Sri Ramakrishna Stotra Dashakam
By Swami Virajananda

This hymn was writ­ten by Swa­mi Vira­janan­da, a dis­ci­ple of Holy Moth­er, san­nyasin dis­ci­ple of Swa­mi Vivek­a­nanda, and sixth pres­i­dent of the Ramakr­isha Order.

ब्रह्म-रूपमादि-मध्य-शेष-सर्व-भासकं
भाव-षट्क-हीन-रूप-नित्य-सत्यमद्वयम्।
वाङ्मनोऽति-गोचरञ्च नेति-नेति-भावितं
तं नमामि देव-देव-रामकृष्णमीश्वरम्॥ १॥

आदितेय-भी-हरं सुरारि-दैत्य-नाशकं
साधु-शिष्ट-कामदं मही-सुभार-हारकम्।
स्वात्म-रूप-तत्त्वकं युगे युगे च दर्शितं
तं नमामि देव-देव-रामकृष्णमीश्वरम्॥ २॥

सर्व-भूत-सर्ग-कर्म-सूत्र-बन्ध-कारणं
ज्ञान-कर्म-पाप-पुण्य-तारतम्य-साधनम्।
बुद्धि-वास-साक्षि-रूप-सर्व-कर्म-भासनं
तं नमामि देव-देव-रामकृष्णमीश्वरम्॥ ३॥

सर्व-जीव-पाप-नाश-कारणं भवेश्वरं
स्वीकृतञ्च गर्भ-वास-देह-पाशमीदृशम्।
यापितं स्व-लीलया च येन दिव्य-जीवनं
तं नमामि देव-देव-रामकृष्णमीश्वरम्॥ ४॥

तुल्य-लोष्ट-काञ्चनञ्च हेय-नेय-धी-गतं
स्त्रीषु नित्य-मातृरूप-शक्ति-भाव-भावुकम्।
ज्ञान-भक्ति-भुक्ति-मुक्ति-शुद्ध-बुद्धि-दायकं
तं नमामि देव-देव-रामकृष्णमीश्वरम्॥ ५॥

सर्व-धर्म-गम्य-मूल-सत्य-तत्त्व-देशकं
सिद्ध-सर्व-सम्प्रदाय-साम्प्रदाय-वर्जितम्।
सर्व-शास्त्र-मर्म-दर्शि-सर्वविन्निरक्षरं
तं नमामि देव-देव-रामकृष्णमीश्वरम्॥ ६॥

चारु-दर्श-कालिका-सुगीत-चारु-गायकं
कीर्तनेषु मत्तवच्च नित्य भावविह्वलम्।
सूपदेश-दायकं हि शोक-ताप वारकं
तं नमामि देव-देव-रामकृष्णमीश्वरम्॥ ७॥

पाद-पद्म-तत्त्व-बोध-शान्ति-सौख्य-दायकं
सक्त-चित्त-भक्त-सूनु-नित्य-वित्त-वर्धकम्।
दम्भि-दर्प-दारणन्तु निर्भयञ्जगद्गुरुं
तं नमामि देव-देव-रामकृष्णमीश्वरम्॥ ८॥

पञ्च-वर्ष-बाल-भाव-युक्त हंस-रूपिणं
सर्व-लोक-रञ्जनं भवाब्धि-सङ्ग-भञ्जनम्।
शान्ति-सौख्य-सद्म-जीव-जन्मभीति नाशनं
तं नमामि देव-देव-रामकृष्णमीश्वरम्॥ ९॥

धर्म-हान-हारकं त्वधर्म-कर्म-वारकं
लोक-धर्म-चारणञ्च सर्व-धर्म-कोविदम्।
त्यागि-गेहि-सेव्य-नित्य-पावनाङ्घ्रि-पङ्कजं
तं नमामि देव-देव-रामकृष्णमीश्वरम्॥ १०॥

स्तोत्र-शून्य-सोमकं सदेश भाव-व्यञ्जकं
नित्य पाठकस्य वै विपत्ति-पुञ्ज-नाशकम्।
स्यात्कदापि जाप-याग-योग-भोग-सौलभं
दुर्लभन्तु रामकृष्ण-राग-भक्ति-भावनम्॥ ११॥

इति श्रीविरजानन्द-रचितं भक्ति-साधकम्।
स्तव-सारं समाप्तं वै श्रीरामकृष्ण-तूणकम्॥ १२॥

brah­ma-rūpamā­di-mad­hya-śeṣa-sar­va-bhāsakaṁ
bhā­va-ṣaṭ­ka-hīna-rūpa-nitya-satya­mad­vayam |
vāṅmano’ti-gocarañca neti-neti-bhāvi­taṁ
taṁ namā­mi deva-deva-rāmakṛṣṇamīś­varam || 1 ||

āditeya-bhī-haraṁ surāri-daitya-nāśakaṁ
sād­hu-śiṣṭa-kāmadaṁ mahī-sub­hāra-hārakam |
svāt­ma-rūpa-tattvakaṁ yuge yuge ca darśi­taṁ
taṁ namā­mi deva-deva-rāmakṛṣṇamīś­varam || 2 ||

sar­va-bhū­ta-sar­ga-kar­ma-sūtra-band­ha-kāraṇaṁ
jñā­na-kar­ma-pāpa-puṇya-tāratamya-sād­hanam|
bud­dhi-vāsa-sākṣi-rūpa-sar­va-kar­ma-bhāsanaṁ
taṁ namā­mi deva-deva-rāmakṛṣṇamīś­varam || 3 ||

sar­va-jīva-pāpa-nāśa-kāraṇaṁ bhaveś­varaṁ
svīkṛ­tañ­ca garb­ha-vāsa-deha-pāśamīdṛśam |
yāpi­taṁ sva-līlayā ca yena divya-jīvanaṁ
taṁ namā­mi deva-deva-rāmakṛṣṇamīś­varam || 4 ||

tulya-loṣṭa-kāñ­canañ­ca heya-neya-dhī-gataṁ
strīṣu nitya-mātṛrū­pa-śak­ti-bhā­va-bhāvukam |
jñā­na-bhak­ti-bhuk­ti-muk­ti-śud­dha-bud­dhi-dāyakaṁ
taṁ namā­mi deva-deva-rāmakṛṣṇamīś­varam || 5 ||

sar­va-dhar­ma-gamya-mūla-satya-tatt­va-deśakaṁ
sid­dha-sar­va-sam­pradāya-sām­pradāya-var­ji­tam |
sar­va-śās­tra-mar­ma-darśi-sar­vavin­ni­rakṣaraṁ
taṁ namā­mi deva-deva-rāmakṛṣṇamīś­varam || 6 ||

cāru-darśa-kālikā-sug­ī­ta-cāru-gāyakaṁ
kīr­taneṣu mat­tavac­ca nitya bhā­vav­i­h­valam |
sūpadeśa-dāyakaṁ hi śoka-tāpa vārakaṁ
taṁ namā­mi deva-deva-rāmakṛṣṇamīś­varam || 7 ||

pāda-pad­ma-tatt­va-bod­ha-śān­ti-saukhya-dāyakaṁ
sak­ta-cit­ta-bhak­ta-sūnu-nitya-vit­ta-vard­hakam |
damb­hi-darpa-dāraṇan­tu nirb­hayañ­ja­gadgu­ruṁ
taṁ namā­mi deva-deva-rāmakṛṣṇamīś­varam || 8 ||

pañ­ca-varṣa-bāla-bhā­va-yuk­ta haṁsa-rūpiṇaṁ
sar­va-loka-rañ­janaṁ bhavāb­d­hi-saṅ­ga-bhañ­janam |
śān­ti-saukhya-sad­ma-jīva-jan­mab­hīti nāśanaṁ
taṁ namā­mi deva-deva-rāmakṛṣṇamīś­varam || 9 ||

dhar­ma-hāna-hārakaṁ tvad­har­ma-kar­ma-vārakaṁ
loka-dhar­ma-cāraṇañ­ca sar­va-dhar­ma-kovi­dam |
tyā­gi-gehi-sevya-nitya-pāvanāṅghri-paṅka­jaṁ
taṁ namā­mi deva-deva-rāmakṛṣṇamīś­varam || 10 ||

sto­tra-śūnya-somakaṁ sadeśa bhā­va-vyañ­jakaṁ
nitya pāṭhakasya vai vipat­ti-puñ­ja-nāśakam |
syātkadāpi jāpa-yāga-yoga-bhoga-saula­b­haṁ
durlab­han­tu rāmakṛṣṇa-rāga-bhak­ti-bhā­vanam|| 11 ||

iti śrīvi­ra­jā­nan­da-rac­i­taṁ bhak­ti-sād­hakam |
sta­va-sāraṁ samāp­taṁ vai śrīrā­makṛṣṇa-tūṇakam || 12 ||

Trans­la­tion:

To Him, the God of gods, Bha­ga­van Ramakrishna—who is ver­i­ly the Parabrah­man him­self, in whom inhere all cos­mic birth and growth and death, who is untouched by the six vikāras (changes), whom words can­not express, nor minds conceive—the Eter­nal Truth Itself beside whom no sec­ond exists, to reach whom sages fol­low the path of nega­tion alone (—“‘Not this, not this,’ art Thou, O Lord”)—I bow down in deep rev­er­ence!

To Him, the God of gods, Bha­ga­van Ramakrishna—who dis­pels the fear of Devas, the sons of ‘Adi­ti’, who destroys the demons, the foes of the gods, who ful­fils the desires of the good and the right­eous, who relieves the heavy weight of the sins of the world, and man­i­fests his own true self in every age—I bow down in deep rev­er­ence!

To Him, the God of gods, Bha­ga­van Ramakrishna—who has bound all beings in the cord of Kar­ma, who brings all jnana and kar­ma, all virtues and vices, each in its mea­sure, into his own judg­ment, who dwells in our heart as intel­li­gence and is the Wit­ness unat­tached, yet from whom emanate all actions that bind and free—I bow down in deep rev­er­ence!

To Him, the God of gods, Bha­ga­van Ramakrishna—who redeems all sins of indi­vid­u­als, who being the Lord of the worlds was born out of com­pas­sion, of the womb of a moth­er, and accept­ed the bond of the body, of his own will, who lived the life beatif­ic, dis­play­ing his sport divine—I bow down in deep rev­er­ence!

To Him, the God of gods, Bha­ga­van Ramakrishna—to whom gold and pot­sherd were the same, whose mind rose above all likes and dis­likes, who saw in all women ‘Mahā-Shak­ti’, the Moth­er of the Uni­verse Her­self, to him, the giv­er of knowl­edge and devo­tion, of enjoy­ment here and here­after, of sal­va­tion and pure intelligence—I bow down in deep rev­er­ence!

To Him, the God of gods, Bha­ga­van Ramakrishna—who incul­cat­ed the One Truth that is revealed in all faiths, who realised the truth in all creeds and still had no creed of his own, no sect, who saw into the heart of all scrip­tures and yet was him­self unlettered—the Omniscient—I bow down in deep rev­er­ence!

To Him, the God of gods, Bha­ga­van Ramakrishna—whose beau­ty made him enchant­i­ng­ly attrac­tive to all, who often sang in rap­tur­ous notes songs to Moth­er Kali, who, in chant­i­ng grew mad in ecsta­sy and was wrapped ever in divine com­mu­nion, who, by his sage coun­sel, guid­ed the aspirant’s course, who dis­pelled the sor­rows and heartache of all—I bow down in deep rev­er­ence!

To Him, the God of gods, Bha­ga­van Ramakrishna—who bore wit­ness to the myt­ic virtue of His ‘Lotus Feet’, the dis­penser of peace and hap­pi­ness, who aug­ments the wel­fare, here and in worlds beyond, of his own devot­ed chil­dren, the scourge of the proud, the Fear­less, who bod­ied him­self as the Teacher of the world—I bow down in deep rev­er­ence!

To Him, the God of gods, Bha­ga­van Ramakrishna—who was Paramahamsa’s self on earth, with­al, whose nature was like that of a child of five, who radi­at­ed hap­pi­ness all round, who van­quish­es all attach­ment for the world, in whom dwell all peace and hap­pi­ness, who demol­ish­es the fear of birth and death—I bow down in deep rev­er­ence!

To Him, the God of gods, Bha­ga­van Ramakrishna—who checked the growth of unright­eous­ness and redeemed Dhar­ma from all stain, who, though a Mas­ter-seer of truths of all reli­gions, for the guid­ance of human­i­ty fol­lowed the path of the ‘many’, whose holy lotus feet should always be wor­shipped by those who have renounced and those who have not—I bow down in deep rev­er­ence!

This ten-versed hymn unfolds the glo­ry of Sri Rama­kri­shna, who was very­ly the God, Supreme, Absolute, him­self. One who reads this every day over­comes all dan­gers. Japa and Tapa, Yaj­na, Yoga and Bhoga—all such things may be eas­i­ly atain­able some­time or oth­er, but a deep attach­ment for and devo­tion to Bha­ga­van Sri Rama­kri­shna is a rare achieve­ment indeed!

Here ends Sri­mat Swa­mi Virajananda’s exquis­ite Bhak­ti-pro­mot­ing ten-versed hymn to Sri Rama­kri­shna, com­posed in the Tuna­ka metre.