Dakshinamurthy Stotram (By Sri Adi Shankaracharya Swami) दक्षिणामूर्तिस्तोत्रम् Download Stotram Lyrics (pdf & direct Links ). The Dakshinamurti Stotra is a Sanskrit religious hymn (stotra) to Shiva attributed to Adi Shankara. It explains the metaphysics of the universe in the frame of the.
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Adhi Sankara has written very many great Stotras prayers but here is a unique prayer, which is not only a prayer but the summary of all the philosophy that he has taught. Even during his time, this stotra was difficult to comprehend and it became fakshinamurthy for one of his disciples, Sureshwaracharya to write a commentary called Manasollasa to this stotra. There are large number of books and commentaries on this commentary itself.
I praise and salute that Dakshinamrthy, Who faces the south, Who explains the true nature of the supreme BrahmanThrough his state of silence, Who is young in looks, Who is surrounded dakshianmurthy disciples who are old Sages, Whose minds are fixed on BrahmanWho is the greatest of teachers, Who shows the Chinmudhra  by his hand, Who is personification of happiness, Who is in the state of extreme joy within himself, And who has a smiling face.
Similar to the image of a town as seen in the mirror, When one sees the image of the world dakdhinamurthy him, The world appears as if it is outside. It is similar to his seeing due to illusion, During the state of sleep, That the one real fact appears as many dakhsinamurthy truths, And he realizes,when he wakes up and sees the reality, That he is really the one and only one soul.
Salutation to the God facing the south, Who is the greatest teacher.
Sri Dakshinamurthy Stotram
The above stanza tells us that the world which is outside us is same as our soul but we see them stohram different entities due to the veil of ignorance. As soon as we wake up, we realize that the dream is false and even while seeing our image in the mirror, we know that we are not seeing us in the mirror but our image.
When we get knowledge from the guru we are in the wakeful state without the veil of ignorance. Like the germ inside the seed is its part, But becomes different after development The many places and time which are before us, Are drawn by illusion in the board of life in a peculiar manner, By a great savant or an expert Siddha, Who can create them as per their will, Salutation to the God facing the south, Who is the greatest teacher.
When the net of illusion is lifted and when we reach the stage of manifestation, we would find that what we think as different is but one and the same. Our body prevents us from seeing the truth the light from outside that we are the Brahman and lets out light though the sensory organs and makes us deceive ourselves by feeling that we are happy.
This simile of a pot with holes for the body occurs in many places in Indian philosophy.
Those great philosopherswho think that, Lydics body, the soul and the fickle intellect, The concept of emptiness and all other nothingness, Are nothing but themselves, Are similar to the women childrenblind and the ignorant. It is only He who can destroy, this veil of ignorance, And wake us up from this state of deceit. This is a sample of the approach of negation in identifying the truth ylrics the concept of self.
Sri Dakshinamurthy Stotram – Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia
Senses, the body etc cannot be the absolute truth as they are transient. Similar dakshinamurthyy the Sun when being masked by the serpent Rahu, Knows that it was existing, once the eclipse is over That man whose senses are suppressed Daksyinamurthy he is asleep, Because of the veil of illusion, Realizes that he was in the state of sleep, When he wakes up.
Similar the sun existing even when there is eclipse, we exist when we are sleeping. This is denial of the Buddhist theory that, when we are asleep there is nothingness.
Salutations to him who shines and exhibits, Himself by the beatific Chinmudhra of the hand, That he exists within the humans as self, Forever and non changing, Even during the changing states of childhood, youth and old age And even during the states of sleep, dream and wakefulness. The world sees dakshinamuryhy cause and effect, The differences between us and our lord, The distinction between teacher and the taught, The distinction between father and son, And so the man is confused by illusion, And believes in these differences, During the times of dream and wakefulness.
To the sake of which supreme Brahman, The universe is shining as self, Which is Movable and immovable, with its aspects?
Of water, fire, air, space, The sun, moon and the individual soul, And also to those who examine the truth behind, The meaning of this stortam and find, That it Consists of nothing but, The God who is every where.
Dakshinamurti Stotra – Wikipedia
The concept of the Athma, Which is explained in this poem of praise, Hearing which, understanding which, Meditating which and singing which, One would attain the state of the godliness, And the great state of self realization, And also you would get the eight powers of occult, Without any problems in between. The following three stanzas as well as the first stanza are chanted after the main stotra: It is strange to see, The very old disciples, And the very young teacher, Who sit under a banyan tree, With the teacher always observing silence, And the students getting all the doubts cleared.
Salutations to that Dakshinamurthy, Who is the teacher of the entire world, Who is the doctor to those, Afflicted by the disease of birth and death, And who is the treasure hose of all knowledge.
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