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    Lightbulb Dakshinamurthy stotram

    Adhi Sankara has written very many great Stotras (prayers) but here is a unique prayer, which is not only a prayer but the summary of all the philosophy that he has taught. Even during his time, this stotra was difficult to comprehend and it became necessary for one of his disciples, Sureshwaracharya to write a commentary called Manasollasa to this stotra. There are large number of books and commentaries on this commentary itself.

    Mouna Vyakhya prakatitha, para,
    Brahma thathwam yuvanam,
    Varshishtha anthevasad rishiganai,
    Ravrutham brahma nishtai,
    Acharyendram kara kalihtha chin,
    Mudram ananda roopam,
    Swathmaramam mudhitha vadanam,
    Dakshinamurthim eede.


    I praise and salute that Dakshinamrthy,
    Who faces the south,
    Who explains the true nature of the supreme Brahman,
    Through his state of silence,
    Who is young in looks,
    Who is surrounded by disciples who are old Sages,
    Whose minds are fixed on Brahman,
    Who is the greatest of teachers,
    Who shows the Chinmudhra[1] by his hand,
    Who is personification of happiness,
    Who is in the state of extreme joy within himself,
    And who has a smiling face.

    Viswam darpana drusyamana nagari,
    Thulyam nijantargatham,
    Pasyannathmani mayaya bahirivoth,
    Bhutham yatha nidraya,
    Ya sakshath kuruthe prabodha samaye,
    Swathmanameva dwayam,
    Thasmai sri guru murthaye nama idham,
    Sree Dakshinamurthaye

    Similar to the image of a town as seen in the mirror,
    When one sees the image of the world within him,
    The world appears as if it is outside.
    It is similar to his seeing due to illusion,
    During the state of sleep,
    That the one real fact appears as many different truths,
    And he realizes,when he wakes up and sees the reality,
    That he is really the one and only one soul.
    Salutation to the God facing the south,
    Who is the greatest teacher

    The above stanza tells us that the world which is outside us is same as
    our soul but we see them as different entities due to the veil of
    ignorance. As soon as we wake up, we realize that the dream is false and
    even while seeing our image in the mirror, we know that we are not
    seeing us in the mirror but our image. When we get knowledge from the
    guru we are in the wakeful state without the veil of ignorance.

    Beejasyanthari vankuro jagadhidham,
    Prang nirvikalpam puna,
    Mayakalpitha desa kala kalanaa,
    Vaichithrya chithrikrutham,
    Mayaveeva vijrumbhayathyapi maha,
    Yogeeva yah swechaya,
    Thasmai sri guru murthaye nama idham,
    Sree dakshinamurthaye

    Like the germ inside the seed is its part,
    But becomes different after development
    The many places and time which are before us,
    Are drawn by illusion in the board of life in a peculiar manner,
    By a great savant or an expert Siddha,
    Who can create them as per their will,
    Salutation to the God facing the south,
    Who is the greatest teacher.
    Last edited by iyyerram; 13-05-2010 at 07:37 PM.

    Yo deva savita asmakam dhiyo dharmadi gocaraah Prerayet tasya yad bhargah tad varenyam upasmahe
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    Yasyaiva sphuranam sadathmakamasath,
    Kalparthagam bhasathe,
    Sakshaath thathwamaseethi veda vachasa,
    Yobodhyathyasrithhan,
    Yath saksht karanath bhavenna punara,
    Aavrithir bhavambhonidhow,
    Thasmai sri guru murthaye nama idham,
    Sree dakshinamurthaye


    He who exists as the real light of truth,
    And shines in the false world of appearance,
    And He who teaches disciples the great saying,
    “Thou art that”[2] after realizing its import,
    Gets away from this cycle of life and death.
    Salutation to the God facing the south,
    Who is the greatest teacher.

    Nanachidhra ghato dhara sthitha maha,
    Deepa prabha bhaswaram,
    Jnanam yasya thu chakshuradhi karana,
    Dwara bahi spandathe,
    Jaanameethi tham eva baandham anubathi,
    Yethath samastham jagat,
    Thasmai sri guru murthaye nama idham,
    Sree dakshinamurthaye


    Like the light emanating from a lamp,
    Kept in a pot with many holes,
    Goes out in all directions,
    In the person in whom the wisdom goes out
    Through the openings of ear, eye , mouth and thought,
    And when that person realizes that ‘I know myself”,
    This whole universe shines after Him alone,
    Who shines in the consciousness as the knower.
    Salutation to the God facing the south,
    Who is the greatest teacher.


    Our body prevents us from seeing the truth(the light from outside) that we are the Brahman and lets out light though the sensory organs and makes us deceive ourselves by feeling that we are happy. This simile of a pot with holes for the body occurs in many places in Indian philosophy.

    Yo deva savita asmakam dhiyo dharmadi gocaraah Prerayet tasya yad bhargah tad varenyam upasmahe
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