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Gaurīdaśakam

I praise Gaurī, Who is my Mother, Who has lotus-like beautiful eyes, Who established and destroyed all the universes as a sport, Who is sought-after by the minds of Yogī who are beyond worldly passions, and Who is resplendent like a flock of sun at the dawn.[1]

I praise Gaurī, Who is my Mother, Who has lotus-like beautiful eyes, Who is perceived in the meditation and deep-sleep of the dispassionate ones, Who resides within us as Ātman for inciting us, Who is the highest limit of dispassion, Who is pure truth, knowledge and bliss, and Who has a thin and slender form (as Gaurī).[2]

I praise Gaurī, Who is my Mother, Who has lotus-like beautiful eyes, Who has a moon crown-jewel which appears pleasing over a gentle smiling face, Who has a moon-crown jewel decorated dark-blue heavy tresses, and Whose dual lotus-feet is revered by Indra, Upendra (Vāmana), and others.[3]

I praise Gaurī, Who is my Mother, Who has lotus-like beautiful eyes, Who is the alphabet,1 Who is shining in the alphabet-imagery (texts), Who gives birth to the tree (Kadamba) of various elements inside everything (living or non-living), Who is full of blissful Śabdabrahman, and Who is resplendent like a lightening.[4]

I praise Gaurī, Who is my Mother, Who has lotus-like beautiful eyes, Who -- having occupied the sun, the moon and the aperture of creation by the path rising from the Mūlādhāra -- pervades in glorious and shiny manifestations, Who is tinier than the tiniest that we can perceive (the formless), and Who is complete bliss.[5]

I praise Gaurī, Who is my Mother, Who has lotus-like beautiful eyes, witness of Whose restless creation, maintenance or destruction of the world and its dissolution is the eternal, pure, unanimated and one Lord of the universe, and Who is the consort of Śiva.[6]

I praise Gaurī, Who is my Mother, Who has lotus-like beautiful eyes, in Whose womb lies this whole egg-like universe which has once again burgeoned forth (in Her womb), Who is roaming in the icy Mount Kailāsa with Her consort Śiva.[7]

I praise that Gaurī, interwoven and entangled in Whom are the manifestations of moving, unmoving, and the at-rest objects -- just like a thread runs through various flowers and jewels in a garland, Who is reached by the knowledge of self (Ātmajñāna), Who is my mother, and Who has lotus-like beautiful eyes.[8]

I praise Gaurī, Who is my Mother, Who has lotus-like beautiful eyes, Who -- having occupied the worlds at Her own wish by various forms and powers -- plays according to Her own wish, Who causes auspicion, Who bestows all the wishes like Kalpalatā, and Who is revered [by us] with heads bent down.[9]

I praise Gaurī, Who is my Mother, Who has lotus-like beautiful eyes, Who is holding the destruction of the shackles created by the rope of hopes, on Whom humans -- which are meditating on the lotus-feet -- fix their mind, Who is the Goddess, Who has captured the half-body of Śiva, and Who is pleasing.[10]

Gaurī, the daughter of Himālaya, gifts, having set forth, the devotion of Śiva and the vāksiddhi2 to those who are selfless and chant or murmur this Gaurīdaśakam every morning, with devotion and by respectful conduct.[11]

Footnotes:

1 The alphabets from a to kṣa are called as alphabets and denotes the pīṭha of Mother. For example, in Jñānārṇavatantra it is said akārādikṣakārāntā mātṛkāpīṭharūpiṇī.

2 The power in which any spoken word becomes true is called Vāksiddhi.

References

Poet: Ādi Śaṅkara

Book: Bṛhatstotraratnākaraḥ

Translator: Animesh Kumar

Submitter: Animesh Kumar

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