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Word-by-word Meaning Of This Sanskrit Sloka

Discussion in 'Pujas Prayers & Slokas' started by startinganew, Oct 17, 2019.

  1. startinganew

    startinganew Gold IL'ite

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    I love the meaning of this sloka - so simple yet captures so much. Thank for choosing to share this one @Viswamitra Sir. ("Lead me from death to immortality - I personally may interpret this to mean "lead me from fear of death to (focus on) the immortality of my soul?") Or maybe it means - Help make me more God-like in my nature because immortality is associated usually only with God?

    I always thought Amrita was a "food of gods" - pleasantly surprised to hear that it means "deathlessness" - so revealing of human nature. Maybe it has a root word relationship to "martyr" - I don't know.
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  2. Viswamitra

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    I interpret death as something associated with our body, mind and intellect ("BMI"). When one transcends this feeling, one could experience immortality of the soul. This particular Upanishad is very powerful telling us to differentiate real (one that empowers or energizes the world) from unreal (the world that unfolds in front of our eyes), move away from ignorance (darkness) into knowledge (light) and move away from death that happens to impermanent things such as BMI to immortal Soul.
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  3. Srama

    Srama Finest Post Winner

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    Dear @startingnew

    Just for fun and for my own clarity I would rewrite the first shloka as -

    Agaja + Anana = agajanana padamarkam
    gaja+Ananam = gajAnanam
    AhaH+nisham = aharnisham
    Aneka dam tam BhaktAnAm
    Eka dantam upasmahe!

    Hope you do not mind.

    Now coming to this one, it is a fairly easy translation.

    I took the help of dictionary and here are the word to word meanings. I would love to go to the roots of these words, but perhaps not now -

    Atma – self (indweller)

    Rama – rama

    Ananda – bliss

    Ramana – pleasing

    Achyutha – steadfast, not fallen, imperishable, solid, not slipping, permanent, firm

    Kehsava – having long or handsome hair, name of Krishna

    Hari – green

    Narayana – god Narayana

    Bhava – , birth, worldly life, prosperity

    Bhaya – dread, fear

    Harana – removing (remover)

    Vanditha – prostrate, celebrates, praised

    Charana – managing, course, motion (feet)

    Raghukula – belonging to raghu’s vamsha

    Bhushana – decoration, ornament, embellishment

    Rajeeva – striped, streaked, elephant, blue lotus flower, species of fish, living at king’s expense

    Nayana – eyes

    Adi – begin

    Narayana – God Narayana

    Anantha – adishesha, infinite, infinity

    Shayana – sleeping, couch, bed

    Sathchitananda –
    • Sat: truth, absolute being or existence-- that which is enduring and unchanging
    • Chit: consciousness, understanding and comprehension
    • Ananda: bliss, a state of pure happiness, joy and sensual pleasure
    Satya – authentic, true, truth

    Narayana – God Narayana

    Anyone, finding any errors please feel free to correct. @startinganew , I quite enjoyed doing this! Thank you!
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  4. Viswamitra

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    Gananam Tva Ganapatim - In sanskrit with meaning

    Gananam Tva Ganapatim - In sanskrit with meaning
    - from Rig Veda (2.23.1)

    गणानां त्वा गणपतिं
    Gananam Tva Ganapatim
    Sri Ganesha

    गणानां त्वा गणपतिं हवामहे
    कविं कवीनामुपमश्रवस्तमम् ।
    ज्येष्ठराजं ब्रह्मणां ब्रह्मणस्पत
    आ नः शृण्वन्नूतिभिः सीद सादनम् ॥
    Gannaanaam Tvaa Ganna-Patim Havaamahe
    Kavim Kaviinaam-Upama-Shravastamam |
    Jyessttha-Raajam Brahmannaam Brahmannaspata
    Aa Nah Shrnnvan-Uutibhih Siida Saadanam ||

    (This Mantra of Rig Veda 2.23.1 is addressed to Brihaspati / Brahmanaspati)
    1: Among the Ganas (Group of Prayers), to You Who are Ganapati (Lord of Prayers), we Offer our Sacrificial Oblations,
    2: You are the Wisdom of the Wise and Uppermost in Glory,
    3: You are the foremost King of Prayers, presiding as the Lord of the Prayers (Brahmanaspati),
    4: Please come to us by Listening to our invocation and be Present in the Seat of this Sacred Sacrificial Altar (to charge our Prayers with Your Power and Wisdom).


    Note: Place the mouse over each Sanskrit word to get the meaning.
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