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Hymn to Sri Dakhinamoorty
|by Dr. Rama Rao Vadapalli V.B.|
Sri Dakshinaamoorty Stotram
Adi Sankara, the founder, propounder and exegete of adwaita siddhanta – monism, composed a prayer paying obeisance to Sri Dakshinaamoorty. This is written in the form of an ashtakam (literally eight verses) but this is prefaced with verses of prayer and contemplation and at end there could be, phalashruti, fruit of the repetition of the verses, too. The standard eight is not really a limit since there could be a ninth added on too.
Salutations to You, the one who is the exemplification of the meaning of PRANAVA (OM), the embodiment of all knowledge and wisdom, the purest and the most peaceful one, to Lord Dakshinaamoorty.
Salutations to You, the preceptor to all the worlds, the medic of all diseases, the treasure of all accomplishments, salutations, Lord Dakshinaamoorty!
Salutations to You, the one who professes forth with a gesture the essence of the nature of the Supreme Being to the groups of seers and sages committed to know it, to the ever blissful, to the one who is the inner deity , the effulgent faced, Lord Dakshinaamoorty!
The following are the slokas:
Salutations to you, the one who experiences the whole universe that appears as a reflection in a mirror within Himself, the one who appears to be covered by illusion as in sleep, and the one in the wakeful, professing mood, realizes in Himself the non-duality of the soul and the Supreme Being, Lord Dakshinaamoorty!
Salutations to You, to the one who creates with his powers of creating illusion becoming a great seer and sage the wondrous things and the universe again as a little sprout from the seed, to such a one, Lord Dakshinaamoorty!
Salutations to You, the one the mere thought of whom makes the world and its affairs shine, the one in whom inheres apparently the Vedic maxim That Thou Art, the one with whose manifestation freedom from the cycle of birth and death is overcome, Lord Dakshinaamoorty!
Salutations to You, the one seen as radiance from the lamp in a pot with many holes, the one whose knowledge flashes out through all the sense organs, the one who radiates the effulgence of Supreme Being to the inner mind, Lord Dakshinaamoorty!
Salutations to You, the one who destroys the delusion under maaya as in women, children the stupid and the blind that ’I’ is the body, life breath, senses, Lord Dakshinaamoorty!
Salutations to You, the one who folds up all functions and enters the state of sleep and becomes a veil like maaya, as when the Sun or Moon eclipsed, and the one who waking up realizes it as illusion having gone to sleep, Lord Dakshinaamoorty!
Salutations to You, the one who shows always to all devotees the chinmudra the reassuring gesture of being in everyone in all stages of childhood, youth and age, Lord Dakshinaamoorty!
Salutations to You, the one Divine Teacher who sees in himself the world of cause and effect and all diversity as the possessor-possession, father-son, teacher-taught, asleep-and fully awake, Lord Dakshinaamoorty!
bhoorambhaasyanilo nalombara maharnaatho himamshuh puman
Salutations to You, the one whose eight-fold form appearing diversely as the elements, the sun, moon and jeeva, to the one beyond whom there exists nothing for anyone enquiring, Salutations to You Lord Dakshinaamoorty!
That THAT THOU ART is described in the hymn. By listening to it, by reflecting and meditating on it, by repeatedly reciting it, one will attain the state of divinity and be endued with the glory of AATMA along with the eight-fold powers of the Divine.
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