam.

 

He who has developed detachment  towards,

Ills that affect  the body or wealth  and his wife,

And has a wisdom liked by his great teacher,

Sees  a glowing light form during his Samadhi,

And mother , it is the truth , that it is you.

 

8.Mrushanyo amrushanya paro misramenam,

Para prakrutham chaparo budhi mathram,

Prapancham meemithe muninaam ganoyam,

Thade  thath thwaamevethi na thwaam jaheema.

 

This world is thought of as lie  by one sage,

Truth by another, while another thinks it is,

A mixture of truth and lies and another,

Says that it came by the illusion created by nature,

And yet another thinks  it is only knowledge,

But since this world which is thought of in various ways,

Is you , yourself , we would not forget you.

 

9.Nivruthi prathishtaa cha vidhyaa cha shanthi,

THadhaa santhyatheethethipanchi kruthabhi,

Kalabhi pare Pancha vimsathmikabhi,

Thwmekaiva sevyaa  shiva binna roopa.

 

 

Oh Goddess who does not have form different from Shiva,

Oh Goddess Para, You are the only suitable one to be served.

By the soul called twenty fifth which  has five crescents ,

Viz Nivruthi, Prathishta, Vidhyaa, Shanthi and SAnthyatheethaa,

 

   Note.Every individual has five crescents viz Nivruthi between feet and knee, Prathishta between knee and belly , Vidhyaa from belly to neck, Shanthi from neck to forehead and SAnthyatheetha above forehead,. There are 5 Jnana indriyas , 5 Karmendriyas , Five Pranas and one mind and the twenty fifth is soul.

 

10.Agadhethra  samsara pange  nimagnam,

Kalathrathi bharena  khinnam nithantham,

Maha moha  pasou gha  badham chiraanmaam,

Samudhathumamba  thwamekaiva shakthaa.

 

Oh mother, I have drowned in the very deep mire of domestic life,

For a very long  time, I am tired because of carrying the burden,

Of wife , son and wealth and also I am tied by the rope of ignorance,

And I consider that you are only capable of getting me out of this ocean.

 

11.Samarabhya  moolam  gatho  brahma chakram,

Bhavaddivya  chakreswari dhama bhaja,

Maha sidhi  sangatha kalp dhrumaabhaan,

Avapyaambha  nadhanupasthe cha yogi.

 

Strating from Mooladhara the Yogi goes to Brahma chakra,

And having reached the divine chakras of yours,

He worships the sounds*  in those six chakras ,

Which are  like  the wish giving tree and attains the eight occult powers.

   

    * The nine sounds are Nadha, Bindu , kala, jyeshtama , roudhri, vaama , vishanki , dhoodri, sarvananda , nadhaadhaya

 

 

12.Ganesai grahair amba nakshatra pankhthya,

Thadha  yogi  neerasi peedai rabhinnam,

Maha kalamath mana mamrusya  lokam,

Vidhatse  kruthim vaa sthithim vaa mahesi.

 

Oh mother with ganesas, planets as well as stars,

As well as Yoginis , rasis and gods of peetas,

You clearly bring out your form of the soul,

And also your form of the great “passage of time”,

And do the creation of this world  and also,

Look after the worlds occupying the minds of all beings.

 

  Note:  There are 51 Ganeasas, nine planets, 27 stars , 7 yoginis, 12 rasis  and 51 gods of Peetas(altogether 157). These are the subsidiary Gods  of the Goddess. When you pray you have to assume that all these subsidiary Gods are in different parts of your body.

 

13,Lasathara  hara  mathi swacha chelaam,

Vahanthim  kare pusthakam  chaksha maalamm,

Sarad chandra  prabha bhaasuraam thwam,

Sakrud bhavayan  bharathee vallabha syath.

 

He who meditates on you as wearing greatly lusterous garland,

Wearing very clkean cloths , holding in her hand boks,

Rosary  and shines like billions of autumn moons,

Would become a greatly learned man by grace of Saraswathi.

 

14.Samudhyath  sahasrarka  bhimbhaba vakthraam,

Swabasaiva  sindhooritha janda kotim,

Dhanur bana  pasa angusan  dharayanthim,

Smarantha  smaram vaapi samoha yeyu,

 

With a face equal in shine to thousand rising suns,

By her own nature having a saffron flag of all universes,

And who holds arrow, bow , rope  and the goad,

She would make all those who meditate on her,

Be capable of bewitching even the God of love.

 

15.Manisyutha  thadanga  sonaasya bhimbhaam,

Harith patta vasthram  thwgullasi bhoosham,

Hrudhaa bhavayam sthaptha hema prabhaam  thwaam,

Sriyo nasayathyamba  chanjalya bhavam.

 

He who meditates you as the one who has red light,

On her face due  to the reflection of red ear studs she wears,

As one who wears green silks , as one who wears shining ornaments,

And as one who has the shine of molten gold,
Destroys the instable nature of Goddess Lakshmi*.

 

    *Lakshmi stays with him permanently

 

16.Thwad unmesha leelanu bhandhadhi kaaran,

Virinchyadhi kanthwad gunambodhi bindhoon,

Bajanthas thitheershanthi samsara sindhum,

Shive thavakeenaa susambhava neyam.

 

Mother , the world moves because you shut and close your eyes,

And due to that Lord Brahma  and others get their power.

Those who salute other Gods who are only small waves,

Of your sea like grace want to cross the sea of  domestic life.

But does this not fall within your control and power.

 

17.Kadha vaa bhavad padha pathena thoornaa,

Bhavambhodhi  mutheeya  poornantha ragam,

Nimajjantha menam  durasaa vushabdhou,

Samalokya lokam kadham baryudhase.

 

When I will become free of worries and be with fulfilled mind,

After crossing swiftly the sea of domestic life in the boat of your feet?

And how are you keeping quite without bothering  yourself,

When the people of this world drown in the poisonous sea of  bad desires.

 

18.Kadhaa vaa hrusheekani samyam bhajeyu,

Kadhaa vaa shathrur na mithram Bhavani,

Kadhaa vaa durasaa vishtacheevilopa,

Kadhaa vaa mano may  samoolam vinasyeth.

 

When my sense organs attain equanimity,

When will I become neither enemy nor friend,

When will my  sickness of bad desire be cured,

And when will my mind be destroyed completely.

 

19.Namovaka  masaasmahe   Devi yushmath,

Padambhoja yugmaya  thigmaya gouri,

Virinchyadhi  bhaswath  kireeda  pratholi,

Pradheepaaya mana prabha bhaswaraya.

 

I would like to salute your two shining lotus like feet,

Which appears like a lamp amidst the shining crowns,

On the heads of Brahma and other devas saluting you,

 

20.Kache chandra rekham  kuche tharaharam,

Kare swadhu chapam, sare shad padhougham,

Smarami  smararerabhi praya mekam,

Madhaa ghoorna nethram madheeyam nidhaanam.

 

I meditate on her who wears the crescent on her head,

Who wears the garland of stars over her chest,

Who holds the tasty sugarcane bow in her hands,

Whose arrows of flower are surrounded by bees,

Who is the only aim of the love of Lord Shiva,

And  who has eyes rotating due to her exuberance

 

21,Sareshvebva nasa dhaushveva  jihwa,

Japa patle  lochane they swaroope

Thwgesh  bhava chandra gande sravo may,

Gune they mano vruthir amba  thwayee staath.

 

Mother my nose should be with your flower arrows,

My toungue  should be with your sugar cane bow,

My two eyes should be in your form which is  like red hibiscus,

My skin  should be in your pure camphor,

My ears should be engaged in hearing   about you.

And activities of mind should be with you.

 

22.Jagaath karma dheeram  vache dhootha keraan,

Kuchanyustha haraan krupa Sindhu pooraan,

Bhavambodhi paaran, maha papa dhooraan,

Bhaje veda ssaraan Shiva prema dhaaraan.

 

I sing about the summary of the Vedas,

Who is capable of creating the entire universe,

Whose voice is sweeter than parrots,

Who wears necklaces over her breast,

Who is completely filled ocean of mercy,

Who helps one to cross the sea of domestic life,

Who is far  , far away from all great sins,

 And who is the sweet heart of Lord Shiva.

 

23.Sudha Sindhu sare, Chidananda neere,

Samuth phulla neepe, surathnantha ripee.

Mani vyooha sale sthithe haima sale,

Manojari vaame , nishannam mano may.

 

My mind is getting attached to her who is on the left side of the Lord,

In the golden throne which is in the gem studded island,

Which is in the arena made out of various gems,

Which is in the middle of a forest of well grown  Kadamba trees,

Situated in the sea of nectar which is full of divine joy.

 

24.Drganthe vilolasugandheeshta mala,

Prapanchendra jaala vipad Sindhu koola,

Muni swantha  saala, namalloka pala,

Hrudhi prema lola, amrutha swadhu leela.

 

Let my mind be full of love of the goddess,

Who has a very shifting side long glances,

Who wears garlands made of scented flowers,

Who makes the world look like a spell of magic,

Who is in the other shore of the dangerous sea,

Who has made the minds of great sages as her house,

And who is worshipped by the eight divine guardians.

 

25.Jagad jala medath thwayai Amba srushtam,

Thwame vaadhya yaseendriyai artha jalam,

Thwam ekaiva karthree, thwam ekaiva bokthri,

Na may punya pape na may bhanda mokshou.

 

Mother you created this universe as if it is a trick,

You yourself are managing this universe , living in the senses,

You are the only doer , you are the only consumer,

And so I do not have sins or blessed deeds,

And also  I do not have attachment or salvation.

 

26. Ithi prema bharena  kinchith mayoktham,

Na budhyaiva thtwam madheeyam thwadheeyam,

Vinodhaya  balasyamourkhyam hi matha,

Thadethathprala sthuthim  may Grahana.

 

Due to the excess of love , I have been able to narrate,

The philosophy  that I do not understand ,

Which is possibly neither yours nor mine

And this has been done playfully by this child

And though this is done  due to ignorance, please accept it.