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.
ଅଭିଲାଷାଷ୍ଟକଂ ୨ Lyrics in Oriya:
ଏକଂ ବ୍ରହ୍ମୈଵଽଽଦ୍ଵିତୀୟଂ ସମସ୍ତଂ
ସତ୍ୟଂ ସତ୍ୟଂ ନେହ ନାନାସ୍ତି କିଂଚିତ୍ ।
ଏକୋ ରୁଦ୍ରୋ ନ ଦ୍ଵିତୀୟାୟ ତସ୍ଥେ
ତସ୍ମାଦେକଂ ତ୍ଵାଂ ପ୍ରପଦ୍ୟେ ସଦାହମ୍ ॥ ୧ ॥ var ପ୍ରପଦ୍ୟେ ମହେଶମ୍
ଏକଃ କର୍ତା ତ୍ଵଂ ହି ସର୍ଵସ୍ୟ ଶଂଭୋ
ନାନା ରୂପେଷୁ ଏକରୂପୋସି ଅରୂପଃ ।
ୟଦ୍ଵତ୍ ପ୍ରତ୍ୟପ୍ସୁ ଅର୍କଃ ଏକୋପି ଅନେକଃ
ତସ୍ମାତ୍ ନାନ୍ୟଂ ତ୍ଵାଂ ଵିନେଶଂ ପ୍ରପଦ୍ୟେ ॥ ୨ ॥
ରଜ୍ଜୌ ସର୍ପଃ ଶୁକ୍ତିକାୟାଂ ଚ ରୂପ୍ୟଂ
ନରଃ ପୂରଃ ତନ୍ମୃଗାଖ୍ୟେ ମରୀଚୌ ।
ୟଦ୍ଵତ୍ ତଦ୍ଵତ୍ ଵିଷ୍ଵକ୍ ଏଷଃ ପ୍ରପଞ୍ଚଃ
ୟସ୍ମିନ୍ ଜ୍ଞାତେ ତଂ ପ୍ରପଦ୍ୟେ ମହେଶଂ ॥ ୩ ॥
ତୋୟେ ଶୈତ୍ୟଂ ଦାହକତ୍ଵଂ ଚ ଵନ୍ହୌ
ତାପୋ ଭାନୌ ଶୀତ ଭାନୌ ପ୍ରସାଦଃ ।
ପୁଷ୍ପେ ଗଣ୍ଧଃ ଦୁଗ୍ଧ ମଧ୍ୟେଽପି ସର୍ପିଃ
ୟତ୍ତତ୍ ଶଂଭୋ ତ୍ଵଂ ତତଃ ତ୍ଵାଂ ପ୍ରପଦ୍ୟେ ॥ ୪ ॥
ଶବ୍ଦଂ ଗୃଣ୍ହାସି ଅଶ୍ରଵାଃ ତ୍ଵଂ ହି ଜିଘ୍ରେଃ
ଅଗ୍ରାଣଃ ତ୍ଵଂ ଵ୍ୟଂଘ୍ରିଃ ଆୟାସି ଦୂରାତ୍ ।
ଵ୍ୟକ୍ଷଃ ପଶ୍ୟେଃ ତ୍ଵଂ ରସଜ୍ଞୋଽପି ଅଜିହ୍ଵଃ
କଃ ତ୍ଵାଂ ସମ୍ୟକ୍ ଵେତ୍ତି ଅତଃ ତ୍ଵାଂ ପ୍ରପଦ୍ୟେ ॥ ୫ ॥
ନୋ ଵେଦ ତ୍ଵାଂ ଈଶ ସାକ୍ଷାତ୍ ଵିଵେଦ
ନୋ ଵା ଵିଷ୍ଣୁଃ ନୋ ଵିଧାତାଽଖିଲସ୍ୟ ।
ନୋ ୟୋଗୀନ୍ଦ୍ରାଃ ନେନ୍ଦ୍ର ମୁଖ୍ୟାଶ୍ଚ ଦେଵାଃ
ଭକ୍ତୋ ଵେଦତ୍ଵାଂ ଅତସ୍ତ୍ଵାଂ ପ୍ରପଦ୍ୟେ ॥ ୬ ॥
ନୋ ତେ ଗୋତ୍ରଂ ନେଶ ଜନ୍ମାପି ନାଖ୍ୟା
ନୋଵା ରୂପଂ ନୈଵ ଶୀଲଂ ନ ତେଜଃ ।
ଇତ୍ଥଂ ଭୂତୋପି ଈଶ୍ଵରଃ ତ୍ଵଂ ତ୍ରିଲୋଖ୍ୟାଃ
ସର୍ଵାନ୍ କାମାନ୍ ପୂରୟେଃ ତତ୍ ଭଜେହମ୍ ॥ ୭ ॥
ତ୍ଵତ୍ତଃ ସର୍ଵଂ ତ୍ଵହି ସର୍ଵଂ ସ୍ମରାରେ
ତ୍ଵଂ ଗୌରୀଶଃ ତ୍ଵଂ ଚ ନଗ୍ନଃ ଅତିଶାନ୍ତଃ ।
ତ୍ଵଂ ଵୈ ଵୃଦ୍ଧଃ ତ୍ଵଂ ୟୁଵା ତ୍ଵଂ ଚ ବାଲଃ
ତତ୍ଵଂ ୟତ୍କିଂ ନାସି ଅତଃ ତ୍ଵାଂ ନତୋସ୍ମି ॥ ୮ ॥
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.