SOME POPULAR SANSKRIT SHLOKAS

ARVIND K. PANDEY

SHIVA STUTI :

Aum Karpoor Gouram Karunaavataaram
Sansaara Saaram Bhujagendra Haaram
Sadaa Vasantam Hridyaa Ravinde
Bhavam Bhavaami Sahitam Namaami

Translation: I prostrate before Lord Shiva and Mother Parvatee.
O Lord, You are fair-complexioned as the white camphor,
and You are compassion incarnate.
You are the one who reveals the mysteries of the
cycle of mundane existence,
and wears the serpent of destruction as a garland.
Dear Lord, may You always reside in the lotus of my heart.

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VISHNU STUTI :

Shaantaakaaram Bhujagashayanam Padmanaabham Suresham
Vishvaadhaaram Gagansadrasham MeghavarNam Shubhaangam
Laxmikaantam Kamalanayanam Yogibhirdhyaanagamyam
Vande Vishnu Bhavabhayaharam Sarvalokaikanaatham

Salutations to Shri Vishnu, who reclines peacefully on the bed of the serpent Sheisha, with the Lotus on His Navel. He is the Lord of celestial beings, the tabernacle of the universe. He is as immense as the firmament, His colour is that of a dark cloud; His limbs are auspicious, He is the Lord of Shri Lakshmi the one with Lotus Eyes. Object of the meditation of the sages, the one who banishes all fears of the cycle of rebirth and suffering. He is the Lord of all Worlds.
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SHANTI MANTRA :

Om Sahnaa vavatu Sahnau bhunaktu
Sahviryam Karvaa vahe
Tejasvinaav adhitamastu
Maavidwishaavahe
Om shaantihi shaantihi shaantihi

Let us live together, Let us be nourished together
Let us be able to do great deeds together
Let us be brilliant together in our study
Let us be loving
Peace, peace, peace

GAYATRI MANTRA

OM
Bhoor Bhuva Swaha
Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi
Dhiyo Yo Nah Prachodayath

We contemplate that Ultimate Reality
Which is the earth, the sky, the heaven!
Let us bring our minds to meditate in
The Glory of the Divine Truth.
May Truth inspire our reflection.

OM - indicates the Ultimate Reality - the all pervading Eternal Spirit.

Bhoor - Earth

Bhuvaha - Sky

Swaha - Heaven

Tat - That

Savitur - of the Divinity (possessive form of Savita)

Varenyam - Desirable/Adorable (Desired)

Bhargo (Bhargaha) - Glory or Effulgence

Devasya - Of the Divine One

Dhimahi - Let us contemplate or meditate

Dhiyo (Dhiyaha) - Knowledge or Truth

Yo (Yaha) - Which

Nah - Our

Prachodayath - Would inspire or motivate

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KRISHNA STUTI

mukam karoti vachalam
pangum langhayate girim
yat-kripa tamaham vande
shri-gurum dina-taranam

”I offer my respectful obeisances unto my spiritual master, the deliverer of the fallen souls. His mercy turns the dumb into eloquent speakers and enables the lame to cross mountains.”

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HANUMANA UPASANA

Manojayam Maaruta Tulyavegam
Jitendriyam Buddhimataam Varishtam |
Vaadaatmajam Vaanarayootha Mukhyam
Shree Raama Dootam Shirasa Namaami ||

The Last line may alternately be read as:
Shree Raama Dootam Sharanam Prapadye ||

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GANESHA STUTI

”Ajam Nirvikalpam Niraakaaramekam Neraanandhamanandham Adhvaitha Poornam Param Nirgunam Nirvisesham Nireeham ParaBrahma roopam Ganesham Bhajema. Gunaatheethamanam Chidhananda roopam chidha bhasakamsarvagam gnana gamyam munidhyeyam aakasa roopam paresham paraBrahma roopam Ganesham bhajema. Jagath kaaranam kaaran gnana roopam suraadhim sukhadhim gunesam ganesam jagathwaapinam viswa vandhyam suresham para Brahma roopam Ganesham bhaje ma.”

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पठत संस्कृतं वदत संस्कृतं गृहे गृहे च पुनरपि

let us learn Sanskrit, let us speak Sanskrit
in each and every house, again and again.

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