This short but sweet hymn appears in Skanda Purana – Kasi Kanda. It is said that a brahmin, by name Vishvanara prayed to the Lord with this stotra and got the Lord Himself as his son Vaishvanara. This shows that this prayer is capable of fulfilling one’s desires if recited with fervor and sincerity. Since it is capable of yielding
the desires of the devotee, it has got its name Abhilashashtakam. Abhilasha means desire. The stotra is replete with vedantic truths that are revealed by the upanishads. Hence a student of vedanta will be able to enjoy reciting it. The upanishads declare that God is without a name and form. But He may also be worshipped as one with form. Here the Supreme Being known by the name of Brahman is also addressed as Rudra in the first verse and later in the last verse identified as the Lord of Gowri.
ಅಭಿಲಾಷಾಷ್ಟಕಂ 2 Lyrics in Kannada:
ಏಕಂ ಬ್ರಹ್ಮೈವಽಽದ್ವಿತೀಯಂ ಸಮಸ್ತಂ
ಸತ್ಯಂ ಸತ್ಯಂ ನೇಹ ನಾನಾಸ್ತಿ ಕಿಂಚಿತ್ ।
ಏಕೋ ರುದ್ರೋ ನ ದ್ವಿತೀಯಾಯ ತಸ್ಥೇ
ತಸ್ಮಾದೇಕಂ ತ್ವಾಂ ಪ್ರಪದ್ಯೇ ಸದಾಹಮ್ ॥ 1 ॥ var ಪ್ರಪದ್ಯೇ ಮಹೇಶಮ್
ಏಕಃ ಕರ್ತಾ ತ್ವಂ ಹಿ ಸರ್ವಸ್ಯ ಶಂಭೋ
ನಾನಾ ರೂಪೇಷು ಏಕರೂಪೋಸಿ ಅರೂಪಃ ।
ಯದ್ವತ್ ಪ್ರತ್ಯಪ್ಸು ಅರ್ಕಃ ಏಕೋಪಿ ಅನೇಕಃ
ತಸ್ಮಾತ್ ನಾನ್ಯಂ ತ್ವಾಂ ವಿನೇಶಂ ಪ್ರಪದ್ಯೇ ॥ 2 ॥
ರಜ್ಜೌ ಸರ್ಪಃ ಶುಕ್ತಿಕಾಯಾಂ ಚ ರೂಪ್ಯಂ
ನರಃ ಪೂರಃ ತನ್ಮೃಗಾಖ್ಯೇ ಮರೀಚೌ ।
ಯದ್ವತ್ ತದ್ವತ್ ವಿಷ್ವಕ್ ಏಷಃ ಪ್ರಪಂಚಃ
ಯಸ್ಮಿನ್ ಜ್ಞಾತೇ ತಂ ಪ್ರಪದ್ಯೇ ಮಹೇಶಂ ॥ 3 ॥
ತೋಯೇ ಶೈತ್ಯಂ ದಾಹಕತ್ವಂ ಚ ವನ್ಹೌ
ತಾಪೋ ಭಾನೌ ಶೀತ ಭಾನೌ ಪ್ರಸಾದಃ ।
ಪುಷ್ಪೇ ಗಣ್ಧಃ ದುಗ್ಧ ಮಧ್ಯೇಽಪಿ ಸರ್ಪಿಃ
ಯತ್ತತ್ ಶಂಭೋ ತ್ವಂ ತತಃ ತ್ವಾಂ ಪ್ರಪದ್ಯೇ ॥ 4 ॥
ಶಬ್ದಂ ಗೃಣ್ಹಾಸಿ ಅಶ್ರವಾಃ ತ್ವಂ ಹಿ ಜಿಘ್ರೇಃ
ಅಗ್ರಾಣಃ ತ್ವಂ ವ್ಯಂಘ್ರಿಃ ಆಯಾಸಿ ದೂರಾತ್ ।
ವ್ಯಕ್ಷಃ ಪಶ್ಯೇಃ ತ್ವಂ ರಸಜ್ಞೋಽಪಿ ಅಜಿಹ್ವಃ
ಕಃ ತ್ವಾಂ ಸಮ್ಯಕ್ ವೇತ್ತಿ ಅತಃ ತ್ವಾಂ ಪ್ರಪದ್ಯೇ ॥ 5 ॥
ನೋ ವೇದ ತ್ವಾಂ ಈಶ ಸಾಕ್ಷಾತ್ ವಿವೇದ
ನೋ ವಾ ವಿಷ್ಣುಃ ನೋ ವಿಧಾತಾಽಖಿಲಸ್ಯ ।
ನೋ ಯೋಗೀನ್ದ್ರಾಃ ನೇನ್ದ್ರ ಮುಖ್ಯಾಶ್ಚ ದೇವಾಃ
ಭಕ್ತೋ ವೇದತ್ವಾಂ ಅತಸ್ತ್ವಾಂ ಪ್ರಪದ್ಯೇ ॥ 6 ॥
ನೋ ತೇ ಗೋತ್ರಂ ನೇಶ ಜನ್ಮಾಪಿ ನಾಖ್ಯಾ
ನೋವಾ ರೂಪಂ ನೈವ ಶೀಲಂ ನ ತೇಜಃ ।
ಇತ್ಥಂ ಭೂತೋಪಿ ಈಶ್ವರಃ ತ್ವಂ ತ್ರಿಲೋಖ್ಯಾಃ
ಸರ್ವಾನ್ ಕಾಮಾನ್ ಪೂರಯೇಃ ತತ್ ಭಜೇಹಮ್ ॥ 7॥
ತ್ವತ್ತಃ ಸರ್ವಂ ತ್ವಹಿ ಸರ್ವಂ ಸ್ಮರಾರೇ
ತ್ವಂ ಗೌರೀಶಃ ತ್ವಂ ಚ ನಗ್ನಃ ಅತಿಶಾನ್ತಃ ।
ತ್ವಂ ವೈ ವೃದ್ಧಃ ತ್ವಂ ಯುವಾ ತ್ವಂ ಚ ಬಾಲಃ
ತತ್ವಂ ಯತ್ಕಿಂ ನಾಸಿ ಅತಃ ತ್ವಾಂ ನತೋಸ್ಮಿ ॥ 8 ॥
Abhilashashtakam 2 Meaning:
1) It is the one brahman which is without a second and is in the form of everything. There are no different things. This is really the truth. And that brahman is Rudra. In view of this, I always surrender to You who is the One without a second.
2) Oh Sambho! You alone are the creator of every thing. You are without a form. Yet You appear in many forms in one form. Just as the same sun is seen as many suns in many collections of water, You also appear as many. So, I will not surrender to any one else.
3) On coming to know You, what appeared as the world earlier is seen as the Lord only, just as what appeared to be a snake earlier is understood to be a rope only, what appeared as silver is understood to be a pearl oyster only and what appeared as a stream is understood to be a mirage only. I surrender to You the Lord.
4) The coldness in the water, the intense heat in the fire, the heat in the sun, the joy in the moon, the fragrance in the flower and the ghee in the curd are all aspects of You. Therefore I surrender to You.
5) You hear but are without ears, You smell but are without nose, You come from a distance but are without feet, You see but are without eyes and taste but are without a tongue. Who can know You properly? Such a One, I surrender to You.
6) O Lord! the veda itself has not known You properly. Nor have Vishnu, Brahma the creator of all the worlds, the best among the yogis or the gods like Indra have understood You properly. Only Your devotee knows You. Therefore I surrender to You.
7) O Lord! You have no lineage. You have no birth, no name, no form also. You have no manner of conducting Yourself or splendor. Even though You are like this You are the lord of the three worlds. You fulfill everyone’s desires. Therefore I worship You.
8) O the enemy of the god of love! everything originated from You. You are everything. You are the lord of Gouri. You are naked. You are very peaceful. You are old, young, infantile. What are You not? Therefore I prostrate before You.