Food for soul-a collection of hymns 1

Sanskrit has an ocean of shlokas, shubhashitas which give us valuable guidance in life. There are a few hymns/stotras which have always enlightened me , which I’d like to pen down and share the same.

First one is the morning prayer-which we’re supposed to say it after waking up., thus it goes:

Prataha Smaran

Karagre vasate Lakshmi, Kara madhye Saraswati, Karamoole tu Govind, prabhate kara darshanam;

Samudrah vasane devi; Parvatah stana manDale,

Vishnu patni namastubhyam, pada sparsha kshamasvame.

At the tip of the palm resides, goddess Laksmi, Saraswati in the middle and Govind (Lord Vishnu )
at the root of the palm, its auspicious to see (take a darshan) one’s palm as soon as we’re awake.
It means that divinity lies in our own hands and hands symbolize effort and hard-work. Every morning as soon as we get up , one should have a look at the palms- with the effort of this and the grace of God our destinies are shaped.

The second stanza is in praise of goddess Lakshmi, whose elements are present in mother earth;
One who has ocean as clothes, the mountains and forests as body;
One who is the eternal consort of Lord Vishnu; Pardon me for defiling the earth with my feet.

Thus ends the morning prayer, but that is not all, the moral is that we ought to respect the resources of earth,our mother earth , protect her, conserve the wealth which she has and make this earth worth while for other living and non living things to stay.

Saraswati Vandana

Goddess Saraswati

Yaakundendu tushar haar dhavaLa; Yaa shubhra vastrambita; Yaa veeNavara danda mandita kara;

Yaa shevta padmaasana; Yaa brahma achyuta shankara prabharitibhir; Devai sadaa vandita

Saamam paatuh Saraswati bhagavati nischaisha jaadya paha.

Goddess Saraswati is ‘all white’ ; Wearing a garland of kunda flowers ……one who is as white as the moon snow, who is wearing white attire and is seated on a white lotus; Two of her hands adorn the veena while other two are poised to bless and punish accordingly; One who is always worshiped by the trinity (Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh)and other gods; I pay my obeisance to goddess Saraswati- the goddess of learning, I pray thee – bless me with knowledge, seize my lethargy, ignorance and inertia.

Vishnu Stuti-Prayer for difficult times

Mookam karoti vachalam ; panghum langhayate girim,

Yat kripam tvamahum vande paramanandam Madhavam.

The speechless becomes eloquent; Crippled can conquer mountains, only with the grace of lord Madhav- Vishnu/Krishna
who is the source of eternal bliss.

Shiva darshan-Prayer for forgivance

Kara charaNa kritam va; Kayajam vaa; karmajam vaa;shravaNa nayanjam vaa;

manasajam vaa aparadham , sarvametatkshamasvam

Jaya jaya karuNabdhe shri Mahadeva Shambhu.

This is a prayer ought to be said before going to sleep asking Lord shiva forgiveness-

Any sins committed by our feet and arms,by our body,our actions, sins committed by the organs of perception (eyes n ears) our mind; whether knowingly or unknowingly….

Victory to Lord Shambhu, one who is an ocean of kindness.

Shri Ramraksha

Shri Ram darbar

Viniyogah:Aasya Shriramrakshastrotamantrasya budhkaushik hrishi:

ShriSitaramcandro devta anushtup Chanda: Sita shakti:

Shriman hanuman keelkam ShriRamcandapreetyeRthe

Ramrakshastotrajape vinyOgah:

Dhyaaedaajaanu baahum dhyaanam dhrit shar
dhanusham badhhpadmaasanastham

Peetam vaaso vasaanam navkamaldalspardhinetram prasannam .

Vamaankaarooddh sita mukhkamal milallochanam neerdaabham
naanaalankaar deeptam dadhat murujataamandalam Ramchandram .

STOTRAM

Charitam Raghunaathasya shut koti pravistaram I

Ekaikam aksharam punsaam mahaa paatak naashanam II 1 II

Dhyaatvaa nilotpal shyaamam Ramam rajeev lochanam I

Jaanaki lakshmanopetam jataa mukut manditam II 2 II

Saasitoor dhanurbaan paanim naktam charaantakam I

Swalilayaa jagat traatumaavirbhuntam ajam vibhum II 3 II

Ram rakshaam paTThet praagya: paapaghaneem sarv kaamdam I

Shiro may Raaghava: paatu bhaalam Dasharathaatmjah II 4 II

Kausalyeyo Drishau Paatu Vishvaamitra priyah shrutee I

Ghraanam paatu makha traataa mukham saumitrivatsala II 5 II

Jihvaam vidyaa nidhih paatu kanttham bharat vanditah .

Skandhau divyaayudhah paatu bhujau bhagnesh kaarmukah II6II

Karau seetapatih paatu hridayam jaamadagnyajit I

Madhyam paatu khara dhwansi naabhim jaambvadaashrayah II7II

Sugriveshah katee paatu Sakthini hanumat prabhuh I

Uru Raghoot tamah paatu rakshakul vinaashkrit II 8 II

Jaahnuni Setukrit Paatu janghey dasha mukhaantakah I

Paadau vibhishan shreedah paatu Ramokhilam vapuh II 9 II

Etaam Ram balopetaam rakshaam yah sukriti patthet I

Sa chiraayuh sukheeputri vijayi vinayi bhavet II 10 II

Paataal bhutalavyom chaari nash chadmchaarinah I

Na drashtumapi shaktaaste rakshitam ramnaambhih II 11 II

Rameti Rambhadreti Ramchandreti vaa smaran I

Naro na lipyate paapeir bhuktim muktim chavindati II 12 II

Jagat jaitreik mantrein Ram naam naabhi rakshitam I

Yah kantthe dhaareytasya karasthaah sarv siddhyah II 13 II

Vajra panjar naamedam yo Ramkavacham smaret I

Avyaa hataagyah sarvatra labhate jai mangalam II 14 II

Aadisht vaan yathaa swapne Ram rakshaimaam harah I

Tathaa likhit vaan praatah prabu dho budh kaushikah II 15 II

Aaraamah kalpa vrikshaanam viraamah sakalaapadaam I

Abhiraam strilokaanam Ramahi Shrimaansah nah prabhuh II 16 II

Tarunau roop sampannau sukumaarau mahaa balau I

Pundreek vishaalaakshau cheerkrishnaa jinaambarau II 17 II

Fala moolaa shinau daantau taapasau brahma chaarinau I

putrau dashrathasyetau bhraatarau Ram Lakshmanau II 18 II

Sharanyau sarv satvaanaam shreshtthau sarv dhanush mataam I

Rakshah kul nihantaarau traayetaam no raghuttamau II 19 II

Aattasajjadhanushaa vishusprishaa vakshyaashug nishang sanginau I

Rakshnaaya mum Ram lakshmanaa vagratah pathi sadaiv gachhtaam II 20 II

Sannadah kavachi khaDgi chaap baaN dharo yuvaa I

Gachhan manorathaSmakam Ramah paatu salakshmanah II 21 II

Ramo daashraltih shooro lakshmanaaru charo balee I

Kaakutsthah purushah purnah kausalyeyo raghuttmah II 22 II

Vedaant vedyo yagneshah puraan puru shottamah I

Jaanaki vallabhah shrimaan prameya paraakramah !! 23 II

Ityetaani japa nityam madabhaktah shraddhyaan vitah I

Ashvamedhaadhikam punyam sampraapnoti na sanshayah II24II

Ramam doorvaadal shyaamam padmaaksham peet vaasasam I

Stuvanti naambhirdivyern te sansaarino naraah II 25 II

Ramam Lakshman poorvajam raghuvaram sitapatim sundaram I

Kaakutstham karunarnvam gunnidhim viprapriyam dhaarmikam II 26 II

Raajendram satyasandham Dashrath tanayam shyaamalam shaantmurtium

Vande Lokaabhiraamam Raghukultilakam Raghavam Raavanaarim I

Ramaay Rambhadraay Ramchandraay Vedhasey

Raghunaathaay naathaay sitaya: paataye namah II 27 II

Shri Ram Ram Raghunandan Ram Ram

Shri Ram Ram Bharataagraj Ram Ram

Shri Ram Ram RaNakarkash Ram Ram

Shri Ram Ram SharaNam bhav Ram Ram II 28 II

Shri Ram Chandra Charan

Shri Ram Chandra Charanau manasaa smaraami

Shri Ram Chandra Charanau vachasaa grinaami

Shri Ram Chandra Charanau Shirasaa namaami

Shri Ram Chandra Charanau Sharanam prapadye II 29 II

Maataa Ramo Matpitaa. Ram Chandrah

Swaami Ramo matsakhaa Ram Chandrah

Sarvasvam may Ram Chandra Dayaalur

Naanyam jaane naive jaane na jaane II 30 II

Dakshiney Lakshmano yasya vaame cha janakaatmajaa I

Purato marutir yasya tama vande Raghunandanam II 31 II

Lokaabhi Ramam raNna rangdheeram

Rajeev netram Raghuvansh naatham

KaaruNya roopam karuNaa karantam

Shri Ram Chandram Sharanam prapadye II 32 II

Manojavam maarut tulya vegam

Jitendriyam buddhi mataam varishttham

Vaataatmjam vaanar yuttha mukhyam

Shri Ram dootam SharaNam prapadhye II 33 II

Koojantam Ram raameti madhuram madhuraaksharam I

Aaruhya Kavitaa Shakhaam vande Vaalmikilokilam II 34 II

Aapdaampahar taaram daataaram sarvsampdaam I

Lokaabhiramam Shri Ramam bhooyo bhooyo namaamya hum II 35 II

Bharjanam bhav beejaanaam arjanam sukh sampdaam I

Tarjanam yum dootaanaam Ram Rameti garjanam II 36 II

Ramo Rajmani sadaa vijayate Ramam Ramesham bhaje

Ramenaa bhihtaa nishaacharchamoo Ramaay tasmai namah

Ramannaasti paraayanam partaram Ramasya daasosmyaham

Rame Chittalayah sadaa bhavtu me bho Ram maamudhhar II 37 II

Ram Rameti Rameti Ramey Rame manoramey I

Sahastra naam tatulyam Ram naam varaananey II 38 II

The following stotram is written by Budha-kaushika rishi in whose dream Lord Siva appeared and inspired him to write the same.

The method of meditating this stotram is by recitation and should be recited in a prescribed manner only.

Shri Ramraksha ( for download )

English transliteration:

The author of this hymn is Buddhakaushika. The deity is Sri Sita-Ramachandra. The metre is anushtup. The power is Sita, central point is Hanuman, and the usage is recitation.
Thus begins the dhyana (meditation) of this mantra. One should meditate on Rama who has arms reaching his knees, who is holding a bow and arrow, who is seated in a lotus position, who is wearing yellow clothes, whose eyes compete with petals of a fresh lotus, who looks satisfied, whose eyes are fixed on the lotus-like face of Sita sitting on his left lap, whose color is like that of rain cloud, who is adorned with different types of jewelery, whose hair reaching up to his thighs.
The life story of Sri Rama has a vast expanse and each and every letter of it is capable of destroying even the greatest sins of mankind.
Let us meditate on the lotus-eyed, dark-complexioned Rama who is well-adorned with a crown of hair and has Sita and Lakshmana by his side.
Let us meditate on Rama who has a sword in a receptacle and bow and arrows, who destroyed the demons, who is not born but is incarnated to protect the world with his actions.
May the learned read the Rama Raksha Stotram, which destroys all sins and grants all desires.
(Begin listing details of the body to be protected)
May Rama who is Raghu’s descendant protect my head. May Rama who is Dasharatha’s son protect my forehead.
May the lord Rama who is Kausalya’s son, protect my eyes. May Rama who is the favorite of Vishvamitra protect my ears. May Rama who is the savior of yagya protect my nose. May Rama who is affectionate to Lakshmana protect my mouth. May the Rama who is a sea of knowledge protect my tongue. May Rama who is saluted by Bharata protect my neck. May Rama who holds divine weapons protect my two shoulders. May Rama who broke Shiva’s bow protect my two upper arms.
May the Rama who is the husband of Sita protect my two hands. May Rama who conquered Parashurama protect my heart.

May Rama who killed the rakshasa named Khara protect my abdomen. May Rama who gave refuge to Jambavad protect my navel.
May Rama who is master of SugrIva protect my waist. May Rama who is master of Hanuman protect my two hips. May Rama who is the best of Raghus and who destroyed the lineage of Rakshasas (demons) protect my two thighs.
May Rama who built the bridge protect my two knees. May Rama who killed the ten faced demons protect my two shins. May Rama who gave wealth to Vibhishan protect my two feet. Thus may Rama protect my entire body.
May the good man who reads this ‘stotra’, which has all the power of Rama, be blessed with long life, happiness, children, success and humility.
No one who is wandering below the earth or on the earth or above the earth or those who wander surreptitiously changing their forms, will even be able to see the man protected by the name of Rama, let alone bring any harm to him.
No sin can attach to the man who singeth the praise of the lord and he will prosper in this world and get salvation.
One who wears this mantra of Rama Nama (the name of Rama) around his neck will have all powers at his beck and call.
He who wears this armour called vajrapanjara will be unscathed and will win victory everywhere.
Buddhakaushika was commanded in his dream by Lord Shiva to compose this hymn, and he did so as soon as he awoke in the morning.
Rama, who grants all desires, removes all obstacles and is the praise of all three worlds is our ‘Lord’ indeed.
May the two brothers ever protect us, who are young, handsome, lotus-eyed and who adorn bark of trees and deer-skin as clothing.
May these two sons of Dasharatha, the scions of Raghu clan, the brothers Rama and Lakshmana, the ones who are subsisting on roots and fruits and practicing penance and celibacy, protect us. May they who are the foremost among the archers, the destroyers of the demons and the refuge of all beings, protect us.
Rama and Lakshmana, their bows pulled and ready, their hands on the arrows packed in ever full quivers carried on their backs, may they always escort me in my path, for my protection.
Ever prepared and armed with sword, shield, bows and arrows and
followed by Lakshmana, Rama is like our cherished thoughts come to life. May he, along with Lakshman, protect us.
Rama, the scion of Raghu and the son of Dasaratha and Kausalya, and ever accompanied by Lakshmana, is all powerful and is the perfect man.
Rama is perceived through Vedanta. He is lord of all yagya, ancient and the best man, beloved of Janaki, whose bravery is immeasurable.
Lord Shiva says, “my devotee who recites these names of Rama with faith, will attain more religious merit than one obtainable by other sacrifices. There is no doubt about it.”
Those who sing the praise of Rama, who is lotus-eyed, dark-complexioned and dressed in yellow clothes, through this hymn are no longer ordinary men trapped in the world. They attain salvation.
I salute that Rama who is handsome, the elder brother of Lakshmana, the husband of Sita and the best of Raghus’, who is the ocean of compassion, an embodiment of virtues, the beloved of the Brahmans, the protector of Dharma, who practises the Truth, the Lord emperor of kings, the son of Dasaratha, dark-complexioned, the personification of Peace and tranquillity, the enemy of Ravana, the crown jewel of the Raghu dynasty and the cynosure of all eyes.
I salute that Rama who is benevolent and soothing as the Moon, and who is the lord of Sita and the master guardian of all.
I surrender to that Rama who is the delight of the Raghus, elder brother of Bharata and the tormentor of his enemies in the war.
I remember the two feet of Rama in my mind, I praise them by my speech, I bow to them with my head, I take resort in them!
Rama is like my mother, father, master and friend, indeed the kind-hearted Rama is all I have. I know anyone else like him.
I salute that Rama who has Lakshmana on his right and Sita on the left and who has Hanuman in his front.
I take refuge in that Rama who is quite pleasing to the sight, the master of the stage of war, lotus-eyed, lord of the Raghu race and compassion-personif ied.
I take refuge in the Lord Hanuman who is as fast as the mind, equals his father, the wind-God, in speed, is the master of the senses, the foremost amongst the learned, the leader of the Monkey forces and the great messenger of Sri Rama.
I salute the great sage Valmiki who has rendered Ramayana as melodious as the song of cuckoo.
I bow again and again to Rama who removes all obstacles and grants all wealth and pleases all.
The echo of the name of Rama is the destruction of the cause of rebirth (hence the cause of liberation), generates wealth and scares Yama’s (death’s) messengers.
I worship Rama, the jewel among the kings, who is the eliminators of demons . Beyond Him there is nothing to be worshipped. I am His sub-ordinate, my mind with my dedicated towards His devotion O Rama, please protect me and liberate me from this (ever suffering) world .
Lord Shiva says to Parvati
O Parvati(who is as fair as the snow moon)- I take great pleasure in uttering the name of Rama and my mind is always engrossed in chanting the name of Rama, and uttering of name Rama equals to chanting a ‘thousand’ names of any other God.
Thus completes the Ramraksha stotra written by Shri Budha-kaushika rishi.
<This is an offering to Shrii SitaRamachandra,in whose praise it is sung>

9 Responses

  1. Simply beautiful.

  2. Very nice post. thank you for sharing

  3. Excellent. Shlokas in Sanskrit or Hindi below the English Version would have helped in pronunciation.

  4. Excellent work , A very great tribute to Students

  5. Excellent work ,

  6. Karaagre vasathe lakshmi, kara madhye saraswati; kara muuletu sadaa gouri, prabhaate kara darshanam!

    This is the version taught to us in Udupi.

    1

  7. Please inform where and when Budhakaushika Rishi lived.Is there any other literature composed by Budha Kaushika Rishi?

  8. very good and creative lots thanks

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