This thrilling Sanskrit hymn to Swami Vivekananda, also known as Sri Vivekananda Giti Stotram, was composed by his disciple Sharat Chandra Chakrabarty. The author refers to himself in the hymn as “Indu”. Note how the words break: mūrta-maheśvaram ujjvala-bhāskaram iṣṭam amara-nara-vandyam.
बाल-चन्द्र-धरमिन्दु-वन्द्यमिह नौमि गुरु-विवेकानन्दम्॥३
iṣṭam amara-nara-vandyam |
vande veda-tanum ujjhita-garhita-
kāñcana-kāminī-bandham || 1 ||
pracaṇḍa-tāṇḍava-nṛtyam || 2 ||
bāla-candra-dharam indu-vandyam iha
naumi guru-vivekānandam || 3 ||
Lord Siva incarnate, resplendent like the sun, adored by gods and men as their Chosen Ideal. The embodiment of the Vedas who has overcome the bondage of the much censured lust and gold.
Brilliant with the rays of a million suns, the lion among men, who has nothing but a loin cloth to wear. Who is dancing the violent dance of Siva, the quarters reverberate with the cry of “fear not, fear not”.
A mere compassionate glance of whose eyes is enough to impart both enjoyment and liberation, who tramples with ease the hordes of vice. Who is the veritable Siva with the crescent moon on the forehead, and who is worshipped by Indu. I bow to the guru, Vivekananda.