The Guru Bhatimā of Madhavadeva

Jaya Guru Sankara / sarva-gunākara / yākeri nāhike upām: Tohāri caranaka / renu satakoti / bāreka karoho pranām. Darasita sundara / gaura kalewara / jaichana sura parakās: Sakala sabhāsada / ranjana yākeri / darasane pāpa binās. Bine anga-bhusana / pekhi susobhana / gahina gambhira dhiramati: Āyata kamala / nayana bara sundara / bayana cāndakohu jyoti. [...] Tribhubana bandana / Daivaki nandana / yo Hari mārala Kamsa: Jagajana tārana / Deva Nārāyana / Sankara tākeri amsa. Māyā nara-tanu / dhari Hari-bhakati / kayali bahu paracār: Sava nara pāpa / payodhi majjala / tāhe kayali uddhār. Ava nisa cāri / Veda bicāri / bekata karu Hari-nām: Yākeri bayane / milāi gāi / pāy manoratha kām. Pandita māni / Veda byākhāni / garaba kayali sava cur: Gita-kavitva guna / Sankara Devara / kiriti gayu bahu dur. Sri yasa dāna / māna bhuta dāya / sava guna sampanna thika: Bhakataka bhakati / dāne karu guru / dāyā tanaya adhika. Nija kula tāri / bhakati bistāri / bāndhala Hari-guna setu: Kali yuge pāpa / payodhita nara / tārana kārana hetu. Bhakati bhāndāra / dvāra sava chudi / mukuti kayali udās: Eka Sarana Hari / Nama-Dharamakahu / rājā karu parakas. Ki kahaba Sankara / Devara mahimā / jāni anta nāpāy: Yākeri caranaka / renu sire parasi / mukuti-sukha sukhe pāy.

The Translation

Glory to Guru Sankara(-deva), the mine of all virtues, who bears no comparison. I bow down a hundred crores of times at the dust of his lotus feet. Sankaradeva-artist's impresson Majestic to look at, he is with a body reddish white, as though the Sun-god has emerged into view. The attraction is he of a whole assemblage, at whose sight sins are destroyed. He looks so attractive even without any ornament; grave; majestic; sober. His eyes are very beautiful like lotuses in bloom; his face sheds the luster of the moon. Sankara(-deva) is the counterpart of the God Nārāyana who came for deliverance of the people on earth, worshipped by the three worlds, son of Devaki, the killer of Kamsa. He assumed a false human body to spread devotion to God. All people immerged in the seas of sins (and) he has rescued them. He has searched the four Vedas thoroughly and has found out (the gem of) God's Name. (Any body) singing it with his mouth can get his wished-for object. A venerable scholar, he crushed the pride of all by (re-) interpreting the Vedas. The songs and poetic genius of Sankaradeva with accompanying fame have spread far and wide. He had beauty, fame, gifts, rank, kindness for all life, all intact. As the Guru he taught devotion to devotees, and loved them better than his sons. By delivering his people by spreading bhakti, he built the bridge of God's name. so that in the Iron Age all people can cross the sea of sin. He has opened all avenues for the store of bhakti and has made people indifferent (even) to salvation. He has brought into light the Eka-Sarana (self-surrender to the One) Hari Nāma-Dharma (the religion of reciting the Name of Hari) which is the king (of all religions). What should I speak of the greatness of Sankaradeva, for I found no end of that knowledge. Only by touching the dust of his lotus-feet with the head one can feel the bliss that salvation alone may give.

[Trans. Dimbeswar Neog, Jagat Guru Sankardew]