Saturday, 11 October 2014

Shlokams

श्रूयतां धर्म-सर्वस्वम्, श्रुत्वा चैवावधार्यताम् ।
आत्मनः प्रतिकूलानि परेषां न समाचरेत् ।। ८ ।।

Listen to this truth of Dharmam, and keep it in your heart.
What you consider ill for you, do not do the same for others.



आदित्यचद्रावनिलोनलश्च
आदित्य-चन्द्रावनिलोनलश्च
धौर् भूमिर् आपो ह्रदयं यमश्च ।...
अहश्च रात्रिश्च उभे च सन्ध्ये
धर्मोपि जानाति नरस्य वृत्तम् ।। १० ।।


 सूर्य, चन्द्र, वायु, अग्नि, आकाश, पृथ्वी, जल, ह्रदय, यम, दिन और रात, सांझ और सवेरा और स्वयं धर्म मनुष्यके आचरणको जानते है, यानी मनुष्य अपना कोई विचार या कर्म ईन से छिपा नहीं सकता ।।

(mahAbhAratam, AdiparvaH - 98th adhyAyaH 11th shlokaH)





न त्वहं कामये राज्यम् न स्वर्गं नापुनर्भवम् ।
कामये दुःख-तप्तानाम् प्राणिनाम् आर्ति-नाशनम् ।।

I don't desire a kingdom, nor heaven, nor moksha.
My only desire is that the pain of beings suffering from sorrow be destroyed.





ॐ द्यौः शान्तिरन्तरिक्षं शान्तिः
पृथिवी शान्तिरापः शान्तिरोषधयः शान्तिः ।
वनस्पतयः शान्तिर्विश्वेदेवाः शान्तिर्ब्रह्म शान्तिः
सर्वं शान्तिः शान्तिरेव शान्तिः सा मा शान्तिरेधि ॥
ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ॥
...
Om, May there be Peace in Heaven, May there be Peace in the Sky,
May there be Peace in the Earth, May there be Peace in the Water, May there be Peace in the Plants,
May there be Peace in the Trees, May there be Peace in the Gods in the various Worlds, May there be Peace in Brahman,
May there be Peace in All, May there be Peace Indeed within Peace, Giving Me the Peace which Grows within Me,
Om, Peace, Peace, Peace.




करचरण कृतं वाक्कायजं कर्मजं वा ।
श्रवणनयनजं वा मानसं वापराधं ।
विहितमविहितं वा सर्वमेतत्क्षमस्व ।
जय जय करुणाब्धे श्रीमहादेव शम्भो ॥

Whatever Sins have been Committed by Actions Performed by my Hands and Feet, Produced by my Speech and Body, Or my Actions,
,Produced by my Ears and Eyes, Or Sins Committed by my Mind,While Performing Actions which are Prescribed,As Well as All other Actions which are not, Forgive them all.
Jaya Sri Mahadeva Shambho, Ocean of Compassion.






Japo jalpah shilpam sakalam api mudra-virachana
Gatih pradaksinya-kramanam asanady'ahuti-vidhih;
Pranamah samvesah sukham akilam atmarpana-drsa...

Saparya-paryayas tava bhavatu yan me vilasitam.


Let my speech become japam,
Let my movements become thine mudhras,
Let my travel become perambulations around thee,
Let the act of eating and other indulgences become fire sacrifice to thee,
Let my act of sleeping becomes salutations to you ,
And let all actions of pleasure of mine,
Become parts of thine worship.








अनित्याशुचिदुःखानात्मसु नित्यशुचिसुखात्मख्यातिरविद्या |YS 2.5|
Inability to distinguish between the following pairs - impermanent:permanent, impure:pure, suffering:happiness, non-self:self is lack of education.







निर्वाणषटकम् (Nirvana Shatakam)
मनोबुद्ध्यहङ्कार चित्तानि नाहं
न च श्रोत्रजिह्वे न च घ्राणनेत्रे ।
न च व्योम भूमिर्न तेजो न वायुः...
चिदानन्दरूपः शिवोऽहम् शिवोऽहम् ॥१॥

Neither am I the Mind nor Intelligence or Ego,
Neither am I the Ears, Tongue, Nose or Eyes,
Neither am I the Sky, nor the Earth, Neither the Fire nor the Air,I am the Ever Pure Blissful Consciousness; I am Shiva, I am Shiva,

न च प्राणसंज्ञो न वै पञ्चवायुः
न वा सप्तधातुः न वा पञ्चकोशः ।
न वाक्पाणिपादं न चोपस्थपायु
चिदानन्दरूपः शिवोऽहम् शिवोऽहम् ॥२॥
Neither am I the Vital Breath, nor the Five Vital Air,
Neither am I the Seven Dhatus (of the Body), nor the Five Sheaths (of the Body),
Neither am I the organ of Speech, nor the Hand, Feet or Excretion,
I am the Ever Pure Blissful Consciousness; I am Shiva, I am Shiva,
न मे द्वेषरागौ न मे लोभमोहौ
मदो नैव मे नैव मात्सर्यभावः ।
न धर्मो न चार्थो न कामो न मोक्षः
चिदानन्दरूपः शिवोऽहम् शिवोऽहम् ॥३॥
Neither do I have Hatred, nor Attachment, Neither Greed nor Infatuation,
Neither do I have Passion, nor Feelings of Envy and Jealousy,
I am Not within the bounds of Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha (the four Purusarthas of life),
I am the Ever Pure Blissful Consciousness; I am Shiva, I am Shiva,
न पुण्यं न पापं न सौख्यं न दुःखं
न मन्त्रो न तीर्थं न वेदा न यज्ञाः ।
अहं भोजनं नैव भोज्यं न भोक्ता
चिदानन्दरूपः शिवोऽहम् शिवोऽहम् ॥४॥
Neither am I bound by Merits nor Sins, neither by Worldly Joys nor by Sorrows,
Neither am I bound by Sacred Hymns nor by Sacred Places, neither by Sacred Scriptures nor by Sacrifies,
I am Neither Enjoyment, nor an object to be Enjoyed, nor the Enjoyer,
I am the Ever Pure Blissful Consciousness; I am Shiva, I am Shiva,
न मृत्युर्न शङ्का न मे जातिभेदः
पिता नैव मे नैव माता न जन्मः ।
न बन्धुर्न मित्रं गुरुर्नैव शिष्यं
चिदानन्दरूपः शिवोऽहम् शिवोऽहम् ॥५॥
Neither am I bound by Death and its Fear, nor by the rules of Caste and its Distinctions,
Neither do I have Father and Mother, nor do I have Birth,
Neither do I have Relations nor Friends, neither Spiritual Teacher nor Disciple,
am the Ever Pure Blissful Consciousness; I am Shiva, I am Shiva,
अहं निर्विकल्पो निराकाररूपो
विभुत्वाच्च सर्वत्र सर्वेन्द्रियाणाम् ।
न चासङ्गतं नैव मुक्तिर्न मेयः
चिदानन्दरूपः शिवोऽहम् शिवोऽहम्
I am Without any Variation, and Without any Form,
I am Present Everywhere as the underlying Substratum of everything, and behind all Sense Organs,
Neither do I get Attached to anything, nor get Freed from anything,
I am the Ever Pure Blissful Consciousness; I am Shiva, I am Shiva








Pratah Smarami Hridi Samsphurad Aatma Tattvam
- composed by Sri Adi Shankaracharya



प्रातः स्मरामि हृदि संस्फुरदात्मतत्त्वं
सच्चित्सुखं परमहंसगतिं तुरीयम् ।...

यत्स्वप्नजागरसुषुप्तिमवैति नित्यं
तद्ब्रह्म निष्कलमहं न च भूतसङ्घः ॥१॥

In the morning I remember the essence of the atman shining within my heart,
Which is sacchidananda (existence-consciousness-bliss), which supreme hamsa takes the mind to the state of Turiya (the fourth state, superconsciousness),
Which knows the three states of Dream, Waking and Deep Sleep, always,
That Brahman undivided am I; and not this body a collection of Pancha Bhuta


प्रातर्भजामि मनसा वचसामगम्यं
वाचो विभान्ति निखिला यदनुग्रहेण ।
यन्नेतिनेतिवचनैर्निगमा अवोचं_
स्तं देवदेवमजमच्युतमाहुरग्र्यम् ॥२॥


In the morning I worship that, which is beyond the Mind and the Speech,
By Whose Grace all Speech shine,
Who is expressed in the scriptures by statement "Neti Neti", since He cannot be adequately expressed by Words,
Who is called the God of the Gods, Unborn, Infallible and Foremost .


प्रातर्नमामि तमसः परमर्कवर्णं
पूर्णं सनातनपदं पुरुषोत्तमाख्यम् ।
यस्मिन्निदं जगदशेषमशेषमूर्तौ
रज्ज्वां भुजङ्गम इव प्रतिभासितं वै ॥३॥


In morning I worship that darkness which is of the nature of Supreme Illumination,
Which is purna (Full), which is the primal place, which is called Purushottama
In whom this endless World is settled endlessly
and appears like a snake over the rope (of the primal essence).


श्लोकत्रयमिदं पुण्यं लोकत्रयविभूषणम् ।
प्रातःकाले पठेद्यस्तु स गच्छेत्परमं पदम् ॥४॥


These three shlokas are holy and the ornaments of the Three Worlds,
He who recites in the morning, goes to the supreme place.









(Prapanna Gita)
Duryodhana to Krishna -

janami dharmam na cha me pravrutthih
janamyadharmam na cha me nivrutthih |...

tvya hrishikesha hrudhisthithena
yatha niyuktosmi thatha karomi ||

I know what is dharma, yet I cannot get myself to follow it
I know what is adharma, yet I cannot retire from it!
O Lord of the senses! You dwelt in my heart
and I will do as you impel me to do.






Punyam Prajnaam Vardhayati Kriyamaanam Punaha Punaha
Vridhha Prajnaha Punyameva Nityamaarabhate Naraha
  
- Vidura Neeti.
Virtue repeatedly practiced enhances intelligence.
And a person of enhanced intelligence practices virtue repeatedly.







Ko Dharmaha Param Shreyaha Kshamaikaa Shantiruttama l
Vidyaikaa Parama Drishtihi Ahimsaikaa Sukhhavaha" ll
- Vidura neeti, mahabharatam, udyoga parvam, prajaagara parvam.


Righteousness is the one supreme good ;
Forgiveness is the supreme peace

Knowledge is the supreme contentment
Ahimsa the supremem happiness





Avinayamapanaya vishno,
damaya mana,
samaya vishaya mruga thrushnam,
Bhootha dayaam vistharaya, tharaya samasara sagaratha. 1
...
Vishnu, remove my pride,
Calm the mind,
Calm the animal desires,
Expand my mercy to all beings,
And help me cross the this ocean of life.
- Adi Shankara




अब्धेः क्षारं जलं पीत्वा वर्षन्ति मधुरं भुविम् |
परोपकारे निरताः कथं मेघा न सज्जनाः ||


A cloud consumes salty water from the sea and showers sweet water on the land. Such altruistic acts from the clouds and noble people are hard to believe!





तू दयाल, दीन हौं,तू दानी, हौं भिखारी ।
हौं प्रसिद्ध पातकी,
तू पाप पुंज हारी ॥

 
नाथ तू अनाथ को,
अनाथ कौन मोसो ।
मो सामान आरत नाही,
आरती हर तोसो ॥


ब्रह्मा तू, जीव हौं,
तू ठाकुर, हौं चेरो ।
तात मात गुरु सखा,
तू सब विधि ही मेरो ॥


तोही मोहि नाते अनेक,
मानिए जो भावे ।
ज्यो त्यों तुलसी कृपालु,
चरण शरण पावे ॥


You are merciful and I am destitute; You grant wishes and I am the seeker. I am a well-known fallen one and You absolve away the heap of sins. You protect the orphans, and there is no orphan like me [hence, protect me]. There is no pain-absolver like You and I am in immense pain [hence, absolve my pain].||1-2||
You are the Brahman and I am a [destitute] living-being; You are the Preceptor and I am a disciple. You are for my benefit in each way — as father, mother, preceptor, or friend. My relations with You are infinite [since You are present in everything], so assume the one You like. At least, this way, Tulsi will get refuge in Your dual-feet.||3-4||





ऐश्वर्यस्य विभूषणं सुजनता शौर्यस्य वाक्संयमो
ज्ञानस्योपशमो कुलस्य विनयो वित्तस्य पात्रे व्ययः ।
अक्रोधस्तपसः क्षमा बलवतां धर्मस्य निर्व्याजता...

सर्वेषामपि सर्वकारणमिदं शीलं परं भूषणम् ॥
---
The ornament (quality) of wealth is good people.
The quality of bravery is control of mind.
The quality of knowledge is tranquility of mind.
The quality of the eminent race is humility.
The quality of wealth is appropriate spending.
The quality of penance is being free from anger.
The quality of the strong is forgiving.
The quality of Dharma is honesty.
For everyone and for every reason, character should be the ultimate quality.






अपेक्षन्ते न च स्नेहं न पात्रं न दशान्तरम् |

सदा लोकहिते युक्ताः रत्नदीपा इवोत्तमाः

Nobler and righteous people do not expect love and affection in return for their benevolent deeds, nor do they discriminate between the recipients of their benevolence, and changing times, because they are deeply involved in actions beneficial to the mankind and brighten the society like a lamp of jewels 







धनानि जीवितश्चैव परार्थे प्राज्ञ उत्सृजेत्
 

सन्निमित्ते वरं त्यागो विनाशे नियते सति

Wise people should spend wealth and even life for the sake of others. Wealth and life are sure to be lost by their very nature. Therefore sacrificing these for a good cause is better than losing them without benefit to anyone.







अनभ्यासे विषं विद्या अजीर्णे भोजनं विषं ।

विषं गॊष्ठी दरिद्रस्य भोजनान्ते जलं विषं ॥


Without putting into practice scholarship becomes poison; with indigestion food becomes poison; for the poor meaningless social gatherings are poison; water drunk immediately after a meal is poison.
(Chanakya)






न देवा दण्डमादाय रक्षन्ति पशुपालवत् |
यं तु रक्षितुमिच्छन्ति बुद्ध्या संयोजयन्ति तम् |
(- महाभारत)

God is not one who will walk behind guiding you like cows with a stick. But God gives intelligence (to solve problems by oneself) to one whom god wishes to protect.





Composed by the Kanchi Shankaracharya for M.S. Subbalakshmi, when she sung at the U.N.

मैत्रीं भजत अखिलहृज्जेत्रीम्
आत्मवदेव परानपि पश्यत
युद्धं त्यजत स्पर्धां त्यजत
त्यजत परेषु अक्रममाक्रमण
म्जननी पृथिवी कामदुघास्ते
जनको देवः सकलदयालुः
दाम्यत
दत्त
दयध्वं
जनताःश्रेयो भूयात् सकलजनानाम्।


Maithreem Bhajatha , Akhila Hrujjethreem
Atmavadeva paraanapi pashyatha
Yuddham thyajatha , Spardhaam Tyajata ,
thyajatha Pareshu akramamaakramanam
Jananee Pruthivee Kaamadughaastey
JanakO Devah Sakala Dayaaluh
Daamyata Datta Dayadhvam
JanathaahSreyo Bhooyaath

With friendship serve and conquer all the hearts
Think of others oneself,
Forsake war, forsake competition,
Forsake other's property,
Earth yields all our needs,
God our father is most merciful
Self control, charity, and kindness
May all the people prosper






तत्कर्म यन्न बन्धाय सा विद्या या विमुक्तये।
आयासायापरं कर्म विद्यऽन्या शिल्पनैपुणम्॥१-१९-४१॥...

—श्रीविष्णुपुराणे प्रथमस्कन्धे एकोनविंशोऽध्यायः

That is action, which does not create attachment; That is knowledge which liberates.
All other action is mere effort; all other knowledge is merely another skill.






"द्यूतं छलयतामस्मि तेजस्तेजस्विनामहम् ।
जयोऽस्मि व्यवसायोऽस्मि सत्त्वं सत्त्ववतामहम्"
I am gambling of the cheats; splendor of the splendid; victory of the victorious; resolution of the resolute; and goodness of the good. (10.36)

Bhagavad Geetha reduces Godhood to its essential principle of 'that which is'....  "What is God ?" was answered by "What is, is God" by the Swamiji.





अहिंसा परमॊ धर्मस तथाहिंसा परॊ दमः
अहिंसा परमं दानम अहिंसा परमस तपः
अहिंसा परमॊ यज्ञस तथाहिस्मा परं बलम
अहिंसा परमं मित्रम अहिंसा परमं सुखम
अहिंसा परमं सत्यम अहिंसा परमं शरुतम
Ahimsa is the highest virtue, Ahimsa is the highest self-control;
Ahimsa is the greatest gift, Ahimsa is the best suffering;
Ahimsa is the highest sacrifice, Ahimsa is the finest strength;
Ahimsa is the greatest friend, Ahimsa is the greatest happiness;
Ahimsa is the highest truth, Ahimsa is the greatest teaching.
Bhishma Pitamaha Anushaashana parva Mahabharatam.

In spite of the fact that the Mahabharata war happened because of facts that everyone is aware of, yet Bhishma Pitaamaha's advice to all was that Ahimsa is the greatest of virtues that everyone needs to follow. Lord Krishna tried to avert this war but Kauravas were adamant.




प्रत्यहं प्रत्यवेक्षेत नरश्चरितमात्मनः
किं नु मे पशुभिस्तुल्यं किं नु सत्पुरुषैरिति
Every day one should introspect one's own actions and must discern whether the actions resemble that of animals or of noble people.




भये यदि वा हर्षे संप्राप्ते यो विमर्शयेत्
कृत्यं कुरुते वेगान्न संतापमाप्नुयात्
Whether fear or joy - when it happens unexpectedly - one who does not immediately react in an impulsive manner will not get to endure sorrow.
(Panchatantra)






अनुगन्तुं सतां वर्त्म कृस्त्नं यदि शक्यते
स्वल्पमप्यनुगन्तव्यं मार्गस्थो नावसीदति

If following the righteous path of the noble is difficult and seems impossible, in spite, if one follows - even a little bit, he does not perish.



शुभं करोति कल्याणम् आरोग्यं धनसंपदा |
शत्रुबुद्धि विनाशाय दीपज्योतिर्नमोऽस्तुते ||

I prostrate to the light of the lamp, which brings goodness, auspiciousness, health, wealth and destroys negative thoughts.





सत्यस्यवचनंश्रेय: सत्यादपिहितंवदेत् |
यद्भूतहितमत्यन्तं ऐतत् सत्यं मतं मम ||
Telling the truth is recommended, but more than that, tell those things, which can be of benefit to everyone. What is beneficial to a larger community, is the real truth.



सर्पः क्रूरः खलः क्रूरः सर्पात क्रूरतरः खलः |
मंत्र औषधवशः सर्पः किमु दुष्टों भयंकरः
The snake and the wicked person are both dangerous. More dangerous is a wicked person. The poison of a snake can be neutralized by mantra or medicine but what about the poison of a wicked person?



 शैले शैले माणिक्यं मौक्तिकं गजे गजे I
सुजनाः हि सर्वत्र चंदनं वने वने II
Not every mountain has gems in it, and not every elephant is adorned with pearls. Not every forest is blessed with sandal wood trees, and good people are not to be found everywhere.




अधीत्य चतुरो वेदान् सर्वशास्त्राण्यनेकश: |
ब्रह्मतत्वं जानाति दर्वी सूपरसं यथा ||
Mere reading of the four Vedas and scriptures repeatedly does not give the real knowledge of the Ultimate Reality. Just as a spoon in a vessel which is used for serving, does not get the taste of the food served from that vessel.

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