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Dakshinamurti Stotram

Posted on: November 1, 2008

Dakshinamurti Stotram

There came a time after creation when the Rishis, whose task 
it was to guide the people as gurus, needed further guidance 
themselves. So Lord Shiva came as theit guru to guide them. 
This incarnation of of Shiva is known as Dakshinamurti as He 
sat facing the "Dakshina", i.e., south. 

In the MP3 there are a few opening salutations to Lord 
Dakshinamurti, which are not there in the actual stotra.

Vandana Verses
Maunavyakhyaprakatitaparabrahmatattvam yuvanam
Varshishtante vasadrishiganairavritam brahmanishthaih |
Acharyendram karakalitachinmudramanandarupam
Svatmaramam muditavadanam daxinamurtimide ||
Vatavitapisamipe bhumibhage nishannam
Sakalamunijananam gyanadataramarat |
Tribhuvanagurumisham daxinamurtidevam
Jananamaranaduhkhachchhedadaxam namami ||
Chitram vatatarormule vriddah shishya gururyuva |
Gurostu maunam vyakhyanam shishyastu chhinnasamshayah ||
Nidhaye sarvavidyanam bhishaje bhavaroginam |
Gurave sarvalokanam daxinamurtaye namah ||
Om namah pranavarthaya shuddagyanaikamurtaye |
Nirmalaya prashantaya daxinamurtaye namah ||

Dakshinamurti Stotram
Vishvam darpanadrishyamaananagariitulyam nijaantargatam
Pashyannaatmani maayayaa bahirivodhbhuutam yadaa nidrayaa 
Yah saakshaatkurute prabodhasamaye svaatmaanamevaadvayam
Tasmai shriigurumuurtaye nama idam shriidakshinaamuurtaye 1

The universe is the reflection of a mirror the truth is the 
supreme Brahman, the one without a second the mind, senses 
and intellect are all able to only discern the reflection 
of the atman the identity of the brahman and the atman is 
apparent after self-illumination I offer my profound 
salutations to the auspicious guru, who is an embodiment 
of Dakshinamurti, and whose grace is responsible for the 
illumination.

Biijasyaantarivaankuro jagadidam praannirvikalpam punah
Maayaakalpita deshakaalakalanaa vaichitryachitriikritamh 
Maayaaviiva vijrimbhayatyapi mahaayogiiva yah svechchhayaa
Tasmai shriigurumuurtaye nama idam shriidakshinaamuurtaye 2

He in whom this universe, prior to its projection was 
present like a tree in a seed (unmanifested), and by whose 
magic this was transformed (manifested) in various forms, 
by his own will similar to a yogi's- to that Dakshinamurti, 
who is embodied in the auspicious guru, I offer my profound 
salutations.

Yasyaiva sphuranam sadaatmakamasatkalpaarthakam bhaasate
Saakshaattattvamasiiti vedavachasaa yo bodhayatyaashritaanh 
Yatsaakshaatkaranaadbhavenna punaraavrittirbhavaambhonidhau
Tasmai shriigurumuurtaye nama idam shriidakshinaamuurtaye 3

He, by whose light the (unreal) universe appears real, 
teaches the truth of brahman to those who want to know the 
atman through the Vedic statement tattvamasi (thou art that) 
and he who puts an end to the samsaric cycle - to that 
dakshinamurti, who is embodied in the auspicious guru, I 
offer my profound salutations.

Naanaachchhidraghatodarasthitahaadiipaprabhaabhaasvaram
Gyaanam yasya tu chakshuraadikaranadvaaraa bahih spandate 
Jaanaamiiti tameva bhaantamanubhaatyetatsamastam jagath
Tasmai shriigurumuurtaye nama idam shriidakshinaamuurtaye 4

He whose light gleams through the senses like the light 
emanating from a pot with holes (in which a lamp is kept), 
he whose knowledge alone brings the state of knowing 
(I am that), he whose brightness makes everything shine - 
to that Dakshinamurti, who is embodied in the auspicious 
guru, I offer my profound salutations

Deham praanamapiindriyaanyapi chalaam buddhim cha shuunyam viduh
Striibaalaandhaja dopamaastvahamiti bhraantaa bhrisham vaadinah 
Maayaashaktivilaasakalpitamahaa vyaamohasanhaarine
Tasmai shriigurumuurtaye nama idam shriidakshinaamuurtaye 5

Some philosophers contend the body, senses, life-breath, 
intellect and non-existence (shunya) as the real `I' (atman) 
their comprehension is worse than that of women, children, 
blind and the dull. He who destroys this delusion caused by 
maya (and makes us aware of the truth)- to that Dakshinamurti, 
who is embodied in the auspicious guru, I offer my profound 
salutations

Raahugrastadivaakarendusadrisho maayaasamaachchhaadanaath
Sanmaatrah karanopasanharanato yoabhuutsushhuptah pumaanh 
Praagasvaapsamiti prabodhasamaye yah pratyabhigyaayate
Tasmai shriigurumuurtaye nama idam shriidakshinaamuurtaye 6

The brillance of sun exists even when intercepted by rahu 
during eclipse similarly, the power of cognition only 
remains suspended during deep sleep the self exists as pure 
being even though unrecognized due to the veil of maya a 
person on awakening becomes aware that he was asleep earlier 
(and the dream was unreal) similarly, a person who awakens 
to the consciousness of the self recognizes his previous 
state of ignorance as unreal he by whose grace alone does 
one awaken to the consciousness of the self - to that 
dakshinamurti, who is embodied in the auspicious guru, 
I offer my profound salutations

Baalyaadishhvapi jaagradaadishhu tathaa sarvaasvavasthaasvapi
Vyaavrittaasvanuvartamaanamahamityantah sphurantam sadaa 
Svaatmaanam prakatiikaroti bhajataam yo mudrayaa bhadrayaa
Tasmai shriigurumuurtaye nama idam shriidakshinaamuurtaye 7

He, whose existence is changeless throughout the various 
states of the body (like old, young etc) and the mind (waking, 
dreaming etc), and who reveals the greatest knowledge of atman 
by gyaana-mudra (the joining of the thumb and the forefinger 
of a raised right hand) - to that Dakshinamurti, who is 
embodied in the auspicious guru, I offer my Profound 
salutations

Vishvam pashyati kaaryakaaranatayaa svasvaamisambandhatah
Shishhyaachaaryatayaa tayaiva pitriputraadyaatmanaa bhedatah 
Svapne jaagrati vaa ya eshha purushho maayaaparibhraamitah
Tasmai shriigurumuurtaye nama idam shriidakshinaamuurtaye 8

He, whose power of maya enables one to experience the world 
as multiform, (like teacher, disciple, father, son etc) 
during both the waking and dream states - to that 
dakshinamurti, who is embodied in the auspicious guru, 
I offer my profound salutations

Bhuurambhaansyanaloaniloambaramaharnaatho himaanshuh pumaanh
Ityaabhaati charaacharaatmakamidam yasyaiva muurtyashhtakamh 
Naanyatkijnchana vidyate vimrishataam yasmaatparasmaadvibhoh
Tasmai shriigurumuurtaye nama idam shriidakshinaamuurtaye 9

He, whose subtle and unmanifest eightfold form causes the 
moving and unmoving universe, and by whose grace alone does 
all these manifestation disappear to reveal that `all that 
exists is brahman' - to that dakshinamurti, Who is embodied 
in the auspicious guru, I offer my profound salutations.

Sarvaatmatvamiti sphutiikritamidam yasmaadamushhminh stave
Tenaasya shravanaattadarthamananaaddhyaanaachcha sankiirtanaath 
Sarvaatmatvamahaavibhuutisahitam syaadiishvaratvam svatah
Siddhyettatpunarashhtadhaa parinatam chaishvaryamavyaahatamh 10

The verse points out to the all pervasiveness of the indwelling 
spirit, atman by the recital, contemplation and meditation of 
this hymn, the disciple attains the state of oneness with atman 
and realizes his unity with the universe, thus becoming the 
very essence of the eightfold manifestation.

Vatavitapisamiipe bhuumibhaage nishhannam
Sakalamunijanaanaam gyanadaataaramaaraath 
Tribhuvanagurumiisham dakshinaamuurtidevam
Jananamaranaduhkhachchhedadaksham namaami

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