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  2. Thanks to Sri. K. Vaidyanathan for sharing Maha Periyava’s Durga Pancharatnam with meaning. It is sogreat a Treasure for Maha Periyava Devotees. M.S. Amma’s Divine singing transports us to Ambal’s Divine Feet.
    Who was the great Person who wrote down the Slokam for the benefit of posterity? Maha Periyava ThiruvadigaLee CharaNam! Hara Hara Shankara, Jaya Jaya Shankara!

  3. Durga pancharatnam- Composed by Mahaperiyava- in Sanskrit and English with meanings in English
    You may want to publish this one
    Upon request from my friend in 2011, I translated Durga Pancharatnam composed by Mahaperiyava. This took me a week with several iterations since the stuti has deep rooted meaning and was surprised Stuti revealing deeper meanings on each iteration. I re-visited Sri. Ra. Ganapaty’s interview in which Sri Ganapathy declares Mahaperiyava is Durga. This made me to share this with you. In 2011 I thanked the gentleman, who publishes Txlation of slokas, mythological stories online in English, profusely otherwise I would not have thought about this Stuti. I used M.S. Amma’s audio, since I did not have the lyrics in letters for my Txlation.

    Brief Background:

    PeriyavaaL was sitting on the bank of a pond, keeping one leg in the waters. It was time for me as ArAdhana brAhmaNAL to get inside for the ArAdhanam, wearing the vastram (cloth). PeriyavaaL’s AGYA (order) for me, calling me by his clap of hands, to sit near him with a piece of paper and pen. The pen and paper were brought at once! PeriyavaaL started uttering Sanskrit words one by one. At some points, just telling me the meaning and asking me to produce the Sanskrit padam (word), when the words formed a line, a beautiful stuti called ‘Durga Pancharatnam’ came up. [Svetasvara Upanishad sAram (essence)]. Each shloka (verse) ends with ‘mAM pAhi vi Sarveshvari mokSadAtrI’. (This shloka is written on a marble stone on the left side when one goes to Kamakshi temple).

    In the middle of the above stotram (hymn) when the word ‘You are the one who taught the Gita’ (upadiSTa-gItA) came up, looking at my considering it for a kSaNam (moment), he asked, “Why, does it seem incorrect to you to say that Kamakshi did gItopadesham?” I kept quiet with a smile.

    Forthwith an AGYA clapping hands to bring the Gita bhASyam (commentary) book. The next moment came the bhASya book in eight volumes! PeriyavaaL turned the page once, and showed me the first page that came up and said, “Read this shloka and its bhASyam.”

    This is that shlokam: ‘braHmaNOhi pratiSTAhaM’

    “For the changeless, eternal Brahmam, the Maya which is Shakti is the pratiSTA (that through which Brahmam spreads as the many worlds is called pratiSTA). I am That. I am the Brahmam; and I am its pratiSTA will be appropriate; because, there is a bhASyam that ‘shakti shaktimatoH abhedAt’ [both the Shakti and the One who has it are not of different tatvam (nature)].”

    This incident clearly shows the back ground in which this prayer was composed.)

    sree durgayaii namaha!!!

    श्री दुर्गयै नमः
    Salutations to Durga

    ते ध्यनयोगनुगताप्श्यन् त्वाम् एव देवीं स्वगुणैर् निगुढाम् |

    त्वम् एव शक्ति : परमेश्वरस्य माम् पाहि सर्वेश्वरि मोक्षधात्रि ||

    te dyanayoganugata apashayan
    twam eva deviim swagunair nigudaam
    twam eva shakthii parameshwerasya
    maam paahi sarweshvari mokshadatri…

    Those adopting meditation (Dhyana) and contemplation (yoga) saw,

    You as the only divine Goddess hidden in her own qualities

    And you are the only power behind the great God of universe,

    And so please protect me, oh goddess of all and oh giver of salvation.

    देवात्मशक्ति: श्रुतिवाक्य गीता महर्षिलोकस्य पुर: प्रसन्ना |

    गुहा परम् व्योम सतप्रतिष्ठा माम् पाहि सर्वेश्वरि मोक्षधात्रि ||

    devatma shaktihi sruti vakya geeta
    mahirishi lokasya pura prasanna
    guha param vyoma sataha pratishta
    maam paahi sarweshvari mokshadatri

    You are the self power of the divine , sung about by the Vedas,

    Delighted in front of great saints propitiating you ,

    Who have established yourselves in their hearts as Truth,

    And so please protect me, oh goddess of all and oh giver of salvation.


    परास्यशक्ति : विविदैव श्रूयसे श्वेतास्य वाक्योत्थितदेवि दुर्गे |

    स्वाभाविकि ज्ञानबलक्रियते माम् पाहि सर्वेश्वरि मोक्षधात्रि ||

    paraasya shaktihi vividhaiva suryaese
    swetaswa vakyothitadevi durge
    swbhaviki gnana bala kriya te
    maam paahi sarweshvari mokshadatri

    You are His Shakthi called Para, which is spoken in different ways,

    You are the one who is being celebrated by Swethavatara* Upanishad,

    You are by your nature , the power force in all actions and wisdom,

    And so please protect me , oh goddess of all and oh giver of salvation.

    * This major Upanishad gives the basic teachings and concepts of Bhagwad Gita.


    देवात्मा शब्देन शिवात्मा भूता यत् कूर्म वायव्य वचो विवृत्या |

    त्वम् पशविच्छेदकरि प्रसिद्धा माम् पाहि सर्वेश्वरि मोक्षधात्रि ||

    devatma shabedena shivatma Bhuta
    yath kurma vayava vacho vivritya
    twam pasa vicheda kari prasidda
    maam paahi sarweshvari mokshadatri

    Formed by Self-power of sound of Siva’s aatma

    You are declared by sacred texts as the sound of Anahatha**,

    Which exists in Kurma and Vayavya*** as Shakthi

    You are known as one cutting off worldly attachments (or the rope that drags you to death),

    And so please protect me, oh goddess of all and oh giver of salvation.

    * OM

    **Anahata sabda – just before one enter Samadhi in yoga one can clearly hear Om inside which is not heard outside the physical body after this the person goes into Samadhi.

    * **Vayavya Dharana

    From the heart to the middle of the eyebrows is said to be the region of Vayu. It is black in colour and shines with the letter ‘Ya’. Carrying the breath along the region of Vayu, one should contemplate on Isvara, the omniscient. The Yogi does not meet his death through Vayu.) ( Naga, Kurma, Krikara, Devadatta and Dhananjaya are the five sub-Pranas; Kurma performs the function of opening the eyes


    त्वम् ब्रह्मपुच्छा विविधा मयूरी ब्रह्मा प्रतिष्ठस्सुपतिष्ठ गीता |

    ज्ञन्स्वरूपात्मतयाखिलानाम् माम् पाहि सर्वेश्वरि मोक्ष धात्रि ||

    twam brahma puccha vividha mayuri
    brahma pratishtasupadista gita
    gyana swarupa atmataya kilanaam
    maam paahi sarweshvari mokshadatri….

    Hey Mayuri*, you are praised as the route to Brahmam,

    You are the form of Brahamam established by the Bhagwad Gita too,

    You are the wisdom personified, as the basis in everything enacting the sport of creation

    And so please protect me, oh goddess of all and oh giver of salvation.

    * Durga worshipped Lord Shiva in the form of a pea cock. And hence she is addressed as Mayuri


    This was composed by H H sri jagadguru srimaan chandrasekharendrendra Saraswathi of
    kanch kamakoti peetham and is based on Swtahsvaropanishad was sung
    by m.s. suubbalaxmi in her nightingale voice! whoever recites this
    every day will attain moksha or liberation…

  4. Dear Mahesh THE DIVINE THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY is a very fabulous thought keep it up and thanks

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