Brahma Stotra

Brahma Stotra – In praise of the Divine

नमस्ते सते ते जगत्कारणाय
नमस्ते चिते सर्वलोकाश्रयाया
नमोऽद्वैततत्त्वाय मुक्ति प्रदाय
नमोब्रह्मणे व्यापिने शाश्वताय

Namaste sate te jagat-kaara-ṇaaya
namaste chite sarva-lokaa-shrayaaya.
Namo-advaita-tatvaa-ya mukti pradaaya 
namo-brahamaṇe vyaapine shaash-vataaya.

We bow in reverence to You, O Supreme Conscious Cause of the World, Salutations to you the highest Intellect and the one in whom the world takes refuge. Salutations to you O unique giver of liberation, You are the Supreme all-pervading eternal Creator.

नमस्ते Salutations, I bow to you नमः ‘bow’, ‘obeisance’, ‘reverential salutation’ or ‘adoration’ ते to you सत Truth, Authenticity, Consciousness (as Sat in Sachidananda) ते your जगत् world कारण cause, motive, reason ित् consciousness, intelligence सर्व whole, entire, all, each लोक everyone, humans श्रय asylum, protection, refuge नमः salutations अद्वैत Peerless, without duplicate, unique तत्त्व Principle, constant truth मुक्ति liberation प्रदा Gift, giver नमः salutations ब्रह्मण Creator व्ापि् Pervading, spread comprehensively, covering, diffusive शाश्वत् Eternal, permanence

त्वमेकं शरण्यं त्वमेकं वरेण्यम्
त्वमेकं जगत्पालकं स्वप्रकाशम्
त्वमेकं जगत्कर्त्तृ पातृ प्रहर्तृ
त्वमेकं परं निश्चलं निर्विकल्पम्

Tvam-ekam sharaṇyam tvamekam vareṇyam
tvamekam jagat-paalakam sva-prakasham.
Tvamekam jagat-kartṛi paatṛi prahartṛi
tvamekam param nishchalam nirvikalpam.

You are the shining, luminous Guardian who nourishes and maintains all. You are the Creator, Preserver and dissolver of everything, You are the changeless, permanent Highest Absolute.

त्वमेकं You are the only one त्वम् you एकम् singular, The One, One without comparison, without duplicate. शरण्यं Protector, guardian वरेण्यम् best, desirable, to be wished for जगत world पालक one who nourishes, one who maintains ्वप्रकाश self-luminous, evident by itself प्रकाश light, best of something प्रकाशम् evidently, obviously जगत् world करर्तृ creator, maker पातृ (guarding, protect); please protect प्रहर्तृ warrior, one who can destroy परम् highest, absolute निश्चल changeless, firm, immovable निर्विकल्पम् without hesitation or reflection, free from change, unwavering

भयानां भयं भीषणं भीषणानां
गतिः प्राणिनां पावनं पावनानाम्
महोच्चैः पदानां नियन्तृ त्वमेकं
परेषां परं रक्षणं रक्षणानाम्

Bhayaanaam bhayam bheeṣhaṇam bheeṣhaṇaanaam
gatih praaṇinaam paavanam paava-naa-naam.
Maho-chaih padaanaam niyantṛi tvamekam
pareṣhaam param rakshaṇam raksha-ṇaanaam.

Obeisance to You, O pure unmitigated power of the world. You remove fear and let us experience fearlessness and you allow us to overcome trepidation and dread. You are the highest power, the absolute force that protects and guards our every step in life.

भयानां A person who is fearless, overcomes fear भय fear अन a term used to represent a skill (in this case of overcoming भय) भयम् fear, trepidation भीषणं formidable, fierce, frightening भीषणानाम् the horrific outcome of fear; that which is horrific गतिः obeisance towards गति refuge, shelter life, all living entities devotion प्राणि् living, breathing पावन holy, pure पावन – pure holy अनाम् – अनानत – unbent, not humbled महोच्चैः in a powerful manner, with your power note – महे्छ magnanimous पद step. foot, measured movement ahead नियन्तृ control, govern त्वमेकं You are the only one त्वम् you एकम् singular, The One, One without comparison, without duplicate परेषां highest lord परम् highest, absolute रक्षणम् The One who protects, guards रक्षणानाम् being protected, guarded.

वयं त्वां स्मरामो वयं त्वां भजामो
वयं त्वां जगत्साक्षिरूपं नमामः
सदेकं निधानं निरालम्बमीशम् 
भवाम्बोधिपोतं शरण्यं व्रजामः

Vayam tvaam smaraamo vayam tvaam bhajaamo
vayam tvaam jagat-saakshi-roopam namaamah.
Sadekam nidhaanam niraalamb-ameesham
bhavaam-bhodhi-potam sharaṇyam vrajaamah.

We think of You and we worship Your name in reverence, O Observer of the drama of the entire world. You are the eternal One, the Self-Supporting basis of the world. You are the all-knowledgeable protector who is the foundation to us all. May we attain your bliss of wisdom.

वयं we त्वां you स्मरामो समर think of, recollect, remember भजते honour, revere, love भजन worship जगत world ाक्षी witnessing, observing रूप drama, play, show, form नमामः (a name held in reverence) सदेकं Eternal (existent) one (सत एकम् one principle, one truth, one pure and perfect existence) िधानम् foundation, containing within, place of, a receptacle of निरालम्बमीशम् You alone I long for िरालम्ब independent, alone आमिष desire, longing for भव you (respectful) बोधि wise, learned, knowing पोतं foundation शरण्यं Protector, guardian व्रजति attain to, going to, attain a condition

तस्य कश्चित् पतिरस्ति लोके
चेशिता नैव तस्य लिङ्गं
कारणं करणाधिपाधिपो
चास्य कश्चित् जनिता चाधिपः

Na tasya kaschit patir-asti loke,
na che-shitaa naiva cha tasya liṅgam.
Sa kaaraṇam kara-ṇaadhi-paadhipo
na chaasva kaschit janitaa na chaadhipah.

There is none, no person whatsoever, that is superior to the Master who is the lord of all the world. There is none that can rule over Him. He has no feature or distinctive mark. He is the Cause, the Lord over all the natural organs – but He is without any originator and has no superior.

not, no (negative prefix) तस्य his/her कश्चित् any, whatsoever पति master अस्ति is, being, present लोके worldly matters, in all of the world. not and इशति ruler ैवम् – एवम् verily, indeed will not नैव not at all, none whatsoever and तस्य his, her, person लिङ्गं mark, distinguishing feature ः is कारणम् cause करणाधिप lord of organs, the master controller of our organs अधिपा sovereign, ruler and अस्य he himself कश्चित् any, whatsoever जनितः creator not and अधिपा king, ruler

तमीश्वराणां परमं महेश्वरं तं देवतानां परमं दैवतम्‌।
पतिं पतीनां परमं परस्ताद्‌विदाम देवं भुवनेशमीड्यम्‌॥

Tam-eeshvar-aanam paramam mahesh-varam
tam devataanaam paramam cha daivatam.
Patim pateenaam paramam parastaat
vidaam devam bhuvanesha-meeḍyam

O King of Kings, Master of all, Lord Almighty, Creator of all worlds and all creatures, we invoke your bliss. You are the only Lord and Master, the giver of wisdom to the wise, the source of light, the only true Divinity. O Almighty God, You are our God, here and hereafter, our adoration to you O Great Lord.

तम् who, the one who ईश्वरनाम् Mightiest, almighty परमम् superior, above all else महेश्वरम् Greatest God, Great Lord of all देवतानाम् divinity परमम् highest, superior and दैव luminous, shining one पतिम् master पतीनाम् Master of masters, King of kings परस्तात् beyond, hereafter, above विदामः we will know देवम् God, wise persons भुवनेशम् lord of the world, lord of all creation ईड्यम्‌ laudable, praiseworthy, to be invoked, worthy of praise.

त्वमेव माता पिता त्वमेव
त्वमेव बन्धुश्च सखा त्वमेव
त्वमेव विद्या द्रविणं त्वमेव
त्वमेव सर्वमम देव देव

Tvameva maataa cha pitaa tvameva,
tvameva bandhush-cha sakhaa tvameva.
Tvameva vidyaa draviṇam tvameva
Tvameva sarvam mama deva deva

O Lord Thou art our mother and father. Thou art our brother and friend. Thou art our knowledge and wealth. Thou art everything to us O Lord.

त्वम् you एव indeed/truly/in reality माता mother and पिता father बन्धु – relation and सखा friend विद्या knowledge द्रविणम् wealth सर्वं all मम mine, my देव illuminated ones

भगवान् आप ही हमारे माता पिता है। आप ही हमारे बंधू और सखा है। ्वामि आप ही हमारी विद्या तथा धन है। हे नाथ, आप ही मेरे सर्वस्व है और आप ही मेरे पूजन उप देव है। आप के स्थ में किी अन् का भूल कर भी मैं कभी पूजन करूँ।।
Bhagvaan aap hee hamaare maataa pitaa hai. Aap hee hamaare bandhu aur sakhaa hai. Swamin aap hee hamaaree vidyaa tathaa dhan hai. He naath! aap hee mere sarvasva hai aur aap hee mere poojaneeya upaasya dev hai. Aap ke sthaan me kisee anya kaa bhool kar bhee mai kabhee poojan na karoo.


Brahma stotram: The first four verses are very similar to Verses 58-62 of the Mahanirvana Tantra which is one of the best known Tantric Scriptures reflecting a conversation between Shiva and Shakti.

The Mahanirvana Tantra describes chakra, or subtle energy structure of the human body, ceremonies, yogic practices and mantras for meditation. It also summarizes Hindu Laws (Dharma) and outlines rules for intimacy.

The last verse is a very popular chant, known by every true devotee. It represents the total acceptance and surrenders to God who is every kind of relationship one could want. This verse is found in the Pandava Gita (v28) in supplication from Gandhari to Lord Krishna.

The verse Na tasya kashchit patirasti loke and the verse Tam-eeshvar-aanam paramam mahesh-varam are from the Svetashvatara Upanishad.

The Tvameva maataa verse is similar to a verse in Ramanujacharya’s Sharanagati-gadyam as well as a verse The Srimad Bhagavaam. See “Tvameva maataa” link for more on this.

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  1. Svetashvatara Upanishad 6.9
  2. Svetashvatara Upanishad 6.7
  3. Pandava Gita v28
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