Sri Sukta Lyrics in Sanskrit with meaning in English

The Significance of the Sri Sukta – 2

Daily Invocations
by Swami Krishnananda

The Sri Sukta

hiraṇyavarṇāṁ hariṇīṁ suvarṇarajatasrajām,
candrāṁ hiraṇmayīṁ lakṣmīṁ jātavedo ma āvaha.
tāṁ ma āvaha jātavedo lakṣmīmanapagāminīm,
yasyāṁ hiraṇyaṁ vindeyaṁ gāmaśvaṁ puruṣānaham.

Invoke for me, O Agni, the Goddess Lakshmi, who shines like gold, yellow in hue, wearing gold and silver garlands, blooming like the moon, the embodiment of wealth. O Agni! Invoke for me that unfailing Lakshmi, being blessed by whom I shall win wealth, cattle, horses and men.

aśvapūrvāṁ rathamadhyāṁ hastinādapramodinīm,
śriyaṁ devīmupahvaye śrīrmā devīrjuṣatām,
kāṁ sosmitāṁ hiraṇyaprākārāmārdrāṁ jvalantīṁ tṛaptāṁ tarpayantīm,
padme sthitāṁ padmavarṇāṁ tāmihopahvaye śriyam,

I invoke Shri (Lakshmi), who has a line of horses in front of her, a series of chariots in the middle, who is being awakened by the trumpeting of elephants, who is divinely resplendent. May that divine Lakshmi grace me. I hereby invoke that Shri (Lakshmi) who is an embodiment of Absolute Bliss; who is of pleasant smile on her face; whose lustre is like that of burnished gold; who is wet, as it were, (just from the milky ocean), who is blazing with splendour, and is the embodiment of the fulfilment of all wishes; who satisfies the desires of her votaries; who is seated on the lotus and is beautiful like the lotus.

candrāṁ prabhāsāṁ yaśasā jvalaṁtīṁ śriyaṁ loke devajuṣṭāmudārām,
tāṁ padminīmīṁ śaraṇamahaṁ prapadye alakṣmīrme naśyatāṁ tvāṁ vṛṇe.
ādityavarṇe tapaso’dhijāto vanaspatistava vṛkṣo’tha bilvaḥ,
tasya phalāni tapasā nudantu māyāntarāyāśca bāhyā alakṣmīḥ.

For shelter in this world, I resort to that Lakshmi who is beautiful like the moon, who shines bright, who is blazing with renown, who is adored (even) by the gods, who is highly magnanimous, and grand like the lotus. May my misfortunes perish. I surrender myself to Thee. O Thou, resplendent like the Sun! By Thy power and glory have the plants, (like) the bael tree, grown up. May the fruits thereof destroy through Thy Grace all inauspiciousness rising from the inner organs and ignorance as well as from the outer senses.

upaitu māṁ devasakhaḥ kīrtiśca maṇinā saha
prādurbhūto’smi rāṣṭre’smin kīrtimṛddhiṁ dadātu me.
kṣutpipāsāmalāṁ jyeṣṭhāmalakṣmīṁ nāśayāmyaham,
abhūtimasamṛddhiṁ ca sarvāṁ nirṇuda me gṛahāt.

O Lakshmi! I am born in this country with the heritage of wealth. May the friend of the Lord Siva (Kubera) and Kirti (fame) come to me. May these (having taken their abode with me) bestow on me fame and prosperity. I shall destroy the elder sister of Lakshmi, the embodiment of inauspiciousness and such evil as hunger, thirst, and the like. O Lakshmi! Drive out from my abode all misfortune and poverty.

gandhadvārāṁ durādharṣāṁ nityapuṣṭāṁ karīṣiṇīm,
īśvarīṁ sarvabhūtānāṁ tāmihopahvaye śriyam.
manasaḥ kāmamākūtiṁ vācaḥ satyamaśīmahi,
paśūnāṁ rūpamannasya mayi śrīḥ śrayatāṁ yaśaḥ.

I invoke hereby that Lakshmi (Shri), whose (main) avenue of perception is the odoriferous sense (i.e., who abides mainly in cows); who is incapable of defeat or threat from anyone; who is ever healthy (with such virtuous qualities as truth); whose grace is seen abundantly in the refuse of cows (the cows being sacred); and who is supreme over all created beings. O Lakshmi! May we obtain and enjoy the fulfilment of our desires and our volitions, the veracity of our speech, the wealth of cattle, the abundance of varieties of food to eat! May prosperity and fame reside in me (thy devotee)!

kardamena prajā bhūtā mayi sambhava kardama,
śriyaṁ vāsaya me kule mātaraṁ padmamālinīm.
āpaḥ sṛjantu snigdhāni ciklīta vasa me gṛhe,
nica devīṁ mātaragï śriyaṁ vāsaya me kule.

Lakshmi! You have progeny in Kardama. (Hence) O Kardama, may you reside in me. Make Mother Shri with garlands of lotuses, to have Her abode in my (ancestral) line. May the (holy) waters create friendship (they being of an adhesive nature). O Chiklita (Progeny of Shri), reside in my home; and arrange to make Divine Mother Shri to stay in my lineage!

ārdrāṁ puṣkariṇīṁ puṣṭiṁ suvarṇāṁ hemamālinīm,
sūryāṁ hiraṇmayīṁ lakṣmīṁ jātavedo ma āvaha.
ārdrāṁ yaḥ kariṇīṁ yaṣṭiṁ piṅgalāṁ padmamālinīm,
candrāṁ hiraṇmayīṁ lakṣmīṁ jātavedo ma āvaha.

Invoke for me, O Agni, Lakshmi who shines like gold, is brilliant like the sun, who is powerfully fragrant, who wields the rod of suzerainty, who is of the form of supreme rulership, who is radiant with ornaments and is the goddess of wealth. Invoke for me, O Agni, the Goddess Lakshmi who shines like gold, blooms like the moon, who is fresh with anointment (of fragrant scent), who is adorned with the lotuses (lifted up by celestial elephants in the act of worship), who is the presiding deity of nourishment, who is yellow in colour, and who wears garlands of lotuses.

tāṁ ma āvaha jātavedo lakṣmīmanapagāminīm,
yasyāṁ hiraṇyaṁ prabhūtaṁ gāvo dāsyo’śvānvindeyaṁ puruṣānaham.

Invoke for me, O Agni, that Goddess Lakshmi who is ever unfailing, being blessed by whom I shall win wealth in plenty, cattle, servants, horses, and men.

ōm mahādevyai ca vidmahe viṣṇupatnī ca dhīmahi,
tanno lakṣmīḥ pracodayāt.

We commune ourselves with the Great Goddess, and meditate on the Consort of Vishnu. May that Lakshmi direct us (to the Great Goal).

ōṁ śāntiḥ śāntiḥ śāntiḥ.
Om. May there be Peace, Peace, Peace.

With THANKS to: The Divine Life Society

And THANKS to Ramesh Krishnakumar, and Shewta Pandit ( Times music Maha Lakshmi chants) for the following Rig Veda Hymn:

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The Obstacle Remover – Shri Ganapati

Shri Ganapati or Shri Ganesh as he is also known, is widely known as the remover of obstacles. It is customary to invoke him before beginning any auspicious work and therefore is one of the most worshiped deity by Hindus. Other than this, Shri Ganapati is also the Lord of Budhi or intelligence and is also named Budhipriya. He is variously called Vighneshvara, Lord of obstacles who not only sets obstacles for those who need to be checked but also removes them.

Shri Ganapati is distinctive with a head of elephant though he has the body of a human. There are innumerable folklores as to how he got his elephant head. He is said to be the son of Parvati, Lord Shiva’s consort. She created him to guard the door while she was bathing. One of the most common stories is that Shiva beheaded him in anger when he refused to let Him go in and came between Him and Parvati. Later repenting for his deed he replaced it with an elephant’s head which was brought by his gana or squad. Shiva made him his squad’s leader or ‘pati’ which is why he is named Ganapati. He also granted that Shri Ganpati would be invoked before starting any work. Shri Ganesh has a brother Kartikeya, the Lord of War and there are several sibling rivalry stories about them too.

Shri Ganpati is also known as Ekdanta or having just one tusk. The story goes that he broke off his tusk himself to write when he was being dictated the Mahabharata. This is a symbol of supreme sacrifice made to complete the task given to him.Shri Ganapati is shown as having four hands and holds the broken tusk in his lower right hand and in the other he holds the rosary which implies that knowledge can be had with unrelenting, continuous effort. He holds a goad in his upper right hand with which he removes obstacles and the noose in the left hand imprisons all difficulties. His vahana or vehicle is the mouse which is said to denote his humbleness. Another view is that rats cause a lot of damage to crops and as an impediment remover Lord Ganapati rides it to control it. His elephant head symbolises wisdom while his trunk stands forOm, the symbol of the unknowable creator, God. He is usually offered Laddoos or round sweets along with other offerings.

Though Shri Ganapati is worshiped daily in most Indian household along with Shri Lakshmi, he is especially worshiped on Ganesh Chaturthi, which falls on the fourth day of the waxing moon. In addition to this he is always invoked before every ritual or the beginning of any enterprise. It is said that Shri Ganapati not only protects from adversity but also grants success and prosperity.

It is usual to recite the Mantra “Om Shri Ganeshaya Namah” before beginning anything, especially for success in education or before writing any text . Another Mantra which is chanted to invoke him is ” Om Gam Ganpataye Namah” especially for removal of obstacles in a journey or for the success of any new pursuit.

The following Youtube vedio is from the collection of LilaSakura
Watch Om Gum Ganapataye Namaha chanting in youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_h2rFVPCSPE

 

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