- Mudha jahihi dhanagama-trsnam
kuru sadbuddhim manasi vitrsnam,
vittam ten vinodaya-cittam
O fool, renounce your thirst for hoarding wealth. Fill your mind with righteous thoughts and learn dispassion. Be content with what comes to you as a result of the actions you have previously performed.
- Artham-anartham bhavaya nityam
nasti tatah sukhalesah satyam,
Putrad-api dhana-bhajam bhitih
sarvatraisa vhita nitih.
Remember, wealth only brings grief; truly, not a drop of joy can be derived from it. A rich man fears even his own son. This is what happens everywhere.
- Ka te kanta kas-te putrah
Kasya tvam kah kuta ayatas-
tattvan cintaya yad-idam bhratah.
Who is you wife, and who is your child? This mortal world is very strange. Who are you and to whom do you belong? From what place have you come? O brother, contemplate these things.
- Ma kuru jana-dhana-yauvana-garvam
harati nimsat-kalah sarvam,
Mayamayam-idam akhilam hitva
brahma-padam tvam pravisa viditva.
Do not boast of you youth, friends, or wealth. In the blinking of an eye, time robs you of all these things. Renounce the illusion of the world. Understand the eternal Truth and become one with It.
- Kamam krodham moham lobham
tyaktvatmanam bhavaya ko’ham
te pachante marak-nigudhah.
Give up the curse of lust and anger. Renounce delusion and greed. Remember who you really are. Those who are blind to the Self are fools. They are cast into hell, where they suffer.
sayya bhutalam-ajinam vasah,
kasya sukham na karoti viragah.
Make a temple or a tree your home, and the bare ground your bed. Clothe yourself in deerskin. Give up collection objects and avoid sense pleasures. Could a person fail to be happy if he has this kind of dispassion?
- Satrau mitre putre bandhau
ma kuru yatnam vigraha-sandhau,
Bhava samacittah sarvatra tvam
Vanchasyacirad yadi visnutvam.
Remain detached from friend or enemy, son or relative, peace or war, If you want to become one with God quickly, without losing any time, then consider ll things to be equal.
- Tvayi mayi canyatraiko visnur-
vyarham kupyasi sarvsahisnuh,
God dwells in you, in me, in everything. Your anger is futile, as well as you impatience. See your Self in everyone and renounce diversity.
- Pranyamam prayaharam
Practice self-restraint and control of the breath. Distinguish the fleeting from the Eternal. Repeat God’s holy name and calm your restless mind. Apply yourself wholeheartedl to this unchanging spiritual law.
- Nalini-dala-gata-salilam taralam
lokam soka-hatam ca samstam.
Human life is as uncertain as raindrops resting on a lotus leaf. All mankind is prey to grief, ego, and disease. Remember this without fail.
- Ka te-stadas-dese cinta
Vatual tava kim nasti niyanta,
Yas-tvam harate sudrdhani-baddham
Why do all kinds of things agitate your mind? Has your reason left you? Don’t you have a guide to hold you firm, to teach you about life and death?
draksyasi nija-hrdaya-stham devam.
Cherish your Guru’s lotus feet, and free yourself from the bondage of this world. Control your senses and your mind, and see the Lord within your heart.
- Dvadasa-panjarikamaya esah
sisyanam kathito hyupadesha,
Yesam citte naiva vivekas-
te pacyante narakam-anekam.
I have composed these twelve verses as a teacher to all disciples. Unless seekers exercise their discrimination, they will undergo much suffering.
A text by Shankaracharya. No credit is given in the book I copied it from, The Power of Chanting, an SYDA publication, 1990.