SrI: SrImathE SatakOpAya nama: SrImathE rAmAnujAya nama: SrImath varavaramunayE nama:
SlOkam – Original
maharshINAm bhrugur aham girAm asmyEkam aksharam |
yagyAnAm japayagyO’smi sthAvarANAm himAlaya: |
word-by-word meaning (based on puththUr krishNamAchArya swAmy’s thamizh translation)
maharshINAm – among the great sages like marIchi
aham – I am
bhrugu – bhrugu rishi (who is the best).
girAm – among the words with meanings
Ekam aksharam asmi – I am the single lettered praNavam (Om).
yagyA nAm – among the yagyas (sacrifices)
japa yagya asmi – I am the japa yagya (sacrifice of chanting)
sthAvarANAm – among the immovable objects
himAlaya: – I am the himAlaya mountain.
Simple Translation (based on puththUr krishNamAchArya swAmy’s thamizh translation)
I am bhrugu rishi among the great sages like marIchi. I am the single lettered praNavam (Om) among the words with meanings. I am the japa yagya (sacrifice of chanting) among the yagyas. I am the himAlaya mountain among the immovable objects.
Rendering based on ALkoNdavilli gOvindhAchArya swAmy’s English translation of gIthA bhAshyam
‘Of Maharshis, I am Bhṛigu; of speech, the monosyllable (AUM); of sacrifices, I am the sacrifice of japa; of the stationaries, Himālaya.’
Of the Maharshis1, etc, I am Bhṛigu. Speech means articulate sounds, signifying things (and ideas); of these, I am the monosyllabic symbol (AUM), the Praṇava2.
Of sacrifices (yajñas), the best is that of Japa (or pious meditations on the Deity with the help of sacred formulae).
Of the (terrestrial) mountains, I am Himavān (or the Himālayas).
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- The sacred Vedic Syllable, known as praṇava, uttered at the commencement of all Scriptural recitations, and written at the beginning of all Holy Works. The mysteries of this symbol are explained in the Upanishats. (vide. p. 5 of Hinduism, Introd : I, “Five Topics,” by Yogi Pārthasārathi Aiyangār). ↩