SrI: SrImathE SatakOpAya nama: SrImathE rAmAnujAya nama: SrImath varavaramunayE nama:
SlOkam – Original
vEdhAnAm sAmavEdhO’smi dhEvAnAm asmi vAsava: |
indhriyANAm manaS chAsmi bhUthAnAm asmi chEthanA ||
word-by-word meaning (based on puththUr krishNamAchArya swAmy’s thamizh translation)
vEdhAnAm – among vEdhams
sAma vEdha: asmi – I am sAma vEdham (which is the best)
dhEvAnAm – among dhEvathAs (celestial beings)
vAsava asmi – I am indhra (the best among them)
indhriyANAm – among the eleven senses
mana: cha asmi – I am the mind (which is the best).
bhUthAnAm – for the creatures with intelligence
chEthAnA asmi – I am their intelligence.
Simple Translation (based on puththUr krishNamAchArya swAmy’s thamizh translation)
I am sAma vEdham (which is the best) among vEdhams; among dhEvathAs, I am indhra (the best among them); among the eleven senses, I am the mind (which is the best). I am the intelligence in the creatures with intelligence.
Rendering based on ALkoNdavilli gOvindhAchArya swAmy’s English translation of gIthA bhAshyam
‘Of the Vedas, I am Sāma-veda, of the Devas, I am Vāsava (Indra); of the senses, I am manas; of the beings, I am intelligence.’
I am the Sāma-veda, the chief among the four Vedas, Rik, Yajus, Sāma and Atharvaṇa; of the devas (celestials), I am Indra. Of the eleven senses[1. The five organs of perception, the five organs of action, and the manas=11. Vide Table, p: 257-258.], the chief manas, I am. Of the beings (or living things) I am intelligence (chetanā), i.e., what is intelligence in them, I am that.
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