From the fourth canto of the Śrīmad Bhāgavatam, chapter 24, this is a song that Lord Śiva sang to please the Supreme Lord and later, he taught to the Pracetās. In this song, Lord Śiva says:
‟Although rendering devotional service to the Supreme Lord Hari
and worshiping Him are very difficult, if one vibrates or simply
reads this stotra [prayer] composed and sung by me, he will
very easily be able to invoke Lord Hari’s mercy.”
“The Supreme Personality of Godhead is the dearmost objective of
all auspicious benedictions. A human being who sings this song sung
by me can please the Supreme Lord. Such a devotee, being fixed
in the Lord’s devotional service, can acquire whatever he desires
from the Supreme Lord.“
‟A devotee who rises early in the morning and with
folded hands chants these prayers sung by Lord Śiva,
and gives facility to others to hear them, certainly
becomes free from all bondage to fruitive activities.“
With this most auspicious darshan of Śrī Gopīśvara Mahādeva on Mahā Śiva-rātri, we are presenting here these prayers so devotees who want to sing these powerful prayers and take advantage of this gift of Lord Śiva can do so by singing along this video on a regular basis.
Śrī Rudra-gīta (Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam S4.24.33-79)
Translation by Śrīla Bhaktivedānta Svāmī Prabhupāda
jitaṁ ta ātma-vid-varya-svastaye svastir astu me
bhavatārādhasā rāddhaṁ sarvasmā ātmane namaḥ (33)
Lord Śiva addressed the Supreme Personality of Godhead with the following prayer: O Supreme Personality of Godhead, all glories unto You. You are the most exalted of all self-realized souls. Since You are always auspicious for the self-realized, I wish that You be auspicious for me. You are worshipable by virtue of the all-perfect instructions You give. You are the Supersoul; therefore I offer my obeisances unto You as the supreme living being.
namaḥ paṅkaja-nābhāya bhūta-sūkṣmendriyātmane
vāsudevāya śāntāya kūṭa-sthāya sva-rociṣe (34)
My Lord, You are the origin of the creation by virtue of the lotus flower which sprouts from Your navel. You are the supreme controller of the senses and the sense objects, and You are also the all-pervading Vāsudeva. You are most peaceful, and because of Your self-illuminated existence, You are not disturbed by the six kinds of transformations.
saṅkarṣaṇāya sūkṣmāya durantāyāntakāya ca
namo viśva-prabodhāya pradyumnāyāntar-ātmane (35)
My dear Lord, You are the origin of the subtle material ingredients, the master of all integration as well as the master of all disintegration, the predominating Deity named Saṅkarṣaṇa, and the master of all intelligence, known as the predominating Deity Pradyumna. Therefore, I offer my respectful obeisances unto You.
namo namo ’niruddhāya hṛṣīkeśendriyātmane
namaḥ paramahaṁsāya pūrṇāya nibhṛtātmane (36)
My Lord, as the supreme directing Deity known as Aniruddha, You are the master of the senses and the mind. I therefore offer my obeisances unto You again and again. You are known as Ananta as well as Saṅkarṣaṇa because of Your ability to destroy the whole creation by the blazing fire from Your mouth.
svargāpavarga-dvārāya nityaṁ śuci-ṣade namaḥ
namo hiraṇya-vīryāya cātur-hotrāya tantave (37)
My Lord, O Aniruddha, You are the authority by which the doors of the higher planetary systems and liberation are opened. You are always within the pure heart of the living entity. Therefore I offer my obeisances unto You. You are the possessor of semen which is like gold, and thus, in the form of fire, You help the Vedic sacrifices, beginning with cātur-hotra. Therefore I offer my obeisances unto You.
nama ūrja iṣe trayyāḥ pataye yajña-retase
tṛpti-dāya ca jīvānāṁ namaḥ sarva-rasātmane (38)
My Lord, You are the provider of the Pitṛlokas as well as all the demigods. You are the predominating deity of the moon and the master of all three Vedas. I offer my respectful obeisances unto You because You are the original source of satisfaction for all living entities.
sarva-sattvātma-dehāya viśeṣāya sthavīyase
namas trailokya-pālāya saha ojo-balāya ca (39)
My dear Lord, You are the gigantic universal form which contains all the individual bodies of the living entities. You are the maintainer of the three worlds, and as such You maintain the mind, senses, body, and air of life within them. I therefore offer my respectful obeisances unto You.
artha-liṅgāya nabhase namo ’ntar-bahir-ātmane
namaḥ puṇyāya lokāya amuṣmai bhūri-varcase (40)
My dear Lord, by expanding Your transcendental vibrations, You reveal the actual meaning of everything. You are the all-pervading sky within and without, and You are the ultimate goal of pious activities executed both within this material world and beyond it. I therefore offer my respectful obeisances again and again unto You.
pravṛttāya nivṛttāya pitṛ-devāya karmaṇe
namo ’dharma-vipākāya mṛtyave duḥkha-dāya ca (41)
My dear Lord, You are the viewer of the results of pious activities. You are inclination, disinclination and their resultant activities. You are the cause of the miserable conditions of life caused by irreligion, and therefore You are death. I offer You my respectful obeisances.
namas ta āśiṣām īśa manave kāraṇātmane
namo dharmāya bṛhate kṛṣṇāyākuṇṭha-medhase
puruṣāya purāṇāya sāṅkhya-yogeśvarāya ca (42)
My dear Lord, You are the topmost of all bestowers of all benediction, the oldest and supreme enjoyer amongst all enjoyers. You are the master of all the worlds’ metaphysical philosophy, for You are the supreme cause of all causes, Lord Kṛṣṇa. You are the greatest of all religious principles, the supreme mind, and You have a brain which is never checked by any condition. Therefore I repeatedly offer my obeisances unto You.
śakti-traya-sametāya mīḍhuṣe ’haṅkṛtātmane
ceta-ākūti-rūpāya namo vāco vibhūtaye (43)
My dear Lord, You are the supreme controller of the worker, sense activities and results of sense activities [karma]. Therefore You are the controller of the body, mind and senses. You are also the supreme controller of egotism, known as Rudra. You are the source of knowledge and the activities of the Vedic injunctions.
darśanaṁ no didṛkṣūṇāṁ dehi bhāgavatārcitam
rūpaṁ priyatamaṁ svānāṁ sarvendriya-guṇāñjanam (44)
My dear Lord, I wish to see You exactly in the form that Your very dear devotees worship. You have many other forms, but I wish to see Your form that is especially liked by the devotees. Please be merciful upon me and show me that form, for only that form worshiped by the devotees can perfectly satisfy all the demands of the senses.
cārv-āyata-catur-bāhu sujāta-rucirānanam (45)
padma-kośa-palāśākṣaṁ sundara-bhru sunāsikam
sudvijaṁ sukapolāsyaṁ sama-karṇa-vibhūṣaṇam (46)
The Lord’s beauty resembles a dark cloud during the rainy season. As the rainfall glistens, His bodily features also glisten. Indeed, He is the sum total of all beauty. The Lord has four arms and an exquisitely beautiful face with eyes like lotus petals, a beautiful highly raised nose, a mind-attracting smile, a beautiful forehead and equally beautiful and fully decorated ears.
prīti-prahasitāpāṅgam alakai rūpa-śobhitam
lasat-paṅkaja-kiñjalka-dukūlaṁ mṛṣṭa-kuṇḍalam (47)
The Lord is superexcellently beautiful on account of His open and merciful smile and His sidelong glance upon His devotees. His black hair is curly, and His garments, waving in the wind, appear like flying saffron pollen from lotus flowers. His glittering earrings, shining helmet, bangles, garland, ankle bells, waist belt and various other bodily ornaments combine with conchshell, disc, club and lotus flower to increase the natural beauty of the Kaustubha pearl on His chest.
siṁha-skandha-tviṣo bibhrat saubhaga-grīva-kaustubham
śriyānapāyinyā kṣipta-nikaṣāśmorasollasat (49)
The Lord has shoulders just like a lion’s. Upon these shoulders are garlands, necklaces and epaulets, and all of these are always glittering. Besides these, there is the beauty of the Kaustubha-maṇi pearl, and on the dark chest of the Lord there are streaks named Śrīvatsa, which are signs of the goddess of fortune. The glittering of these streaks excels the beauty of the golden streaks on a gold-testing stone. Indeed, such beauty defeats a gold-testing stone.
pratisaṅkrāmayad viśvaṁ nābhyāvarta-gabhīrayā (50)
The Lord’s abdomen is beautiful due to three ripples in the flesh. Being so round, His abdomen resembles the leaf of a banyan tree, and when He exhales and inhales, the movement of the ripples appears very, very beautiful. The coils within the navel of the Lord are so deep that it appears that the entire universe sprouted out of it and yet again wishes to go back.
The lower part of the Lord’s waist is dark and covered with yellow garments and a belt bedecked with golden embroidery work. His symmetrical lotus feet and the calves, thighs and joints of His legs are extraordinarily beautiful. Indeed, the Lord’s entire body appears to be well built.
padā śarat-padma-palāśa-rociṣā / nakha-dyubhir no ’ntar-aghaṁ vidhunvatā
pradarśaya svīyam apāsta-sādhvasaṁ / padaṁ guro mārga-gurus tamo-juṣām (52)
My dear Lord, Your two lotus feet are so beautiful that they appear like two blossoming petals of the lotus flower which grows during the autumn season. Indeed, the nails of Your lotus feet emanate such a great effulgence that they immediately dissipate all the darkness in the heart of a conditioned soul. My dear Lord, kindly show me that form of Yours which always dissipates all kinds of darkness in the heart of a devotee. My dear Lord, You are the supreme spiritual master of everyone; therefore all conditioned souls covered with the darkness of ignorance can be enlightened by You as the spiritual master.
etad rūpam anudhyeyam ātma-śuddhim abhīpsatām
yad-bhakti-yogo ’bhayadaḥ sva-dharmam anutiṣṭhatām (53)
My dear Lord, those who desire to purify their existence must always engage in meditation upon Your lotus feet, as described above. Those who are serious about executing their occupational duties and who want freedom from fear must take to this process of bhakti-yoga.
bhavān bhaktimatā labhyo durlabhaḥ sarva-dehinām
svārājyasyāpy abhimata ekāntenātma-vid-gatiḥ (54)
My dear Lord, the king in charge of the heavenly kingdom is also desirous of obtaining the ultimate goal of life—devotional service. Similarly, You are the ultimate destination of those who identify themselves with You [ahaṁ brahmāsmi]. However, it is very difficult for them to attain You, whereas a devotee can very easily attain Your Lordship.
taṁ durārādhyam ārādhya satām api durāpayā
ekānta-bhaktyā ko vāñchet pāda-mūlaṁ vinā bahiḥ (55)
My dear Lord, pure devotional service is even difficult for liberated persons to discharge, but devotional service alone can satisfy You. Who will take to other processes of self-realization if he is actually serious about the perfection of life?
yatra nirviṣṭam araṇaṁ kṛtānto nābhimanyate
viśvaṁ vidhvaṁsayan vīrya-śaurya-visphūrjita-bhruvā (56)
Simply by expansion of His eyebrows, invincible time personified can immediately vanquish the entire universe. However, formidable time does not approach the devotee who has taken complete shelter at Your lotus feet.
kṣaṇārdhenāpi tulaye na svargaṁ nāpunar-bhavam
bhagavat-saṅgi-saṅgasya martyānāṁ kim utāśiṣaḥ (57)
If one by chance associates with a devotee, even for a fraction of a moment, he no longer is subject to attraction by the results of karma or jñāna. What interest then can he have in the benedictions of the demigods, who are subject to the laws of birth and death?
athānaghāṅghres tava kīrti-tīrthayor / antar-bahiḥ-snāna-vidhūta-pāpmanām
bhūteṣv anukrośa-susattva-śīlināṁ / syāt saṅgamo ’nugraha eṣa nas tava (58)
My dear Lord, Your lotus feet are the cause of all auspicious things and the destroyer of all the contamination of sin. I therefore beg Your Lordship to bless me by the association of Your devotees, who are completely purified by worshiping Your lotus feet and who are so merciful upon the conditioned souls. I think that Your real benediction will be to allow me to associate with such devotees.
na yasya cittaṁ bahir-artha-vibhramaṁ / tamo-guhāyāṁ ca viśuddham āviśat
yad-bhakti-yogānugṛhītam añjasā / munir vicaṣṭe nanu tatra te gatim (59)
The devotee whose heart has been completely cleansed by the process of devotional service and who is favored by Bhakti-devī does not become bewildered by the external energy, which is just like a dark well. Being completely cleansed of all material contamination in this way, a devotee is able to understand very happily Your name, fame, form, activities, etc.
yatredaṁ vyajyate viśvaṁ viśvasminn avabhāti yat
tat tvaṁ brahma paraṁ jyotir ākāśam iva vistṛtam (60)
My dear Lord, the impersonal brahman spreads everywhere, like the sunshine or the sky. And that impersonal brahman, which spreads throughout the universe and in which the entire universe is manifested, is You.
yo māyayedaṁ puru-rūpayāsṛjad / bibharti bhūyaḥ kṣapayaty avikriyaḥ
yad-bheda-buddhiḥ sad ivātma-duḥsthayā / tvam ātma-tantraṁ bhagavan pratīmahi (61)
My dear Lord, You have manifold energies, and these energies are manifested in manifold forms. With such energies You have also created this cosmic manifestation, and although You maintain it as if it were permanent, You ultimately annihilate it. Although You are never disturbed by such changes and alterations, the living entities are disturbed by them, and therefore they find the cosmic manifestation to be different or separated from You. My Lord, You are always independent, and I can clearly see this fact.
kriyā-kalāpair idam eva yoginaḥ / śraddhānvitāḥ sādhu yajanti siddhaye
bhūtendriyāntaḥ-karaṇopalakṣitaṁ / vede ca tantre ca ta eva kovidāḥ (62)
My dear Lord, Your universal form consists of all five elements, the senses, mind, intelligence, false ego (which is material) and the Paramātmā, Your partial expansion, who is the director of everything. Yogis other than the devotees—namely the karma-yogī and jñāna-yogī—worship You by their respective actions in their respective positions. It is stated both in the Vedas and in the śāstras that are corollaries of the Vedas, and indeed everywhere, that it is only You who are to be worshiped. That is the expert version of all the Vedas.
tvam eka ādyaḥ puruṣaḥ supta-śaktis / tayā rajaḥ-sattva-tamo vibhidyate
mahān ahaṁ khaṁ marud agni-vār-dharāḥ / surarṣayo bhūta-gaṇā idaṁ yataḥ (63)
My dear Lord, You are the only Supreme Person, the cause of all causes. Before the creation of this material world, Your material energy remains in a dormant condition. When Your material energy is agitated, the three qualities—namely goodness, passion and ignorance—act, and as a result the total material energy—egotism, ether, air, fire, water, earth and all the various demigods and saintly persons—becomes manifest. Thus the material world is created.
sṛṣṭaṁ sva-śaktyedam anupraviṣṭaś / catur-vidhaṁ puram ātmāṁśakena
atho vidus taṁ puruṣaṁ santam antar / bhuṅkte hṛṣīkair madhu sāra-ghaṁ yaḥ (64)
My dear Lord, after creating by Your own potencies, You enter within the creation in four kinds of forms. Being within the hearts of the living entities, You know them and know how they are enjoying their senses. The so-called happiness of this material creation is exactly like the bees’ enjoyment of honey after it has been collected in the honeycomb.
sa eṣa lokān aticaṇḍa-vego / vikarṣasi tvaṁ khalu kāla-yānaḥ
bhūtāni bhūtair anumeya-tattvo / ghanāvalīr vāyur ivāviṣahyaḥ (65)
My dear Lord, Your absolute authority cannot be directly experienced, but one can guess by seeing the activities of the world that everything is being destroyed in due course of time. The force of time is very strong, and everything is being destroyed by something else—just as one animal is being eaten by another animal. Time scatters everything, exactly as the wind scatters clouds in the sky.
pramattam uccair iti kṛtya-cintayā / pravṛddha-lobhaṁ viṣayeṣu lālasam
tvam apramattaḥ sahasābhipadyase / kṣul-lelihāno ’hir ivākhum antakaḥ (66)
My dear Lord, all living entities within this material world are mad after planning for things, and they are always busy with a desire to do this or that. This is due to uncontrollable greed. The greed for material enjoyment is always existing in the living entity, but Your Lordship is always alert, and in due course of time You strike him, just as a snake seizes a mouse and very easily swallows him.
kas tvat-padābjaṁ vijahāti paṇḍito / yas te ’vamāna-vyayamāna-ketanaḥ
viśaṅkayāsmad-gurur arcati sma yad / vinopapattiṁ manavaś caturdaśa (67)
My dear Lord, any learned person knows that unless he worships You, his entire life is spoiled. Knowing this, how could he give up worshiping Your lotus feet? Even our father and spiritual master, Lord Brahmā, unhesitatingly worshiped You, and the fourteen Manus followed in his footsteps.
atha tvam asi no brahman paramātman vipaścitām
viśvaṁ rudra-bhaya-dhvastam akutaścid-bhayā gatiḥ (68)
My dear Lord, all actually learned persons know You as the Supreme Brahman and the Supersoul. Although the entire universe is afraid of Lord Rudra, who ultimately annihilates everything, for the learned devotees You are the fearless destination of all.
idaṁ japata bhadraṁ vo viśuddhā nṛpa-nandanāḥ
sva-dharmam anutiṣṭhanto bhagavaty arpitāśayāḥ (69)
My dear sons of the King, just execute your occupational duty as kings with a pure heart. Just chant this prayer fixing your mind on the lotus feet of the Lord. That will bring you all good fortune, for the Lord will be very much pleased with you.
tam evātmānam ātma-sthaṁ sarva-bhūteṣv avasthitam
pūjayadhvaṁ gṛṇantaś ca dhyāyantaś cāsakṛd dharim (70)
Therefore, O sons of the King, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Hari, is situated in everyone’s heart. He is also within your hearts. Therefore chant the glories of the Lord and always meditate upon Him continuously.
yogādeśam upāsādya dhārayanto muni-vratāḥ
samāhita-dhiyaḥ sarva etad abhyasatādṛtāḥ (71)
My dear princes, in the form of a prayer I have delineated the yoga system of chanting the holy name. All of you should take this important stotra within your minds and promise to keep it in order to become great sages. By acting silently like a great sage and by giving attention and reverence, you should practice this method.
idam āha purāsmākaṁ bhagavān viśvasṛk-patiḥ
bhṛgv-ādīnām ātmajānāṁ sisṛkṣuḥ saṁsisṛkṣatām (72)
This prayer was first spoken to us by Lord Brahmā, the master of all creators. The creators, headed by Bhṛgu, were instructed in these prayers because they wanted to create.
te vayaṁ noditāḥ sarve prajā-sarge prajeśvarāḥ
anena dhvasta-tamasaḥ sisṛkṣmo vividhāḥ prajāḥ (73)
When all the Prajāpatis were ordered to create by Lord Brahmā, we chanted these prayers in praise of the Supreme Personality of Godhead and became completely free from all ignorance. Thus we were able to create different types of living entities.
athedaṁ nityadā yukto japann avahitaḥ pumān
acirāc chreya āpnoti vāsudeva-parāyaṇaḥ (74)
A devotee of Lord Kṛṣṇa whose mind is always absorbed in Him, who with great attention and reverence chants this stotra [prayer], will achieve the greatest perfection of life without delay.
śreyasām iha sarveṣāṁ jñānaṁ niḥśreyasaṁ param
sukhaṁ tarati duṣpāraṁ jñāna-naur vyasanārṇavam (75)
In this material world there are different types of achievement, but of all of them the achievement of knowledge is considered to be the highest because one can cross the ocean of nescience only on the boat of knowledge. Otherwise the ocean is impassable.
ya imaṁ śraddhayā yukto mad-gītaṁ bhagavat-stavam
adhīyāno durārādhyaṁ harim ārādhayaty asau (76)
Although rendering devotional service to the Supreme Personality of Godhead and worshiping Him are very difficult, if one vibrates or simply reads this stotra [prayer] composed and sung by me, he will very easily be able to invoke the mercy of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
vindate puruṣo ’muṣmād yad yad icchaty asatvaram
mad-gīta-gītāt suprītāc chreyasām eka-vallabhāt (77)
The Supreme Personality of Godhead is the dearmost objective of all auspicious benedictions. A human being who sings this song sung by me can please the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Such a devotee, being fixed in the Lord’s devotional service, can acquire whatever he wants from the Supreme Lord.
idaṁ yaḥ kalya utthāya prāñjaliḥ śraddhayānvitaḥ
śṛṇuyāc chrāvayen martyo mucyate karma-bandhanaiḥ (78)
A devotee who rises early in the morning and with folded hands chants these prayers sung by Lord Śiva and gives facility to others to hear them certainly becomes free from all bondage to fruitive activities.
gītaṁ mayedaṁ naradeva-nandanāḥ / parasya puṁsaḥ paramātmanaḥ stavam
japanta ekāgra-dhiyas tapo mahat / caradhvam ante tata āpsyathepsitam (79)
My dear sons of the King, the prayers I have recited to you are meant for pleasing the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the Supersoul. I advise you to recite these prayers, which are as effective as great austerities. In this way, when you are mature, your life will be successful, and you will certainly achieve all your desired objectives without fail.