Place of good things . . .
If an egg is broken by an outside force, a life ends. If it breaks from within, a life begins.
Great things always begin from within.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Courtesy: smt.Uma Balasubramanian
सदा बालरूपापि विघ्नाद्रिहन्त्री महादन्तिवक्त्रापि पञ्चास्यमान्या । विधीन्द्रादिमृग्या गणेशाभिधा मे विधत्तां श्रियं कापि कल्याणमूर्तिः ॥१॥
Though a mere child, he annihilates mountainous obstacles. Though endowed with an elephant's face, he is most dear to Siva, the Panchasya (which word also means a lion.) He is sought after by gods, such as Brahma and Indra. May the benevolent Lord known by the name Ganesha bless me with wealth.
न जानामि शब्दं न जानामिचार्थं न जानामि पद्यं न जानामि गद्यम् । चिदेका षडास्या हृदि द्योतते मे मुखान्निःसरन्ते गिरश्चापि चित्रम् ॥२॥
I neither know the sound nor sense. Neither prose nor poetry. Yet when the One Intelligence glows in my heart, with his six shining faces, words cascade from my mouth so effortlessly.
The peacock mounted lord is the secret shrouded in the mystic formula. His body captivates our minds with its beauty. He is resident in the mighty souled men. I serve the guardian of the worlds, the deity of brahmins, object of Vedas and the dear son of Mahadeva.
"When men reach my abode on the shores of this sea, they have already crossed the life's sea of strife." Thus the lord seems to proclaim from his coastal shrine. I praise this sacred Son of the Divine Mother.
यथाब्धेस्तरङ्गा लयं यान्ति तुङ्गा- स्थैवापदः सन्निधौ सेवतां मे । इतीवोर्मिपङ्गक्तीर्नृणां दर्शयन्तं सदा भावये हृत्सरोजे गुहं तम् ॥५॥
'Tides arise in the sea, glide towards the shore and then break into froth and foam. So too my devotees' dangers shall vanish." The Lord seems to say so. May I ever meditate on him in the core of my heart.
गिरौ मन्निवासे नरा येऽधिरूढा- स्तदा पर्वते राजते तेऽधिरूढाः । इतीव ब्रुवन् गन्धशैलाधिरूढः स देवो मुदे मे सदा षण्मुखोऽस्तु ॥६॥
May the lord of six faces ever bring me joy. Seated on the Gandhamadana mountain, he declares that those who have climbed to his hill shrines, have scaled the silver hills, the Kailas, as well.
From his golden home, seated on the cot of emerald, sprinkled with fragrant flowers, outshining the splendour of a thousand suns, he doles out to the beseeching mortals all they desire. I contemplate on this Karttikeya, the lord of the celestials.
रणद्धंसके मञ्जुलेऽत्यन्तशोणे मनोहारिलावण्यपीयूषपूर्णे । मनःषट्पदो मे भवत्क्लेशतप्तः सदा मोदतां स्कन्द ते पादपद्मे ॥९॥
May my mind like a tired wandering bee settle down and revel on Thy roseate lotus feet, soft, captivating and dripping with nectar.
"My Child! You have sprung out of me. May you live long." So saying, Thy father chants the mantra six times in your ears and lovingly caresses your heads. O Lord of the Universe! Your crowned heads bear the burden of the worlds. Obeisance to you!
May the son of the destroyer of triple cities stand before me. A necklace of emerald and gold adorns his neck. His cheeks glitter with the dazzling ear rings. Apparelled in yellow silken cloth, He stands holding a shining spear.
O Kumara! Son of Lord Siva! O Indweller! Commander of celestial hordes! O wielder of lance and mounted on peacock! Lover of hunter's daughter and remover of the ills of devotees. O Foe of the Titan Taraka! Be Thou my solace.
When all my senses leave, when I am bereft of movement and lose my power of cognition, when my voice is choked due to phlegmatic throat, when fear grips me, when I prepare myself for the final journey, forsake me not, O Lord! Stand fast by me.
Epilepsy, leprosy, consumption, diabetes, piles, fever, psychosis, colic, all these dire diseases take to heels, the moment they come across Thy sacred ashes.
दृशि स्कन्दमूर्तिः श्रुतौ स्कन्दकीर्ति- र्मुखे मे पवित्रं सदा तच्चरित्रम् । करे तस्य कृत्यं वपुस्तस्य भृत्यं गुहे सन्तु लीना ममाशेषभावाः ॥२६॥
May my eyes see your benign form. May my ears hear your fabled fame. May my tongue ever utter your purifying names. May my hands do your deeds, and may my body be engaged in your service. Thus dedicated, may all my thoughts ever merge in Thee.
मुनीनामुतहो नृणां भक्तिभाजा- मभीष्टप्रदाः सन्ति सर्वत्र देवाः । नृणामन्त्यजानामपि स्वार्थदाने गुहाद्देवमन्यं न जाने न जाने ॥२७॥
We find Devas everywhere ready to give favours to sages and devotees. But I know of no other deity who blesses even the lowliest outcaste.
कलत्रं सुता बन्धुवर्गः पशुर्वा नरो वाथ नारी गृहे ये मदीयाः । यजन्तो नमन्तः स्तुवन्तो भवन्तं स्मरन्तश्च ते सन्तु सर्वे कुमार ॥२८॥
O Lord! My wife, my children, kinsmen, chattel, servitors, my household, whatever is mine, let them endear themselves to you. May they hold Thee ever in remembrance.
मृगाः पक्षिणो दंशका ये च दुष्टा- स्तथा व्याधयो बाधका ये मदङ्गे । भवच्छक्तितीक्ष्णाग्रभिन्नाः सुदूरे विनश्यन्तु ते चूर्णितक्रौञ्चशैले ॥२९॥
O Lord,you who pierced the Krauncha Mount, would you destroy, by your sharp spear, the birds, beasts, wild insects, and bodily ailments that afflict my limbs?
जनित्री पिता च स्वपुत्रापराधं सहेते च किं देवसेनाधिनाथ । अहं चातिबालो भवान् लोकतातः क्षमस्वापराधं समस्तं महेश ॥३०॥
O Commander of the heavenly hordes! Do not parents forgive their erring sons? You are the father of the universe, lama mere child. Forgive all trespasses.
Whoever chants this hymn composed in the Bhujanga metre, with due devotion and prostrations to Guha, thelndweller, to him will be Vouchsafed, a good mate, progeny, wealth and longevity. In the end he will be united with Skanda.