Kanakadhara Shothram

kanakadhara shothram chanting is believed to shower gold or wealth in one's life. Many times the belief does out to be disappointing because the results come in different degrees to the devotees. Why this sloka chanting does not give equally prosperity to all?.

Wealth is energy and energy cannot be created from nothing, it can only be transformed from another energy form. Sacrifice is a form to transform energy from one form to another. Practically doing sacrifice is known as "Thyaga" and when done technologically it is known as "Yagyna".

To understand this one has to analyze logically the history behind the creation of this sloka by Adi Sankara. When he was young he took alms from different houses for daily meal. To give alms (Dhaana) is considered meritorious  because through giving donation (food  or money forms of energy), one can transform it into luck-prosperity or SAL Energy.

One day Sankara reached the house of a poor lady for Biksha (Alms). She was very poor and short of clothing and food. She had no food left to give to Sankara but only had one pickled gooseberry in her kitchen.   Sankara saw the highest  sacrificial act  and felt that the highest Dhaana or sacrifice is not in "giving what one has, but in giving whatever one has". 

He saw that she has transformed her compassion filled sacrificial act into eight form of SAL Energy or Ashta-Lakshmi's.  He sang the Kanakadhara sloka immediately praising the Energy (Lakshmi) and her husband Vishnu (Consciousness). The romantic love between them is the symbolic  connection of God Consciousness and functional Energy.

To this Sankara’s song, Goddess Lakshmi poured golden amalaka fruits into the poor lady's courtyard. Important point:  To not all people who gave alms, Sankara chanted Kanakdhara and rained gold in their house. Only to this lady who did a sacrifice, the luck-energy manifested as wealth.  

It is a superstition (violation of natural law) to think that without doing any action, one can generate any Energy (luck, prosperity, wealth etc) in life.

The message for us is that this song when chanted will create that awareness and compassion in us to do sacrificial acts and create luck, prosperity in life.

If one does only chanting, then the small amount of "Time-Energy" and mind focusing energy is transformed to equivalent luck energy.

If one does a lot of charity work, donations to create more awareness in the society, then one transforms more luck energy in life.

We have to understand that not all could be totally selfless like the poor-lady, and so will get only accordingly the merits of our actions.

Sloka line 17 says "Seva Kasya Sakala Artha Sampathaha". 

This means only through Seva (Selfless work), we can attain propserity (Sampathaha)  to fulfill all (Sakala) artha (desires). 

To chant the Kanakadhara sloka click this  Angam hare pulaka .

The implied meaning of the sloka.

Anggam  Hari, Pulaka  Bhooshanam   Aashrayantee

Bhringa  Angana  eva,  Mukula  aabharanam Tamaalam  

Anggee  Krita  Akhila,  Vibhootir  apaanga  Leela

Maangalya  Daa  Astu, Mama Mangala  Devataayaha

To the Consciousness (Vishnu- Hari) who shelters (Aashrayam) unconditional happiness (Pulakam),
you are the very decorative (Bhooshanam) Goddess Maha-Lakshmi (Mangala Devata or Devata of eight forms of Energy), the dark-core (bringa) soul  (mukula) of him. 

OH Mother, who move around (Angana) playfully (Leela) and create the whole (Akila) universe with the abundance (vibhutir) of your own Self-body (Angee), Wont you also then grant  (Astu)  that Prosperity-SAL Energy (Maangalaya) to me too (Mama)?

 

PDF version -Kanakadhara sthothram.

Kanakadhara Sthothram

AUM Sath Gurubhyo Namaha   

AUM Hari Shri Ganapathiye Namaha

AUM Jagat Guru Aadi Sankara Acharya Namaha

AUM Naaraayanaaya Vidmahe, Vaasudevaaya-dhee-mahi

Tanno Vishnu Prachodayaath

Aum Mahaa lakshmi Vidmahe,

Vishnu pathne cha Dheemahi,

Tanno Lakshmi Prachodayaath

 

Anggam  Hari, Pulaka  Bhooshanam   Aashrayantee

Bhringa  Angana  eva,  Mukula  aabharanam Tamaalam  

Anggee  Krita  Akhila,  Vibhootir  apaanga  Leela

Maangalya  Daa  Astu, Mama Mangala  Devataayaha   1

 

Mugdhaa  Muhur  Vida-dhatee,  Vadane  Muraare

Prema  Trapaa,  Prani hitaani  Gata gataani  

Maalaa Drishor  Madhu-kareeva, Mahot-pale Yaa

Saa  Me Shriyam, Dishatu Saagara  Sambhav aayaaha    2

 

Aameelita  Aksham,  Adhigamya Mudaa Mukundam

Aananda  Kandam,  Animesham  Ananga  Tantram  

Aakekara  Sthita  Kanee, nika  Pakshma  Netram

Bhootyai  Bhaven  Mama, Bhujanga  Shaya  Anga-naayaha    3

 

Baahu  Antare, Madhu  Jitah Shrita  Kaustubhe Yaa

Haara-valeeva, Hari-neela-mayee Vibhaati  

Kaama  Prada, Bhagavato  Api Kataaksha  Maalaa

Kalyaanam  Aavahatu Me, Kamala  aalayaayaha    4

 

Kaala  ambu  daali,  Lalitor asi Kaitabhaarer

Dhaara-dhare Sphurati  Yaa, tadith  Angan  aiva  

Maatuh  Samasta  Jagataam,  Mahaneeya  Moortir

Bhadraani   Me  Dishatu,  Bhaargava  Nandanaayaha     5

 

Praaptam  Padam Prathama ta,  Kalu Yat  Prabhaavaan

Maangalya  Bhaaji  Madhu  Maathini,  Manmathena   

Mayyaa  Pate  Tath-iha, Mantharam  eekshan  aardham

Mand  aalasam  Cha,  Makaraalaya  Kanyakaayaha      6

 

Vishva  Amare  Indra  Pada,  Vibhrama  Daana  Daksham

Aananda  Hetu(r)  Adhikam,  Mura  Vidvisho  Api 

Eeshan  Nisheedatu  Mayi, Kshanam  eekshan  aardham 

Indee-varo  dara,  Sahodaram   Indiraayaha   7

 

Ishtaa Vishishta Mata Yo  Api, Yayaa Dayaa  aardra

Drishtyaa Trivish-tapa,  Padam Sulabham Labhante 

Drishti Praharshta  Kamalo  dara,  Deepti  Rishtaam

Pushtim Krisheeshta Mama, Pushkara Vishtaraayaha   8

 

Dadyaad  Daya  Anupavano,  Dravina  Ambu  Dhaaraam

Asmin  Akin  chana , Vihanga  Shishau Vishanne

Dushkarma  garmam  Apaneeya, Chiraaya Dooram

Naaraayana  Pranayinee,  Nayana  Ambu  Vaaha   9

 

Geer  Devata  iti, Garuda  Dhvaja  Sundaree   iti

Shaakambharee   iti, Shashi  Shekhara Vallabhe  iti 

Srishti  Sthiti  Pralaya  Kelishu, Samsthi-taayai

Tasmai  Namas  Tri  Bhuvanai,  Eka guros  Tarunyai   10

 

Shrutyai Namo  Astu, Shuba  Karma  Phala  Prasootyai

Ratyai Namo  Astu,  Ramaneeya  Guna  Arnavaayai  

Shaktyai Namo  Astu, Shata Patra  Niketanaayai

Pushtyai Namo  Astu, Purushotama Vallabhaayai   11

 

Namo  Astu, Naaleeka Nibha aana-naayai

Namo  Astu, Dugdho dadhi  Janma  Bhoomyai 

Namo  Astu, Soma  Amrita  Sodaraayai

Namo  Astu, Naaraayana Vallabhaayai   12

 

Namo Astu,  hemaam buja peeti kaayai

Namo Astu,  bhoo mandala naayi-kaayai

Namo Astu,  devaadi dayaa paraayai

Namo Astu,  shaarang aayudha vallabha yai   13

 

Namo Astu,  devyai bhrigu nandana yai

Namo Astu,  visnour asthi shithi-taayai

Namo Astu,  laksmyai kamala alayaayai

Namo Astu,  daamodara vallabha yai    14

 

Namo Astu,  kaantyai kamalekshana yai

Namo Astu,  bhootyai bhuvana prasoot yai

Namo Astu,  devadi bhirar-chita yai

Namo Astu,  nanda atmaja vallabha yai    15

 

Sampat  Karaani Sakala, indriya  Nandanaani

Saamraajya  Daana,  Vibhavaani  Saroru(h)  aakssi  

Tvad  Vandanaani Durita,  Harano udya-taani

Maam  Eva Maatar,  Anisham Kalayantu Maanye  16

 

Yat  Kataaksha,  Sam-upaasanaa  Vidhi

Sevakasya  Sakala,  Artha  Sampadaha

Samtanoti  Vachana,  Anga  Maanasai(h)

Tvaam  Muraari,  Hridaye  ishvareem Bhaje  17

 

Sarasija  Nilaye, Saroja  Haste

Dhavalata ma  Amshuka,  gandha  Maalya  Shobhe 

Bhagavati  Hari , Vallabhe Manognye

Tri Bhuvana  Bhooti  Kari, Praseeda Mahyam  18

 

Digh-hastibhi Kanaka,  Kumbha  Mukha  Ava srishta

Svara  Vaahinee, Vimala  Chaaru  Jala  Pluta  Angeem 

Praatar  Namaami,  Jagataam Jananeem  Ashesha

Loka  Aadhi-naatha,  Grahineem  Amrita  abdhi Putreem   19

 

Kamale, Kamala  aaksha Vallabhe Tvam

Karuna  Poora, Tarang-gitair  Apaangai  

Avalokaya  Maam,  Akin  chanaanaam

Prathamam Paatram,  Akrtrimam Dayaayaaha   20

 

Stuvanti Ye Stutibhi(r),  Amoobhi(r)-Anvaham

Trayeemayeem, Tri  Bhuvana  Maataram Ramaam 

Guna  Adhikaa, Guruthara  Bhaagya  Bhaagino

Bhavanti Te Bhuvi, Budha  Bhaavitaa  Shayaaha    21

 

Suvarna dhaara sthothram
Shankara acharya nirmitam
Trisandhyam yah pateth

nityam Cha kubera sam-bhaveth

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PDF version -Kanakadhara sthothram.

 http://www.epurohith.com/viewtopics.php?page=5&cat_id=22

http://sanskritdocuments.org/doc_devii/kanaka-tr.pdf

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