Shiva Pranam (Karpura Gauram)

Lyrics and Translation for Shiva Pranam

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Original Text: From one of the primary Vedas, the Yajurveda (2,000 BCE -- over 4,000 years ago)

Paramahansa Yogananda wrote that the seeds of truth expounded in scripture are covered by "the hard shell of language and ambiguity." But through the guidance of a true guru one can use the "nutcracker of intuitive perception" to open the shells and find within the seed.

With these words in mind, I offer a simple translation of this sacred text in the way that I have learned it, and I encourage serious seekers to look for further understanding and knowledge from authentic and qualified sages and their writings.

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SHIVA PRANAM

karpūragauraṁ karuṇāvatāram |

saṁsārasāraṁ bhujagendra hāram  ||

sadā vasantaṁ hṛdayāravinde |

bhavaṁ bhavāni sahitaṁ namāmi  ||

Pure as camphor, avatar of compassion

Essence of this world, who wears the Lord of Serpents as His garland

Eternally residing in the lotus of my heart

O Shiva, one with Shakti, God and Goddess, I bow to You