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Bhavani Ashtakam by Adi Sankara, Bhavani Ashtakam

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Bhavānyaṣṭakam

O Bhavānī! Not father, not mother, not friend, not donor (giver), not son, not daughter, not servant, not consort, not lineage, not knowledge, and not even increment (of wealth) of me, but You are my only refuge (in metempsychosis); You are my only refuge.[1]

I -- who is lustful, who is greedy, who is maddened, and who is always tied by the noose of worldly-existence -- have fallen into the endless ocean of metempsychosis and I am very scared of immense-pain. O Bhavānī! You are my only refuge (in metempsychosis); You are my only refuge.[2]

I do not know dāna (charity) and also dhyānayoga (meditation for enlightenment). I do not know tantra and also eulogies or mantra (chants). I do not know worship and also nyāsayoga (placing deities in the organs). O Bhavānī! You are my only refuge (in metempsychosis); You are my only refuge.[3]

I do not know the virtues. I do not know the shrines. I do not know salvation and I somewhat understand spiritual indifference. I do not know devotion or even penance (fast), but still O Mother Bhavānī! You are my only refuge (in metempsychosis); You are my only refuge.[4]

I am always a performer of bad deeds, present in bad company, having bad thoughts, a bad servant (of Yours), devoid of the conduct of my lineage (kula), engrossed in bad conduct, a possessor of bad vision, and a continuous series of ill-spoken words. O Bhavānī! You are my only refuge (in metempsychosis); You are my only refuge.[5]

I do not know Brahmā, Viṣṇu (Lord of Ramā), Śiva (Maheśa), Indra (Lord of sura or gods), Sūrya (Lord of the day), Candra (Lord of the night), or someone else. O Bhavānī! You are my only refuge (in metempsychosis); You are my only refuge.[6]

O Goddess, Who is the protector! May You always protect me in dispute, in disappointment (or grief), in negligence (errors), in foreign-residence, in water, in fire, in mountain, in the middle of enemies, and in forest. O Bhavānī! You are my only refuge (in metempsychosis); You are my only refuge.[7]

I, who is an orphan, who is poor, who is associated with old-age and illness, who has a pale-face, and who is very weak and destitute, is always in the middle of trouble and totally destroyed. O Bhavānī! You are my only refuge (in metempsychosis); You are my only refuge.[8]

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Poet: Ādi Śaṅkara

Book: Stotraratnāvalī

Translator: Animesh Kumar

Submitter: Animesh Kumar

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