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Verse 1 A look at the Hands
Karagre vasate laksmih karanadhye Sarasvati I Karamule tu govindah prachate karadarsanam II 1 II The front part of hands (i.e. finger tips as ascribed to Laksmi ( goddess of wealth). the middle (i.e. the palm proper) to Sarasvati (goddess of learning), and the root (i.e. part of the hand near the wrist) to Govinda (God). Therefore, every morning one should respectfully have a look at one's hands (which symbolise honest labour).
Verse 2 Salutation to the Earth
Samudravasane Devi ! Parvatastanamandale I Visnupatni ! Namstubhyam padasparsam ksamasva me II O Devi! You are wearing the ocean as a clothing on your body. The mountains are your breasts! O Consort of Visnu! I Salute you and beg your pardon for having to set foot on your body for my routine activities.
Verse 3 Salutation to the Primeval Deity and the nine planets.
Brahma Muraristripurantakari Bhanuh Sasi Bhumisuto Budhascha I Guruscha Sukrah Sani-Rahu ketavah Kurvantu sarve maam suprabhatam II Brahma (the Creator), Murari (Visnu), Tripurantakari (Siva, the slayer of Tripurasura), the Sun, the Moon. Bhumisuta (mars), Budha (Mercury), Brhaspati (Jupiter), Sukra (Venus), Sani (Saturn), Rahu and Ketu may all these make my morning auspicious for me !
Verse 4 (Thinking of Sanatkumara, ancient Rsis, the seven svara and the seven neither-worlds)
Sanatkumarah Sankah Sanandanah Sanatano pyasuripingalaucha I Sapta Svarah sapta rasatalani Kurvantu save mama suprabhatam II Sanatkumara, Sanaka, Sanadana and Sanatana ( whom Brahmaji begot by wish); Rsi Asuri ( a disciple of Rsi Kapila, the founder of the Samkhya system of philosophy), Rsi Pingala ( the auther of Hindu Prosody); the Seven Svara (tones) (i.e. Sarja, Rsabha, Gandhara, Madhyam, Panchama, Dhaivata and Nisada); and the seven nether-worlds (Atla, Vitala, Sutala, Talatala, Rasatala, mahatala and Patala) ---may all these make my morning auspicious for me !
Verse 5 Thinking of the seven Oceans, Mountains, Sages, Continents, Forests and Heavens.
Saptarnavah sapta kulacha lascha Saptarsayo dvipavananai sapta I Bhuradi krtva bhuvanani sapta Kurvantu sarve mama suprabhatam II The seven oceans ( Lavanabdhi, Iksu, Suravarpa, Ajay, Dadhi, Ksira and Svadujala); the seven mountains (mahendra, Malaya, Sahydri, Suktiman, Rkasavan, Vindhya and Pariyatra): the seven Rsis (Kasyapa , Atri, Bharadvaja, Vivamita, Gautama, Jamadagni and Vasistha): the seven dvipas ( Continents) (i.e. Jambu, Plaksa, Salmala, Kusa, Kroncha, Saka and Puskara): the seven vanas (forest) ( i.e. Dandakaranya, Khandarany, Champakaranya, Vedaranya, Naimisaranya, Brahmaranys and Dharmaranya); and the seven bhuvanas (heavens) (i.e. Bhuh, Bhuvah, Svah Mahah, Janah, Traph and Satyam) ---may all these make my morning auspicious for me !
Verse 6 Remembering the five basic Elements like the Earth and the Water etc.,
Prthvi Sagadha sarasatathapah sparsi cha vayurjvalanama cha tejah I Nabhah sasabdam mahata sahaiva kurvantu sarve mama suprabhatam II
The Earth with its quality of smell , Water with its quality of taste, Air with its quality of touch, Fire with its quality of teja (glow), Akasa (space) with its quality of sabda (sound)---- may all these elements along with the element of Buddhi (intellect) make my morning auspicious for me !
Verse 7 Venerable seven Mountains
Mahendro Malayah Sahyo devatatme Himalayah I Dhyeyo Raivatako Vindyo giriscaravalistathaII Mahendra (in Orissa), Malaya ( in Mysore) Sahydri ( Western Ghats), Himalaya ( the soul of numerous gods---in Northern India), the adorable Raivataka ( Giranara - in Kathiawad), Vindhyachala (from Gujarat to Bihar) and Aravali ( in Rajasthan)--al these mountains are venerable.
Verse 8 Consecrate Rivers
Ganga Sindhuscha Kaveri Yamuna cha Sarasvati I Reva Mahanadi Goda Brahmaputrah punatu mam II Ganga, Sindhu, Kaveri, yamuna, Sarasvati, Rva (Narmada) Mahanadi, Godavari, and Brahmaputra--may all these rivers consecrate me.
Verse 9 Moksa bestowing seven cities.
Ayodhya Mathura Maya Kasi Kanbchi Avantika I Puri Dvaravati chaiva saptaita moksadayikah II Ayodhya, Mathura, Maya (Haridwar), Kasi, Kanchi, Avantika (Ujjain), and Dwanrika Puri all these seven puries (cities) bestow moksa (emancipation) on human beings.
Verse 10 Famous holy places and ancient capitals.
Pryagam Pataliputram Vijayanagaram Purim I Indraprastham Gayam chaiva pratuse pratyaham smaret II Prayaga, Pataliputra (Patna), Vijayanagara (Hampi-south) Jagannathapuri, Indraprastha (Delhi) and Gaya --- all these holy places are worth remembering everyday in the morning
Verse 11 Reverenciable Mothers.
Arundhatyanasuya cha Savitri Janaki Sati I Tejasvini cha Panchali Vandaiyanirantaram II Arundhati ( wife of Vasistha), Anusuya (wife of Rsi Atri), Savitri ( wife of Satyvan), Janaki (Sita ji), Sati ( daughter of Daksa, wife of Siva), and the noble - spirited Panchali ( Draupadi) --- all these great women deserve our reverence for ever.
Verse 12 Great Women and Sadhviam.
Laksmirahalya Channamma Mira Durgavati tatha I Kannagi cha Mahasadhvi Sarada cha Nivedita ||
Laksmibai (the Rani of Jhansi ), Ahalyabai Holkar,Channamma (a brave lady from Karnataka), Mira (a devotee of lord krsna), Durgavati (the queen of Garh mandal), Kannagi (a lady from Tamilnadu, famous for her fidelity to her husband), Mother Sarada (wife of Swami Ramakrsna Paramahamsa), Sister Nivedita (an Irish disciple of Swami Vivekananda)--all these Iadies command our reverence for ever.
Verse 13 Victorious great Kings.
Vainyam Prthum Haihayamarjunam cha Sakuntaleyam Bharatam Nalam cha | Ramam cha yo vai smarati prabhate Tasyarthalabho vijayascha haste || Prthu (Son of King Vena), Sahasrarjuna of Haihaya dynasty, Bharata (son of Sakuntala), Raja Nala, and the ideal king Sri Rama he who remembers them in the morning acquires affluence and always comes out victorious.
Verse 14 Brahmarsi and Rajsri beings.
Dadhyanmanurbhrgurasau Haripurvachandro Bhismarjuna-Dhruva-Vasistha-Sukadayascha | Prahlada-Narada-Bhagiratha-VisvakarmaValmikayo'tra chirachintyasubhabhidhanah ||
Rsi Dadhichi , Manu, Bhrgu, the truthful King Harischandra, the iron - willed Bhisma, Arjuna (the wielder of the famous bow Gandiva), Bhakta Dhruva, Rsi Vasistha, Sukadeva (son of Vyasa), Bhakta Prahlada ,Muni Narada, Bhagiratha (one who brought the Ganga from the Heaven to the Earth), Visvakarma (the first architect), Valmiki (the first poet)---all these sacred names are worth remembering for ever.
Verses 15 Seven immortal beings.
Asvatthama Balirvyasn Hanumamscha Vibhisanah | Krpah Parasuramascha Saptaite chirajivinah || Saptaitan Samsmarennityam Markatndeyamathastamam| Jived varsasatam Sagramapamrtyuvivarjtah ||
Asvatthama (son of Drona), Raja Bali , Vyasa (the first spiritual preceptor) Hanuman (a devotee of Rama), Vibhisana (a favourite of Rama) Krpacharya and Parasurama --all these seven are immortal beings; and he who remembers them everyday along-with Siva-bhakta Markandeya (a devotee of Siva) becomes a centenarian and never meets an an timely death.
Verse 16 Those who Saved Dharma and their names sanctifies our tongues.
Punyasloko Nalo raja punyasloko Yudhisthirah | Punyasloko Videhascha punyasloko Janardanah ||
Raja Nala, the truthful Yudhisthira, Videha Raja Janaka, and Janardana i. e. Lord Krsna -the very utterance of these names sanctifies the tongue.
Verse 17 Founder of various religious orders.
Buddho Jinendro Goraksah sankarascha Patanjalih | Rmanujo'tha Chaitanyah Kabiro Guru Nanakah ||
Lord Buddha, Lord Mahavira (Jainendra), Guru Gorakhanatha , Jagadguru Sankaracharya, Maharsi Patanjali (the author of Yogasastra), Acharya Ramanuja, Mahaprabhu Chaitanya, Bhakta Kabir and Guru Nanak--all these great persons have been the founders of various religious orders.
Verse 18 Saints of highest rank.
nanesvarastukaramah Samartho Madhavavallabhau | Narasistulasidasah Kambah Sadhukulottamah ||
Saint Jnanesvara ,Saint Tukarama, Samartha Guru Rama Dasa, Madhvacharya,Vallabhacharya, Narasi Mehata,Saint Tulasidasa, Maharsi Kamba (an Author from the south who wrote the Ramayana in Tamil language)-all these are saints of the highest rank.
Verse 19 Noble traditions of saints from South India.
Nayanmaralavarascha Tiruvalluvarastatha | Vitarantu sadaivaite daivim me gunasampadam ||
Sixty-three Nayanmaras belonging to the Saiva sect in Southern India, twelve Alavara saints belonging to the Vaisnava sect, and the noble saint Tiruvalluvara etc ---may this noble tradition of saints always instill divine qualities in us.
Verse 20 Wide renounced great conquerors.
Agastyah Kambukaundinyau Rajendrascholabhusanah | Sarve digjayinah khyatah Sailendro Bapparavalah || Maharsi Agastya, king kambu (the founder of Cambodia), Kaundinya (who travelled to Cambodia in the fifth century A. D. and founded a Hindu Kingdom there), the famous and valiant king Rajendra (I) of the Chola dynasty, Sailendra, the founder of the Hindu Kingdom of Srivijaya in Sumatra in the fourth century, Bapparavala of Rajasthan (the conqueror of the Arab Countries)--all these great conquerors are of wide renown.
Verse 21 Statemen of the moral values
Chahakyaschandraguptascha Vikramah Salivahanah I Asokah Pusyamitascha Kharavelah Sunitiman II Chanakya Chandragupta Maurya, Chandragupta Vikramaditya, Salivahana, Samrat Asoka, Senapati Pusymitra, Kharavela from Orissa-- all of them have been statesmen of the highest moral values.
Verse 22 Great Conquerors who desperate invaders.
Hunajeta Yasodharma Samudro Guptavamsajah | Srikrsnadevrayascha pradata Harsavardhanah || Yasodharma, the conqueror of the Hunas; Samudragupta, the famous Gupta emperor, Krsnadeva Raya, the Majestic ruler of Vijayanagara Empire; the most magnanimous Harsavrdhana ----- all these have been great conquerors who dealt crushing blows to their desperate invaders.
Verse 23 Men of great Knowledge and valour .
Sadhuh Sankaradevascha tatha Sayanamadhavau | Pratapah Sivarajascha Govindo Basavesvarah || Sankaradeva , a Vaisnava saint from Assam; Saynacharya and Madhavacharya; the iron-willed Maha Rana Pratap Simha; the ad riot statesman Chhatrapati Sivaji; the saint-soldier Guru Govinda Simha and saint Basavesvara, a wellknown devotee of Siva from Karnataka------ all these have been men of great knowledge and valour.
Verse 24 Social reformers in the Modern age.
RamaKrsno Dayanando Ravindro Ramamohanah | Ramatirtho'ravindascha Vivekananda udyasah || Svami Rama Krsna Paramahamsa ; Svami Dayananda Sarasvati, the founder of Arya Samaja; Ravindra Nath Thakur, a great revolutionary poet; Raja Ram Mohan Raya; Svami Rama Tirtha, Yogiraja Aravinda; and Svami Vivekananda, the beloved of the youth---all these have been renowned social reformers in the modern age.
Verse 25 Sons of Hindu land
Tilako Ramanaschaiva Sudhirnaranao guruh I Mahatma Malaviyo Mahatma Gandhireva cha II Lokamanya Bal Gagadhar Tilak, Maharsi Ramana from Tamilanadu, Narayana Guru, a famous saint from Kerala, Madan Mohan Malaviya, a great patriot and the founder of the Benaras Hindu University; and Mahatma Gadhi -- all these have been staunch supporters of Hinduism.
Verse 26 Dr.Hedgewar founder of the R.S.S
Kesavah Sanghanirmata HedagevaravamsajahI Sanathtam chintayedetan Hindubhumisutottaman II Always keep in mind these great sons of the Hindu soil like Dr. Kesava Balirama Hedagevara (born in the Hedagevara family, and the founder of the Rashtriya Svayamsevak Sangha)
Verse 27 Remembrance of the unknown great souls.
Anukta ye bhakta Haricharanasamsaktahrdaya Avijnata vira adhisamaramuddhvastaripavahI Mahamanah santo Bharatabhuvi ye santi cha pare Namastebhya bhuyadusasi sakalebhyah pratidinamII There have been numerous other Bhaktas born on this land who had their hears set on the lotus feet of God, but whose names have not been mentioned in this stotra (hymn); similarly, there have been countless unknown brave warriors on this land who routed their opponents in the battlefield; and then, there have been or are still many other great and saintly personalities born on the sol of Bharata - - we pay our daily obeisance to all these great souls belonging to the past or the presets age.
Verse 28 A Obeisance to Bharat Mata
Ratnakaradhautapadam Himalyakirtitinim I Brahmarajarsiratnamdhyam vande BharatamataramII I pay my obeisance to mother Bharata, whose feet are being a washed by the ocean, who wears the mighty Himalaya as her crown, and who is exuberantly adorned with the gems of traditions set by Brahmarsis and Rajarsis.
Verse 29 Fruit from daily recitence of Pratah-Smaran
Pratah-Smaranametad yo viditval" daratah pather! Sa Samyag dharmanisthah syat samsmrta"khandabharatah | He who properly understands this Pratah-Smarana, and daily recites it ceremonially with devotion, will be a thoroughly religions fellow, and the picture of Akhanda Bharata (entireundivided India) will, for ever, remain engraved in his heart. || May Bharata Mata be triumphant and victorious for ever! ||
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