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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Gayatri Mantram - an Unknown Fact

Many of our friends with upanayanam may give wonderful statements like - “ We are into meditation you see.... and when we get instant result in that, then what is the use of Sandhyavandanam and sprinkling some water?

"This is the Kali yuga" and thats my only answer for this statement.. Iam not ready to tell anything more...

For those who do Sandhyavandanam regularly - please read this... this may be useful....

Iam not detailing the sandhyavandhanam part here and coming directly to Gayatri.

The Gayatri chanting part is the central part of the Sandhyavandanam.

na gAyatryAH parO mantraH na mAtu daivatam param
There is no mantra superior to gAyatri, neither is there a form of God superior to one's mother
Gayatri is a most sacred japam that can activate twenty four spots of the human body in the subtle plane. Thats why it is said that a person need not do any sadhna if he does gayatri.

Gayatri Mantra is extolled by one and all . It is a simple and small mantra but with  huge  benefits

Gayatri is a Maha mantra. But please note....
'mananaat trAyatE iti mantraH' (it protects through meditation).

In other word Gayatri should be contemplated silently thinking inwards. It loses its potency if chanted loud or sung with any raga....  Only time Gayatri is chanted loud is during the Ahuti in the yagna

And it is a sin to 'sing' Gayatri using any ragas! (Singers like Anuradha Paudwal please excuse me... Its Shastra... so you MUST follow it....)

Now... coming to our subject..

Each mantra is has a Rishi (who gave us the mantra), a specific Chandas and the Devata(to whom the mantra is dedicated ). This is symbolically represented by touching the head while chanting the Rishi's Name (placing his feet on our head), touching the nose when we recite the chandas (no life without breath - similarly there is no life to the mantra without Chandas); then touching the heart for Devata's name(meditate the deity in our heart)

The most famous Gayatri mantram as "discovered" or meditated upon my Sage Vishvamitra. Gayathri refers also to a Chandas - meter

The word chandas also means the meter of vedic poetry . There are different typs of Chandas for each sloka or veda mantra

Depending on the number of syllables in each of the paadas, we have different meters :-
anushtup (8 syllables)
brihati (9),
pankti (10),
trishtup (11 )
ushnik (4 paadas of 7 syllable each = 28 syllables) -like that up to even 26 syllables to a paada. (Any meter beyond 26 syllables to a paada, is called dandakam.)

Now coming to our Gayatri... there is a Chandas itself by named Gayatri -  and Our Gayatri Mantra has three paadas of 8 syllables each; the meter itself is known as gayatri since it has 24 syllables;

The chandas is vital and should be respected while reciting vedic mantras. Chandas helps us to ensure the form of the Mantra (by meter count). No alteration to this can be attempted since it would disturb the spiritual significance of the mantra itself!

However, there is a slight change in the Gayatri mantram itself... thats what Iam trying to convey here...
I was really surprised that even eminent scholars were not aware of this change and when I discussed this subject with them only 1-2% of people were aware of this fact and only a handful of them were practicing it correctly...

The well known statement is "ChathurvimsathyaksharA GaayathrI " (There should be 24 aksharams in GaayathrI). The rules of Chandas permit one aksharam less for variations (so 24 minus 1 =23). When it is 23, it is called nicruth GaayathrI.

Remember - the chandas for regular gayatri japa is 'nichrut gayatri' which is one syllable short of 'gayatri' chandas. ie 23 aksharams and Not 24...

'Saavitria Rishi: Viswamitra:, 
nichruth Gayatri chanda: 
Savita Devata, Gayatri jape viniyogah :'

So the main focus is the pronounciation of 'varENyaM' in the part  ".tat savitur varenyam" (tat-sa-vi-tur = 4 plus 3 syllables va-re-nyam). So onthe whole the regular Gayatri Japam is nicruth GaayathrI.with 23 letters

But please note while doing Argya Pradhanam its regular Gayatri Chandas and Not nicruth GaayathrI. ie 24 lettered and and Not 23 lettered.
So.... for gayatri argyam - the mantra has to be pronounced as 'varENiyaM' (4 syllables va-re-ni-yam) and not as varENyaM.

So, Gayatri ought to be chanted as 'varENyaM' only during the japa since the chandas explicitly stated during the invocation is 'nic^Rit gAyatrI'.  During the 'arghyapradaanam' one should say varENiyaM.

Thus , the GaayathrI (GaaythrI manthram used for Argyam) has "varENiyam " with an extra aksharam and the total counts up to 24 aksharams .

The other one with " VarENyam " becomes 23 in count and is permitted as Gaayathri Japam

May Gayatri, the Mother of Vedas, bestow on us right understanding, pure intellect, right conduct and right thinking !

Monday, June 27, 2011

Kuthiran - My favorite temples - Part I

Kuthiran or Kuthiran mala is a mountainous terrain in Thrissur district of Kerala state, south India. It is in between Thrissur and Palakkad. Most of us pass through the temple and without even knowing what temple it is, follow the practice of throwing away coins at the temple. (Believe me.... the tender is amounting to several lakhs - for the person who has taken the contract for picking up the coins)

The Kuthiran temple in a sacred area date from hoary antiquity.

This ancient temple to Ashwarooda Sastha is located on the slopes of the Western Ghats. It is located in a commanding position, visible for distances around.

According to Keralothpathi.. - the origin of Kerala, Lord Parasurama threw his Parasu - axe into the sea and reclaimed the narrow strip of land from Kanyakumari to Gokarnam. The Sea withdrew from this area and thus came Keralam.

Parasurama divided this area into different settlements. At one of this settlements, He established four small shrines for Sastha at the four Boundaries of the settlement at Akamala, Kuthiran, Oozhath and Edathirithi.

Legend has it that Sastha is seen mounted on an Ashwam - Horse - Kuthira here and hence the name Kuthiraan.

Kuthiran Mala is situated at a height of about 200 feet in a plateau on the Western Ghats, on the way to Thrissur, amidst lush vegetation and salubrious climate.

Donot think this as an ordinary temple... According to me Kuthiran is one of the important places wherein Lord Sastha willingly lives.

Every temple has an atmosphere about it, and Kuthiran's is one of mystery and wonder. It is easily one of my favorite temples.. It can be an especially magical place for upasakaas... 

Ashwarooda Moorthi bestows seen and unseen powers on those crave for His grace.  He is all alone waiting to bless the real devotees... 

The idol of the Lord in seen mounted on a horse... The presence of "my beloved" is so lively here... During last year yatra while returning from Sabarimala, invariably everyone of us had a feeling that the Horse may come to life any moment and start jumping.

I never miss a chance to visit this temple.. and now my passion for Kuthiran has become contagious and all our friends and group members are attached to the Lord here...

At dawn, it is a feast to the eye to stand in front of the Lord and gaze at the Soul Stirring Horse Rider.

At dusk,  He does instantaneously withdraw your mind and conscience!

To have a look at Him is soul-elevating. To stand in front of him for a few minutes is a blessing. 

It is the supreme joy that fills you now all over, all on a sudden!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Aryankavu Siddhar

Last month a devotee came to my house to meet me...  I had a surprising news from regarding a saint named "Aryankavu Siddhar".... 

Aryankavu is a unique spot - where the Lord will instantly raise the inner feeling and give you the divine awakening. This is the very spot "my beloved" made me understand that "HE is my everything" and took me under his benign care. He gives an enchanting vision; The divine face glows with Kingly majesty and the eyes are full of compassion. I always have a special place for Aryankavu in my heart.

So the word "Aryankavu" pulled me immediately.... 

I vaguely remember having heard this name "Aryankavu Siddhar" before - but didnot or rather could not find any details on this person during my research... 

Now the gentleman who came to my house is his sixth generation descendant and so I was interested in knowing more about this saint... 

But unfortunately we have very very limited information and records about this devotee. Even his original name is not known. 

Around some two hundred years ago a child was born to a Vaishnavite family in Thirunelveli district. The child later became known as Aryankavu Siddhar as he had lived at Aryankavu.

For reason unknown, he had a fascination towards the Lord of Aryankavu.... At the age of seven or eight, on a sunrise the small boy had a vision and a divine call; He was induced to proceed to Aryankavu - the sacred spot of Lord Maha Sastha.

When he reached the divine land - He was awestruck seeing the Lord of Aryankavu, who had called him... The young boy became totally attached to Lord Hariharaputra and decided to spend his life there.

The place was surrounded by dense forests and was the habitat of wild animals. But nothing bothered the boy. The boy was all alone at Aryankavu, serving the Lord - with the company of all wild animals... He slept along with leopards and snakes and whenever hungry, he simply ate fruits and leaves. 

He betook himself to the Lord's forest, where he lived alone for years, until he was sought out and restored to human society by his parents. 

The parents gave up much of  their time searching for their lost son. For many years they met many saints and astrologers to know the whereabouts of their son. Finally an astrologer gave a hint that he might be around "Thenmalai" in a forest- under the care of Lord Sastha.

The parents and the relatives went in search of the boy and finally reached Aryankavu... Everybody were shocked to see the boy sleeping in the forest near the temple amidst snakes and tigers around his body. 

The relatives could not even go near the boy and made many attempts to reach the boy - but could not succeed. 

That night, Lord Sastha appeared in the dream of the temple priest. The Lord ordered the priest to go to the temple, where he would find a small boy amidst the wild animals,  whom he was to wait upon and feed with the prasadam rice and handover him to his parents. When the priest went there no animal was visible to his eyes, so he did what the Lord had ordered and brought the boy to the temple. 

His parents finally got him out of the temple, took him back to their home and pressed him to marry and assume the duties of family life. 

He had no other choice but accept his parents' request. But soon after a child was born, he was unable to bear the influence of samsara, he prayed to the Lord. The Lord asked him come back and also promised to take care of his family and the entire clan. So he again fled from home and reached Aryankavu

He became a wandering monk there and was praised for his spiritual insight and devotion towards Lord Sastha. He lived to a good old age, loved and revered, and finally attained oneness with his beloved Aryan.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Bhakti and Upasana

Dear Anna,

Few questions that flashed my mind, need your advise on this.

What about the people who does upasana of ishta devatha without Manthra Japam?
How will they attain a state of complete merger with the Lord.. Is manthra japam is only way to merge with our Lord? 
Whats your suggestion on this?

Swamy Sharanam
Magesh Laksham


I think you are confused about bhakti and upasana...

The very base of upasana is mantra japam and puja... (whether its internally or externally is a separate topic.... according to me in both ways)

Whereas bhakti has no limitations....

Doing ananya bhakti can directly take a person to the state of complete merger with Lord.... A bhakta can attain moksha directly.... 

Shankara says:
Bhakti kim Na: Karothi... (When there is bhakti in heart, what is not possible?)

But do we have that ananya sharanagata bhakti today? - this is the main question

We tend to do all mistakes in our puja and immediately quote Kannappa Nayanar to our rescue...

Are we bhakhthas of the calibre of Kannappa Nayanar? Is our love for the Lord absolutely pure and undiluted, and is our motive always so pure ?

Thats the reason the Bhakti is channelized properly through a structural and procedural method called upasana...

In brief, Swami sees the attitude behind the action, than the action itself. 

If there is no love even if one gives ganges water from Gold vessel, He will not care for it.

So the Pure Love is the base for Bhakti - which has to be there for upasana.

Most of us do this mistake of getting tempted to think: 'After all, we are performing the Upasna of our own divine Mother/Father; will She/He not tolerate our minor mistakes ?'

It is right that one can perform Upasana out of love, for our divine Mother and Father without too much of rigid rules. But in that case,there is not need for any yantra and moola mantra... even a single drop tear from the devotee's eye is a very big puja.

So you need not confuse both.... if you have ananya bhakti enjoy the Lord - But when it comes to procedure... follow it strictly

But understand very clearly - even for upasana - Bhakti is the first step

Bhakti is the base of everything... without Bhakti upasana is meaningless.... 

Bhaktiless upasana is mere mechanical ritual

But when upasana is built on a foundation called Bhakthi, the Lord has no other option and HE MUST manifest there  - beyond doubt....

Monday, June 20, 2011

Mantra japam and Upasana

What is the difference between doing mantra jebam and doing ubasanai ?


Upasana is different and mantra japam is different....

There are actually three steps.... 
1. Japasheela
2. Japayagna
3. Upasaka

A person who chants a particular mantra for a specific benefit (like a job, family issue, business development, child etc) is a person who is doing japam... By the grace of the Lord on whom he is doing the japam.. he may sucees his mission for which the japam was done.... if he is so sincere and vigorous in this he may be termed japa sheela.

Whereas an upasaka is a person who worships the Lord - to attain a state of complete merger with the Lord. He lives in a stage where his total life revolves around his Ishta Devata... Round the clock his thinking will be around his Lord. 

If a japasheela has Guru Krupa, over a period of time he may realize the divine force and also understand that the divinity is not only for material benefits, he may destroy his ignorance and raise one level and become a japayagna

At this stage, if the japayagna is still fortunate and if he a is wise person, he may focus his japam procedurally towards the Lord and he may raise to the level of an Upasaka

So one is doing a japam, he must be sincere and may start as a japasheela, become a japayagna and then raise to an upasaka.

A true upasaka's mind, action and thought will always be on his Lord...  When one reaches this level he is sure to reach the ultimate... But this is possible only with sheer compassion called Guru Krupa...

Asanam for Mantra Japam

Is is compulsory that one has to sit on a platform for doing jebam?

Before I answer the query let me make one point clear... its not jebam - its Japam and not ubasanai but Upasanai

Now the answer: ----

One has to do the japam with proper asanam. Only then the japam will have its result. Kambalam(thick blanket), Silk Cloth, Deer Skin are best for doing japam.

Doing japam sitting on a Kambalam is best for Karya Siddhi.. this will help in materializing all the desires in mind. 

Tiger Skin and Deer Skin will result in Gnanam... doing japam on this will bestow pristine wisdom. This will also give the knowledge about other persons and to know the future.

Sitting on asanas made of cloth like silk are also very much benificial. Pure white or red silk cloth will help in destroying all liabilities and debts.

Asanas made of natural leaves will improve the health.

One must never sit on stone or rock surface... This will result in mental agony and unexpected distress in life.

Above all sitting on earth surface directly is a simple waste of time.... nothing will result out of this...

Friday, June 17, 2011

The Plan of Sastha

We made a trip to Sabarimalai yesterday combining various reasons... Right from my morning puja I was a very satisfactory that things would go smooth. The grace of all my Gurus and my great grand father will surely help me reach my goals.

Kuthiraan - our favorite spot of the Lord - standing in front of His very Sannidhi gave us an assurance... To be frank - though I felt very happy  and assured there, I never expected such a favorable turn of events from all quarters. 

Throughout the yatra the positive charge was with us... At Pampa during my japam, the main purpose of my visit was accomplished and it was clearly and  physically acknowledged by the Lord. 

The spark gave me the happiness of a lifetime, not because I have achieved something great but to remind me to be more grateful to the ever compassionate God.

The darshanam of our beloved Manikanta was a magical moment(as usual...!!!). and on the whole all the events took a miraculous turn and we were blessed with much more than what we planned and what we expected. 

After a wonderful trip to Sabarimalai we came back yesterday night...  and today morning I wanted to refer a text regarding Dakshina Kaali.... So I went to my library and took the book.  The book was "Dashamaha Vidya" - which completely deals on mantras of the Ten Forms of Devi... and no way related to Sastha.... 

But when I opened the book, I found the place where it was written :
"சாஸ்தாவின் திட்டம் பலித்தது" "Sasthaavin Thittam Balithathu"

The Plan of Sastha - prevailed

My Bhaktaparipala have planned every action that happens next and every molecule in check and under control.
Fortunate to be a slave to the ever compassionate master !!! 

Jaya Jaya Shankara

Sri Chandrasekarendra Saraswati Mahaswamigal  (Mahaperiyavaa) incarnated on this Earth on the Anusham star on the
Vaikashi month in the year 1894. 

June 14th marks His Jayanthi this year

Jaya Jaya Shankara
Hara Hara Shankara

Friday, June 10, 2011

Mantra japam during lunar eclipse

The 1st and total Chandra Grahanam - lunar eclipse will be visible on Wednesday 15th June 2011 on Jyeshtha Nakshatram - Poornima day will start at midnight 11.52 PM and will continue till 3.32 AM in the morning of 16th June 2011. It will be visible in India.

Grahanam is actually a punya Kaala and the efficacy of any Japam done during the GrahaNa period gets enhanced infinitely. It is a practice that people having mantra japam go to the river and perform the Japam.

Also another interesting fact is that Grahanam is the best time for any mantra upadesham irrespective of thithi, vaara, nakshatra etc etc. Receiving mantropadesham during the times of the eclipse could obtain the fruits early.

People may also do the japa purascharanam for mantrasiddhi during Grahana Kaalam. The reason for this is that any japam done in this period is a hundred times more effective than one done ordinarily. Chanting a Mantra just once during a lunar eclipse proves as powerful as chanting the same Mantra a hundred times in ordinary conditions.

The time of a lunar eclipse is very auspicious in doing japam of ones ishta devata and one gets linked subtly to the heavenly body and achieve amazing level of success. People with Gayatri mantra upadesham can very well chant Gayatri mantra. The right time is most important in life and by making proper use of these moments one can throw open the doors to success in one's life.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Bhagawan's Majesty on Display

My Beloved... Vilichaal Vili Ketkum Bhagawan
Kirtha Roopanae... Sharanam Ayyappa

Sharanam Na Anyam Prapanyosmyaham

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Maragatavalli - Mohini Avatara Continued

The Devas and Asuras churned the milk ocean with Mandramalai & Vaasuki, the snake. When the amirtham appeared, the Asuras greedily grabbed the Amirtham pot and vanished. In order to retrieve the Amirtha kalasam, Lord Vishnu took the form of a dazzling beauty (Mohini Avataram). Lord Siva was enamoured by the beauty of the maiden. and Lord Sastha was born out of this union.

A small town called Ryali at Andhra Pradesh, has a connection with this Shiva - Mohini Union .

Lord Brahma who witnessed the above incident created a Lingam here & performed abhishekam with water from his kamandalam & hence Lord Siva is worshipped here as Sri Umakamandaleswaraswami. Opposite this temple is the Sri Jaganmohini Kesava Swami temple.

The Kesava temple here is popularly known as `Jaganmohini Keshavaswamy temple`. The unique feature of this temple is the image of the presiding deity.

The front side of it portrays Keshava or Vishnu, a male and the reverse portion outlines Jaganmohini, a lovely and attractive female figure assumed by Vishnu.

Both the front and the back of the presiding deity are gracefully made out of a single saligrama stone.  Vishnu, who is known here as Keshava is shown with four hands. He is shown holding the usual `shanka` and `chakra` in two hands, while in the other two hands he holds the `gadha` and the `Mandhara` mountain. 

The back portion of the idol, which displays the lovely female form of Jaganmohini and this figure, displays fine and flowing hair, perfectly combed and knit with flowers. The waist and arms of this female figure is decorated with various jewels. The ornaments can be seen on her legs also. Her body is covered with a sari and the lovely lines and curves of her shapely figure lend additional charm to her grace.

Mohini Sutham Ashrayeham

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Purusha Suktham - the Hymn to the Supreme Being

Purusha sukta is hymn of the Rigveda, dedicated to the Purusha, the "Cosmic Being". 
The Parama Purusha - as explained by the Vedam is a primeval all pervading person, from whom the world and the people are built. He is described as having a thousand heads and a thousand feet. He is the Virat Purusha. 

And today because of the conventional practice without any question this is attributed to Sriman Narayana... But I always hold a view that this Parama Purusha is Sastha only - beyond any second thought. 

Today during the maala dhaaranam, I was doing the puja - while chanting Purusha Suktam.  I was totally immersed in this meaning and I got lost in the divine majesty of "my beloved" (who else? - Bhakta Paripala)

Though I cannot express the enjoyment I had - I thought its my duty to share the enjoyment with the Hymn to the Supreme Being

(Later some other time I shall take individual slokas of the Suktam and show how this perfectly matches with Sastha)

I know this may be heavy subject for those who doesnt have much acquaintance with the Vedic chanting... But please read this and ponder into the esoteric meaning of the hymn and enjoy the glory of the Master of the Universe. 

Literally Iam crying out on the top of the world ecstatically :   Na Anyo Devatarashcha Sasthur Para : - there is no other God who is greater than Sastha

Bhaktaparipaala Paada Renu
V.Aravind Subramanyam
First Anuvaakam

Sahsra seerhaa purusha; Sahasraksha saharpath.

Sa bhoomir viswatho vruthwa.Athyathishta ddhasangulam

The Purusha (the Supreme Being), who has thousands of heads, thousands of eyes and thousands of feet (with countless number of heads, eyes, and feet) pervaded the earth on all sides and stood beyond it in the ten directions of space.  

Purusha eeveda sarvam.Yad bhootam yad bhavyam.
Utha amruthathwasya eesana. Yad annena adhirohathi
All this is the Purusha only; all that has been and all that will be. And He is the Lord of Immortality, which (also) grows by food.

Ethaa vaanasya mahimaa.Atho jyaaya scha purusha.
Padhosya viswa bhoothanee.Tripaadasyamrutham divi
All that is (seen) is His glory, (actually), but the Purusha surpasses all this. All beings(living and the non-living) make up only one-quarter of Him. Three-quarters of Him which are eternally are in Heaven. 

Tri paddurdhwa udaith prurusha. Padhosye habha vaath puna.
Thatho vishvangvyakramath.Sasanana sane abhi
Three quarters of Him remain high (un manifest). One quarter of Him has manifested here. With that diversified in form He pervades all the living and the non-living. 

Tasmath virad jayatha. Virajo adhi purusha.
Sa jatho athya richyatha. Paschad bhoomi madho pura. 
Variety came forth from Him Virat -  Virat the totality of beings and thus from within he became Virat Purusha. He spread over immensely and became the cosmos.

Yat purushena havishaa. Devaa yagna mathanvath.
Vasantho asyaasee dhajyam. Greeshma idhma saraddhavi. 
When the devas (gods) performed a sacrifice with the Purusha as the offering, the season of spring was the ghee, summer the samith and autumn the oblation

Sapthaasyasan paridhaya. Thri saptha samidha Krutha.
Devaa yad yagnam thanvaana. Abhadhnan purusham pasum
When the devas performed the sacrifice, in which they bound the Purusha as the sacrificial animal, there were seven poles in the sacrificial enclosure and three times seven logs of sacred firewood.

[The seven poles refer to the 5 elements (earth, water, fire, wind, and sky), plus day and night. (Three times Seven) Twenty-one logs refer to the 5 sense organs (eye, nose, mouth, ear and skin), plus 5 vital breaths (prANa, a-pA-na, vyA-na, u-dA-na, and sa-mA-na), plus 5 organs of work (hands, legs, genitals, two excretory organs), plus 4 feelings of the mind (a-ntaH-ka-ra-Nam), plus dha-rma and a-dha-rma.  ] 

Tham yagnam barhisi prokshan. Purusham Jaatham agradha.
Thena deva ayajantha. Saadhya rushayasch ye. 

They placed Him, the Sacrifice, Purusha, the firstborn, on the sacrificial grass and besprinkled Him with the sacred water. Then the devas, the sadhyas and the rishis performed the sacrifice with Him as the offering.

Tasmad yagnath sarva hutha. Sam brutham prushad ajyam.
Pasus tha aschakre vayavyaan. Aaranyaan graamyascha ye. 

From that sacrifice, in which everything was offered as an oblation, was collected fresh butter. Creatures living in air (birds) and those living in forests and villages came in to being.

Tasmad yagnath sarva hutha.Rucha saamanee jagniree.
Chanadaa si jagnire tasmath.Yajus tasmad jaayatha. 

From that sacrifice, in which everything was offered as oblation, came the Riks (Vedic Hymns) and the Samans (Hymns which are sung - the Saama Gaana). TheChandases (Vedic Metres) came from it; and from it the Yajus (mantra for the ritual) was born.

Tasmad aswaa ajaayantha. Ye ke chobhaya tha tha.
Gavooha janjire tasmath. Tasmad gnatha ajavaya. 
Horses were born of it, and animals with two rows of teeth. Cows were born of it, and so were goats and sheep.

Yad purusha vyadhadhu.Kathidhaa vyakalpayan.
Mukham kimsya koo bahu. Kaavuruu pada a uchyathe.

When they cut up the Purusha, into how many parts did they divide Him? What did they call His mouth, His two arms, His two thighs and His two feet?

Brahmanasya Mukham aseed.Bahu rajanya krutha.
Ooru tadasys yad vaisya.Padbhyo sudro aajayatha. 
The Brahmana was His mouth, the two arms became the Kshatriya, and His two thighs became the Vaisya. Of his two feet was the Sudra born. (This verse talks of the Varnaashrama Dharma and explains beyond doubt that all the classes of people were born out of the Supreme Being and that all are integral part of that Supreme Atman).

Chandrama manaso Jatha.Chaksho surya Ajayatha.
Mukhad Indras cha Agnis cha.Pranad Vayua aajayatha. 

The moon was born of His mind. The Sun was born of His two eyes. Indra Agni were born of His mouth. Vayu was born of His Praana (life-breath).

Nabhya aseed anthareeksham.seershno dhou samavarthatha.
Padbyam Bhoomi disaa srothrath.Tadha lokaa akampayan. 

The antariksha (middle region) came from His navel. The sky appeared out of the head, the earth from the two feet and the quarters from the two ears. Thus they created the worlds.

Vedahametham purusham mahantham.Adhitya varna thamasathu pare,
Sarvani roopani vichinthya dheera. Namaani kruthwa abhivadan yadasthe. 

I know that great Purusha, lustrous as the Sun beyond darkness. The Wise One, having made all the forms appear, gave them names, and uttered these as they were.

Dhaatha purasthad yamudhajahara.sacra pravidhaan pradhisascha thathra.
Thamevam vidwaan anu mrutha iha bavathi. Naanya pandha ayanaaya vidhyathe. 
One who knows Him whom Dhata (Creator) first revealed, and so did Sakra (Indra) who fully knew the four quarters, becomes immortal here. There is no other way.

Yagnena yagnam aya jantha devaa. Thaani dharmani pradhamanyasan.
Theha naakam mahimaana sachanthe.yatra poorvo saadhyaa santhi devaa.

The devas performed sacrifice with the Sacrifice. These were the first dharmas. They, the mighty ones, attained the height of Heaven where the ancient sadhyas and devas abide.

Second Anuvaakam

Adhbhyaa sambhootha pruthvyai rasascha.Viswakarmanas samavarthadhi.
Tasyas twashtaa vidhadh drupamethi.tad purushasya viswa maajanam agre. 

The viratpurusha through (the interaction with) water, Earth  and other elements became the master of all creations - Vishwakarma. As master carpenter, He assumed numerous forms and is more than all this. I have realized the primordial great deeds of that purusha. 

Vedaham etham purusham mahantham.Aadithyavarna thamasa parasthath.
Thamevam vidwan amrutha iha bhavathi.nanya pandhaa vidhyathe ayanaaya. 
I have realized the supreme purusha, brilliant as the Solar hue and beyond the veil of darkness. Knowing him thus, one will be liberated in this very life. There is no other way (for liberation) indeed.

Prajapathis charathi garbhe antha. Aajayamano bahudha vijaayathe.
Tasya dheera parijananthi yonim. Mareechinaam padamicchanthi vedhasa. 
The Lord abides in every womb. Unborn, yet giving birth to all. The aspirers of the exhalted state of ancient seers and creators, realize Him as The SOURCE.

Yo devebhya aathapathi. Yo devaanaam purohitha.
Poorvo yo devebhyo jatha.Namo ruchaaya brahmaye. 
All salutations to that essence (radiance) of para bra-hman, who shines bright upon the gods. He is their preeminent master.

Rucha brahmam janayantha.Devaa agne tadha bruvan.
Yasthaiva barahmano vidhyat. Tasya deva asaan vase. 

This essence of brahman, the gods realized early on and said: Whoever realizes the brahman, they will have mastery over gods.

Hreescha the lakshmischa patnyou.Ahorathre paarswe.
Nakshatrani roopam.Aswinou vyatham. 
Ishtam manishaana.Amum manishana.Sarve manishana. 
Wealth (Sree) and dignity (Hree) are Your consorts, night and Day are Your two sides, stars Your beauty spots (body), Sky and Earth are the upper and lower jaws of Your wide open mouth. Grant my desires, grant me happiness, fulfill all there is (the purpose of life).  

Thachamyo ravrunimahe.gathum yagnaya.
Gathum Yagna pathaye.Daivee swasthi –rasthu na.
Swasthir Manushebhya. Urdhwa Jigathu beshajam.
Sam no asthu dwipadhe.Sam chatush pade
Om Shanthi, shanthi, Shanthi.

We seek that assemblage. May the yagna (spirit of sacrifice) flourish; May the performer of the yagna (one with spirit of sacrifice) flourish; The divine grace be upon us. 

The divine grace be upon mankind; May plants flourish (grow up wards) 
Auspiciousness be to the two footed (animals); Auspiciousness be to the four footed (animals) 
May peace prevail in all three spheres of existence

I repeat blissfully - Na Anyo Devatarashcha Sasthur Para : - there is no God who is greater than Sastha

Sarvam Shri Sastha Padarpanam Asthu