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āyurvittaṃ gṛhacchidraṃ mantramauṣadhasaṅgamau |
dānamānāvamānāśca nava gopyā manīṣibhiḥ ||
A wise person keeps these nine things only to one's self as secrets, including one's age, how much money one has, house matters, sacred sayings, making of medicinal drugs, one's private life, how much money one gave to charity and his humiliation.
śoko nāśayate dhairyaṃ śoko nāśayate śrutam |
śoko nāśayate sarvaṃ nāsti śokosamo ripuḥ ||
Grief destroys one’s courage. It destroys one’s learning. It destroys one’s everything. There is no enemy greater than grief. [Context: These are the words of Kausalya. She had spoken harsh words to Dasratha for sending Rama to the forests. She repents and says that she spoke thus because of her intense grief on Rama being sent to the forests]
deśe deśe kalatrāṇi deśe deśe ca bāndhavāḥ |
taṃ tu deśaṃ na paśyāmi yatra bhrātā sahodaraḥ ||
One may have wives and relatives in every country but one cannot have a brother like Lakshmana in every place. [Context: Rama’s words of sorrow when Lakshmana becomes unconscious in the battle field struck by the spear of Indrajit.]
śrīman kṛpājalanidhe kṛtasarvaloka sarvaṅña śakta natavatsala sarvaśeṣin | svāmin suśīla sulabhāśrita pārijāta śrīveṅkaṭeśacaraṇau śaraṇaṃ prapadye || Oh Lord of maha Lakshmi! You are an ocean of mercy. You pervade all universes. You are the witness to all things happenings and You are aware of everything. You are omnipotent. You are the ultimate and residual entity of everything. You come to the rescue of those, who call out to You in their states of utter helplessness. You serve as the boon-granting PaarijAthA tree to those, who surrender themselves at Your sacred feet.
satyaṃ vada | dharmaṃ cara | satyānna pramaditavyam | dharmānna pramaditavyam | kuśalānna pramaditavyam | bhūtyai na pramaditavyam | svādhyāyapravacanābhyāṃ na pramaditavyam | deva pitṛkāryābhyāṃ na pramaditavyam | mātṛdevo bhava | pitṛdevo bhava | atithidevo bhava | ācāryadevo bhava | Always speak the truth and follow the dharma (righteousness). Hold on to truth and dharma. Hold on to welfare activities. Acquire wealth legitimately. Hold on to self-study and teaching. Hold on to the worship and rituals of God, parents and ancestors. Look upon your Mother, Father, Teacher and Guest as living Gods.
niṇḍāra rāju nidriñcu nidrayunokaṭe aṇḍane baṇṭu nidra - adiyu nokaṭe | meṇḍaina brāhmaṇuḍu meṭṭu bhūmiyokaṭe caṇḍāluḍuṇḍeṭi saribhūmi yokaṭe || brahma mokaṭe para brahma mokaṭe || The sleep that a king gets is one and the same as that a servent gets. The floor or the earth that a learned scholar steps on is one and the same as that a person from lower caste steps on. The consciousness in everyone is one and the same and there is only one divine consciousness.
nānācchidra ghaṭodara sthita mahādīpa prabhābhāsvaraṃ ṅñānaṃ yasyatu cakṣurādikaraṇa dvārā bahispandate | jānāmīti tameva bhāntamanubhātyetatsamastañjagat tasmai śrī gurumūrtaye nama idaṃ śrī dakṣiṇāmūrtaye || Like the light emanating from a lamp, kept in a pot with many holes, goes out in all directions, similarly the wisdom in the person goes out through the openings in the body, such as mouth, ears, eyes, etc. And when that person realizes that 'I know myself', this whole universe shines after Him alone, who shines in the consciousness as the knower. Salutation to the God facing the south, who is the greatest teacher.
na puṇyaṃ na pāpaṃ na saukhyaṃ na duḥkhaṃ na mantro na tīrdhaṃ na vedā na yaṅñaḥ | ahaṃ bhojanaṃ naiva bhojyaṃ na bhoktā cidānanda rūpaḥ śivohaṃ śivoham || Sin or merit can never touch me. I feel no pleasure; I feel no pain. No magic chants empower me. No mystic places purify me. I am not the dogma nor the doctrines, nor even the sacred fire of pilgrims. I am neither the experiencer (subject), nor the experienced (object), nor the experiencing. I am supreme bliss and pure consciousness, I am Shiva, I am all auspiciousness, I am Shiva.
yāveḷa yamadūtalāgrahambuna vacci, prāṇamul pekaliñci paṭṭunapuḍu kapha vāta paityamul gappagā bhramaceta, gampa mudbhavamandi kaṣṭapaḍucu nā jihvato ninnu nārāyaṇā yañcu, bilutuno śramaceta biluvano nāṭi kippuḍe cetu nī nāmabhajana, talacedanu jevi niḍavayya dhairyamuganu Oh Narasimha, at the time of my death, when the messengers of Yama (King of death) arrive, while they take away my life, I will be under the illusion and suffering from imbalances in kapha, vata and pitta, three Ayurvedic states. At that time, Oh Lord, I am not sure if I will I be able to say your name with my tongue or if I cannot say with difficulty. So I will chant your name right now when I am in conscious state and please listen to my prayer.
satulakai konnāḷḷāsthikai sutulakai konnāḷḷu dhana tatulakai tirigiti nayya tyāgarājāpta iṭuvaṇṭi duḍuku gala nanne dora koḍuku brocurā ento duḍuku gala nanne dora I spent all my time on women, money that does not last long, and for children and wealth. Oh beloved of Tyagaraja! which prince will come to rescue a person like me?
oṃ īśā vāsyamidagṃ sarvaṃ yatkiñca jagatvāṃ jagat | tena tyaktena bhuñjīthā mā gṛdhaḥ kasyasviddhanam || All things of this world are transitory, the evanescent, are enveloped by the Lord who is the real reality of each. Therefore, they have to be used with reverent renunciation, without covetousness or greed for they belong to the Lord and not to any one person.
trayī sāṅkhyaṃ yogaḥ paśupatimataṃ vaiṣṇavamiti prabhinne prasthāne paramidamadaḥ pathyamiti ca | rucīnāṃ vaicitryādṛjukuṭila nānāpathajuṣāṃ nṛṇāmeko gamyastvamasi payasāmarṇava iva || The different practices based on the three Vedas, SaMkhya, Yoga, Pashupata-mata, Vaishnava-mata etc. are but different paths (to the Greatest Truth) and people on account of their different aptitude choose from them based on whatever they think best. But as the sea is the final resting place for all types of streams, You are the only reaching place for all people whichever path, straight or zigzag, they may accept.
satyapi bhedāpagame nātha tavā‌உhaṃ na māmakīnastvam | sāmudro hi taraṅgaḥ kvacana samudro na tāraṅgaḥ || O Lord! Even though there is no difference between us (I am a part of You), I belong to You and not vice-versa. Just like the ocean is made of waves but the waves are not made up of ocean.
dantambul paḍanappuḍe, tanuvunandārūḍhi yunnappuḍe kāntāsaṅghamu royanappuḍe, jarākrāntambu gānappuḍe vintalmena jariñcanappuḍe, kurulvellella gānappuḍe cintimpanvale nīpadāmbujamulan śrī kāḷahastīśvarā! Oh Eeswara, while one did not lose his teeth, while one did not lose strength in his body, while the ladies don't disgust one's old looks, while one has not become weak with old age, while one did not lose charm and shine in the body, while one's hair did not turn grey, he should think about serving your divine feet.
viśvandarpaṇa dṛśyamāna nagarī tulyaṃ nijāntargataṃ paśyannātmani māyayā bahirivodbhūtaṃ yadhānidrayā | yassākṣātkurute prabhodhasamaye svātmāname vādvayaṃ tasmai śrīgurumūrtaye nama idaṃ śrī dakṣiṇāmūrtaye || Similar to the image of a town as seen in the mirror, when one sees the image of the world within him, the world appears as if it is outside. It is similar to his seeing due to illusion, during the state of sleep, that the one real fact appears as many different truths, and he realizes, when he wakes up and sees the reality, that he is really the one and only one soul. Salutation to the God facing the south, who is the greatest teacher.
bandhurātmātmanastasya yenātmaivātmanā jitaḥ | anātmanastu śatrutve vartetātmaiva śatruvat || For a person who has conquered his senses (lower self) by the divine self, his own self acts as his best friend. But for that person who has not conquered his senses (lower self), his own self acts as his worst enemy.
atho niṣṭyā vitasyānte nābhyāmupari tiṣṭati | jvālamālākulaṃ bhāti viśvasyāyatanaṃ mahat || Below the Adam's apple, at a distance of a span, and above the navel (i.e., the heart which is the relative seat of the manifestation of Pure Consciousness in the human being), effulges the Great Abode of the universe, as if adorned with garlands of flames.
vūrakunna jīvuniki vokkokka svatantramicci | koreṭi aparādhālu konni vesi | nerakuṇṭe narakamu nericite svargamaṇṭū | dūruvesevintekāka doṣamevvaridayyā || You give freedom to everyone to perform their actions. You also let them do crimes with the given freedom. You offer heaven to the realized men and hell to the unrealized. Is this the fault of the ignorant men who didn't realize your true self?
mano budhyahaṅkāra cittāni nāhaṃ na ca śrotra jihvā na ca ghrāṇanetram | na ca vyoma bhūmir-na tejo na vāyuḥ cidānanda rūpaḥ śivohaṃ śivoham || I am not mind, intellect, ego and the memory. I am not the sense of organs(ears, tongue, nose, eyes and skin). I am not the five elements ( sky or ether, earth, light or fire, the wind and the water). I am supreme bliss and pure consciousness, I am Shiva, I am all auspiciousness, I am Shiva.
śivāya viṣṇurūpāya śivarūpāya viṣṇave | śivasya hṛdayaṃ viṣṇuḥ viṣṇośca hṛdayaṃ śivaḥ || Shiva is a form (roopa) of Vishnu and Vishnu is a form of Shiva, Shiva is the heart of Vishnu and Vishnu is the heart of Shiva and there is no difference between the two, thus declaring the Adwaita (non-dual) nature of one God.
yāvadvittopārjana śaktaḥ tāvannijaparivāro raktaḥ | paścājjīvati jarjara dehe vārtāṃ ko‌உpi na pṛcchati gehe || As long as one is fit and able to earn and support one's family, all the kith and kin and dependents attached are affectionate to him. As soon as one becomes old and infirm, no one cares to enquire of his well-being even in one's own home.
ātmā tvaṃ girijā matiḥ sahacarāḥ prāṇāḥ śarīraṃ gṛhaṃ pūjā te viṣayopabhogaracanā nidrā samādhisthitiḥ | sañcāraḥ padayoḥ pradakṣiṇavidhiḥ stotrāṇi sarvā giro yadyatkarma karomi tattadakhilaṃ śambho tavārādhanam || O Shiva, you are my soul, Godess paarvati is my reason, my five senses are your attendants and my body is your home. All the pleasures of my senses are objects to your worship. My sleep is your meditation. Wherever I walk I am walking around You. Everything I say is your prayer and everything I do is in devotion to You.
karmaṇyevādhikāraste mā phaleṣu kadācana | mā karmaphalaheturbhūḥ mā te saṅgostvakarmaṇi || One has the right to work, but never to the fruit of the work. One should never engage in action for the sake of reward, nor should one long for inaction.
lālayet pañcavarṣāṇi daśavarṣāṇi tāḍayet |
prāpte tu ṣoḍaśe varṣe putraṃ mitravadācaret ||
One should treat his children with love and care until they are 5 years old Of all the medicinal potions the most important is amrutham (ambrosia-elixir) which invigorates you back to life. Eating good food is the best of all types of material happiness. Of all the sense organs the eye is most important and of all the parts of the body, the head is the vital one.
uraśā śirasā dṛṣṭyā manasā vacasā tathā |
padbhyāṃ karābhyāṃ karṇābhyāṃ praṇāmo‌உṣṭāṅgamucyate ||
When one offers his salutations to Lord, he should touch his chest, head, eyes, mouth, heart, both of his legs, both of his hands and both of his ears to the ground. Only then will it be called "Sashtanga Namaskaram", which is namaskaram (salutations) with all organs of the body.
sarvauṣadhīnām amṛtaṃ pradhānaṃ
sarveṣu saukhyeṣvaśanaṃ pradhānam |
sarvendriyāṇāṃ nayanaṃ pradhānam
sarvasya gātrasya śiraḥ pradhānam ||
Of all the medicinal potions the most important is amrutham (ambrosia-elixir) which invigorates you back to life. Eating good food is the best of all types of material happiness. Of all the sense organs the eye is most important and of all the parts of the body, the head is the vital one.
ādau karmaprasaṅgātkalayati kaluṣaṃ mātṛkukṣau sthitaṃ māṃ
viṇmūtrāmedhyamadhye kathayati nitarāṃ jāṭharo jātavedāḥ |
yadyadvai tatra duḥkhaṃ vyathayati nitarāṃ śakyate kena vaktuṃ
kṣantavyo me‌உparādhaḥ śiva śiva śiva bho śrī mahādeva śambho ||
Due to the remnants of Karmic sins, I was created inside my mother’s womb, and placed between urine, excreta and heat, and suffered a lot by the heat and smell. Who can possibly describe the suffering and pain that I underwent there in mother's womb?. Therefore, O Siva! O Mahadeva! O Sambhu! Forgive me, I pray, for my transgressions.
pānīyambulu trāvucun kuḍucucun bhāṣiñcucun hāsa lī
lā nidrādulu ceyucun tirugucun lakṣimpucun santata |
śrī nārāyaṇa pāda padma yugaḷī cintāmṛtāsvādasaṃ
dhānuṇḍai maracen surāri sutuḍetadviśvamun bhūvarā ||
Oh! King, Prahlada was always engrossed in the bliss of praying and prostrating before the lotus feet of Sri Hari at all times, while drinking, while eating, while talking, while smiling, playing, sleeping and performing such other actions, while moving around and while visualizing and forgot about this world. [Context: This beautiful sloka describes devotion of Prahlada who is one with the consciousness at all times and in all activites.]
vedamūlamidaṃ brāhmaṃ
bhāryāmūlamidaṃ gṛham |
kṛṣimūlamidaṃ dhānyam
dhanamūlamidaṃ jagat ||
Knowledge is the root for a learned man, wife is central to a house, effort and agriculture is the root for food and money is central to the entire world.
sulabhāḥ puruṣā rājan satataṃ priya vādinaḥ |
apriyasya ca pathyasya vaktā śrotā ca durlabhaḥ ||
Oh King, it is easy to get a person that always says words that please you. However, it is very difficult to find someone who can say something that may be unpleasant to hear but is brings welfare to you. [Context: Demon Mareecha says this to Ravana, when Ravana approaches Mareecha to help him to take Sita away and he is angry that Mareecha refused to help him initially.]
rāmo vigrahavān dharmaḥ sādhuḥ satya parākramaḥ |
rājā sarvasya lokasya devānām iva vāsavaḥ ||
Rama is an embodiment of righteousness. Truth is his braveness. He is the lord of all worlds and everybody. [Context: Demon Mareecha says this to Ravana, when Ravana approaches Mareecha to help him to take Sita away. Mareecha says that Rama is nothing but righteousness and truth and warns him not to go to Rama and that Ravana is not enough to face him.]
nāhaṃ jānāmi keyūre nāhaṃ jānāmi kuṇḍale |
nūpure tu abhijanāmi nityaṃ pāda abhivandanāt ||
I cannot recognize these armlets and I cannot recognize these earrings. However I do recognize these anklets, as I see them everyday when I offer my respect at sister-in-law (Sita)'s feet. [Context: Lakshmana says this to Rama, when he asks if he can recognize the jewelry that is found by Hanuman, when Sita was taken away by Ravana. Lakshmana can only recognize the anklets because he does not pay attention to anything other than his sister-in-law's feet.]
sundare sundaro rāmaḥ sundare sundarī kathaḥ
sundare sundarī sīta sundare sundaraṃ vanam |
sundare sundaraṃ kāvyaṃ sundare sundaraṃ kapiḥ
sundare sundaraṃ mantraṃ sundare kiṃ na sundaram ||
Rama is handsome and so is Sita, The ashoka forest in which Sita was there is beautiful. The Ramayana kavyam which describes these events is beautiful. Hanuman who attained self-realization is beautiful. The sacred hymns are beautiful. In this beautiful Sundara Kanda, which is the fifth chapter of Ramayana kavyam, what is not beautiful?
 
Srinivas Vadrevu