Prayer of the Day
Prayer in Sanskrit
यश्शब्दराशिरनपेक्षतया प्रमाणम् ।
वॆदः प्रकाशयति कॆवलमीश्वरं त्वाम् ॥ ३ ॥
Shloka as Romanized text
yashshabdarAshiranapekShatayA pramANam |
vEdaH prakAshayati kEvalamIshvaraM tvAm || 3 ||
(mantra arthavAda vidhibhir bahudhA vibhakto
yaH shabda rAshir anapekShatayA pramANam |
saH ayaM vimatsara vimRuShTa padArtha tatvO
vEdaH prakAshayati kEvalam IshvaraM tvAm || )
Meaning of the Prayer Song:
The Vedas, which is the collection of sounds (shruti),
which is the authority by itself not having to be authorised by any other (scripture),
which is vividly classified as mantras, explanations and rules,
when examined without bias as it is for the principle,
it illumines only You, oh Ishvara!
1. arthavAda - explanation; vibhakti - distinction; shabdarAshi - collection of sounds (here vedas);
anapekShata - not looked for; vimatsara - free from envy; vimRuShTa - considered.
2. In the earlier shloka Haradatta has affirmed his commitment that he is going to
purely delve into the Vedas without any deviation in this Shruti Shukti Mala that brings out
the fact that Lord Shiva is the essence of the Vedas.
In this song, he is bringing out the characteristics of the Vedas themselves,
which he is planning to delve in.
3. anapekShatayA pramANam
An authority that stands on its own.
Typically all scripture in our religion put forth their concepts basing on
another established scripture. Otherwise it would be considered baseless and
cannot be considered authoritative. However, the only scripture that stands
on its own as authority without having to establish its own authority by referring
to any other scripture is the Vedas - as they are the words of God Himself.
It is very important that Haradatta brings this point right in the front, because
he has taken the pristine approach of only delving into the Vedas.
The Vedas also need to be, and they are, pristine and authoritative on their own.
Thus the source is pure and the process is pure and hence the result will also be pure.
4. mantra arthavAda vidhibhir bahudhA vibhakto
The Vedas have vivid type of information - some are mantras, which are pure prayers;
some are explanations; some are rules and procedures. These are the types of
information present across samhita, aranyaka/upanishad and brahmanas.
These are the parts Haradatta will focus on in this composition to exhibit that
Lord Shiva is the essence.
5. vimatsara vimRuShTa padArtha tatvO
The approach shall be looking at Vedas as they are, rather than
reading what one "wants to read" in a biased mode.
6. vEdaH prakAshayati kEvalam IshvaraM tvAm
Without any forced interpretation, pristinely Vedas show gloriously Lord Shiva!
7. c.f. சொல்லாண் டசுரு திருப்பொருள் சோதித்த தூய்மனத் தொண்டருள்ளீர்
சில்லாண் டிற்சிறை யும்சில தேவர் சிறுநெறி சேராமே
வில்லாண் டகன கத்திரன் மேரு விடங்கன் விடைப்பாகன்
பல்லாண் டென்னும் பதங்கடந் தானுக்கே பல்லாண்டு கூறுதுமே
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