BHAVANYASHTAKAM


Maa Durga1

न तातो न माता न बन्धुर्न दाता न पुत्रो न पुत्री न भृत्यो न भर्ता |

न जाया न विद्या न वृत्तिर्ममैव गतिस्त्वं गतिस्त्वं त्वमेका भवानि ||

Na Taato Na Maato Na Bandhur Na Daata,
Na Putro Na Putri Na Bhrityo Na Bharta.
Na Jaaya Na Vidya Na Vriteer Mameva,
Gatistvam Gatistvam Twameka Bhavani.

O Mother Divine!
Father, Mother, Husband, Wife, Children and Friends –
None of these are eternally mine.
Knowledge, intellect, mind and will power are also not eternal.
O Mother of the universe – You are my only saviour, my eternal refuge.

 

भवाब्धावपारे महादुःखभीरु पपात प्रकामी प्रलोभी प्रमत्तः |
कुसंसारपाशप्रबद्धः सदाहं गतिस्त्वं गतिस्त्वं त्वमेका भवानि ||

Bhavadbha Vapaarey Mahadukha Bheeruhu,
Prapaata Prakaami Pralobhi Pramatah.
Kusansaara Paasha Prabhadha Sadaham,
Gatistvam Gatistvam Twameka Bhavani.

O Mother Divine!
I have fallen in the ocean of birth and death, and I fear their sorrows.
I am trapped by my ego, with its countless desires, greed, pride and lust.
O Mother of the universe – You are my only saviour, my eternal refuge.

 

न जानामि दानं न च ध्यानयोगं न जानामि तन्त्रं न च स्तोत्रमन्त्रम् |
न जानामि पूजां न च न्यासयोगं गतिस्त्वं गतिस्त्वं त्वमेका भवानि ||

Na Jaanami Daanam, Na Cha Dhyaana Yogam,
Na Jaanami Tantram, Na Cha Stotra Mantram.
Na Jaanami Poojaam, Na Cha Nyaasa Yogam,
Gatistvam Gatistvam Twameka Bhavani.

O Mother of the universe – I do not know how to come close to you.
I do not know any form of puja, or prayers, or how to worship you at all.
Help me, O Mother Divine – You are my only saviour, my eternal refuge.

 

न जानामि पुण्यं न जानामि तीर्थं न जानामि मुक्तिं लयं वा कदाचित् |
न जानामि भक्तिं व्रतं वापि मात गतिस्त्वं गतिस्त्वं त्वमेका भवानि ||
Na Jaanami Punyam, Na Jaanami Theertham,
Na Jaanami Mutkeem, Layam Vaa Kadachit.
Na Jaanami Bhatkeem, Vratam Vaapi Maatah,
Gatistvam Gatistvam Twameka Bhavani.

I do not know how to be righteous or find your abode.
I do not know how to achieve freedom by dissolving my ego.
I am devoid of the will to fight; I surrender.
I am not strong enough to make any vow.
O Mother of the universe – You are my saviour, my eternal refuge.

 

कुकर्मी कुसङ्गी कुबुद्धि: कुदासः कुलाचारहीन: कदाचारलीन: |
कुदृष्टि: कुवाक्यप्रबन्धः सदाहं गतिस्त्वं गतिस्त्वं त्वमेका भवानि ||

Kukarmi, Kusangi, Ku buddhi, Kudasah,
Kulaachara Heenah, Kadachaara Leenah.
Kudrushtih, Kuvaakya, Prabandah Sadaham,
Gatistvam Gatistvam Twameka Bhavani.

My mind is always engaged in worthless thoughts and actions.
My intellect has become dull, enslaved by old habits.
I am unable to behave honourably and my intentions are self-serving.
My speech is harsh and hurtful.
Save me, O Mother of the universe – You are my only saviour, my eternal refuge.

 

प्रजेशं रमेशं महेशं सुरेशं दिनेशं निशीथेश्र्वरं वा कदाचित् |
न जानामि चान्यत् सदाहं शरण्ये गतिस्त्वं गतिस्त्वं त्वमेका भवानि ||

Prajesham, Ramesham, Mahesham, Suresham,
Dinesham Nishiteshwaram Va Kadachit.
Na Jaanami Chaanyat Sadaham Sharanye,
Gatistvam Gatistvam Twameka Bhavani.

Oh Goddess Supreme !
Brahman, Vishnu, Maheshwara, Indra, Chandra or Surya I do not know.
O Mother of the universe, you are known for your compassion.
You are my only saviour, my eternal refuge.

 

विवादे विषादे प्रमादे प्रवासे जले चानले पर्वते शत्रुमध्ये |
अरण्ये शरण्ये सदा मां प्रपाहि गतिस्त्वं गतिस्त्वं त्वमेका भवानि ||
Vivaadey, Vishadey, Pramadhey, Pravaasey,
Jaale Chaanalay, Parvatey, Shatru Madhyae.
Aranye Sharanye Sada Maa Prapahi,
Gatistvam Gatistvam Twameka Bhavani.

O compassionate Mother, please protect me always,
in debate and in danger, in excitement and grief, at home and in alien lands,
amidst water and fire, on mountain and forest,
among enemies, everywhere, and in all places.
O Mother of the universe – You are my only saviour, my eternal refuge.

 

अनाथो दरिद्रो जरारोगयुक्तो महक्षीणदीन: सदा जाड्यवक्त्रः |
विपत्तौ प्रविष्टः प्रनष्ट: सदाहं गतिस्त्वं गतिस्त्वं त्वमेका भवानि ||

Anatho Daridro Jara Rogayukto,
Mahashkeena Deenah Sada JadyaVaktrah.
Vipatto Pravishtah Pranashtah Sadaham,
Gatistvam Gatistvam Twameka Bhavani.

O Mother, I feel like an orphan on this Earth,
powerless and without inner wealth,
deluded by ignorance and unable to see the light of truth.
O Mother of the universe – You are my only saviour, my eternal refuge.



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