Learn how and when to remove this template message Manisha Panchakam is a stotra containing five verses slokas  composed by Shri Adi Shankaracharya ,  the Hindu philosopher. It is said that in these five verses Shankara brings out the essence of Advaita Vedanta. The word Manisha means firm conviction, and Panchak means five. So the name of the stotra can be translated as "Five verses of firm conviction". According to the story, Adi Shankaraachaarya, was on his way to the temple after finishing his bath in Ganga. Suddenly he saw a chandaala an outcaste and his four dogs on the way, and moved away from him, as per the custom in those days.
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Translated by P. Ramachander One day while Adhi Sankara was returning from the ganges after bath, he saw an outcaste man with his wife standing in front of him.
His immediate reaction was to ask them to move away from there. Then the man, who was Lord Shiva himself asked Sankara, whether he wanted his body to be moved or his soul. Sankara answers him in five great stanzas, which brings out his deep conviction. Unlike most of the prayers written by him , the concepts in these stanzas are not explained in a simple manner. I have consulted various translations to understand the import of what he tells in each stanza and have written, what I have understood.
Sathyaacharyasya gamane kadachith mukthi dhayakam, Kasi kshethram prathi saha gourya margethu Sankaram Once in the salvation giving city of Kasi , opposite to the real Acharya, Lord Shiva along with Goddess Parvathi came in the same street.
Anthya Vesha dharam drushtwaa gacha gachethi chaa abraveeth, SAnkarasyomi chandala , tham puna praha Sankaram. Seeing those in the garb of the downtrodden, He told , Hey Chandala , I am Sankara , go away , go away, And then Lord Sankara questioned him as follows. Annamayad annamayam adhava chaithanyameva Chaithanyth, Yathivara dhoorikrutham vanchasi , kim broohi Gacha gacheth Body made of food to another body made of food , Or from one universal spirit to another universal spirit, Oh great sage , between which do you desire the distance , Why did you say , go away, go away.
Prathyag vasthuni nistharanga sahajanandaava bodhambudhou, Viproyam swapacho ayam ithyapi Mahaan koyam vibhedha brama, Kim Gangambuni bimbathe ambaramanou chaandala veedhipaya, Pure vaantharamasthi kanchana ghati mruthu kumbhayorvaa ambare. The reflection of everything is perceived as same whether in still water or moving sea, Oh Brahmin , why this doubt about being a great one and this confusion of inequality, What is the difference of Sun in waters of Ganga or in the ditch in the street of outcastes, What is the difference of water stored in a gold pot or the mud pot of the potter?
Jagrad swapna sushipthishu sphutatharaa yaa samviddujrumbathe , Yaa Brahmadhipi pilikantha thanushu prothaa jagat sakshini, SAivaham na cha drusya vasthithvathi druda prajapi yasyathi che, Chandalosthu sa thu dwijosthu guru rithyesha maneeshaa mama. Whether one is awake , dreaming or sleeping , suppose one realizes that , He is the soul that is invisible but which exists and he is firmly convinced that, Brahma the creator to the tiny ant which are vibrant are the witnesses of all activities of the world, That one whether he is an outcaste or a Brahmin is my concept of a Guru.
Brahmaivahidama jagacha sakalam chinmathrivisthaaritham, Idham yasya drudaa mathi sukhathare nithya pare nirmalam, Chandalosthu sa thu dwijosthu guru rithyesha maneeshaa mama.
Saaaswan nasvarameva viswamakhila nischithya vaachaa guro, Nithyam Brahma nirantharam vimrusathaa nivyajsanthathmana, Bhootham bhavi cha dushkrutham pradahathaa samvinmaye paavake, Prarabdhaaya samarpitham swapuririthyesha maneesha mama. Coming to the conclusion that this world is entirely perishable , And not permanent after hearing the words of the Guru, And if one discusses within his mind and decides that The Brahmam Is forever and not perishable , And burns in his fire of knowledge the karmic load, Earned in the past , present and future Then it is my decision that he is my guru.
Ya thiryag nara devathaabhi rahamithyaantha sphutaa gruhyathe , Yad bhasaa hrudayaaksha deha vishayaa bhanthi swatho chethanaa , Thaam bhasyai pihitharka mandala nibhaam sphurthim sadaa bhavayaa, Nyogi nirvrutha manaso hi gururithyeshaa , maneeshaa mama. That which is understood within themselves as the self by men, devas and animals, And that which is illuminated by the self within oneself as the mind body and sense organs , Hides the real self like a dark cloud hides those lit by a sparkling sun, And that Yogi with emancipated mind who understands this is considered by me as my Guru.
Yath soukhyam ambudhi lesa lesatha yime sakradhayo nirvruthaa , Yath chithe nitharaam prasantha kalane labdhwaa muni nirvruthaa, Yasmin nithya sukhambudhou galthadhir brahmaiva na brahma vidh Ya kaschithsa surendra vanditha pado noonam maneesha mama. The self is an ocean of eternal bliss and a minute part of it would make Indra and Devas happy, The sages meditating with a mind of peace on this self and not on any other aspect would attain perfect bliss, And he who identifies himself with this ocean of bliss is not the knower of Brahman but Brahman itself, And the feet of such a person regardless of who he is, is fit to be saluted and this is my belief.
Dasastheham deha drushtyasmi shambho,.
05 Manisha Panchakam Verse 5
Translated by P. Ramachander One day while Adhi Sankara was returning from the ganges after bath, he saw an outcaste man with his wife standing in front of him. His immediate reaction was to ask them to move away from there. Then the man, who was Lord Shiva himself asked Sankara, whether he wanted his body to be moved or his soul. Sankara answers him in five great stanzas, which brings out his deep conviction. Unlike most of the prayers written by him , the concepts in these stanzas are not explained in a simple manner.
मनीषा पञ्चकम् – Manisha Panchakam
Through unwavering commitment, when the Seer ultimately and completely merges in the Self, the ocean of Absolute-Bliss, he is no more the knower of Brahmam, but verily the Brahmam. Whoever understands and holds steadfast knowledge on this everlasting, perfect and absolute-bliss, he alone, irrespective of his perceived stature in the world be it lowly or holy is the real preceptor, having the feet worthy of worship by Indra. This is my determinate knowledge or conclusive wisdom. Interpretation: The first two verses indicate that the Atman is eternal as the ultimate noumenal Sat.