Kamalaambike Ashrita Kalpalatike Chandike
Kamaaneeya-Arunaam-Shuke Kara-Vidhruta-Shuke Maamava
Kamala-Aasana-Adi Poojita Kamalapade Bahu Varade
Kamala-Aalaya Teerttha Vaibhave Shive Karuna-Aarnave
Sakala Loka Naayike Sangeeta Rasike
Suka Vitva Pradaayike Sundari Gatamaayike
Vikalebara Muktidaana Nipune Agha-harane
Viyadaadi Bhoota Kirane Vinoda Charane Arune
Sakale Guru Guhakarane Sadaa Shivaantah Karane
Akachata-tapaadi Varne Akhandaika-Rasa Purne
Meaning: (from www.sangeetham.com)
Kamalambika, You are the wish-fulfilling (“ashrita-kalpa”) creeper (“lathike”) who protects those who surrender (“ashrita”) unto You. You are of the form of Chandika, one of the ten aspects of Shakti known as Dasa Maha Vidya. You wear the beautiful (“kamaneeya”) red (“aruna”) garment (“shuke”), representing rajo guna, necessary for the activities of the world (The Goddess it is, who conducts all the activities of the universe). You hold (“vidruta”) the parrot (“shuka”) in Your hand (“kara”) thereby assuring devotees that you will destroy their ignorance. Pray, protect me (“maam-ava”).
Brahma (“kamala-aasana”) and other (“aadi”) Gods worship (“poojita”) Your Lotus (“kamala”) Feet (“pade”). You grant a variety (“bahu”) of boons (“varade”). You are enshrined (“aalaya”) in all your grandeur (“vaibhava”) on the Kamalaya Tirtha and have bestowed incomparable glory on it (and the town of Tiruvarur). You are always auspicious (“shive”) (alternatively-You are the consort of Lord Siva) and the ocean (“aarnave”) of compassion (“karuna”).
You are the Ruler (“naayike”) of the universe (“sakala loka”). You are of the form of the melody (“rasike”) in music (“san-geeta”) (You appreciate the aspirant who has reached a stage where the melody of the Heart comes out in the form known as anAhata shabdA, the perennial sound). You bestow (“pra-daayike”) poetic (“suka”) ability (“vitva”) (Here, it may be noted that most of the ancient scriptures and sastras are in poetic form). You are the beautiful One (“sundari”) who causes (“gata”) delusion (“maayike”) but who are Yourself not deluded.
You remove (“mukti-daana nipune”) the worst sin (“vikalebara”) of man, that of identifying himself with his body (“agha-harane”), thereby granting (“mukti-daana”) vidEha mukti. You are the One from whom the Panchabhutas (“bhoota”) beginning (“aadi”) with Akasa (“viya”), emanate (“kirane”). The glory (“vinoda”) of Your Holy Feet (“charane”) that grant the Highest Bliss is marvellous and indescribable. You shine brilliantly in red (“arune”).
You are the One who is the All (“sakale”), the One who manifests in all degrees of power from the lowest to the highest. You were instrumental in giving birth (“karane”) to Lord Subrahmanya (“guruguha”). You are (“karane”) the Heart (“antah”) of Lord Siva (“sadaashiva”), therefore, verily, the Supreme Truth itself (You are the Fundamental Cause, the Supreme Truth that shines in the Heart Cave). You are the very embodiment (“varne”) of the 50 letters (“a-ka-cha-ta-tapa-aadi”) that form the root for all mantras. You are the One who is ever full (“purne”) of that Boundless, Indivisible, Perennial (“akhanda-eka”) Bliss (“rasa”). Oh, Mother of the universe, pray, protect me!
Notes from Sri Dikshita Kirtana Mala by Sri. A. Sundaram Iyer:
Kamalamba Dhyana Keertanam:
a. This song helps dispel all difficulties, overcome obstacles and awards fulfillment of desires.
b. “Jivan Mukhi” is the state wherein the mind, using knowledge from the sacred scriptures, submits to the happiness and misery caused by Karma. “Videha Mukhi” is salvation by drinking the nectar of Satchidananda, having earned the mercy of the Goddess and achieved complete knowledge of Brahman and Atman, and freedom from the cycle of birth and death.