shivAparAdha-xamApana stotra of Shankara - 1,2
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Tue Feb 22 13:45:36 CST 2000
aadau karmaprasaN^gaatkalayati kalushhaM maatR^ikukShau sthitaM maaM
viNmuutraamedhyamadhye kvathayati nitaraaM jaaTharo jaatavedaaH |
yadyadvai tatra duHkhaM vyathayati nitaraaM shakyate kena vaktuM
xantavyo me.aparaadhaH shiva shiva shiva bho shriimahaadeva shambho || 1||
First, the sin due to attachment to karma carries me to the womb of
a mother. Then, the heat of the womb boils (me) exceedingly in the impure
place containing excrement and urine. Who can describe the suffering that
afflict (me) exceedingly in that place! O Shiva! O Shiva! O Shiva!
O MahAdeva! O Shambhu! Forgive my offense!
baalye duHkhaatireko malalulitavapuH stanyapaane pipaasaa
no shaktashchendriyebhyo bhavaguNajanitaaH jantavo maaM tudanti |
naanaarogaadiduHkhaadrudanaparavashaH shaN^karaM na smaraami
xantavyo me.aparaadhaH shiva shiva shiva bho shriimahaadeva shambho || 2||
There is an excess of suffering in infancy and childhood. The body is
agitated by (frequent) urination and passing of stools. And there is
a desire for breast-feeding. There is no strength in the organs. Many
worms, parasites, insects, etc., that are born of Your mAyA keep biting
and piercing me. Due to suffering from numerous ailments, I keep crying.
(But) I do not remember (You) Shankara (even then)! (Therefore,) O Shiva!
O Shiva! O Shiva! O MahAdeva! O Shambhu! Forgive my offense!
Shri Abhinava Vidyateertha, (Divine Discourses, page 91) says that there
is a causal relation chain that runs as follows:
mithyAjnAna -> doshha -> pravR^itti -> janma -> duHkha
MithyAGYAna leads to defects (attachment, aversion, and delusion),
defects lead to activity, activity leads to (the next) birth, and
birth leads to duHkha - sorrow, pain and suffering.
The root cause of this duHkha is mithyAGYAna.
From this, it follows that everyone who is born in this world does
so because of mithyAGYAna or erroneous knowledge. And it also
follows that everyone who is born will undergo duHkha.
What is this mithyAGYAna? Shri Abhinava Vidyateertha says:
atasmin.h tadbuddhiH - mithyAGYAnam.h
MithyAGYAna is perceiving something in what it is not. Thinking
the body to be the Self is mithyAGYAna.
Once we identify the Self with the body, we will be subjected to
defects. The body will be attracted to certain things that are
considered desirable and averse to other things that are considered
undesirable. Again, things are classified as desirable and undesirable
because of delusion. We strive to achieve desirable things and avoid
the undesirable things. This "striving" is the pravR^itti mArga or
karma-mArga. Because of karma and depending on whether we performed
good or bad karmas, we have to take birth again in different forms.
And birth implies suffering. We perform more karmas in that birth
leading to yet another birth, and so on. The cycle continues.
The cycle can be broken by eliminating the root cause, mithyAGYAna.
Among sorrow, birth, activity, defects, and mithyAGYAna, by
eliminating each element, the preceding one is removed and
thereby, liberation results.
bhava shankara deshikame sharaNam
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