Rudra Ashtakam

Namaa Miisha Mishaana-Nirvaana Rupam Vibhum Vyaapakam Brahma-Veda-Svaroopam Nijam Nirgunam Nirvikalpam Niriham Chidaakaasha Maakaasha-Vaasam Bhaje Ham

I bow to the ruler of the universe, whose very form is liberation, the omnipotent and all-pervading Brahma, manifest as the vedas. I worship Lord Shiva, shining in his own glory, without physical qualities, undifferentiated, desire less, all pervading sky of consciousness and wearing the sky itself as his garment.

 

Niraakaara Monkaara-Moolam Turiiyam Giraa Gnaana Gotiita Miisham Giriisham Karaalam Mahaa-Kaala-Kaalam Krpaalam Gunaagaara Samsara Paaram Nato Ham

I bow to the supreme lord who is the formless source of. The Lord self of all, transcending all conditions and states, beyond speech, understanding and sense perception, awe-full, but gracious, the ruler of Kailash, devourer of death, the immortal abode of all virtues.

 

Tushaa Raadri-Sankaasha-Gauram Gabhiram Manobhuta-Koti Prabha Sri Sariram            

Sphuran Mauli-Kallolini-Charu-Ganga Lasad-Bhaala-Bale Ndu Kanthe Bhujangaa

I worship Shankara, whose form is white as the Himalayan snow, radiant with the beauty of countless cupids, whose head sparkles with the Ganga with crescent moon adorning his brow and snakes coiling his neck.

 

Chalatkundalam Bhru Sunetram Visalam Prasannaa-Nanam Nila-Kantham Dayaalam Mrgadhisa Charmaambaram Mundamaalam Priyam Sankaram Sarvanaatham Bhajaami

The beloved lord of all, with shimmering pendants hanging from his ears, beautiful eyebrows and large eyes, full of mercy with a cheerful countenance and a blue speck on his throat.

 

Pracandam Prakrstam Pragalbham Paresham Akhandam Ajam Bhaanukoti-Prakaasam Trayah-Shula-Nirmulanam Shula-Paanim Bhaje Ham Bhavaani-Patim Bhaava-Gamyam

I worship Shankara, Maa Bhavani's husband, the fierce, exalted, luminous supreme lord. Indivisible, unborn and radiant with the glory of a million suns; who, holding a trident, tears out the root of the three-fold suffering, and who is reached only through love.

 

Kalaatitata-Kalyaana-Kalpanta-Kaari Sadaa Saj Janaa-Nanda-Daataa Purarih        

Chidaananda-Sandoha-Mohaapahaari Prasida Praslda Prabho Manmathaarih

You who are without parts, ever blessed, the cause of universal destruction at the end of each round of creation, a source of perpetual delight to the pure of heart, slayer of the demon, Tripura, consciousness and bliss personified, dispeller of delusion. Have mercy on me, foe of lust.

 

Na Yaavad Umaanaatha-Paadaaravindam Bhajantiha Loke Parevaa Naraanam                                 

Na Taavat-Sukham Shaanti-Santaapa-Naasham Praslda Prabho Sarva Bhutaa-Dhivaasam

Oh lord of Uma; so long as you are not worshipped there is no happiness, peace or freedom from suffering in this world or the next. You who dwell in the hearts of all living beings, and in whom all beings have their existence, have mercy on me, lord.

 

Na Janaami Yogam Japam Naiva Pujam Nato Ham Sadaa Sarvadaa Sambhu Tubhyam                    

Jaraa Janma-Duhkhaugha Taatapya Maanam Prabho Paahi Apan-Namaamisha Shambho

I don't know yoga, prayer or rituals, but everywhere and at every moment, I bow to you, Shambhu! Protect me my lord, miserable and afflicted as I am with the sufferings of birth, old-age and death.

 

Rudrastakam Idam Proktam Viprena Haratosaye                                                                   

Ye Pathanti Nara Bhaktya Tesam Sambhuh Prasidati

This eightfold hymn of praise was sung by the Brahman to please Shankara.

Shambhu will be pleased with whoever heart fully recites it.

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