Dakshinamurthy stotram: Lyrics, Meaning, and Benefits

Dakshinamurthy stotram is one of the most unique stotram dedicated to the Lord Sri Dakshinamurthy.

Although there are several stotras dedicated to different Gods in Hindu tradition, this one holds a special place due to its in-depth meaning, which explains underlying concept of understanding the Atman (the ultimate one).

The entire Dakshinamurthy stotram lyrics and meaning tries to explain the glory of Atman (Ultimate self), which can be attained with the grace of Guru Dakshinamurthy, a form of God Shiva considered as the God of enlightenment, who sits facing south-ward direction surrounded by the sages.

One of the uniqueness of this stotram is, unlike most hymns which bestows wealth and other worldly comforts to the devotee, the Dakshinamurthy storam is the one that puts forth what is ignorance, what is illusion, how one can get free from the worldly attachments along with a path to attain siddhi’s.

By reflecting the glory of Lord Dakshinamurthy, the storam emphasizes in bringing enlightenment, knowledge and the concept of Ultimate one (Atman) in the devotee. Further immersing in the supreme God Shiva.

Lord Dakshinamurthy described in Dakshinamurthy stotram lyrics and meaning.

Dakshinamurthy stotram Lyrics and Meaning

Mauna vyakya prakatitha parabrahma tathvam yavvanam
Varshistanthe vasad rushiganaihi aavruttam brahma nishtaihi
Acharyendram karakalitha chinmudrananda murthim
Swatmaraamam mudita vadanam Dakshinamurthy meedae

O the one, whose profound silence can awaken the supreme knowledge in ourselves, who is always youthful
But surrounded by aged and great rishi ganas, who concentrate on the brahman or the supreme self.
O such great teacher, whose hand shows a chin mudra, and is with a blissful form
The one who delights within himself and is with a joyful face, I praise to that Lord, Dakshinamurthy.

Vata vitapi samipe bhumi bhage nishannam
Sakala muni janaanam gnanadataramarath
Tribhuvana gurumeesam dakshinamurthy devam
Janana marana dhukkhaccheda daksham namami

Seated on the ground near a banyan tree
Where all the munis were near to you, the bestower of divine knowledge
O the guru of the three worlds, God Dakshinamurthy
I bow to you, the breaker of cycle of birth and death filled with misery.

Chitram vatarormule vruddaha sishya gururyuvaa
Gurosthu maunam vyakhyanam sishyasthu cchinna samsayaha

It is indeed a strange picture, where at the base of a banyan tree, aged disciples were present around an young guru and
the Guru’s silence became the explanation and removed the doubts present in his disciples

Nidhaye sarva vidhyanam bishaje bhava roginaam
Gurave sarva lokanaam Dakshanamurthaye namaha

O the one who is the treasure of all the knowledge, who is the healer of the diseased
The Guru to all the lokas, I bow to you, Lord Dakshinamurthy

Om namah pranavardhaya suddha gnanaika murthaye
Nirmalaya prasanthaya Dakshinamurthaye namaha

I bow to you, the meaning of the pranava (omkara), the form of the pure knowledge
Who is clean at his heart and peaceful, I bow to you, Lord Dakshinamurthy

Chidghanaya Maheshaya vatamula nivasine
Sacchidananda swarupaya Dakshinamurthaye namaha

The one who is the pure consciousness, the Maheshwara, living at the base of the banyan tree
The rejoicing form that represents the ultimate knowledge and joy, I bow to you, Lord Dakshinamurthy

Eshwaro gururatmethi murthi bhedha vibhagine
Vyomavad vyaptha dehaya Dakshinamurthaye namaha

The one whose form can be seen separately as a God (Eshwara), Guru, and Atma
O the one whose body pervades the entire universe, I bow to you, Lord Dakshinamurthy

Vishwam dharpana dhrushyamana nagari tulyam nijaam-targatham
Pashyann-athmani maayayaa bahirivod bhutham yadha nidraya
Yah sakshaat kuruthey prabhodha samaye swathmana mayvadwayam
Tasmai sri guru murthaye nama idam Sri Dhakshinamurthaye (1)

you can see the universe which has no being on its own, it is just like seeing a city in a mirror. But the truth is, it is just the seeing happened within your own self.
It is like the happening to the atman due to the influence of Maya, just like a dream in a sleep, where a being feels the projected world as real but realizes the reality after waking up
This is what a person experiences during the spiritual enlightenment, the non dual expanse of ones being.
Salutations to such great guru Sri Dakshinamurthy, who awakens the supreme knowledge.

Beejasyatha rivaamkuro jagadidham prang-nirvikalpam punaha
Maya kalpitha desha kala kalanaa vychitrya chitreekrutham
Maya veva vijrumbha yathyapi maha yogeeva yah swechhaya
Tasmai sri guru murthaye nama idam Sri Dhakshinamurthaye (2)

Just like the seed that has the capacity to sprout and differentiate, the world is initially latent
Later, with the power of your maya, the entire universe was able to spread across and transform into various places, time, and functions.
O maha yogi, you were able to transform and spread these entire worlds freely as per your own will, just like a juggler
Salutations to such great guru Sri Dakshinamurthy, who awakens the supreme knowledge.

Yasyaiva spuranam sadatmakam asath-kalpardhagam bhasathe
Saakshat tatvamasiti veda vachasa yo bhodha yathyaa-srithaan
Yath saakshath karanath bhavenna punaravruthhir bhavam-bhonidhou
Tasmai sri guru murthaye nama idam Sri Dhakshinamurthaye (3)

O the one, by whose form the world of non entities or of unknown existence, becomes real and existent and gets a meaning
He who enlightens the seekers with Vedic words like Tatvamasi, (Tat means You. Tvam, the God and Asi means are. Which is, you are the God or God is within you)
The one whose enlightenment puts an end to the continuous cycle of birth and death
Salutations to such great guru Sri Dakshinamurthy, who awakens the supreme knowledge.

Nana chiddhra ghatodhara sthitha maha deepa prabha bhaswaram
Gnanam yasya tu chakshuradi karana dwara bahih spandate
Jaanamethi tameva bhantham anubhath ye tath samastham Jagath
Tasmai sri guru murthaye nama idam Sri Dhakshinamurthaye (4)

Just like the light shining out from the mighty diya placed inside a holed lantern
Similarly, knowledge is emerging out from your eyes and other senses
And by whose consciousness the entire world is functioning
Salutations to such great guru Sri Dakshinamurthy, who awakens the supreme knowledge.

Deham pranamapi-indriyaanyapi chalam buddhim cha sunyam vidhuhu
Stri balaandha jadopamaasthva hamiti brantha brusham vaadinaha
Maya shakthi vilasa kalpitha maha vymoha samharine
Tasmai sri guru murthaye nama idam Sri Dhakshinamurthaye (5)

Some believe that body, prana, senses, fleeting intellect, and the shunya (complete void) as self.
Their versions are wrong like that of an ignorant woman, children, blind ones (unseeing even with eyes), and the stupid.
The one who destroys the bewilderment caused by the mighty delusion of Maya
Salutations to such great guru Sri Dakshinamurthy, who awakens the supreme knowledge.

Rahu grastha Divaakarendhu sadrusho maya samaachhadanath
Sanmatrah karanopa samharanatho yobhuth sushupthah pumaan
Pragaswapsamithi prabhoodha samaye yah prathyabhignya-yathe
Tasmai sri guru murthaye nama idam Sri Dhakshinamurthaye (6)

Just like the Sun and Moon eclipsed by Rahu, a pure conscious is also masked by Maya
Where due to it, one’s senses are completely withdrawn leading to a deep sleep.
The one who recalls (gets conscious and enlightened) and finds that I have slept until now, realizing that he is covered by the illusion of Maya till then
Salutations to such great guru Sri Dakshinamurthy, who awakens the supreme knowledge.

Balyadishwapi jagradha dishutadha sarvaasva vasthaswapi
Vyavrutha swanu varthamana maha mithyantha spuramtham sada
Swathmanam prakatee-karothi bhajatham yo muthraya bhadraya
Tasmai sri guru murthaye nama idam Sri Dhakshinamurthaye (7)

O the one who awakens us during childhood and other stages of life like adulthood and old ages, during walking and in other similar stages, further in all conditions
That their own self always shines alike unchanging devoid of all the conditions and times
O the one who awakens this knowledge for his devotees by the means of revered symbol (Chin mudra)
Salutations to such great guru Sri Dakshinamurthy, who awakens the supreme knowledge

Vishwam pashyati karya karana thaya saswami sambhandataha
Sishyaacharya-thaya tadhaiva pithru puthra adyathmana bedathaha
Swapne jagrathi va ya yesha purushoo maya paribramithaha
Tasmai sri guru murthaye nama idam Sri Dhakshinamurthaye (8)

The Universe filled with diversely related entities like cause and effect
Like a teacher and a follower, as a servant and master, father and son and
In the stages of dream or wakefulness, but as a being, they are always present but they are whirled by the Maya to this differentiation
Salutations to such great guru Sri Dakshinamurthy, who awakens the supreme knowledge

Bhurambhamsyana lonilombara maharnadho Himanshu pumaan
Ithya bhaathi characharathmaka midham yasyaiva murthyashtakam
Nanyath kimchana vidyathe vimrusathaam yasmaath parasmadvibho
Tasmai sri guru murthaye nama idam Sri Dhakshinamurthaye (9)

I bow to the profound guru, who filled up this universe with his eight-fold form consisting of Earth, Water, Fire, Air, Sky, Sun, Moon and Jiva
Manifested as the universe of moving and the unmoving objects
O the supreme one who pervades in all and everywhere, and to those who discern what exists beyond this Universe and discovers nothing except you
Salutations to such great guru Sri Dakshinamurthy, who awakens the supreme knowledge

Sarvathmathva mithi supteekrutha-midham yasmada mushmimsthave
Tenaasya sravanath tadardha-mananath dhyanachha samkeerthanath
Sarvathmathva maha vibhuthi sahitam syadhe eswarthvam swathaha
Siddhyeth thath punaraashtadha parinatham-chaishwarya mavyahatham (10)

The entire hymns of this stotram clearly explains that only thing present everywhere is only Atma
Thus, by listening and understanding its meaning thoughtfully, further meditating and reciting it
One would realize the greatness endued with the state of being present in all
This great state of being Universal Self would result the in the divine power(siddhis) in its eightfold aspect unimpeded

Ithi srimat paramahamsa parivrajakacharyavarya srimad Shankaracharya virachitham sri Dakshinamurthy stotram

This is the Dakshinamurthy stotram composed by Guru Shankaracharya., who is entitled as paramahamsa parivrajakacharya.

Dakshinamurthy Stotram Benefits

By reciting Dakshinamurthy stotram, one can get benefited by knowing the supreme truth that god or supreme soul are the one who is beyond all and present everywhere.

The phalastuti part of this stotram also explains that, by reciting and meditating on this stotram can help ourselves to achieve the state of being universal which further helps to attain all the siddhis or divine powers.

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