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Song Name: Om Parthaya Pratibodhitam

Official Name: Gita Dhyanam

Author: Adi Sankaracarya

Book Name: None

Language: Sanskrit

LYRICS:

(1)

pārthāya pratibodhitāḿ bhagavatā nārāyaṇena svayaḿ

vyāsena grathitāḿ purāṇa-muninā madhye mahābhārate

advaitāmṛta-varṣiṇīḿ bhagavatīm aṣṭādaśādhyāyinīḿ

amba tvām anusandadhāmi bhagavad-gīte bhava-dveṣiṇīm

 

(2)

namo'stu te vyāsa viśāla-buddhe

phullāravindāyātapatra-netre

yena tvayā bhārata-taila-pūrṇaḥ

prajvalito jānamayaḥ pradīpaḥ

 

(3)

prapanna-parijātāya

totra-vetraika-pāṇaye

jāna-mudrāya kṛṣṇāya

gītāmṛta-duhe namaḥ

 

(4)

sarvopaniṣado gāvo

dogdhā gopāla-nandanaḥ

pārtho vatsaḥ sudhīr bhoktā

dugdhaḿ gītāmṛtaḿ mahat

 

(5)

vasudeva-sutaḿ devaḿ

kaḿsa-cāṇūra-mardanam

devakī-paramānandaḿ

kṛṣṇaḿ vande jagad-gurum

 

(6)

bhīṣma-droṇa-taṭā jayadratha-jalā gāndhārī-nīlotpalā

śalya-grāhavatī kṛpeṇa vahinī karṇena velākula

aśvattāma-vikarṇa-ghora-makarā duryodhanāvartinī

sottīrṇā khalu pāṇḍavārṇava-nadī kaivartakaḥ keśvaḥ

 

(7)

pārāśarya-vacaḥ sarojam amalaḿ gītārtha-gandhotkaṭaḿ

nānākhyānaka-keśaraḿ hari-kathā-sambodhanābodhitam

loke sajjana-ṣaṭpadair aharahaḥ pepīyamānaḿ mudā

bhūyād bhārata-paṅkajaḿ kalimala-pradhvaḿsanaḿ śreyase

 

(8)

mūkaḿ karoti vācālaḿ

paṅguḿ laṅghāyate girim

yat-kṛpā tam ahaḿ vande

paramānanda-mādhavam

 

(9)

yaḿ brahmā varuṇendra-rudra-marutaḥ stunvanti divyaiḥ stavair

vedaiḥ sāṅga-pada-kramopaniṣadair gāyanti yaḿ sāma-gāḥ

dhyānāvasthita-tad-gatena manasā paśyanti yaḿ yogino

yasyāntaḿ na viduḥ surāsura-gaṇā devāya tasmai namaḥ

 

TRANSLATION

1) O Bhagavad-gita, thou hast been instructed to Arjuna, the son of Prtha by the Lord Himself and afterwards thee were included within the Mahabharata by the ancient sage Vyasa. Thy eighteen divine chapters are a shower of the immortal nectar of the wisdom of the Absolute. O mother, destroyer of man's rebirth into the darkness of this mortal world, upon thee I meditate.

 

2) Obeisances to thee, O Vyasa, thou art of mighty intellect, and thine eyes are large as the petals of the full-blown lotus. It was by thee that the oil-filled lamp of knowledge of the Mahabharata was lit.

 

3) I offer obeisances unto Lord Krsna, the refuge of ocean-born Laksmi and all who take refuge at His lotus feet. His one hand holds a staff for driving cows, and the other hand is raised, the thumb touching the tip of the forefinger, indicating divine knowledge. He is the milker of the immortal nectar of the Bhagavad-gita.

 

4) The Upanisads are as a herd of cows, Lord Krsna, son of a cowherd, is their mother, Arjuna is the calf, the supreme nectar of the Gita is the milk, and the wise man of purified intellect is the drinker.

 

5) I offer my obeisances to Lord Krsna, the beloved son of Vasudeva, destroyer of the demons Kamsa and Canura, the supreme bliss of Mother Devaki and the spiritual master of the universe.

 

6) Of the terrifying river of the battlefield of Kuruksetra over which the Pandavas victoriously crossed, Bhisma and Drona were it's high banks, Jayadratha was the river's water, the King of Gandhara, the blue water-lily: there were sharks such as salya, Krpa was the current, Karna, the mighty waves, Asvattham and Vikarna, the dreadful alligators, and Duryodhana, the very whirlpool, but Lord Krsna was the ferryman!

 

7) May the spotless lotus of the words of Vyasa that grows on the eternal waters of the words of Lord Hari, with its filaments of various tales of heroes and which is rightly endowed with the sweet fragrance of the explanations of the Bhagavad-gita, it's nectar beign quaffed with pleasure daily in this world by saintly persons who are compared to so many nectar-seeking bumble-bees and which destroys all the sins of the age of Kali - May this lotus of the Mahabharata bestow on us the highest good.

 

8) I offer my respectful obeisances unto the Supreme Personality of Godhead Krsna, the transcendentally blissful husband of the goddess of fortune, whose mercy turns the dumb into eloquent speakers and enables to lame to cross mountains.

 

9) Let all obeisances be unto the Supreme Lord Sri Krsna, whom Brahma, Varuna, Indra, Rudra, the Maruts and all divine beings praise with the divine hymns of the Vedas and their supplementary parts such as the Upanisads, whom the followers of the Sama Veda glorify with song, whom great mystics see with their minds absorbed in perfect meditation and of whom all the hosts of demigods and demons know not the limitations. To him the Supreme Lord, let there be all obeisances.

 

REMARKS/EXTRA INFORMATION:

Verse 5 is the first verse of Adi Sankaras Krsnastakam

 

The last verse is often sung with the suffixed-line ś guruḿ dīna-tāraam offering obeisances to the spiritual master that is the redeemer of the fallen.

 

The final verse comes from the Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 12 Chapter 13 Verse 1.

 

PURPORT:

A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami

 

UPDATED: July 4, 2009