Bhavani Astakam (भवानि अष्टकं)

Bhavāni Aṣṭakaṁ was written by Adi Shankaracharya, in praise of Goddess Bhavani.
Astakam means eight, it symbolizes a song or hymn containing eight paras. Eight is very crucial number in vedic astrology.
There are eight directions, eight forms of Shiva (Asta Murti), eight bondages of Soul (Asta Charakaraka) and eight arms of Durga (Due to imaginative powers of the Artist, he gave Maa Bhavani two extra hands in picture)

The one who sings Bhavani Astakam, everyday will be protected by Maa Bhavani from all dangers. Bhavani Astakam not only protects the body but one’s mind too. It is a very good remedy for Moon. People who have weak Moon can sing either Bhavani Astakam or Krishna Astakam. Krishna Astakam purifies soul, and opens door for spiritual growth, but Bhavani Astakam also provides a Kavacha (Armour).

Bhavani Astakam

Learn the Bhavani Astakam by heart. Recite it every evening for maximum benefit.
For easy learning and correct pronunciation I have made the script available in both Hindi and English followed by the audio of the same.

न तातो न माता न बन्धुर्न दाता
न पुत्रो न पुत्री न भृत्यो न भर्ता ।
न जाया न विद्या न वृत्तिर्ममैव
गतिस्त्वं गतिस्त्वं त्वमेका भवानि ॥१॥

na tāto na mātā na bandhurna dātā
na putro na putri na bhṛtyo na bhartā
na jayā na vidyā na vṛttirmamaiva
gatistvaṁ gatistvaṁ tvamekā bhavān|1|

Neither the father, nor the mother, neither the friend nor the donor,
Neither the son, nor the daughter; neither the dependant nor the husband (the one you depend on),
Neither the wife, nor knowledge, indeed not my profession,
You are my refuge, you alone are my refuge, Oh Bhavani.

भवाब्धावपारे महादुःखभीरु
पपात प्रकामी प्रलोभी प्रमत्तः ।
कुसंसारपाशप्रबद्धः सदाहं
गतिस्त्वं गतिस्त्वं त्वमेका भवानि ॥२॥

bhavābdhāvapāre mahāduḥkhabhīru
papāta prakāmī pralobhī pramattaḥ |
kusaṁsārapāśaprabaddhaḥ  sadāhaṁ
gatistvaṁ gatistvaṁ tvamekā bhavāni ||2||

In this ocean of birth and death which is endless, I am afraid of great sorrow
I have fallen with excessive desires and greed and intoxication (arrogance)
I am always tied in the bondage of this miserable samsara (worldly existence)
You are my refuge, you alone are my refuge, Oh Bhavani.

न जानामि दानं न च ध्यानयोगं
न जानामि तन्त्रं न च स्तोत्रमन्त्रं।
न जानामि पूजां न च न्यासयोगं
गतिस्त्वं गतिस्त्वं त्वमेका भवानि ॥३॥

na jānāmi dānaṁ na ca dhyānayogaṁ
na jānāmi tantraṁ na ca stotramantraṁ |
na jānāmi pūjāṁ na ca nyāsayogaṁ
gatistvaṁ gatisvaṁ tvamekā bhavāni ||3||

I do not know the act of giving, nor the yoga of meditation,
I do not know the practice of tantra, nor eulogies or sacred chants,
I do not know how to worship, nor the practise of nyasa yoga (placing deities in the organs),
You are my refuge, you alone are my refuge, Oh Bhavani.

न जानामि पुण्यं न जानामि तीर्थ
न जानामि मुक्तिं लयं वा कदाचित् ।
न जानामि भक्तिं व्रतं वापि मातर्गतिस्त्वं
गतिस्त्वं त्वमेका भवानि ॥४॥

na jānāmi puṇyaṁ na jānāmi tīrtha
na jānāmi muktiṁ layaṁ vā kadāacit |
na jānāmi bhaktiṁ vrataṁ vāpi mātargatistvaṁ
gatistvaṁ tvamekā bhavāni ||4||

I do not know the virtue of merit, nor the way to sacred shrines,
I never seem to know the way to liberation and or the act of dissolving (my mind in yours) 
I also do not know the path of devotion or austerity, Oh Mother, you are my refuge
You alone are my refuge, Oh Bhavani.

कुकर्मी कुसङ्गी कुबुद्धिः कुदासः
कुलाचारहीनः कदाचारलीनः ।
कुदृष्टिः कुवाक्यप्रबन्धः सदाहं
गतिस्त्वं गतिस्त्वं त्वमेका भवानि ॥५॥

kukarmī kusaṅgī kubuddhiḥ kudāsaḥ
kulācārahīnaḥ kadācāralīinaḥ |
kudṛṣṭiḥ kuvākyaprabandhaḥ sadāhaṁ
gatistvaṁ gatistvaṁ tvamekā bhavāni ||5||

I am a performer of evil deeds, keep bad company, cherish sinful thoughts, and do not serve well
I have been wanting in performance of my duties (as per custom),engrossed in corrupt practice
I am always with a maligned vision and a composer of bad speech
You are my refuge, you alone are my refuge, Oh Bhavani.

प्रजेशं रमेशं महेशं सुरेशं
दिनेशं निशीथेश्वरं वा कदाचित् ।
न जानामि चान्यत् सदाहं शरण्ये
गतिस्त्वं गतिस्त्वं त्वमेका भवानि ॥६॥

prajeśaṁ rameśaṁ maheśaṁ sureśaṁ
dineśaṁ niśītheśvaraṁ vā kadācit |
na jānāmi cānyat sadāhaṁ śaraṇye
gatistvaṁ gatistvaṁ tvamekā bhavāni ||6||

I do not ever know about the Creator (Brahma) or know about the Lord of Lakshmi (Vishnu)
I do not know about the Great Lord (Shiva) nor do I know about The Lord of the Devas (Indra),
I do not the Lord of the day (Surya) or the Lord of the night (Chandra),
I do not know about the other gods, but I always surrender (to you)
You are my refuge, you alone are my refuge, Oh Bhavani.

विवादे विषादे प्रमादे प्रवासे
जले चानले पर्वते शत्रुमध्ये ।
अरण्ये शरण्ये सदा मां प्रपाहि
गतिस्त्वं गतिस्त्वं त्वमेका भवानि ॥७॥

vivāade viṣāde pramāde pravāse
jale cānale parvate śatrumadhye |
araṇye śaraṇye sadā māṁ prapāhi
gatistvaṁ gatistvaṁ tvamekā bhavāani ||7||

When I am in dispute, in despair and in insanity, in a foreign land,
When I am in water and fire, in mountains and amidst enemies,
When I am in forest, please protect me,
You are my refuge, you alone are my refuge, Oh Bhavani

अनाथो दरिद्रो जरारोगयुक्तो
महाक्षीणदीनः सदा जाड्यवक्त्रः ।
विपत्तौ प्रविष्टः प्रनष्टः सदाहं
गतिस्त्वं गतिस्त्वं त्वमेका भवानि ॥८॥

anātho daridro jarārogayukto
mahākṣīṇadīnaḥ sadā jāḍyavaktraḥ |
vipattau praviṣṭaḥ pranaṣṭaḥ sadāhaṁ
gatistvaṁ gatistvaṁ tvamekā bhavāni ||8||

When I am an orphan, poor, afflicted by disease of old age
When I am very weak and miserable, always with a pale countenance,
When I am always engaged and lost in dangers,
You are my refuge, you alone are my refuge, Oh Bhavani.

Acknowledgements
Cover Photo: Dr. Deeksha Singh
Transcription: Mr. Ravi Shamla
(Vivek)

Mantra Sastra, Moon, Vedic Remedies

Written by Akshat Pandey

Akshat Pandey, belongs to a brahim family from Prayagraj, India. He completed his Law School, from prestigious Symbiosis Law School. After graduation he was initiated into a 500 year old Jyotish Parampara (Vedic Astrology Tradition) of Shri Achutadasa, Jagannath Puri. He practices vedic astrology from Brihat Parashara Hora Sastra, Upadesa Sutra of Maharashi Jaimini and other various vedic texts. His approach to vedic astrology is very modern one, as he wants to imbibe vedic knowledge in our modern lifestyle.

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