You may also like to view a version of Tothakashtakam presented with Macromedia Flash located here. This is over 1. You may choose to also download the flash version or a self running windows executable version. Totakacharya One of the chief disciples of Sri Adi Shankara composed an octad of verses in praise of the Master. The metre he has used in this composition is the difficult but beautiful totaka. There is nothing equal to the Guru ; nothing superior to him.
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He however did not start the lesson saying he was waiting for Giri to come back from his chores and singing lessons. The poem's meter is anapestic tetrameter , with four feet of unstressed-unstressed-stressed syllables laghu-laghu-guru characters per line, and four lines per stanza. And seek protection for me, who has suffered deep sorrow,In the ocean of day to day life; And also request to make me,Know all the schools of our philosophy.
Who is the great ocean of mercy, And seek protection for me , who has suffered deep sorrow, In the ocean of day to day life, And also request to make me, Know all the schools of our philosophy.
Because of whom the world has a pleasant life, Oh great soul who can teach the great knowledge, Make me understand the knowledge of the soul. When I understood it is him, I became ecstasic with happiness, And requested, please dry the ocean of passion in me. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Be my refuge. I praise and seek the protection of Sankara,Who is the great ocean of mercy, And seek protection for me, who has suffered deep sorrow,In the ocean of day to day life; And also request to make me,Know all the schools of our philosophy. O You, Whose heart is an ocean of compassion! Protect me, Whose heart is afflicted by the miseries of metempsychosis. Convert me into one, Who is learned in the object of all the philosophies. By You, the common people have become satisfied.
O You, Who can meditate upon the Self, and Who has a beautiful mind! Incite me to learn the knowledge of God and living-beings. It has set-forth curiosity in my consciousness cetas. Absolve my ocean of immense delusion. When numerous virtues have been accomplished, then by You, a desire to achieve indifference emerges. Protect me, who is very weak, thoroughly. To satiate this incomplete world, the great knowledge exponents roam in disguise [of a human].
Among them, you shine like the rays of sun. O You, Who is the best among preceptors, and Who has a bull on His flag! Indeed there is no wise expounder like you right now. Very quickly bestow compassion, which is Your second nature.
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