This write-up is for meditation purposes and is a follow-up to my previous post. Let go, immerse in Bhakti, and visualize the Divine Rudra as recorded in this beautiful hymn. May He shower grace on you.

Om Namo Bhagavate Rudraya

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namāmīśamīśāna nirvāṇa rūpaṃ
vibhuṃ vyāpakaṃ brahma veda svarūpam

I offer obeisance to you, Ishana.
Your very form is Nirvana, bliss.
You are present everywhere and at all times.
You are the personification of Brahman, the Formless Vedic Divine.

nijaṃ nirguṇaṃ nirvikalpaṃ nirīhaṃ
cidākāśam ākāśavāsaṃ bhaje’ham [1]

You are eternally absorbed in your inner self.
You are beyond all Gunas, material qualities.
You are without any distinctions and beyond all desires.
I worship you, who is my consciousness (inner self)
That is immeasurable like the sky.

The meaning of rudra ashtakam 2nirākāram oṃkāra mūlaṃ turīyaṃ 
girā jñāna gotītamīśaṃ girīśam

You are the Formless and the Origin Om.
You are eternally in Turya, the fourth state of superconsciousness.
You are beyond speech, intellectual knowledge, and the senses.
You are the Lord of the Mountain (Kailasha).

karālaṃ mahākālakālaṃ kṛpālaṃ
guṇā gāra saṃsāra pāraṃ nato’ham [2]

You are fierce (against Adharma).
You’re Mahakala, The Great Time that kills death (by giving Moksha).
You are full of Divine Grace.
I bow to you, the treasury of (good) qualities,
Who is beyond Samsara, the cycle of birth and death.

tuṣārādri saṃkāśa gauraṃ gabhīraṃ
manobhūta koṭi prabhā śrī śarīram

You have the complexion of a snowy white mountain.
You are impossible to understand or interpret.
Your Divine body has the splendor of a million moons (Manobhuta).

The meaning of rudra ashtakam 3sphuran mauli kallolinī cārugaṅgā
lasad bhāla bālendu kaṇṭhe bhujaṅgā [3]

Your head holds an oscillating wave of the esteemed Ganga.
Your crest carries an ornate crescent moon.
Your neck has a serpent (coiled around it).

calatkuṇḍalaṃ bhrū sunetraṃ viśālaṃ
prasann ānanaṃ nīlakaṇṭhaṃ dayālam

Your ear ornaments are swaying slightly.
You have a broad (vertical) eye in between your brows.
You have a happy countenance and a blue neck.
You are filled with compassion.

mṛgādhīśa carmāmbaraṃ muṇḍamālaṃ
priyaṃ śaṅkaraṃ sarvanāthaṃ bhajāmi [4]

You are draped in a cloth made of deerskin.
You have a garland of skulls on you.
You are loveable and eternally blissful.
I pray to you, the Lord of all.

pracaṇḍaṃ prakṛṣṭaṃ pragalbhaṃ
pareśam akhaṇḍam ajaṃ bhānukoṭi prakāśam

You are formidable and superior.
You are resolute (admirably purposeful, determined, and unwavering).
You are Para Isha, The Supreme Divine.
You are whole (complete) and beyond birth.
You are splendorous like a million suns.

The meaning of rudra ashtakam 4trayaḥ śūla nirmūlanaṃ śūlapāṇiṃ
bhaje’haṃ bhavānī patiṃ bhāvagamyam [5]

Your trident is three-headed (represents all triads in Sanatana Dharma)
You are without any origin (because you are the source).
You are the holder of the trident (who has control over all triads).
I worship that husband of Bhavani,
Who is pleased by our Bhaava, sentiments of devotion.

kalātīta kalyāṇa kalpāntakārī
sadā sajjan ānanda dātā purārī

You are timeless and auspicious.
You are the terminator of Kalpas, the cosmic cycle of creation.
You are the bestower of happiness to the righteous ones.
You are the destroyer of Pura (Tripura), the three mystical cities.

cidānanda samdoha mohāpahārī
prasīda prasīda prabho manmathārī [6]

You are an abundance of inner bliss.
You are above Moha, attachment.
Please be pleased with me,
The destroyer of Kamadeva, The God of Love (lust).

The meaning of rudra ashtakam 5

na yāvad umānātha pādāravindaṃ
bhajantīha loke pare vā narāṇām

Those who don’t worship
The feet of Uma’s consort,
Won’t go beyond this world of humans.

na tāvat sukhaṃ śānti santāpanāśaṃ
prasīda prabho sarva bhūtādhivāsam [7]

They won’t feel happiness and peace,
Their suffering won’t be destroyed,
As long as they haven’t gained the favor (grace)
Of that Lord who exists in everything.

na jānāmi yogaṃ japaṃ naiva pūjāṃ
nato’haṃ sadā sarvadā śambhu tubhyam

I don’t know Yoga,
Or the proper way to chant or worship,
But Shambhu, I’ll always bow before you (in devotion).

jarā janma duḥkhaugha tātapyamānaṃ
prabho pāhi āpan namāmīśa śambho [8]

From old age, rebirths, sorrows, and sufferings,
Please redeem me, my Lord.
My adorations and salutations to you, Lord Shambhu.

iti śrī rāmacarita mānase uttarakāṇḍe
śrī gosvāmi tulasīdāsakṛtaṃ
śrī rudrāṣṭakaṃ sampūrṇam

That completes the Rudra Ashtakam
Found in the Uttara Khanda (final section)
Of the Rama Charita Manasa
By Sri Gosvami Tulasidas.

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