Translated by P. R. Ramachander
[Those who do Parayana of Bhagawad Gita should chant this prayer before starting reading Gita. This remarkable prayer brings out the greatness of Bhagawad Gita brilliantly. I do not know who is the author of this Dhyanam.]
1. Om Parthaya prathi boditham bhagawathaa narayanena swayam,
Vyasaena grahitham Purana muninaa madhye Mahabaratham,
Advaithamrutha varshaneem bhagawtheem ashta dasa dhyayineem,
Ambaa thwaam anusandadhami bhagwad geethaa bhava dweshineem.
Om, that which was taught to Arjuna by Lord Narayana himself,
Which was written by the epic Sage Vyasa in the middle of Mahabharatha,
Oh Mother goddess who showers the nectar of advaitha called the Bhagawad Gita,
Which has eighteen chapters, I meditate on you mother who removes all past karma.
2. Namosthuthe Vyasa vishala budhe, phullaravindata tha pathra nethra,
Yena thwayaa Bharatha thaila poorna prajjvalitho jnanamaya pradheepa.
Salutations to Vyasa who has immense intellect, who has eyes like petals of a lotus flower,
Who has filled up the oil to the lamp of Mahabaratha, and lighted it to pinpoint wisdom.
3. Prapanna parijataya, totra vetraika panaye,
Jnana mudhraaya Krishnaaya geethamritha duhe nama.
Salutations to Krishna who is a wish giving tree, who holds a cane to drive the cattle,
Who also shows the seal of Jnana and gave us all the nectar of Gita.
4. Sarvaopanishadho gaavo dogdhaa Gopala Nandana,
Parthoo vathsa sudheer bhokthaa dugdam Geetamritham mahath.
All the Upanishads are the cows and Krishna is the one who milks them,
Arjuna is the calf, the devotees are the consumers of the great nectar of Gita.
5. Vasudeva sutham devam kamsa Chanoora mardhanam,
Devaki paramanandam Krishnam vande Jagat Gurum.
I Salute the teacher of the world, who is the son of Vasudeva,
Who killed Kamsa and Chanoora and is the one who gave divine joy to Devaki.
6. Bheeshma drona thata jayadradha jalaa, Gandhaara neelothphala,
Shalyaaa grahavathee, kripena vahanee, karnena Velakulaa,
Aswathama Vikarnaa ghora Makaraa Duryodhana varthinee,
Sotheerno kalu Pandavai, rana nadhee kaivarthaka Kesava.
Bheeshma and Drona were two banks, Jayadrada was the water, Sakuni the king of Gandhara was the blue lotus,
Salya was the crocodile, Kripa was the tide, Karna was the mighty wave,
Aswathama and Vikarna were the dangerous alligators and Duryodhana was the whirlpool,
And the Pandavas crossed this river of war with Krishna as their helmsman.
7. Parashrayaa vacha Sarojamamalam Geethartha gandothkatam,
Nanakhyanaka kesaram harikatha Sambodhanaa bodhitham,
Loke Sajjana shat padairaharaha pepeyamaanam mudhaa,
Bhooyad Bharatha pankajam kali mala pradhwamsina shreyase.
Let the lotus flower of Mahabharata, which arose from the water,
Which are the words of son of Parasara, which has the pollen grains of different stories,
Which is taught in the form of stories of Lord Vishnu,
That is drunk by the honey bee of very good people,
Help those who want to remove the ills of Kali age.
8. Mookam karothi vaachaalam, pankhum lankayathe girim,
Yath krupa thaham vandhe Paramananda madhavam.
I Salute that Madhava of divine joy, whose graceful mercy,
Makes the dumb as master of words and the lame to cross the mountain.
9. Yam brahmaVaruna indrua Rudra maruthsthunvanthi divyai sthavai,
Vedai Saang padakrama upanishadair gayanthi yam Samaga,
Dhyanasthitha thadgadaina manasa pasyanthi yam Yogino,
Yasyaantham na vidhu surasura ganaa devaaya thasmai nama.
I Salute him who is worshipped by divine chants of Brahma, Varuna, Indra, Rudra and Vayu,
Who is pleased by singers of Sama Veda by singing Vedas and Upanishads, by following the word sequence,
Who is seen by yogis who are absorbed in him, with their mind merging in him,
And whose end is not known even by the hoards of devas and Asuras.