The Mandukya Upanishad with Gaudapada’s Karika and Shankara’s Commentary
The Concluding Salutation by Śrī Śaṅkarāchārya
अजमपि जनियोगं प्रापदैश्चर्ययोगा-
दगति च गतिमतां प्रापदेकं ह्यनेकम् ।
प्रणतभयविहन्तृ ब्रह्म यत्तन्नतोऽस्मि ॥ १ ॥
ajamapi janiyogaṃ prāpadaiścaryayogā-
dagati ca gatimatāṃ prāpadekaṃ hyanekam |
praṇatabhayavihantṛ brahma yattannato'smi || 1 ||
1. I bow to that Brahman, the destroyer of all fear of those who take shelter under It,—which, though unborn, appears to be associated with birth through Its (inscrutable and indescribable) power (of knowledge and activity); which, though ever at rest, appears to be moving; and which, though non-dual, appears to have assumed multifarious forms to those whose vision is deluded by the perception of endless objects and their attributes.
भूतान्यालोक्य मग्नान्यविरतजननग्नाहघोरे समुद्ने ।
र्यस्तं पूज्याभिपूज्यं परमगुरुममुं पादपातैर्नतो'स्मि ॥ २ ॥
bhūtānyālokya magnānyaviratajananagnāhaghore samudne |
ryastaṃ pūjyābhipūjyaṃ paramagurumamuṃ pādapātairnato'smi || 2 ||
2. I prostrate to the feet of that Great Teacher, the most adored among the adorable, who,—out of sheer compassion for the beings drowned in the deep ocean of the world, infested with the terrible sharks of incessant births (and deaths),—rescued, for the benefit of all, this nectar, hardly obtainable even by the gods, from the innermost depths of the ocean of the Vedas by churning it with the (churning) rod of his illumined reason.
मज्जोन्मज्जच्च घोरे ह्यमकृदुपजनोदन्वति त्रासने मे ।
यत्पादावाश्रितानां श्रुतिशमविनयप्राप्तिरग्या ह्यमोघा
तत्पादौ पावनीयो भवभयविनुदौ सर्वभावैर्नमस्ये ॥ ३ ॥
majjonmajjacca ghore hyamakṛdupajanodanvati trāsane me |
yatpādāvāśritānāṃ śrutiśamavinayaprāptiragyā hyamoghā
tatpādau pāvanīyo bhavabhayavinudau sarvabhāvairnamasye || 3 ||
3. I make obeisance with my whole being to those holy feet—the dispellers of the fear of this chain of births and deaths—of my great teacher who, through the light of his illumined reason, destroyed the darkness of delusion enveloping my mind; who destroyed for ever my (notions of) appearance and disappearance in this terrible ocean of innumerable births and deaths; and who makes all others also that take shelter at his feet, attain to the unfailing knowledge of Scriptures, peace and the state of perfect non-differentiation.
Aum Peace! Peace! Peace!
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