First of Two Parts

Invocation

To LORD NARAYANA, to lotus-born BRAHMA, the Creator … to GOVINDA, ruler among the yogis, to his disciple; SHRI SHANKARACHARYA, … to the tradition of our MASTERS, I bow down.
… To the personified glory of the Lord, to SHANKARA, emancipator of the world, I bow down
To SHANKARACHARYA the redeemer, hailed as KRISHNA and BADARAYANA, to the commentator of the BRAHMA SUTRAS, I bow down.
To the glory of the Lord I bow down again and again, at whose door the whole galaxy of gods pray for perfection day and night.
Adorned with immeasurable glory, preceptor of the whole world, having bowed down to Him we gain fulfillment.
Skilled in dispelling the cloud of ignorance of the people, the gentle emancipator, BRAHMANANDA SARASVATI, the supreme teacher, full of brilliance, Him I bring to my awareness.
Offering the invocation to the lotus feet of SHRI GURU DEV, I bow down.…
Offering cloth to the lotus feet of SHRI GURU DEV, I bow down.…
Offering a flower to the lotus feet of SHRI GURU DEV, I bow down.
Offering incense to the lotus feet of SHRI GURU DEV, I bow down.…
Offering fruit to the lotus feet of SHRI GURU DEV, I bow down.…
Offering camphor light
White as camphor, kindness incarnate, the essence of creation garlanded with BRAHMAN, ever dwelling in the lotus of my heart, the creative impulse of cosmic life, to That, in the form of GURU DEV, I bow down.…
Offering a handful of flowers
GURU in the glory of BRAHMA, GURU in the glory of VISHNU, GURU in the glory of the great LORD SHIVA, GURU in the glory of the personified transcendental fullness of BRAHMAN, to Him, to SHRI GURU DEV adorned with glory, I bow down.

This translated excerpt of the hymn chanted in Sanscrit by the teacher during the initiation into Transcendental Meditation ...

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