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Aksharamanamalai Pancharatnam

Sri Dakshinamurthy

Stotra

translated by T.M.P.Mahadevan

I praise Dakśinamurti, the handsome youth who has expounded the truth of non-duality by eloquent silence, who is surrounded by a group of disciples consisting of aged sages who are absorbed in the contemplation of the supreme Self, who is the prince among preceptors, who by his hand (i.e., by the union of his thumb and the fore-finger) shows the sign indicating the identity of the individual soul and the supreme Self, who is the embodiment of bliss, who delights in the Self, and who has a charming face.

  I   To Him who by maya as by dream, sees within Himself the universe which is inside Him, like unto a city that is seen in a mirror, (but) which is manifested as if without: to Him who apprehends, at the time of awakening, His own non-dual Self: to Him, of the form of the Preceptor, the blessed Dakśinamurti may this obeisance be!

  II  To Him who, like a magician or a great Yogin, displays, by His own will, this universe which at the beginning is undifferentiated like the sprout in the seed, but which is made again differentiated under the varied conditions of space and time posited by maya: to Him, of the form of the Preceptor, the blessed Dakśinamurti may this obeisance be!

III  To Him whose luminosity alone, which is of the nature of Existence, shines forth entering the objective world which is like unto the non-existent: to Him who instructs those who resort to him through the Vedic text “That thou art’: to Him by realizing whom there will be no more return to the ocean of transmigration: to Him, of the form of the Preceptor, the blessed Dakśinamurti, may this obeisance be!

 IV  To Him who is luminous like the light of a great lamp set in the belly of a pot with many holes: to Him whose knowledge moves outward through the eye and other organs: to Him, who shining as ‘I know’, all the entire universe shines after: to Him of the form of the Preceptor, the blessed Dakśinamurti, may this obeisance be!

  V  They who know the ‘I’ as body, breath, senses, the changing intellect, or the void, are deluded like women and children, and the blind and the stupid and talk much. To Him who destroys the great delusion posited by the sport of maya’s power: to Him of the form of the Preceptor, the blessed Dakśinamurti may this obeisance be!

  VI  To the Self, who in sleep becomes pure Existence, on the withdrawal of the veiling by maya, like unto the sun or the moon, in eclipse, and on waking recognizes, ‘I have slept till now’: to Him, of the form of the Preceptor, the blessed Dakśinamurti, may this obeisance be!

 VII  To Him who, by means of the blessed hand-pose, manifests to His devotees His own Self that, for ever, shines within as ‘I’, constantly, in all the inconstant states such as infancy, etc., and waking, etc., to Him, of the form of the Preceptor, the blessed Dakśinamurti, may this obeisance be!

VIII  To the Self who, deluded by maya sees, in dreaming and waking, the universe in its distinctions, such as cause and effect, property and proprietor, disciple and teacher, and father and son, likewise – to Him, of the form of the Preceptor, the blessed Dakśinamurti may this obeisance be!

  IX  To Him whose eightfold form is all this moving and unmoving universe, appearing as earth, water, fire, air, ether, the sun, the moon and soul: beyond whom, supreme and all-pervading, there exists nought else for those who enquire – to Him, of the form of the Preceptor, the blessed Dakśinamurti may this obeisance be!

 X   Since, in this hymn, the All-Self-hood has thus been explained, by hearing this, by reflecting on its meaning, by meditating on it, and by reciting, there will naturally come about lordship (Isvaratva) together with the supreme splendour consisting in All-Self-hood; and the unimpeded supernormal power presenting itself in eight forms will be achieved again.



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