ಕವಿಂ ಕವೀನಾಂ ಉಪಮಶ್ರವಸ್ತಮಮ್ |
ಜ್ಯೇಷ್ಠರಾಜಂ ಬ್ರಹ್ಮಣಾಂ ಬ್ರಹ್ಮಣಸ್ಪತ
ಆ ನಃ ಶೃಣ್ವನ್ನೂತಿಭಿಃ ಸೀದ ಸಾದನಮ್ ||
ಓಂ ಮಹಾಗಣಾಧಿಪತಯೇ ನಮಃ ||
Ōṁ gaṇānāṁ tvā gaṇapatiṁ havāmahē
kaviṁ kavīnāṁ upamaśravastamam |
jyēṣṭharājaṁ brahmaṇāṁ brahmaṇaspata
ā naḥ śr̥ṇvannūtibhiḥ sīda sādanam ||
ōṁ mahāgaṇādhipatayē namaḥ ||
Lord Ganapati the poet of poets or master of the poets. we request you to come and sit in us, who is the poet of poets and superiors amongst all Gana (ಗಣ) before we start reciting any Vedic scriptures.
We offer infinite salutations to the revered Sri Sri Subhudhendra Theertharu, who graciously blessed us with their divine words of grace.
Among the general public, the famous Sri Raghavendra Stotra, composed by the great devotee Sri Bichale Appannacharya, is widely known and recognized. This Stotra holds immense popularity.
Among the general public, the famous Sri Raghavendra Stotra, composed by the great devotee Sri Bichale Appannacharya, is widely known and recognized. This Stotra holds immense popularity.
This Stotra is a depiction of the devotion and emotional inspiration of Sri Appannacharya. The historical significance is as follows: Upon hearing the news that Sri Raghavendra Swami had entered the holy abode of Brindavana in a manifested form at Mantralaya, a deeply saddened Sri Appannacharya hurried from Bichale to Mantralaya. Overwhelmed by emotions such as devotion and sorrow, the verses of this Stotra emerged from his mouth. That became the Guru Stotra. Without considering the high waters of the Tungabhadra River they crossed the river and reached Mantralaya. However, due to unfortunate circumstances and as per the divine will, even as they were approaching the location of Brindavana, the final stone of Brindavana had already been placed there, in accordance with the prior instructions given by Sri Rayaru.
Sri Appannacharya did not have the fortune of seeing the final face of his beloved Guru. Overwhelmed with grief, Sri Appannacharya rolled on the ground. The last verse of the Sri Guru Stotra remained incomplete. However, to everyone's astonishment, from within the depths of Sri Brindavana, a profound voice of Sri Rayaru emerged, saying, 'Sakshi Hayastotrahi' (meaning Hayagriva is Witness). Everyone recognized this voice as that of Sri Gururaja with great joy. It is said in legends that Sri Rayaru was reciting the mantra of Sri Hayagriva during that time. Upon hearing this, Sri Appannacharya declared that Hayagriva himself is the witness for the Guru Stotra, to which Sri Rayaru expressed his delight.
In the Sri Guru Stotra, they have given their approval to all the subjects mentioned. It can be said that due to this, the Sri Guru Stotra has gained such wide acceptance and recognition throughout the world. The purpose of this small booklet is for all those who recite the Sri Guru Stotra to understand the meaning of the Stotra through interpretation.
By reciting with a focus on understanding the meaning, special benefits are obtained. Additionally, when there is an understanding of the meaning when we recite the Stotra, the shortcoming in the pronunciation of the verses will be excused.
(With the Kannada translation composed by Vachaspati Dr. V.A. Panchamukhi)
Sri Raghavendra Swamigalu - A Brief Introduction
Sri Raghavendra Swamigalu, is the wish-fulfilling divine cow Kamadhenu, wish-fulfilling divine tree Kalpavruskha in the Kali Yuga, is an illustrious sage. Without any discrimination, they stand devoted to the welfare of the entire world, serving as the spiritual masters of the universe. They entered Brindavan in a physical form and continue to bestow the fruits of their penance to the world with utmost generosity. They are accomplished sages and yogis.
The pre-monastic name of Shree Raghavendra Swamigalu was Shree Venkatnath. His revered father's name was Vidwan Shree Timmanna Bhattaru, and his revered mother's name was Shrimati Gopikamba. Shree Venkatnatharu was born on the auspicious seventh day of the Shuddha Saptami in the Manmatha year 1595 (according to the Hindu calendar). His birthplace is a town called Bhuvanagiri, which is currently located in Tamil Nadu. He had an elder sister named Shrimati Venkatamba and an elder brother named Shree Guru Rajaacharya. He received his education during his childhood from his brother-in-law Vidwan Shree Lakshminarasimhacharya, who was an eminent scholar, and from Shree Sudheendra Teertharu, his ashram's spiritual guide. Even in his pre-monastic life, he displayed remarkable talent in grammar, which earned him the title "Mahabhashya Venkatnathacharya" bestowed upon him by Sudheendra Teertharu as a mark of respect.
After accepting monasticism, they became renowned worldwide with the title "Shree Raghavendratheertha" bestowed upon them by their spiritual preceptor. They gained fame as "Miracle Workers" due to the numerous miraculous deeds they performed for the welfare of the people. However, their contribution to the spiritual realm and the vast treasure of knowledge they imparted through their literary works is immense and invaluable.
In the Sri Gurustotra composed by Sri Appannacharya, it is mentioned that chanting the names of Sri Raya (Sri Raghavendra Swami) yields a special result, which is the attainment of profound knowledge of the meanings of the Vedas and scriptures. It is stated, "Through your glorification, the knowledge of Vedas and scriptures is obtained."
Sri Raghavendra Swami has authored more than 48 works on various shastras (sacred texts) and has provided the world with exceptional contributions of knowledge. Their commentary called "Parimala" on Sri Teekarayaru's "Sri Manyayasudha" has established them as "Sri Parimalacharyaru." They have also written a commentary titled "Gitartha Sangraha" on the Bhagavad Gita, which is extremely useful for scholars and common people alike.
Sri Raghavendra Swami is universally recognized as the incarnation of Sri Prahlada Maharaja. Sri Vyasaraja Tirtha, the predecessor of Sri Raghavendra Swami, has confirmed this as per the belief of devotees. It is a well-established fact, based on the experiences of all devotees, that circumambulating and offering obeisance to Sri Raya's (Sri Raghavendra Swami) Brindavana fulfills all desires.
Sri Raghavendra Swami entered Brindavana in physical form on the auspicious day of Shravana Krishna Dwitiya in the year 1671 of the Vikram Samvat calendar. Sri Raghavendra Swami continues to fulfill the material and spiritual desires of all devotees and remains present in Brindavana, bestowing prosperity and happiness.
The belief among devotees is that Sri Raghavendra Swami is present even now in Brindavana, fulfilling the aspirations and desires of all devotees, providing both worldly and eternal bliss.
ದುರ್ವಾದಿಧ್ವಾಂತರವಯೇ ವೈಷ್ಣವೇಂದೀವರೇಂದವೇ ।
Greetings to the eternal gurus, Sri Raghavendra, who shines like the sun amidst the darkness of ignorance, and who are like the moon to the lotus of Vishnu devotees. Salutations to the compassionate and benevolent gurus, endless in their glory.
ಕಾಮಾರಿ-ಮಾಽಕ್ಷ-ವಿಷಮಾಕ್ಷ-ಶಿರಃ ಸ್ಪೃಶಂತೀ |
ದೇವಾಲಿ-ಸೇವಿತ-ಪರಾಂಘ್ರಿ-ಪಯೋಜ-ಲಗ್ನಾ || ೧ ||
ನೀಚೋಚ್ಚ-ಭಾವ-ಮುಖ-ನಕ್ರ-ಗಣೈಃ ಸಮೇತಾ |
ವಾಗ್-ದೇವತಾ-ಸರಿದಮುಂ ವಿಮಲೀಕರೋತು || ೨ ||
kāmāri-mā:'kṣa-viṣamākṣa-śiraḥ spṛśaṃtī |
devāli-sevita-parāṃghri-payoja-lagnā || 1 ||
nīcocca-bhāva-mukha-nakra-gaṇaiḥ sametā |
vāg-devatā-saridamuṃ vimalīkarotu || 2 ||
These slokas has two meanings: Meaning that relates to the Ganga River and Meaning that relates to the wisdom of Shrirayaru.
Meaning that relates to the Ganga River: The Ganga River finally reaches the ocean, which is the birthplace of the moon, the father of the planet Mercury, adorned with complete brightness. The river touches the head of Lord Shiva, who is the enemy of lust (Kama) and is the sense of knowledge and has three eyes, and who burned the lust (kama) by opening his third eye. It emanates from the fingernail of Lord Vishnu's left foot. It flows through multiple directions and various waves, providing joy to the swans that reside in them. It has reached the lotus feet of the Supreme Being, worshiped by the gods. (Just as the Ganga River originated from the toenail of Lord Vishnu's left foot). May the water of the Ganga River, which has the power to destroy numerous living beings, including powerful animals, with its curved teeth, sanctify those who bathe in it and those who drink its water.
Meaning that relates to the wisdom of Shrirayaru: May the wisdom, which is like the flow of the Ganga River, purify my soul. The wisdom of Shrirayaru follows the scriptures of Shrimadhvacharya, the jagat guru. Shrirayarus voice is praised by scholars who accept three (opposing) forms of evidence: direct perception, inference, and authoritative testimony. Paramahamsas who follow the method of debate and established doctrine rely on Shrirayarus voice. It praises the lotus feet of the Supreme Being, which are always worshiped by the gods. Shrirayarus voice exclusively praises them. Shrirayarus voice always teaches the doctrine of Shri Madhvacharya. There is a distinction between the soul and the Supreme Being, and the Supreme Being is completely endowed with all qualities. This world is true. There is a difference between beings, high and low, in the realm of living beings. The fivefold distinction is a reality. Shrirayarus voice defeats opponents in debates and engulfs them. May such a voice of Shrirayaru purify us. (Verse 1 and2)
ಕ್ಷಮಾ-ಸುರೇಂದ್ರೋಽವತು ಮಾಂ ಸದಾಽಯಮ್ || ೩ ||
kṣamā-sureṃdro:'vatu māṃ sadā:'yam || 3 ||
Shri Raghavendra Tirtharu, in the era of their lotus feet, they are the ones who protect devotees with devotion, fulfilling all desires and all four types of human pursuits. They possess a powerful vision that can split the mountain of sins like a diamond weapon. They are excellent like Lord Sureshwar in the virtue of forgiveness (or, they are great like Prahlada, who was born in a demon lineage, in the virtue of forgiveness). May such Shrirayaru always protect me.
ಮಿಷ್ಟಪ್ರದೋ ಮೇ ಸತತಂ ಸ ಭೂಯಾತ್ || ೪ ||
Mishtaprado mei satakam sa bhuyat || 4 ||
Those who have obtained divine wealth in the form of all kinds of celestial blessings because of serving the lotus feet of Lord Hari with devotion, they are Shri Raghavendra Swamigalu; hence they possess the nature of gods. They are like the celestial tree fulfilling the desires of the gods. May such Shri Raghavendra Tirtharu always grant me all my desires. ||4||
ಸಂಘಾಗ್ನಿ-ಚರ್ಯಃ ಸುಖ-ಧೈರ್ಯ-ಶಾಲೀ |
ದುರತ್ಯಯೋಪಪ್ಲವ-ಸಿಂಧು-ಸೇತುಃ || ೫ ||
saṃghāgni-caryaḥ sukha-dhairya-śālī |
duratyayopaplava-siṃdhu-setuḥ || 5 ||
Shrirayaru are glorious and auspicious beings. They are like fire to the heap of sorrows in the cycle of worldly existence, meaning they destroy all sorrows. They possess a nature devoid of even a trace of sorrow and filled with happiness and fortitude. They can control all evil influences. They are like a bridge that facilitates crossing over countless obstacles and barriers, which are otherwise insurmountable, and they are like a sea that helps cross over difficulties. ||5||
ವಾಗ್-ವೈಖರೀ-ನಿರ್ಜಿತ-ಭವ್ಯ-ಶೇಷಃ || ೬ ||
vāg-vaikharī-nirjita-bhavya-śeṣaḥ || 6 ||
Sri Raghavendra Swamigalu is free from all faults. They possess an impeccable external and internal personality. They can render opponents speechless in debates. Only scholars can comprehend the distinctive significance of Shri Raghavendra Swamigalu. With their extraordinary style of speech, they have the prowess to defeat even Adishesha, who has a thousand hoods. (Another interpretation is as follows: Shrirayaru, with their debates, can defeat Shesha, who was one of the proponents of the Advaita philosophy.) || 6 ||
ವಿಜ್ಞಾನ-ವಾಗ್-ದೇಹ-ಸು-ಪಾಟವಾದೀನ್ | ದತ್ವಾ
ಹತ್ವಾ ಸ ನೋಽವ್ಯಾದ್ ಗುರು-ರಾಘವೇಂದ್ರಃ || ೭ ||
hatvā sa no:'vyād guru-rāghaveṃdraḥ || 7 ||
Most of them when reciting this verse make a mistake. The “ದತ್ವಾ” “Datvā” word should go along with along with “ವಿಜ್ಞಾನವಾಗ್ದೇಹಸುಪಾಟವಾದೀನ್” “Vijñānavāgdēhasupāṭavādīn” i.e., “ವಿಜ್ಞಾನವಾಗ್ದೇಹಸುಪಾಟವಾದೀನ್ ದತ್ವಾ” “Vijñānavāgdēhasupāṭavādīn Datvā”. If we do not do that and add “ದತ್ವಾ” “Datvā” to “ಶರೀರೋತ್ಥ-ಸಮಸ್ತ-ದೋಷಾನ್” “Śarīrōt'tha-samasta-dōṣān”, i.e., “ದತ್ವಾ ಶರೀರೋತ್ಥ-ಸಮಸ್ತ-ದೋಷಾನ್” “Datvā Śarīrōt'tha-samasta-dōṣān “ it conveys the meaning to give all faults in the body, which is quite opposite that what is desired.
May the revered guru Sri Rayaru bless us with progeny and worldly as well as spiritual wealth. May they bestow upon us pure and faultless devotion, specialized knowledge about the entire world, eloquence, bodily well-being, and fulfillment of all other desires. May they kindly remove all the faults in our bodies and protect us.
ದುಸ್ತಾಪತ್ರಯ-ನಾಶನೋ ಭುವಿ ಮಹಾ-ವಂಧ್ಯಾ-ಸು-ಪುತ್ರ-ಪ್ರದೋ
ವ್ಯ್ಂಗ-ಸ್ವಂಗ-ಸಮೃದ್ಧಿ-ದೋ ಗ್ರಹ-ಮಹಾಪಾಪಾಪಹಸ್ತಂ ಶ್ರಯೇ || ೮ ||
dustāpatraya-nāśano bhuvi mahā-vaṃdhyā-su-putra-prado
vyṃga-svaṃga-samṛddhi-do graha-mahāpāpāpahastaṃ śraye || 8 ||
The collection of holy water from the divine feet of Shri Raghavendra Swami is as sacred and purifying as the waters of the holy river Ganga, flowing from the abode of the gods. Serving the sacred water from Shri Raghavendra Swami's feet bestows immeasurable and renowned virtues. The service of the holy water eradicates three types of afflictions: physical, celestial, and spiritual. It possesses the power to grant even the most barren woman a virtuous child. The service of the holy water enriches the lives of the physically challenged individuals by bestowing them with good limbs. Whoever uses the holy water from Shri Raghavendra Swami's feet will witness the destruction of the most malevolent planetary influences and experience astonishing miracles. I seek refuge and offer my service to such powerful and divine Shri Raghavendra Swami.
ಯತ್-ಪಾದ-ಪದ್ಮ-ಮಧುಪಾಯಿತ-ಮಾನಸಾ ಯೇ |
ತದ್-ದರ್ಶನಂ ದುರಿತ-ಕಾನನ-ದಾವ-ಭೂತಮ್ || ೯ ||
yat-pāda-padma-madhupāyita-mānasā ye |
tad-darśanaṃ durita-kānana-dāva-bhūtam || 9 ||
This verse describes the glory of the devotees of Shri Raghavendra Swami. Those who adorn themselves with the sacred dust of the lotus feet of the renowned Raghavendra Swami, who immerse their entire beings in it, and those whose minds are constantly attracted to the lotus feet of the famous Raghavendra Swami, like bees being attracted to a lotus, and those who diligently recite their words in praise of the lotus feet of the revered Raghavendra Swami, are blessed with the opportunity to behold the divine presence. It is as if they have found a refuge from the forest of miseries.
ಸರ್ವ-ತಂತ್ರ-ಸ್ವತಂತ್ರೋಽಸೌ ಶ್ರೀ-ಮಧ್ವ-ಮತ-ವರ್ಧನಃ |
ವಿಜಯೀಂದ್ರ-ಕರಾಬ್ಜೋತ್ಥ-ಸುಧೀಂದ್ರ-ವರ-ಪುತ್ರಕಃ || ೧೦ ||
sarva-taṃtra-svataṃtro:'sau śrī-madhva-mata-vardhanaḥ |
vijayīṃdra-karābjottha-sudhīṃdra-vara-putrakaḥ || 10 ||
The renowned Shri Raghavendra Teertharu, with their exceptional talent in all scriptures, has become proficient. They firmly believe that their actions are in accordance with the divine will. They tirelessly propagate the teachings of Shri Madhvacharya to all corners and nurture them. They are the fortunate disciples of Shri Vijayendra Teertha and have been blessed by the touch of their lotus feet. They are the precious gems in the lineage of Shri Sudheendra Teertharu ashrama. (Surendra Teertharu was the guru for Vijayendra Teertharu, Vijayendra Teertharu was the guru for Sudheendra Teertharu and Sudheendra Teertharu was the guru for Sri Raghavendra Swamigalu). (Verse 10)
ಶ್ರೀರಾಘವೇಂದ್ರೋ ಯತಿ-ರಾಡ್ ಗುರುರ್ಮೇ ಸ್ಯಾದ್ ಭಯಾಪಹಃ |
ಜ್ಞಾನ-ಭಕ್ತಿ-ಸು-ಪುತ್ರಾಯುರ್ಯಶಃ-ಶ್ರೀ-ಪುಣ್ಯ-ವರ್ಧನಃ || ೧೧ ||
śrīrāghaveṃdro yati-rāḍ gururme syād bhayāpahaḥ |
jñāna-bhakti-su-putrāyuryaśaḥ-śrī-puṇya-vardhanaḥ || 11 ||
May the illustrious and radiant Shri Raghavendra Teertha, who is endowed with brilliance, be my compassionate preceptor, capable of dispelling all my fears (be it physical, celestial, or spiritual). May they bless me with knowledge, devotion, virtuous offspring, long life, fame, wealth, and an abundance of merits, thus promoting my well-being. (Verse 11)
ಪ್ರತಿ-ವಾದಿ-ಜಯ-ಸ್ವಾಂತ-ಭೇದ-ಚಿಹ್ನಾದರೋ ಗುರುಃ |
ಸರ್ವ-ವಿದ್ಯಾ-ಪ್ರವೀಣೋಽನ್ಯೋ ರಾಘವೇಂದ್ರಾನ್ನ ವಿದ್ಯತೇ || ೧೨ ||
prati-vādi-jaya-svāṃta-bheda-cihnādaro guruḥ |
sarva-vidyā-pravīṇo:'nyo rāghaveṃdrānna vidyate || 12 ||
Shri Raghavendra Teertharu is proficient in emerging victorious over opponents. They are skilled in achieving victory in debates and have acquired the ability to instill agitation in the minds of their adversaries, as indicated by the auspicious symbols of victory such as victory scrolls and white umbrellas. They are revered as masters who have obtained these signs through respect and admiration. There is no one else as knowledgeable as Shri Raghavendra Teertha in all branches of learning.
ಅಪರೋಕ್ಷೀಕೃತ-ಶ್ರೀಶಃ ಸಮುಪೇಕ್ಷಿತ-ಭಾವಜಃ |
ಅಪೇಕ್ಷಿತ-ಪ್ರದಾತಾಽನ್ಯೋ ರಾಘವೇಂದ್ರಾನ್ನ ವಿದ್ಯತೇ || ೧೩ ||
aparokṣīkṛta-śrīśaḥ samupekṣita-bhāvajaḥ |
apekṣita-pradātā:'nyo rāghaveṃdrānna vidyate || 13 ||
Shri Raghavendra Swamigalu has directly realized the Supreme Lord Narayana, the consort of Goddess Lakshmi. They possess the capability to engage in the vision of the Divine, as per their desire. Moreover, they have renounced all desires of the mind and gained control over the senses and the mind. It is through such spiritual practices that Shri Rayaru has acquired the ability to fulfill the desires of devotees and safeguard their well-being. No one else possesses the capacity to fulfill the aspirations of devotees like Shri Raghavendra Teertha. ||13||
ಶಾಪಾನುಗ್ರಹ-ಶಕ್ತೋಽನ್ಯೋ ರಾಘವೇಂದ್ರಾನ್ನ ವಿದ್ಯತೇ || ೧೪ ||
rāghaveṃdrānna vidyate || 14 ||
Shri Raghavendra Swamigalu imparts blessings consistently to all living beings, including compassion, consistency in thought, speech, and action, detachment in worldly matters, complete devotion to the Supreme Lord, expertise in debates and skills. Adorned with these inherent qualities, Shri Raghavendra Swamigalu can curse those who commit sinful acts and bless the virtuous. They have the power to relieve individuals from the curses imposed by others and bestow blessings upon them. In this way, they possess the capacity to both curse and bless, providing liberation from curses and granting blessings. No one other than them possesses this ability.
ತಂದ್ರಾ-ಕಂಪ-ವಚಃ-ಕೌಂಠ್ಯ-ಮುಖಾ ಯೇ ಚೇಂದ್ರಿಯೋದ್ಭವಾಃ |
ದೋಷಾಸ್ತೇ ನಾಶಮಾಯಾಂತಿ ರಾಘವೇಂದ್ರ-ಪ್ರಸಾದತಃ || ೧೫ ||
taṃdrā-kaṃpa-vacaḥ-kauṃṭhya-mukhā ye ceṃdriyodbhavāḥ |
doṣāste nāśamāyāṃti rāghaveṃdra-prasādataḥ || 15 ||
Through the grace of Shri Raghavendra Swamigalu, all the following defects of the senses are eradicated: ignorance, distraction, delusion (misunderstanding), doubting nature (skepticism), memory loss (forgetfulness), decay (deterioration), laziness (lethargy), trembling, sensory deficiencies, or impairment. These are the inherent defects arising from the senses. We should pray to Shri Raghavendra Swamigalu, saying, "O Master, please remove all our sensory defects through your grace and guide us on the path of spiritual practice.
“(ಓಂ)ಶ್ರೀ ರಾಘವೇಂದ್ರಾಯ ನಮಃ” ಇತ್ಯಷ್ಟಾಕ್ಷರ-ಮಂತ್ರತಃ |
ಜಪಿತಾದ್ ಭಾವಿತಾನ್ನಿತ್ಯಮಿಷ್ಟಾರ್ಥಾಃ ಸ್ಯುರ್ನ ಸಂಶಯಃ || ೧೬ ||
“(oṃ)śrī rāghaveṃdrāya namaḥ” ityaṣṭākṣara-maṃtrataḥ |
japitād hāvitānnityamiṣṭārthāḥ syurna saṃśayaḥ || 16 ||
One should note that if we recite “(ಓಂ)ಶ್ರೀ ರಾಘವೇಂದ್ರಾಯ ನಮಃ” it will become “ಇತ್ಯಷ್ಟಾಕ್ಷರ “Ityaṣṭākṣara” else if we recite “ಶ್ರೀ ರಾಘವೇಂದ್ರಾಯ ನಮಃ” it will become “ಅಷ್ಟಾಕ್ಷರ “ “Aṣṭākṣara” mantra.
The mantra "Om Shri Raghavendraya Namaha," consisting of one plus eight syllables, when chanted with complete devotion and without fail, along with the understanding of its meaning, ensures the fulfillment of all the desires of the devotees. There should be no doubt about this. ||16||
ಹಂತು ನಃ ಕಾಯಜಾನ್ ದೋಷಾನಾತ್ಮಾತ್ಮೀಯ-ಸಮುದ್ಭವಾನ್ |
ಸರ್ವಾನಪಿ ಪುಮರ್ಥಾಂಶ್ಚ ದದಾತು ಗುರುರಾತ್ಮ-ವಿತ್ || ೧೭ ||
haṃtu naḥ kāyajān doṣānātmātmīya-samudbhavān |
sarvānapi pumarthāṃśca dadātu
gururātma-vit || 17 ||
May the divine grace of Shri Raghavendra Gurus, who have attained the knowledge of the Supreme Being (as well as self-realization), eliminate all the flaws arising from our bodies, as well as those generated by themselves and others. May they also bestow upon us all the desired goals and be compassionate caretakers of our overall well-being.
ಇತಿ ಕಾಲ-ತ್ರಯೇ ನಿತ್ಯಂ ಪ್ರಾರ್ಥನಾಂ ಯಃ ಕರೋತಿ ಸಃ |
ಇಹಾಮುತ್ರಾಪ್ತ-ಸರ್ವೇಷ್ಟೋ ಮೋದತೇ ನಾತ್ರ ಸಂಶಯಃ || ೧೮ ||
iti kāla-traye nityaṃ prārthanāṃ yaḥ karoti saḥ |
nātra saṃśayaḥ || 18 ||
In the manner described above, those who engage in the daily recitation of the prayers of Shri Raghavendra Teertha during all three times of the day—morning, noon, and evening—are blessed with all their desires fulfilled, both in this world and the hereafter, and they live joyfully. There is no room for any doubt in this regard.
ಅಗಮ್ಯ-ಮಹಿಮಾ-ಲೋಕೇ ರಾಘವೇಂದ್ರೋ ಮಹಾ-ಯಶಾಃ |
ಶ್ರೀ-ಮಧ್ವ-ಮತ-ದುಗ್ಧಾಬ್ಧಿ-ಚಂದ್ರೋಽವತು ಸದಾಽನಘಃ || ೧೯ ||
agamya-mahimā-loke rāghaveṃdro mahā-yaśāḥ |
caṃdro:'vatu sadā:'naghaḥ || 19 ||
Shri Raghavendra Swamiji, adorned with immense and unparalleled glory, is a divine presence in this world. The magnificence of Shri Raghavendra Swamiji is unfathomable and beyond comprehension. They are like the moon shining over the Milky Ocean of Shri Madhvamata (Madhva philosophy). Just as the moon causes the Milky Ocean to rise, Shri Madhvamata expands and spreads everywhere due to the influence of Shri Raghavendra Swamiji. They are free from any faults or impurities and are devoid of even the slightest trace of sin. Such is the greatness of Shri Raghavendra Swamiji, who always protects us.
ಸರ್ವ-ಯಾತ್ರಾ-ಫಲಾವಾಪ್ತೈ ಯಥಾ-ಶಕ್ತಿ ಪ್ರ-ದಕ್ಷಿಣಮ್ |>br>ಕರೋಮಿ ತವ ಸಿದ್ಧಸ್ಯ ವೃಂದಾವನ-ಗತಂ-ಜಲಮ್ |
ಶಿರಸಾ ಧಾರಯಾಮ್ಯದ್ಯ ಸರ್ವ-ತೀರ್ಥ-ಫಲಾಪ್ತಯೇ || ೨೦ ||
sarva-yātrā-phalāvāptai yathā-śakti pra-dakṣiṇam |
karomi tava siddhasya vṛṃdāvana-gataṃ-jalam |
śirasā dhārayāmyadya sarva-tīrtha-phalāptaye || 20 ||
Oh, Shri Raghavendra Teertharu! I offer my sincere salutations. To attain the fruits of all pilgrimages to holy places, I humbly perform the circumambulation of your sacred Brindavana (sacred resting place) with utmost devotion. Similarly, with deep reverence, I now accept the consecrated water from the abhisheka (ritual bath) of your Brindavana, which grants the merits of all sacred pilgrimages.
ಸರ್ವಾಭೀಷ್ಟಾರ್ಥ-ಸಿದ್ಧ್ಯರ್ಥಂ ನಮಸ್ಕಾರಂ ಕರೋಮ್ಯಹಮ್ |
ತವ ಸಂಕೀರ್ತನಂ ವೇದ-ಶಾಸ್ತ್ರಾರ್ಥ-ಜ್ಞಾನ-ಸಿದ್ಧಯೇ || ೨೧ ||
sarvābhīṣṭārtha-siddhyarthaṃ namaskāraṃ karomyaham |
tava saṃkīrtanaṃ veda-śāstrārtha-jñāna-siddhaye || 21 ||
I offer my respectful obeisance’s to Shri Rayaru (another name for Shri Raghavendra Swami). By offering salutations to Shri Rayaru, all my material and spiritual desires of various kinds will undoubtedly be fulfilled. It is certain that through the act of offering salutations to Shri Rayaru, our worldly and transcendental aspirations are fulfilled. The scriptures confirm that by chanting the divine name of Shri Rayaru, one attains the knowledge and understanding of the Vedas and all other scriptures. This leads to the increase of knowledge and wisdom, enabling one to comprehend the essence of the scriptures.
ಸಂಸಾರೇಽಕ್ಷಯ-ಸಾಗರೇ ಪ್ರಕೃತಿತೋಽಗಾಧೇ ಸದಾ ದುಸ್ತರೇ
ಸರ್ವಾವದ್ಯ-ಜಲಗ್ರಹೈರನುಪಮೇ ಕಾಮಾದಿ-ಭಂಗಾಕುಲೇ |
ದುಃಖೋತ್ಕೃಷ್ಟ-ವಿಷೇ ಸಮುದ್ಧರ ಗುರೋ ಮಾಂ ಮಗ್ನ-ರೂಪಂ ಸದಾ || ೨೨ ||
saṃsāre:'kṣaya-sāgare prakṛtito:'gādhe sadā dustare
sarvāvadya-jalagrahairanupame kāmādi-bhaṃgākule |
duḥkhotkṛṣṭa-viṣe samuddhara guro māṃ magna-rūpaṃ sadā || 22 ||
This world is like an unfathomable ocean that has no end. Naturally, it is deep and difficult to cross. Here, there are numerous unprecedented flaws, like mosquitoes. Desires and anger create turbulent waves, causing everything to be in constant turmoil. There are various illusions, like spinning whirlpools. It is intolerable due to the multitude of fears it encompasses. It has emerged from the intense poison of numerous sorrows and afflictions. "Oh, Gurus! In this dreadful and engulfing worldly existence, please hold me and protect me," ||22||
ರಾಘವೇಂದ್ರ-ಗುರು-ಸ್ತೋತ್ರಂ ಯಃ ಪಠೇದ್ ಭಕ್ತಿ-ಪೂರ್ವಕಮ್ |
ತಸ್ಯ ಕುಷ್ಠಾದಿ-ರೋಗಾಣಾಂ ನಿವೃತ್ತಿಸ್ತ್ವರಯಾ ಭವೇದ್ || ೨೩ ||
rāghaveṃdra-guru-stotraṃ yaḥ paṭhed bhakti-pūrvakam |
tasya kuṣṭhādi-rogāṇāṃ nivṛttistvarayā bhaved || 23 ||
Those who recite this Sri Raghavendra Guru Stotram with devotion, the cure for various diseases such as leprosy and others happens rapidly.
ಅಂಧೋಽಪಿ ದಿವ್ಯ-ದೃಷ್ಟಿಃ ಸ್ಯಾದೇಡ-ಮೂಕೋಽಪಿ ವಾಕ್-ಪತಿಃ |
ಪೂರ್ಣಾಯುಃ ಪೂರ್ಣ-ಸಂಪತ್ತಿಃ ಸ್ತೋತ್ರಸ್ಯಾಸ್ಯ ಜಪಾದ್ ಭವೇತ್ || ೨೪ ||
aṃdho:'pi divya-dṛṣṭiḥ syādeḍa-mūko:'pi vāk-patiḥ |
pūrṇāyuḥ pūrṇa-saṃpattiḥ stotrasyāsya japād bhavet || 24 ||
As a result of reciting this Guru Stotram, even a blind person attains divine vision. Even a mute person becomes extremely articulate in speech. Moreover, one who regularly recites this Stotra attains a complete and long life, as well as abundant wealth.
ಯಃ ಪಿಬೇಜ್ಜಲಮೇತೇನ ಸ್ತೋತ್ರೇಣೈವಾಭಿ-ಮಂತ್ರಿತಮ್ |
ತಸ್ಯ ಕುಕ್ಷಿ-ಗತಾ ದೋಷಾಃ ಸರ್ವೇ ನಶ್ಯಂತಿ ತತ್-ಕ್ಷಣಾತ್ || ೨೫ ||
yaḥ pibejjalametena stotreṇaivābhi-maṃtritam |
tasya kukṣi-gatā doṣāḥ sarve naśyaṃti tat-kṣaṇāt || 25 ||
Those who consume the sanctified water that is infused with this Stotra, all the defects present in their stomachs are instantly destroyed (annihilated). ||25||
ಯದ್-ವೃಂದಾವನಮಾಸಾದ್ಯ ಪಂಗುಃ ಖಂಜೋಽಪಿ ವಾ ಜನಃ |
ಸ್ತೋತ್ರೇಣಾನೇನ ಯಃ ಕುರ್ಯಾತ್ ಪ್ರದಕ್ಷಿಣ-ನಮಸ್ಕೃತೀ |
ಸ ಜಂಘಾಲೋ ಭವೇದೇವ ಗುರುರಾಜ-ಪ್ರಸಾದತಃ || ೨೬ ||
yad-vṛṃdāvanamāsādya paṃguḥ khaṃjo:'pi vā janaḥ |
stotreṇānena yaḥ kuryāt pradakṣiṇa-namaskṛtī |
sa jaṃghālo bhavedeva gururāja-prasādataḥ || 26 ||
Those who, regardless of their physical disabilities or deformities, come to the vicinity of Brindavan, recite this Stotra, perform circumambulation (pradakshina), and offer their salutations, they become capable and fully endowed with the grace of Shri Gururaja. They become proficient in running and moving around. ||26||
ಸೋಮ-ಸೂರ್ಯಪರಾಗೇ ಚ ಪುಷ್ಯಾರ್ಕಾದಿ-ಸಮಾಗಮೇ |
ಯೋಽನುತ್ತಮಮಿದಂ ಸ್ತೋತ್ರಮಷ್ಟೋತ್ತರಶತಂ ಜಪೇತ್ |
ಭೂತ-ಪ್ರೇತ-ಪಿಶಾಚಾದಿ-ಪೀಡಾ ತಸ್ಯ ನ ಜಾಯತೇ || ೨೭ ||
soma-sūryaparāge ca puṣyārkādi-samāgame |
yo:'nuttamamidaṃ stotramaṣṭottaraśataṃ japet |
bhūta-preta-piśācādi-pīḍā tasya na jāyate || 27 ||
During solar and lunar eclipses, as well as on Sundays and during the conjunction of the Pushya nakshatra (and other auspicious moments such as sunrise, midday, Vaidhriti, Vyatipata, birth stars, full moon, new moon, etc.), those who recite this most excellent Stotra one hundred and eight times are protected from any torment or affliction caused by malevolent beings such as ghosts, spirits, or other evil forces. ||27||
ಏತತ್ ಸ್ತೋತ್ರಂ ಸಮುಚ್ಚಾರ್ಯ ಗುರು-ವೃಂದಾವನಾಂತಿಕೇ |
ದೀಪ-ಸಂಯೋಜನಾಜ್ಜ್ಞಾನಂ ಪುತ್ರ-ಲಾಭೋ ಭವೇದ್ ದ್ರುವಮ್ || ೨೮ ||
etat stotraṃ samuccārya guru-vṛṃdāvanāṃtike |
dīpa-saṃyojanājjñānaṃ putra-lābho bhaved druvam || 28 ||
By reciting this Guru Stotra in the presence of a group of gurus in the vicinity of Brindavan and offering a lamp in the vicinity of Brindavan, one attains knowledge and obtains virtuous children. The commentaries of Sri Raya on various scriptures are famously known as "Bhavadipika" (meaning the lamp of knowledge). The term "Dipasanyojana" refers to the association of Sri Raya's Bhavadipika with the original scriptures. It signifies the study of the original scriptures along with Sri Raya's Bhavadipika, which leads to the attainment of knowledge. By studying in this manner, one is protected from the hellish existence and accumulates a treasury of merits. This indicates that the devotee attains salvation through knowledge.
ಪರ-ವಾದಿ-ಜಯೋ ದಿವ್ಯ-ಜ್ಞಾನ-ಭಕ್ತ್ಯಾದಿ-ವರ್ಧನಮ್ |
ಸರ್ವಾಭೀಷ್ಟಾರ್ಥ-ಸಿದ್ಧಿಃ ಸ್ಯಾನ್ನಾತ್ರ ಕಾರ್ಯಾ ವಿಚಾರಣಾ || ೨೯ ||
para-vādi-jayo divya-jñāna-bhaktyādi-vardhanam |
sarvābhīṣṭārtha-siddhiḥ syānnātra kāryā vicāraṇā || 29 ||
By sincerely reciting this Stotra, victory is achieved over those who oppose us and engage in arguments against us. This leads to the attainment of divine knowledge, devotion, and other virtues. Additionally, all desires are fulfilled. There should be no doubt whatsoever in this matter. ||29||
ನ ಜಾಯತೇಽಸ್ಯ ಸ್ತೋತ್ರಸ್ಯ ಪ್ರಭಾವಾನ್ನಾತ್ರ ಸಂಶಯಃ || ೩೦ ||
na jāyate:'sya stotrasya prabhāvānnātra saṃśayaḥ || 30 ||
Due to the influence of reciting this Stotra, kings (rulers and officials), thieves, robbers, and other criminals cannot harm us. Neither big wild animals like lions, tigers, and crocodiles, nor venomous creatures like snakes, scorpions, or any other aquatic creatures like mosquitoes can cause any harm. There should be no doubt whatsoever in this matter. ||30||
ಯೋ ಭಕ್ತ್ಯಾ ಗುರು-ರಾಘವೇಂದ್ರ-ಚರಣ-ದ್ವಂದ್ವ ಸ್ಮರನ್ ಯಃ ಪಠೇತ್
ಸ್ತೋತ್ರಂ ದಿವ್ಯಮಿದಂ ಸದಾ ನಹಿ ಭವೇತ್ ತಸ್ಯಾಶುಭಂ ಕಿಂಚನ |
ಕೀರ್ತಿರ್ದಿಗ್-ವಿದಿತಾ ವಿಭೂತಿರತುಲಾ “ಸಾಕ್ಷೀ ಹಯಾಸ್ಯೂಽತ್ರ ಹಿ” || ೩೧ ||
yo bhaktyā guru-rāghaveṃdra-caraṇa-dvaṃdva smaran yaḥ paṭhet
stotraṃ divyamidaṃ sadā nahi bhavet tasyāśubhaṃ kiṃcana |
kīrtirdig-viditā vibhūtiratulā “sākṣī hayāsyū:'tra hi” || 31 ||Those who, with devotion, constantly remember the lotus feet of Sri Raghavendra Tirtha, the revered Guru, and regularly recite this divine Stotra, will never experience any form of sorrow. On the contrary, they will receive the blessings of Lord Narayana, the consort of Goddess Lakshmi, and attain abundant fulfillment of all their desires. Additionally, they will be bestowed with fame in all directions and unprecedented prosperity. Hayagriva Deva Himself bears witness to this fact. ||31||
ಇತಿ ಶ್ರೀ-ರಾಘವೇಂದ್ರಾರ್ಯ-ಗುರು-ರಾಜ-ಪ್ರಸಾದತಃ |
ಕೃತಂ ಸ್ತೋತ್ರಮಿದಂ ಪುಣ್ಯಮ ಶ್ರೀಮದ್- ಧೀರ್-ಅಪ್ಪಣಾಭಿಧೈಃ || ೩೨ ||
iti śrī-rāghaveṃdrārya-guru-rāja-prasādataḥ |
kṛtaṃ stotramidaṃ divyaṃ śrīmad-dhir-appaṇābhidhaiḥ || 32 ||
In this manner, this virtuous Stotra has been composed by the grace of the revered Guru, Sri Raghavendra Tirtha, and by the efforts of individuals who are blessed by Sri Appannacharya. ||32||
ಪೂಜ್ಯಾಯ ರಾಘವೇಂದ್ರಾಯ ಸತ್ಯಧರ್ಮರತಾಯ ಚ |
ಭಜತಾಂ ಕಲ್ಪವೃಕ್ಷಾಯ ನಮತಾಂ ಕಾಮಧೇನವೇ || 1 ||
pūjyāya rāghaveṃdrāya satyadharmaratāya ca |
bhajatāṃ kalpavṛkṣāya namatāṃ kāmadhenave || 1 ||
Countless salutations to the revered Sri Raghavendra Tirtha, who is like a wish-fulfilling Kamadhenu to those devoted and engaged in establishing truth and spreading righteousness, and who bows down like a divine Kalpavriksha (wish-fulfilling tree) to those who serve Him with utmost reverence. ||1||
ಆಪಾದಮೌಲಿಪರ್ಯಂತಂ ಗುರೂಣಾಮಾಕೃತಿಂ ಸ್ಮರೇತ್ |
ತೇನ ವಿಘ್ನಾಃ ಪ್ರಣಶ್ಯಂತಿ ಸಿದ್ದಂತಿ ಚ ಮನೋರಥಾ ||2||
āpādamauliparyaṃtaṃ gurūṇāmākṛtiṃ smaret |
tena vighnāḥ praṇaśyaṃti siddaṃti ca manorathā ||2||
One should remember the form of the revered Gurus, from the feet up to the head. By doing so, all obstacles are destroyed, and all desires are fulfilled. ||2||
ದುರ್ವಾದಿಧ್ವಾಂತರವಯೇ ವೈಷ್ಣವೇಂದೀವರೇಂದವೇ |
ಶ್ರೀರಾಘವೇಂದ್ರಗುರವೇ ನಮೋಽತ್ಯಂತದಯಾಲವೇ || 3 ||
durvādidhvāṃtaravaye vaiṣṇaveṃdīvareṃdave |
śrīrāghaveṃdragurave namo:'tyaṃtadayālave || 3 ||
Endless salutations to the compassionate Sri Raghavendra Gurus, who are like the sun dispelling the darkness of wickedness, like the moon to the lotus of Vishnu devotees, and who are filled with boundless grace. || 3 ||
ಮೂಕೋSಪಿ ಯತ್ನಸಾದೇನ ಮುಕುಂದಶಯನಾಯತೇ ।
ರಾಜರಾಜಾಯತೇ ರಿಕ್ಟೋ ರಾಘವೇಂದ್ರಂ ತಮಾಶ್ರಯೇ ||೪|
mūkoSpi yatnasādena mukuṃdaśayanāyate |
rājarājāyate rikṭo rāghaveṃdraṃ tamāśraye ||4|
I seek refuge in the divine Sri Raghavendra Teertharu, by whose grace even the mute becomes eloquent like Lord Mukunda's serpent Adishesha, and the destitute becomes wealthy like Lord Kubera. || 4 ||
|| ಇತಿ ಶ್ರೀಮದಪ್ಪಣಾಚಾರ್ಯವಿರಚಿತಂ ಶ್ರೀರಾಘವೇಂದ್ರಸ್ತೋತ್ರಮ್ ||
|| iti śrīmadappaṇācāryaviracitaṃ śrīrāghaveṃdrastotram ||
॥ ಶ್ರೀಕೃಷ್ಣಾರ್ಪಣಮಸ್ತು ॥
|| śrīkṛṣṇārpaṇamastu ||