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Sri Sudharsanashtakam

Posted by Sathyamurthy www.sathyamurthy.com on January 20, 2007

In the Hindu religion there are several beliefs with several more slokas and mantras for different purposes written centuries ago.

Many of these works were by saints from South India who were great poets and writers besides being devoted to the supreme Lord.

One of them was Sri Vedanta Desika. To read about Sri Vedanta Desika click here

We know the power of the Wheel in the modern world. In fact, Wheel is considered as one of the most important inventions of the world. With the advent of the wheel other inventions followed that used the wheel. Just look around and see in how may different forms the Wheel or the wheel structure surrounds you.

Interestingly, in Hindu religion, wheel finds a very important place and is worshipped as the Sri Chakra of Lord Vishnu.

Sri Vedanta Desika wrote 8 wonderful slokas in praise of the Sri Chakra, called the Sudarsanashtaka.

To download a PDF version of this sloka for daily recital click here
To download an MP3 version of this sloka for daily hearing and learning click here

I have been searching the net to get the meaning of these slokas as I have been fascinated by the verse and the rhythm of the sloka. I am sharing the same for those who get interested to read the meaning after having read / heard the slokas.

SudharsanAshtakam-The Eight on Sudarsana

Sudarsana-ashtaka is a stotra in eight verses on Sudarsana, the Discus (Cakra-aayuda). He is one of the chief Ever-free Angels who is of great help to Bhagavan in His fight against the Asuras. His greatness is sung by Vedic Texts like Satapatha-Braahmana and adored by Brahma, Rudra and Indra (2). He is endowed with the six qualities (4). He is installed in the idol form in the mystic symbol of a wheel (cakra) with his six spokes and is meditated upon by a six-lettered Mantra (7). In the concluding phala-sruti sloka (8).

Sri Desika declares that even if our mind chariot runs on uneven terrain, we will be protected by this Discus. (Sudarsana)

The one extra-ordinary feature of the entire Stotra is that all the eight slokas are in a very rare meter ‘Dhrithi-e-candas’, by name; there are at least eight addressed to Sudarsana in every sloka praising his all-round power and greatness. The last quarter of all the eight slokas has the same words in the form of a refrain. “Jaya jaya Sri Sudarsana”-Hail, Victory to Sudarsana.
Also furnished below is the Translation of Sri SudharsanAshtakam by Sri V Satakopan Swamin posted few years ago: [Thanks to him for his permission]

Swami Desikan chose the ‘dhrithas’ chandas as a meter for the 8 verses praising Sudarsana. He chose the ‘aupachandasikam’ meter for the phala-Sruti sloka. Both these meters hint at the the Vedic roigin of Sudarsana as indicated by Swami Desikan in one or more verses of this Stotram.

Verse 1:

O Sri Sudarsana! All the enemies of your Lord’s devotees run away fearing your prowess. All auspicious attributes find their home in you. Those , Who worship you cross the ‘shoreless’ ocean of Samsara and free themselves from their cycles of births and deaths. The entire Universe is stabilized by your mighty power. You cut asunder all the sins of those who approach you as their refuge. You bless all of your devotees with the knowledge about the righteous conduct prescribed by the Vedas. O Lord Sudarsana of these auspicious attributes! Hail to Thee! Hail to Thee!

Verse 2:

O Sri Sudarsana! You are resplendent as a precious decoration on the hand of Sriman Narayana, who has the universes as His body. Through your grace, Devas are freed from the fear caused by the Asuras. Indra and Brahma always worship you. The Satapatha Brahmana belonging to Sukla Yajur Veda hails your glories and pays its tributes to you. The scholars of this universe seek your help to overcome their contestants . Ahirbudhnya Samhita states that Ahirbudhnya (Siva) worships you and sought the boon to see your beautiful form with His own eyes. O Lord Sudarsana of illustrious attributes! Hail To Thee! Hail to Thee!

Verse 3:

O Lord Sudarsana! You shine like the resplendent assembly of lightnings. The bright tongues of flames surrounding you appear like a cage (home) for you. The forms of Vasudeva, Sankarshana and other vyuha murti-s find their positions around your geometric form (yantra). Even the scholars with sharp intellects stumble, when they try to understand the full extent of your glory. It is a beautiful sight to see the sixteen weapons of yours resting on your hands to serve you. You are dedicated to come to the rescue of those ,who seek your protection . O Sri Sudarsana of such auspicious attributes! Hail to Thee! Hail to Thee!

Verse 4:

O Lord Sudarsana! The Righteous people have firm attachment to your holy feet. The Six Kalyana Gunaas — Knowledge, Power, Strength, Wealth, Heroism, and effulgence– find their natural home in You. The Vedas have firmly established Your glory in their many sections. Like your Lord, You have the forms of para and vyuha. You cut asunder the fear caused by the foes of Indra, the foremost among your devotees. You were responsible for the burning down Kashi, the city of Siva to ashes. You stood at the tip of Siva’s arrow, when He was engaged in the campaign to destroy Tripuraasura. O Sri Sudarsana Of such Kalyana Gunas! Hail to Thee! Hail to Thee!

Verse 5:

O Lord Sudarsana! You arrest the growth of the evil-minded Asuras and destroy them down to their roots. You are like the resplendent Sun banishing the dark night of Samsara, which bedevil your devotees. You Overcome any and every act of deception practised by the Asuras. You remove every shred of false knowledge that invade the minds of those ,who seek refuge in you. The Devas celebrate Your heroic deeds and experience joy in witnessing Your powerful actions. You revolve and rotate in many ways in your battles against the enemies of Your devotees. May Thou with such auspicious attributes prosper further! Hail to Thee! Hail To Thee!

Verse 6:

O Lord Sudarsana! You give darsana to us with Your dynamic gait of One foot placed forward in movement and the other rapidly following it. Your position in that gait is beautiful to behold. You are surrounded by Your magnificient and fearsome weapons. You are the conqueror of Powerful illusions (mAyA) caused by Asuras. You are not therefore affected by their acts of Mayaa. You are decorated with many beautiful flower garlands that add to your natural beauty. You are firmly bound in the warp of your great compassion for your devotees and bless them , when they worship You through Your Yantra and Mantra. O Sri Sudarsana of such auspicious qualities! Hail to Thee! Hail to Thee!

Verse 7:

O Lord Sudarsana of many prime qualities! The wealth of the righteous is their true knowledge about Your Lord. You Bless them with the unperishable wealth of Moksham, When they seek refuge at Your holy feet. Those who recite Your mantra made up of the six letters (aksharas) gain incomparable wealth. Your devotees (upaasakas) invoke You in Your yantra of six corners formed by two intersecting triangles and worship You at its epicenter. You pervade and reside in all the creations of Your Lord. You have the power to complete all deeds that you decide to undertake. You are thus a satya sankalpa and serve as the divine Kalpaka tree granting all the boons that your devotees request. O Sri Sudarsana! Hail to Thee! Hail to Thee!

Verse 8:

O Lord Sudarsana, the eye of the Universe! You are of the form of the three Vedas. You are of the form of the three fires — gaarhapatyam, Ahvaneeyam and dakshinAgni — of the Yagaas. You are of the delectable form of true knowledge! You have the power to accomplish every deed. You have taken the form of the Universe and its contents. You are woorshipped thru the sacrificial rituals of your devotees. In return, You destroy the fears and diseases of those, who worship You from all directions. O Lord Sudarsana of auspicious qualities! Hail to Thee! Hail to Thee!

Verse 9: Pala Sruthi

Dwichatushkamidam Prabhoothasaaram patathaam Venkatanayaka Praneetham Vishamepi Manorata: Pradhaavan na Vihanyeta Rataangadhuryagupta :

Those, who recite this Stotram consisting of 8 verses in praise of Sudarsana composed by Venkatanatha known as Vedanta Desikan comprehend the deep references to the glory of Lord Sudarsana will have the fulfilment of all their wishes.The Boon-granting powers of Lord Sudarsana will make them realize all their wishes by overcoming all obstacles that stand in the way.

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3 Responses to “Sri Sudharsanashtakam”

  1. Sunder said

    Dear Murthy,

    I read your article on Sudharsanashtakam, which I found very touching. Its a great work that you have done for our religion. Hope you will continue to post such articles from time to time as your time permits, in the middle of other topics.

  2. RAINBOW said

    Murthy, it is nice and I am sure it would be giving great pleasure searching for meanings of such old treasures and further sharing through this MindPicks

  3. Aditya said

    Dear Murthy,

    Thanks for hosting the Sri Sudarsana mantram, both in pdf and audio format.

    I was in very much need of the same, and could get that in your blog. I had searched the internet very much, but, I could not find any downloadable format.

    Many thanks for the same.
    May Lord Sudarsana bless you and your family with all the properity and happiness.

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