Rudra Ashtakam in English:
namamisa misana nirvanarupam vibhum vyapakam brahmaveda svarupam |
nijam nirgunam nirvikalpam niriham cadakasa makasavasam bhajeham ||
nirakara monkara mulam turiyam girinñana gotita misam girisam |
karalam mahakalakalam krpalam gunagara samsarasaram nato ham ||
tusaradri sankasa gauram gambhiram manobhutakoṭi prabha srisariram |
sphuranmaulikallolini carugangam lastphalabalendu bhusam mahesam ||
calatkundalam bhru sunetram visalam prasannananam nilakanṭham dayalum |
mrgadhisa carmambaram mundamalam priyam sankaram sarvanatham bhajami ||
pracandam prakrsṭam pragalbham paresam akhandam ajam bhanukoṭi prakasam |
trayi sula nirmulanam sulapanim bhajeham bhavanipatim bhavagamyam ||
kalatita kalyana kalpantari sada sajjananandadata purari |
cidananda sandoha mohapakari prasida prasida prabho manmadhari ||
na yavad umanatha padaravindam bhajantiha loke pare va naranam |
na tavatsukham santi santapanasam prasida prabho sarvabhutadhivasa ||
najanami yogam japam naiva pujam nato ham sada sarvada deva tubhyam |
jarajanma duḥkhaughatatapyamanam prabhopahi apannamisa prasida! ||
Rudra Ashtakam Meaning:
Vibhu moksha personified, Veda incarnate, all-pervading Lord,
Lord, master of all, I pay obeisance to you, and am ever-worshipful,
Away from maya and the cycles of nature, of conscious desire,
I chant to you Lord Digambara, who wears the sky as a garment.
Who is formless, Aumkar’s origin, beyond the three gunas,
Beyond speech, knowledge, senses, giver of grace,
Perfect One who brings awe and reverence within, Lord of Time,
Lord of Kailash, beyond this world, my obeisance to you.
Fair-skinned like Himanchal, serene, unmoved,
Of beauty and grace greater than a million Kamadevas, ever glowing,
Upon whose head resides the sacred Goddess Ganga,
Upon whose head is the crescent moon, whose neck is adorned by a snake.
In his ears are kundalas, whose eyes and eyebrows are beautiful,
Cheerful, blue necked, kind, compassionate, understanding,
Wrapped in animal skin, wearing a garland of skulls,
Dearest to all, Lord of all, I chant his name – Shankara.
Rudrarup, best, perfect, eternal, unborn, the opulent one,
With the effulgence of a million suns, with a trident in hand,
Who uproots the three kinds of griefs, who by love can be gained,
I chant Bhavani’s husband’s name – Shankar – to you I pray.
Beyond time, timeless, welfare incarnate, the creation’s end,
Enemy of Tripura, who gives pleasure and happiness to the worthy,
Giver of eternal bliss, who removes worldly entanglements,
Kamadeva’s destroyer, bless me, you churn my heart.
Husband of Parvati, till we worship your lotus feet,
We can never attain peace and joy in this world or in heaven,
Or mitigate or lessen our suffering,
Lord who resides in the heart of all, be pleased with me and my offering.
Oh Shambho, I know not yoga, or penance or worship or prayer,
But I always honor you, Oh my Lord, always be my savior,
Suffering the cycle of death, birth and old age, I burn,
Lord, protect this pained one from grief, I offer you my devotion.