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Rudrāṣṭakam

O Īśāna! I pray You, Who is the lord of all, Who is in eternal Nirvāṇa-bliss, Who is resplendent, Who is omni-present, and Who is Brahman and Veda in totality. I adore You, Who is for self, Who is formless, Who is without change, Who is dispassionate, Who is like the sky (immeasurable), and Who lives in the sky.[1]

I bow prostrate before You, Who is without a form, Who is the root of sounds, Who is the fourth impersonal state of the Ātman, Who is beyond the scope of tongue, knowledge and sense-organs, Who is the Lord, Who is the Lord of Himālaya, Who is fierce, Who is the destroyer of fierce Kāla, Who is benevolent, Who is the abode of qualities, and is beyond the universe.[2]

I bow to You, Who is white like the snow, Who is profound, Who is mind, Who is in the form of living beings, Who has immense splendor and wealth. He has shining forehead with playful and enticing Gaṅgā, He has shiny forehead with a crescent moon, and He has snake garlands in the neck.[3]

I adore Saṅkara, Who has swaying earrings, Who has beautiful eye on the forehead, Who is spread out and large, Who is happy at face, Who has a blue-throat, Who is benevolent, Who has a lion-skin around His waist, Who has skull-cap garland, and Who is the dear Lord of everyone.[4]

I adore the Lord of Bhavānī, Who is fierce, Who is immense, Who is mature and brave, Who is beyond everyone, Who is indivisible, Who is unborn, Who is resplendent like millions of sun, Who uproots the three qualities (and makes us dispassionate), Who holds a trident, and Who can be achieved with emotions.[5]

O Śiva, Who destroyed Kāmadeva, Who is beyond artwork, Who is auspicious, Who causes the end of the universe, Who always provides bliss to good people, Who destroyed Purāsura, Who is eternal bliss, and Who absolves abundant passion! O Lord! Please be happy, be happy.[6]

Those who don’t adore the lotus-feet of the Lord of Umā (Śiva), they don’t get happiness, comfort, and peace — in this world or the other worlds after death. O Śiva, Who is the abode of all the living beings! O Lord! Please be happy.[7]

I don’t know Yoga, Japa (chanting of names), or prayers. Still, I am bowing continuously and always to You. O Śambhu! O Lord! Save me from the unhappiness due to old age, birth, grief, sins, and troubles. I bow to You, Who is the Lord.[8]

References

Poet: Tulasīdāsa

Book: Rāmacaritamānasa

Translator: Animesh Kumar

Submitter: Animesh Kumar

Thanks to: Hera Moon, Germany for spotting a typo.

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