What is this stotra?
The following stotra is from the rudra yaamala, an important work
on tantra . It is a short stotra but also remarkably powerful . The stotra is
credited with developing the praGYaa (intelligence) and has been given by Lord Kartikeya Himself.
The person who reads my 28 names told here with concentration, in the morning,obtains equal status with Brihaspati in speech, even if he cannot speak.Further, the person who reads my names as maha mantras obtains great intelligence . There is no doubt about this.
योगीश्वरो महासेनः कार्तिकेयोऽग्निनंदनः ।
स्कंदः कुमारः सेनानीः स्वामी शंकरसंभवः ॥1॥
Yogiishvaro Mahaa-Senah Kaartikeyo[a-Aa]gni-Nandanah |
Skandah Kumaarah Senaaniih Svaamii Shankara-Sambhavah ||1||
1.1: (Salutations to Sri Kartikeya) Who is a Master Yogi, Who is known as Mahasena when referred to as the Son of Agni Deva and Who is known as Kartikeya when referred to as the son of the six Kritikas,
1.2: Who is known as Skanda when referred to as son of Devi Parvati, Who is known as Kumara when referred to as son of Devi Ganga, Who is the Leader of the Army of Devas, Who is our Master and Who is Born of Lord Shankara.
गांगेयस्ताम्रचूडश्च ब्रह्मचारी शिखिध्वजः ।
तारकारिरुमापुत्रः क्रौंचारिश्च षडाननः ॥२॥
Gaangeyas-Taamra-Cuuddashca Brahmacaarii Shikhi-Dhvajah |
Taaraka-Arir-Umaa-Putrah Krauncaa-Rishca Ssaddaananah ||2||
2.1: (Salutations to Sri Kartikeya) Who is Loved by Mother Ganga and His Follower Tamrachuda, Who is Celebate and has Peacock as His Emblem,
2.2: Who is the Enemy of Tarakasura and Krauncasura, Who is the Son of Devi Uma and has Six Faces.
शब्दब्रह्मसमुद्रश्च सिद्धः सारस्वतो गुहः ।
सनत्कुमारो भगवान् भोगमोक्षफलप्रदः ॥३॥
Shabdabrahmasamudrashca Siddhah Saarasvato Guhah |
Sanatkumaaro Bhagavaan Bhogamokssaphalapradah ||3||
3.1: (Salutations to Sri Kartikeya) Who is Accomplished in the Knowlege of the Ocean of Sabda-Brahman, Who is Eloquent in describing the Great Spiritual Secrets of the Sabda-Brahman and hence aptly known as Guha when referred to as the Son of Lord Shiva (who is the embodiment of Sabda-Brahman),
3.2: Who is Always Youthful and Pure like Sanatkumara, Who is Divine and Who Grants both the Fruits for Worldly Enjoyment (due to meritorious deeds) and final Liberation.
शरजन्मा गणाधीश पूर्वजो मुक्तिमार्गकृत् ।
सर्वागमप्रणेता च वांच्छितार्थप्रदर्शनः ॥४॥
Sharajanmaa Gannaadhiisha Puurvajo Muktimaargakrt |
Sarvaagamaprannetaa Ca Vaancchitaarthapradarshanah ||4||
4.1: (Salutations to Sri Kartikeya) Who was Born on Shara, a particular variety of grass and hence known as Saravana, Whose Elder is Sri Ganesha and Who has Created (i.e. Shown) the Path of Liberation,
4.2: Who is Reverentially Saluted by All the Agamas (Scriptures) And Who Shows the Way towards the Desired Object of Spiritual Life (as mentioned in the Scriptures).
अष्टाविंशतिनामानि मदीयानीति यः पठेत् ।
प्रत्यूषं श्रद्धया युक्तो मूको वाचस्पतिर्भवेत् ॥५॥
Assttaavimshatinaamaani Madiiyaaniiti Yah Patthet |
Pratyuussam Shraddhayaa Yukto Muuko Vaacaspatirbhavet ||5||
5.1: My Devotees who Repeat My Twenty Eight Names and Contemplate on My Spiritual Precepts …
5.2: Everyday in the Early Morning with Faith and Devotion, will Become a Master of Speech even if he is Dumb (due to lack of wisdom).
महामंत्रमयानीति मम नामानुकीर्तनम् ।
महाप्रज्ञामवाप्नोति नात्र कार्या विचारणा ॥६॥
Mahaamantramayaaniiti Mama Naamaanukiirtanam |
Mahaaprajnyaamavaapnoti Naatra Kaaryaa Vicaarannaa ||6||
6.1: My Spiritual Precepts and Devotional Repetition of My Names will act like Maha Mantra,
6.2: Also Devotee will Obtain Great Wisdom and Intelligence by Contemplating on My Divine Leela (Play).
इति श्रीरुद्रयामले प्रज्ञाविवर्धनाख्यं
श्रीमत्कार्तिकेयस्तोत्रं सम्पूर्णम् ॥७॥
Iti Shrii-Rudrayaamale Prajnyaa-Vivardhan-Aakhyam
Shriimat-Kaartikeya-Stotram Sampuurnnam ||7||
7.1: Thus Ends the Description which Augments the Intelligence and Wisdom from the Rudra Yamala text,
7.2: Thus Ends the Eulogy of the Illustrious Sri Kartikeya.