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Subramanian.R

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Sri Sankara Vijayam - 55
« on: August 11, 2009, 10:51:53 AM »
Regarding Siva Manasa Puja, I have already given a translation
in recent times.  Sankara also composed Bhavani Ashtakam,
in Kasi.  It is also said that he composed Bhavani Ashtakam,
in Tula Bhavani, near Salem.

Bhavani Ashtakam -  Eight Verses on Bhavani:

1. No father have I, no mother, no comrade,
No son, no daughter, no wife and no grandchild,
No servant or master, no wisdom, no calling,
In You is my only haven of refuge.
In You, my help and my strength, O Bhavani!

2. Immersed asd I am in the limitless ocean
Of wordly existence, I tremble to suffer
Alas! I am lustful and foolish and greedy,
And ever enchained by the fetters of evil,
In You is my only haven of refuge.
In You is my help and my strength, O Bhavani!

3. To giving of alms and to meditation,
To scriptures and hymns and mantras, a stranger!
I know not of worship, possess no dispassion.
In You is my only haven of refuge,
In You, my help and my strength, O Bhavani!

4. O mother! of pilgrimage and merit,
Of mental control or the soul's liberation,
Of rigours vows or devotion, I know not;
In You is my only haven of refuge.
In You, my help and my strength, O Bhavani!

5. I know neither Brahma nor Vishnu nor Siva
Nor Indra, sun, moon, or similar being --
Not one of the numberless gods, O Redeemer!
In You is my only haven of refuge.
In You, my help and my strength, O Bhavani!

6. In strife or in sadness, abroad or in danger,
In water, in fire, in the winds, on the mountains,
Surrounded by foes, my Saviour! protect me.
In You is my only haven of refuge,
In You, my help and strength, O Bhavani!

7. Defenceless am I - ill, again and helpless,
Enfeebled, exhausted, and dumbly despairing,
Afflicted with sorrow, and utterly ruined.
In You is my only haven of refuge,
In You, my help and strength, O Bhavani!

Bhavani in Sanskrit means the Divine Mother.

Arunachala Siva.