A three days Meditation session was organized at Vedanta Ashram by Poojya Guruji Sri Swami Atmanandaji on the three shlokas of Pratah Smaran Stotram. These were organized on 21st, 22nd and 23rd July 2016.
प्रातः स्मरामि हृदि संस्फुरदात्मतत्त्वं
सच्चित्सुखं परमहंसगतिं तुरीयम् ।
तद्ब्रह्म निष्कलमहं न च भूतसङ्घः ॥१॥
Early morning I bring to my mind that self-effulgent ‘Atma’ which ever reveals in my heart as ‘I’. I am of the nature of Sat-Chit & Ananda – pure existence, Consciousness and bliss. This self alone is where the wise ones always revel in, and this consciousness not only pervades all states but also transcends them. The three states of dream, waking & deep-sleep comes & go in it, and it ever remains the constant substratum of them, knowing & revealing them. I am that infinite Brahman and not this inert mind-body complex.
प्रातर्भजामि मनसा वचसामगम्यं
वाचो विभान्ति निखिला यदनुग्रहेण ।
यन्नेतिनेतिवचनैर्निगमा अवोच अवोचु:
तं देवदेवमजमच्युतमाहुरग्र्यम् ॥२॥
I reverentially bring to my mind ‘that’ Self, which while not objectified by our mind & speech, but because of which the mind & speech can illumine their objects. That which is revealed in the scriptures by negating the importance of all ‘objects’, so that our attention is only on the subject – the very consciousness. That essence of all our faculties, the unborn, infallible and foremost is the truth – and that is what I am.
प्रातर्नमामि तमसः परमर्कवर्णं
पूर्णं सनातनपदं पुरुषोत्तमाख्यम् ।
रज्ज्वां भुजङ्गम इव प्रतिभासितं वै ॥३॥
In this early hours of the day I do namaskar to that glorious self-effulgent consciousness which by revealing our various ignorance indicates that it transcends it. It is complete in itself, timeless and is pointed by words like Purushottam. My entire world, without any exception, exists in my consciousness alone, and is comparable to the imaginary snake on a rope.