Dedication to T Krishnamacharya

The following śloka is an original composition by T Krishnamacharya dedicated to himself. There is a line of verse that requires a working knowledge of Vedic astrology (Vedāṅga Jyotiṣ). I include my revised translation and interpretation for the purpose of study.

śrī kṛṣṇa vāgīśa yatīśvarābhyāṃ
(Fearless master of language and king of ascetics)

samprāpta čakrāṇkaṇa bhāṣya sāram
(In the tradition may you as a devout vaiṣṇavaite attain wheel and conch)

śrī nūtna-rangendra yātau samarpita-svaṃ
(May you remain eternally young on your passing)

śrī kṛṣṇa-māryaṃ guru-varya-mīde

virodhe kārtike māse śatatārā kṛtodayāṃ
(May you confront the auspicious entry of the Sun into Scorpio and Moon into Aquarius by showing compassion)

yoga-čaryāṃ kṛṣṇa-māryam

guru-varya-mahaṃ bhaje
(We pray to the cosmic mind to guide your journey)

śrī gurubhyo namaḥ
(We pay tribute to the lineage of gurus)

T Krishnamacharya

vāgīśa: master of language
yatīśvara: king of ascetics
abhayām: fearlessness

samprāpta: completely attained
čakrāṇkaṇa: wheel and conch
bhāṣya: commentary or exposition
sāram: the essence

nūtna: young
rangendra: lord of kings

yātau: gone
samarpita: offered or placed
svaḥ: sky or heaven

virodhe: in opposing

kārtike māse: In the solar religious calendar used in Tamil Nadu, Kartikai begins with the Sun’s entry into Scorpio (October–November)

śatatārā: the nákṣatra (lunar mansion) śata-bhiṣaj (6°40′ Aquarius to 20°00′ Aquarius, Sadachbia: gamma Aquarii,  “hundred healers”); an auspicious nákṣatra sign for yoga, healing and rejuvenation

kṛto: having done
dayām: mercy

yoga-čaryām: performance of yoga

bhaje: worship or engage in devotional service

śrī gurubhyo namaḥ: tribute to the lineage of gurus

gurave namaḥ: my salutation to one guru (singular)
gurubhyo namaḥ: my salutation to many gurus (plural)

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