Friday, March 7, 2008

Totakashtakam


Totakashtakam
(A hymn of eight verses by
Totakacharya - disciple of Adi Sankara)


viditAkhilasAstrasudhAjaladhE
mahitOpanishatkathitArthanidhE |
hridayE kalayE vimalam charaNam
bhava sankara dEsika mE saraNam ||

Oh, Thou, the knower of the entire ocean of milk of scriptures, He Who teaches the truths found in the great treasure chest of the Upanishads ! I meditate on Thy faultless feet. Be Thou my refuge, Oh, Master Sankara.

(1)


karuNAvaruNAlaya pAlaya mAm
bhavasAgara dukhkha vidUnahridam |
rachayAkhiladarsanatattvavidam
bhava sankara dEsika mE saraNam ||

Oh, Thou Ocean of compassion ! Save me whose heart is tormented by the misery of the sea of birth. Make me understand the truths of all schools of philosophy ! Be Thou my refuge, Master Sankara !

(2)


bhavatA janatA suhitA bhavitA
nijabOdhavichAraNa chArumatE |
kalyEsvara jIvavivEkavidam
bhava sankara dEsika mE saraNam ||

By Thee the masses have been made happy, Oh, Thou of noble intellect, skilled in the quest of Self-Knowledge ! Enable me to understand the wisdom relating to God and the Soul. Be Thou my refuge, Oh, Master Sankara!

(3)


bhava Eva bhavA niti mE nitarAm
samajAyata chEtasi kowtukitA |
mama vAraya mOhamahAjaladhim
bhava sankara dEsika mE saranam ||

Knowing that Thou art verily the Supreme Lord, overwhelming bliss arises in my heart. Protect me from the vast ocean of delusion. Be Thou my refuge, Oh, Master Sankara!

(4)


sukritE(a)dhikritE bahudhA bhavatO
bhavitA samadarsanalAlasatA |
atidInamimam paripAlaya mAm
bhava sankara dEsika mE saraNam ||

Desire for the insight in unity through Thy Grace will grow only when virtuous deeds are in abundance - and in all directions. Protect this extremely helpless person. Be Thou my refuge, Master Sankara !

(5)


jagatImavitum kalitAkritayO
vicharanti mahAmahasachalata: |
ahimAmsurivAtra vibhAsi gurO
bhavasankara dEsika mE saraNam ||

Oh Teacher ! For the purpose of saving the world the Great Ones take various forms and wander in disguise. Of these great Ones, You shine like the sun ! Be Thou my refuge, Oh, Master Sankara!

(6)


guru pungava pungava kEtanatE
samatAmayatAm nahi kOpi sudhIhi |
saraNAgatavatsala tattvanidhE
bhavasankara dEsikamE saraNam ||

Oh, Best of Teachers ! Supreme Lord Who has the sacred bull as His banner ! None of the wise Ones is equal to Thee! Thou are compassionate to those who take refuge in Thee! Thou treasure chest of Truth! Be Thou my refuge, Oh, Master Sankara!

(7)


viditA na mayA visadaikakalA
na cha kinchana kAnchana masti gurO |
drutamEva vidhEhi krupAm sahajAm
bhava sankara dEsika mE saraNam||

I do not understand correctly even a single "branch of knowledge". I do not possess even the least bit of wealth, Oh Teacher, quickly bestow on me Thy Grace. Be Thou my refuge, Oh, Master Sankara!

(8)

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6 comments:

meera said...

This is very soulful and heartfelt an invocation, can well be a seeker's daily prayer. Would you have the audio somewhere so you can provide link?

Shyam S said...

Pranams Meera-ji
Actually if you click on the title it is linked to a very melodious audio rendition of the song. My computer skills are extremely inadequate, and I have not been able to figure out how to upload streaming audio!

Shyam

meera said...

Many thanks Shyam...very very wonderful rendition...thanks for this..

meera

Anonymous said...

Dr.Shyam and Sri Meera :

You can listen to an audio recording of 'totakashatakam' in the Late Smt. M.s. Subbalaxmi's divinely melodious voice at the following link :

http://www.raaga.com/channels/carnatic/album/CL00832.html

This hymn is one of the songs in the album titled 'Samarpanam'

enjoy!

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Deekshith Allamaneni said...

Here is the melodious Tatakashtakam audio for download:
http://www.mediafire.com/file/sc6i459d6u67dlz/Totakashtakam.mp3