A Prayer for Total Surrender

Lalitha Tripur SundariSaundarya  Lahiri  meaning “waves of beauty” is a famous literary work written by Adi Shankaracharya. It has hundred verses describing the beauty, grace and magnificence of Goddess Parvati the consort of Lord Shiva. Verse 1-41 describe the mystical union of Shiva and Parvati and are aptly referred to as Anand Lahiri meaning “Waves of Bliss”. Verses 42 -100 eulogize the physical beauty of the Goddess and are referred to as Saundarya Lahiri. In common parlance the whole text is referred to as Saundarya Lahiri. Given below is verse 27 in which the sadhak completely surrenders to Mother. This complete surrender is essential if we want Mother to take charge of our life…

जपो जल्पः शिल्पं सकलमपी मुद्रविरचना


प्रणामः संवेशः सुखमखिलमात्मार्पणदृशा 



Japojalpah shilpam saklam api mudra virachna

Gatih pradakshinya-kramandan asarady ahuti vidih;

Pramanah samvesah sukham akilam atmarpara-chsa

Sarparya paryayastava yan me vilasttam.

Let all my mutterings that I do,

With sacrifice in my soul

Become chanting of your name,


Let all my movements become thine mudras,

Let my travel become perambulations around thee,

Let the art of eating and dressing become fire sacrifice to thee,

Let my act of sleeping become salutations to you,

And let all actions of pleasures of mine become parts of your worship.

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