त्वमेव माता पिता त्वमेव

These are words from a prayer that is very well known and probably learnt by almost every Bharatiya. The entire prayer goes like this:

त्वमेव माता पिता त्वमेव
त्वमेव बन्धुश्च सखा त्वमेव।
त्वमेव विद्या द्रविणं त्वमेव
त्वमेव सर्वं मम देव देव॥

What is the meaning of this prayer ? How exactly do we translate this prayer in our mind ?

We tell within our hearts:

O Lord, you alone are my mother. You alone are my father. You alone are my relative. You alone are my friend. You alone are my knowledge. You alone are my wealth. You alone are my everything.

However, as you say this prayer the next time attempt to translate the meaning of the verse as follows:

मम माता त्वमेव 
मम पिता त्वमेव 
मम बन्धुः त्वमेव 
मम सखा त्वमेव 
मम विद्या त्वमेव 
मम द्रविणं त्वमेव 
सर्वं त्वमेव देव देव।

O Lord, my mother is verily you. My father is verily you. My relative is verily you. My friend is verily you. My knowledge is verily you. My wealth is verily you. Everything is verily you.

Reflect on this version of the meaning of the very same prayer.

Alternatively shift your focus between the two perspectives.

Lord, you are my mother.My mother is you, Lord.
Lord, you are my father.My father is you, Lord.
Lord, you are my relative.My relative is you, Lord.
Lord, you are my friend.My friend is you, Lord.
Lord, you are my knowledge.My knowledge is you, Lord.
Lord, you are my wealth.My wealth is you, Lord
Lord, you are my everything.Everything is you, Lord

Experience the result of such a change in perspective. It is only when we experience the oneness in its entirety that we can trascend all our limitations.

We have to envision all entities to be in the Lord and at the same time envision the Lord to be in all the entities.

विस्तारः सर्वभूतस्य विष्णोः सर्वमिदं जगत्। द्रष्टव्यम् आत्मवत् तस्मात् अभेदेन विचक्षणैः॥

These are the words of the great devote Prahlada. He is says that the entire universe is but the expansive expression of the supreme. Knowing this, one must therefore see everything to be the very same entity having expressed itself in diverse ways.

7 Comments

      1. Aum SaiRam 🙏
        This Universal sloka has been very clearly explained in simple words that, He abides in all the creations in this world that we see and experience and everything created is “He One Alone ”
        Its like one huge tree with several branches which even when cut into many parts still carries in it the same qualities of the Main tree from which it has been removed.
        So well related : See God in everything. Everything is He.
        Thank you SaiRam Manoj 🙏

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      2. Aum SaiRam 🙏
        This Universal sloka has been very clearly explained in simple words that, He abides in all the creations in this world that we see and experience and everything created is “He One Alone ”

        Thank you SaiRam Manoj 🙏

        Like

  1. Lend me your glasses 👓. How you get such different perspectives? Extraordinary small jumbling of words and perspective altogether is different. Extremely good. Probably from now on the shloka needs to be taught with this perspective. Hats off to your way looking at things in life

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