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How can you attain real knowledge? Prayer from Atmarpanastuti of Appayya Dikshitar

Prayer from Atmarpanastuti of Appayya Dikshitar

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Prayer in Sanskrit 


किं गूढार्थैरकृतकवचॊगुम्फनैः किं पुराणैः
    तन्त्राद्यैर्वा पुरुषमतिभिर्दुर्निरूप्यैकमत्यैः ।
किं वा शास्त्रैरफलकलहॊल्लासमात्रप्रधानैः
    विद्या विद्यॆश्वर कृतधियां कॆवलं त्वत्प्रसादात् ॥ २७ ॥

Shloka as Romanized text


kiM gUDhArthairakRutakavachOgumphanaiH kiM purANaiH
    tantrAdyairvA puruShamatibhirdurnirUpyaikamatyaiH |
kiM vA shAstrairaphalakalahOllAsamAtrapradhAnaiH
    vidyA vidyEshvara kRutadhiyAM kEvalaM tvatprasAdAt || 27 ||

(kiM gUDhArthair akRutakavachO gumphanaiH kiM purANaiH
    tantra Adyair vA puruShamatibhir durnirUpyaikamatyaiH |
kiM vA shAstrair aphalakalahOllAsa mAtrapradhAnaiH
    vidyA vidyEshvara kRutadhiyAM kEvalaM tvatprasAdAt || )

Meaning of the Prayer Song:

 What is the use of the cryptic volume under the sheath of non-artificial?
What is the use of Puranas and Tantras etc the coherence of which cannot be established by the human mind?
What is the use of the rules that does not give result, but only provides the joy of fighting?
Oh the Vishveshwara, the learning comes only through Your Favour!



1. gUDhartha - cryptic meaning; gumphanaiH - bunch.

2. One can read all kinds of scriptures. But that all would help
only to argue better. The real knowledge comes only from the Grace of Lord Shiva.

See Also:

1. Complete Atmarpana stuti with music

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