SHRI SHA’RIKA AS’TUTI

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SHRI SHA’RIKA AS’TUTI
(A DEVOTIONAL POEM ADDRESSED TO MAA SHA’RIKA IN PERSIAN)
By a Kashmir saint Shri Krishna Joo Kaar

Photo Courtsey Sharika trust Chakreshwar, Srinagar Kashmir
Commentary by Jawahar Lal Bhat
AWAL TU’YEE, AA’KHIR TUYEE; ZAA’HIR TU’YEE, BAA’TIN TU’YEE
HAA’ZIR TU’YEE, NA’ZIR TUYEE ----- SHREE SHARI’KAA DEVI NA’MAH

You’re the beginning, you’re the end. You’re the manifested, you’re the un-manifested. You’re the omnipresent and you’re the veiled ----- I offer my salutations to thee, Mother Sharika!


DEE’VI JAGAT MAA’TA TU’YEE; SHIV SHAK’TI GUR DATA TU’YEE
MAA’TA TU’YEE, BRA’TA TU’YEE -----SHREE SHARI’KAA DEEVI NA’MAH

You’re the mother goddess of the universe. You’re both Shiva and Shakti and satisfier of all benedictions. You’re both mother and brother to me --- I offer my salutations to thee, Mother Sharika!


HA’JAT RAWA’YAY AAL’MAY; SHAH-E-JAHANE AK’RAMI
KA’YIM MUQAME DAY’MI ------- SHREE SHARI’KAA DEE’VI NA’MAH

You’re the fulfiller of all wishes for the whole world. You’re the greatest of the great ruler of the world. Your kingdom is eternal ------- I offer my salutations to thee, Mother Sharika!


A’AZ HAR SAE KARAN BAR’TARI; DAR’HAR DU-AALAM SAR’VARI
HAR FARQ AN’DHAR AF’SARI ------ SHREE SHARI’KAA DEE’VI NA’MAH

You’re beyond the three Gunas --- Sattva, Rajas and Tamas, the three fundamental human attributes. You’re far superior to whatever is good in these two worlds (Aakash and the Earth). You enjoy the most superior authority in both these worlds ---- I offer my salutations to thee, Mother Sharika!


SEEM-O-ZAR’O BAHAR’E DU’REE; LO’LAYE LAE’LE GOW’HARY
ZE’BE DO-AA’LAM AN’WARI ----- SHREE SHARI’KAA DEE’VI NA’MAH

You’re the ocean of gold, silver and diamond. You’re the storehouse of the choice of the choicest jewels. You’re the source of all beauty of the two worlds ---- I offer my salutations to thee, Mother Sharika!


SA’HAM-O-GAZAN’FAR WAHA’NAT; SHIV JI HAST ZIER’E AASANAT
LAAL-O-JAWAHIR DAMA’NAT ---- SHREE SHARI’KAA DEE’VI NA’MAH

The lion and the bullock, both are your vehicles to ride on. Lord Shiva is stationed under your sitting mat. The lower edge of you garment is fitted with most precious jewels ----- I offer my salutations to thee, Mother Sharika!


TUU CHAR’DAH RATAN’E GARAA’N; TUU NAU’NIDAAN’E BE’KARA’N
TUU KAAN’E GOW’HER DAR A’MAA’N ------ SHREE SHARI’KAA DEEVI NA’MAH

You’re the forty times precious jewel. You’re the matchless source of all superior knowledge. You’re the basic source of all the choicest technology and knowledge ----- I offer my salutations to thee, Mother Sharika!


SHAK’TI TU KUD’RAT SHUD AYAA’N; TAHAT’E TU BHAKT’E JAA’VIDAAN
TAHAT’E TU URSH’E LAA’MAKAAN ------ SHREE SHARI’KAA DEE’VI NA’MAH

It was only with your power that the whole nature came into existence. All the greatest of the great eternal devotees of the Lord are under you subjugation. The whole universal activities act under your orders ----- I offer my salutations to thee, Mother Sharika!


NAAG’E TRILOK’E TIR’TH JAA’T; SARCHASHMA’YE AAB’E HAYAAT
AA’BASH BAQA’YEY KAYI’NAAT ----- SHREE SHARI’KAA DEE’VI NA’MAH

Your spring, the Chakhrishur, is the choice of the choicest pilgrimage of your devotees. It’s the ultimate source of all life giving nectar (Amrita). The water of this spring is the preserver of all life in the whole universe ---- I offer my salutations to thee, Mother Sharika!


KHAAK’E DHAR’AT KAHAL BA’SAR; SANG’E SAMEE’RAT KHISHT’E ZAR
BAR HAAL’E MIS’KEENAM NI’GAR ----- SHREE SHARI’KAA DEE’VI NA’MAH

The dust of your doorstep is the Surma (the black powder applied to the eyes for beauty) for the eyes of your devotees. The step stone at your door is made of pure gold. The wretched condition of this your devotee wishes your one single kind gaze ---- I offer my salutations to thee, Mother Sharika!


NUUR’E JAHAN’E SUNDA’REY; TAA’BAND’E MAHER’E AN’WAREY
MAH’E FIRO’ZAA’N AKH’TARI ----- SHREE SHARI’KAA DEE’VI NA’MAH

The beauty of your face is the source of all universal light. Its shine is the eternal sun. It’s also the source of the super shine of the moon --- I offer my salutations to thee, Mother Sharika!


CHAKHRI’SHURA’T HAA’JAT RA’WAA; SAAZ’O GA’DAA RAA PAAD’SHAH
WAH’WAH CH’E LAKHSH’MI THAP’NAA ---- SHREE SHARI’KAA DEE’VI NA’MAH

The Chakrishwar tirtha is the fulfiller of all wishes of the devotees. It has the capacity to make a king out of a beggar. What a great seat of Maa Lakhshmi! --- I offer my salutations to thee, Mother Sharika!


ROGAN CHIRAG’E PAM’PURI; SIN’DOOR KHA’SAY LA’HURI
CHEH’RAT KU’NAM ZAR’DO ZAR’EY ---- SHREE SHARI’KAA DEE’VI NA’MAH

I collected the best available ghee (clarified butter) of Pampore (which has the reputation of having the flavour of saffron as the cows there feed on the grass growing around the saffron fields) for your Ratten Dweepa. I got the Sindoor best of its kind from Lahore and after mixing it with the Pampore ghee painted your face in full golden yellow ------ I offer my salutations to thee, Mother Sharika!


DAR BAR’GAA’HAT ROZ’U SH’AB; NARAD MUNESHWAR BAA A’DAB
DAR’BAAN’E DAR’GAAHAT TALAB ----- SHREE SHARI’KAA DEE’VI NA’MAH

The omnipresent Lord Narad Munishwar is present there day and night with full devotion. He performs the duties of a gate-keeper most diligently at your sanctum sanctorum ---- I offer my salutations to thee, Mother Sharika!


GUL AAZ SAR’E KHUD MAY KU’NAM; BRINJ AAZ DIL-O-JAAN AAR’PANAM
PUZA’YE TUU KHWA’HAM KUNAM ---- SHREE SHARI’KAA DEE’VI NA’MAH

Instead of a flower I offer my own head to you. Instead of the grains of rice (Aragh) I offer my heart and soul for your worship. I want to perform your suitable worship ----- I offer my salutations to thee, Mother Sharika!


MA’AN AARI’ZOYAM BE NAWAA; UF’TADA’AM BAY DAST-U-PAA
DAS’TAM BI’GEER AAZ TUU DAYAA ---- SHREE SHARI’KAA DEE’’VI NA’MAH

I’ve become the embodiment of immense desire for your single glimpse (Dharshana). I’m deprived of all my limbs and have crippled with the desire. Now I wish you hold my hand out of pity on my condition and lift me up ----- I offer my salutations to thee, Mother Sharika!


MA’AN AA’Z TU NAA’DEY CHAA’KRE MA’AN; GYA’NAA JA’PAA MA’ALAYE MA’AN
PRAAN AA’Z TU PRANAAYAM’E MA’AN ----- SHREE SHARI’KAA DEE’VI NA’MAH

Your Naadi-Chakra is the force of my life. The repetition of your sacred name (Japa) is my rosary. The movement of my breath in your sacred devotion is my Pranayama ----- I offer my salutations to thee, Mother Sharika!


SHRI ISHT DEEVI SHARI’KA; DASS’E TU AH’QAR KRISHNA KAAR
GOYAD TO’TAA JO’YAD A’TTA ---- SHREE SHARI’KAA DEE’’VI NA’MAH

I call upon you, my Isht Deevi Maa Shari’ka. It’s your servant, the lowest of the low--- Krishna Kaar. I’ve done your Astuti and wish your benevolence ----- I offer my salutations to thee, Mother Sharika!
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*JAWAHAR LAL BHAT belongs originally to Peth Makahama (Magam) Kashmir. A Post-Graduate in English of 1972 and a teacher by profession he retired as a Senior Lecturer (English) from J&K Education Department in 2004.
He has to his credit six books on English Language improvement and one on Personality Development published by Vee Kumar Publications, New Delhi besides a recently self published book titled ‘Yogiraj Swami Nand Lal Ji Maharaj --- A Biographical Study’ on the holy life of Swami Ji of Tikkar (Kupwara) Kashmir.
His articles mainly related to KP displacement imbroglio and Kashmir Culture get regularly published in ‘Koshur Samachar’ Delhi besides some E-magazines. The writings of the author are also available on his web page on the following link: http://ikashmir.net/jlbhat/index.html. The author writes posts regularly on his personal blog titled ‘Kashmir Warbling’ available on the following link: http://kashmirwarbling.blogspot.com/
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