Nov 28, 2008


शङ्खभृर्न्नन्दकी चक्री शार्ङ्गधन्वा गदाधरः ।

रथाङ्गपाणिरक्षोभ्यः सर्वप्रहरणायुधः ॥

ശന്ഖഭൃന്നന്ദകീ ചക്രീ ശാര്ന്ഗധന്വാ ഗദാധരഃ

രഥാന്ഗപാണിരക്ഷോഭ്യഃ സര്വപ്രഹരണായുധഃ

சங்கப்ருந்னந்தகீ சக்ரீ சார்ங்கதன்வா கதாதர

ரதாங்கபாணிரக்ஷோப்ய ஸர்வபிரஹரணாயுத

ಶಂಖಭೃನ್ನಂದಕೀ ಚಕ್ರೀ ಶಾರ್ನ್ಗಧನ್ವಾ ಗಧಾಧರಃ

ರಥಾನ್ಗಪಾಣಿರಕ್ಶೋಭ್ಯಃ ಸರ್ವಪ್ರಹರಣಾಯುಧಃ

శంఖభృన్నందకీ చక్రీ శార్న్గధన్వా గదాధరః

రథాన్గపాణిరక్షోభ్యః సర్వప్రహరణాయుధః

Samkhabhirnnandakee chakree saarngadhanvaa gadaadharah
Rathaangapaanirakshobhyah sarvapraharanaayudhah

993. Samkha-bhrit – “One who has the divine conch named “Paanchajanya.” The word meaning is this term pancha-janya is “that which is born of the five” (sense organs), so it stands for the mind. Mind being the seat of ego, the sastras declare that the conch in the divine hand of Sree Narayana is the ego-factor (Ahamkaara-Tattva) in our personality.
994. Nandakee – The lord’s sword is called Nandaka. Therefore,this term indicates one who holds and wields the Nandaka sword. The word Nanda-kam mean “that which brings bliss.” The Sastras sing that the divine sword in the sacred hands of the lord hari represents the knowledge-Spiritual (Vidyaa-Tattva) with which the seeker can destroy all his “ignorance” of the self in him.
995. Chakree – “one who carries the discus called Sudarsana.” The term Su-Darsana means “that gives the auspicious vision.” The sastras attribute to this discus-Divine the representation of the human mind.
996. Saarnga-dhanvaa – “One who aims his unerring bow called Saarnga” This bow of Narayana is glorified in our texts as representing the Ego, as the ‘apex’ of all the sense organs, Ahankaara-Tattva। In this concluding Stanza, the instruments of Blessing in sree Narayana’s hands are remembered with reverence and devotion.
997. Gadda-dharah – “One who holds his divine club (Mace) celebrated as Kaumodakee – which generates and spreads beauty and joy.” This Mace is described as representing the intellect in man (Buddhi-Tattva).
998. Rathanga-paanih – “The traditional meaning is, of course, “One who has the ‘wheel of the chariot’ as his weapon.” This means the discuss which already has been mentioned in this very Stanza as Chakree. But, there are others who would like to interpret this term in other ways. In a glorification-Hymn or devotional-Chant, repetition is no sin; in fact, it should be quite natural.
999. Akshobhyah – “One who cannot be exasperated by anyone, by any act or acts, however blasphemous they may be.” One whose peace and calm cannot be stormed out by any happening in his outer world; Ever-peaceful. The term suggests Infinite patience, love and kindness towards man and his frailties.
1000. Sarva-praharanaayudhah – “He who has all implements for all kinds of assault and fight.” No enemy can surprise Him. The ‘conqueror of all.’ One who has weapons to meet any missile. However powerful.



Inspiration & courtesy:
Contribution of Shivkumar Kalyanaraman, Professor, Department of ECSE, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York, U.S.A.

Sanskrit script Courtesy:
Shri. N. Krishnamachari