The Sun rises at a certain time of the day and there is light everywhere but I see that light only when I wake up… This statement is too philosophical. Practically this is what happens – My part of the earth is now facing the sun( I don’t remember the last time I saw the rising sun), the day begins, but the light enters my eyes and the world is visible to me only when I open my eyes (I may not be awake).
What is the first thought that comes to my mind when I open my eyes in the morning? Most of the time it is Oh! I want to sleep for some more time or what time is it? or where is my phone? or something similar and unremarkable.
What if the first thought after opening my eyes is –
“Just as you eliminate darkness in the world with your light, O Sun God eliminate the darkness of ignorance in my life by the light of knowledge and wisdom.”
ॐ भूर्भुवः स्वः (Om Bhuur-Bhuvah Svah)
भर्गो देवस्य धीमहि (Bhargo Devasya Dhiimahi)
धियो यो नः प्रचोदयात् ॥ (Dhiyo Yo Nah Pracodayaat ||)
Second shloka I like is karadarshanam:
Karadarshanam Photo: https://heb.org.sg
कराग्रे वसते लक्ष्मिः करमध्ये सरस्वति । (Karaagre Vasate Lakssmih Karamadhye Sarasvati |)
करमूले तु गोविन्दः प्रभाते करदर्शनम् ॥(Karamuule Tu Govindah Prabhaate Karadarshanam ||)
The translation of this shloka is – on the tip of my fingers resides Lakshmi, goddess of wealth, in my palms resides Sarasvati, goddess of knowledge, and at the root of my palms lives lord Krishna, the one god or god of spirituality. I like the idea that the lord has given all the abilities and it is in our hands to use them in a righteous way or why should we fear if the lord resides in me and I can see his power in my own hands.
The third shloka which is also recited in the morning expresses gratitude and requests forgiveness from mother Earth.
समुद्रवसने देवि पर्वतस्तनमण्डले । विष्णुपत्नि नमस्तुभ्यं पादस्पर्शं क्षमस्वमे
(Samudra-Vasane Devi Parvata-Stana-Mannddale |
Vissnnu-Patni Namas-Tubhyam Paada-Sparsham Kssamasva-Me ||)
I feel very very very small when I recite this shloka. Mother earth gives us everything yet we seldom respect it and take care of her. The shloka says (O! Mother Earth) O! Devi, You who have the ocean as your garments, and mountains as your bosom, O! wife of Lord Vishnu, salutations to you; please forgive me for touching you by my feet.
वदनी कवळ घेता नाम घ्या श्रीहरीचे। (Vadani Kaval Gheta NaamGhya Shrihari Che)
सहज हवन होते नाम घेता फुकाचे ।।(Sahaj Havan Hote Naam Gheta Phukache)
जीवन करी जीवित्वा अन्न हे पूर्णब्रम्ह ।(Jeevan Kari Jivitva Anna Hey Purna Brahman)
उदरभरण नोहे जाणिजे यज्ञकर्म।।(Udar Bharan Nohe Jani Je Yagnya Karma)
The emotions and attitude in this shloka are difficult to express in words. Written by Samrth Ramdas Swami this shloka tells me not to eat to just fill my stomach but look at it as a Yajna karma – offering to sacred fire. So whenever one eats a morsel of food, take the name of god thanking him for the food. Taking the name of the god will not just digest the food but will nourish ones body and mind. This food helps us live as it becomes the energy that drives us hence know that it is not just for filling stomach but an offering to the sacred fire – अग्नि that resides in our stomach.
The fifth shloka is for book ending – at the end of the day just before I sleep.
करचरण कृतं वाक्कायजं कर्मजं वा । (Kara-Caranna Krtam Vaak-Kaaya-Jam Karma-Jam Vaa|)
श्रवणनयनजं वा मानसं वापराधं ।(Shravanna-Nayana-Jam Vaa Maanasam Va-Aparaadham |)
विहितमविहितं वा सर्वमेतत्क्षमस्व ।(Vihitam-Avihitam Vaa Sarvam-Etat-Kssamasva |)
जय जय करुणाब्धे श्रीमहादेव शम्भो ।।(Jaya Jaya Karunna-Abdhe Shrii-Mahaadeva Shambho ||)
Translation of this shloka – O! Lord Shambhu ! Mahadeva victory to you. O! Ocean of kindness please forgive all my faults (sins / mistakes) whether it is done by hand or feet, whether by speech, body or action, whether by ears, eyes or mind (thoughts), whether knowingly or unknowingly, please forgive them all. I feel this is one of the most important shloka to make us humble. Even a blink of our eyes can kill hundreds of micro organisms so now I am guessing how much harm I create to other organisms. The detergent that I use, the plastic waste or the vehicle I use! My words may hurt someone, I can curse someone in my thoughts, knowingly or unknowingly I commit all these sins. Is is not worth to request forgiveness from the almighty and be aware of our actions and thoughts to be a better person?
Samskrit Bharati Shiksha Book Page 116.