( I came to know about this great song from http://www.indian-heritage.org/lyrics/sd1.html .But when I checked with the lyrics sung by Smt.M.S.Subbalakshmi most of the words did not tally ,. So again searched and found the krithi is given with summary meaning in http://www.naadhabrahmam.com/SankaracharyamSmarami.aspx . I am indebted to this web site for the lyrics as well as help in my translation .
The composer of this song is Subbarama Deekshithar (1839-1906) who was the grand son of Sri Baluswamy deekshithar , the younger brother of Muthuswami Deekshithar .At the age of 17 he was made the Asthana vIdwan of Ettayapuram king .He also authoured a great tome on Carnatic SAngeetha called “Sangeetha sampradaya Pradarshini” which gave several compositions as well as biography of several great composers as well as musicologists.
It is interesting to see from the write up of Sambra Krishnamurthy (http://periva.proboards.com/thread/5770/infinite-grace ) that maha Periyava talked about the meaning of Krithi for three hours in a long discourse in a place called Benahatti in Maharashtra. I am not equal even to the minutest dust of the feet of that great saint and what I have tried to give is only the peripheral meaning .I wish great scholars of today start enlightening us about the depth of knowledge in this great Krithi. With anantha Koti pranams to Maha Periyava)
Bhaktha manova Shankaracharyam smaramyaham
2.Pankajatha bhava vedhyam , hridhyam pankajath bhava roga vaidhyam aadhyam
3.Sathguna saandram sri Mahadeva saraswathim ,samyameendra chandram
1.I remember and recollect Sankaracharya,
Who captures the mind of devotees,
I remember and recollect Sankaracharya
2.He has realized Lord Brahma and Lord Shiva and is liked by them
And he is the Doctor of the disease of samsara like Lord Brahma.
3.He is the repository of all virtues , he is dedicated to Lord Shiva, Goddess Saraswathi,
King of those who live with self control and is like the moon.
Sankara bhagawath charana apaara varyam -Sankara krupayaa varditha veeryam
He is endowed by greatly increased power by Lord Shiva,
So that the feet of Sankara bhagath pada has become the unbounded goal
Sankha raga sitha yasho dhuryam anisham
Karaabjam avaarya thapas shouryam
With his lotus hands he has the capability to remove,
All the doubts as well desires forever,
As he was endowed with irresistible fame for the valour of his penance
Parma jnana lathaa aala vaalam bhavya taara sumano jaalam,
Para matha khandana chandima seelam , parma advaitha sthapana leelam
He is the irrigation canal watering the creeper of divine wisdom ,
Who captivates all good minds with behavior endowed with humility.
He is an expert in uprooting the wrong belief of others,
And is the one who established the principle of Advaitha just like playing a divine sport.
Kara galidha dhanda kamandalam , kaashaaya dharam , vinutha muni mandalam,
Vara mathi vijitha hara kundalam , shubha varadam nata dhara gandalam -srimath
He holds and carries in his hand the staff of a saint and water pot,
He wears ochre robes, is praised and respected by all sages,
And his wisdom beats the luster of the ear globes of Lord Shiva,
He blesses us with boons and he is worshipped as incarnation of Lord Shiva.
I am reproducing here the comments made by sri Vasudevan Srinivas , which are relevant and very informative about this Keithi,
Vasudevan Srinivas A superb post; This kriti was made popular by M.S. in her concerts. he krti begins with the word Sankara which indicates the raga Sankarabharanam as well as the name Sankara. The same word is repeated in the anupallavi in different contexts at the beginning of all the avartanas. The phrase 'Sanka raga' in the anupallavi indicates the name of the raga.
The charanam repeats the word 'parama' (which means 'exalted') in many different contexts making the tone of the krti sublime. The phrase bhakta manovasham (you capture the hearts of seekers) is imbedded at the end of the first line and ' 'vasham' becomes 'vashamkara'.
'Panka jaatha' is repeated with different meanings in the pallavi. In the first line it means Brahma who was born out of a lotus. In the second line panka jatha 'made out of dirt' - means the material world and physical existence.
Vasudevan Srinivas Bhava means - 'Siva' in the first line and in the second line bhava means 'the physical world'.
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Vasudevan Srinivas The words are chosen for resonance and throughout we hear echoes of 'ra' in Sankara, kripa, vardhita, viryam, parama, kara, vara , dhara. "Ra' is a mystic syllable which indicates 'fire & brightness'
The charana lines resonate with the sound of 'la' which is the symbol of 'laghu' (easy). 'Lam' which means 'delight' echoes in- alavalam, jaalam shilam, lilam., mandalam, kundalam, gandalam. Sankara experienced the bliss of Advaita so the sound of 'Lam' meshes with the sound of 'mm' at the end of words. The whole krti resonates with the sound of 'Om'.
Vasudevan Srinivas Subbarama Dikshitar was born in Tiruvarur in1839; As a 17 year old he presented his Darbar Ata tala varnam in the court and several courtiers doubted his authorship of the varnam and felt that it was perhaps his father's composition. To prove the young composer's talent, the Raja told Subbarama "I am going out for an hour, and before I return you should have composed a Jathi svaram in Yamuna kalyani . The final svara passage should start with the svara 'dha' and have svara passages in all three speeds - in a pattern of increase followed by decreasing tempo with a muktayimpu (pattern of 3 svara phrases) at the end. When Subbarama did this everyone was convinced of his prodigious talent. The raja gave him ten gold coins and a brocade shawl. Subbarama became the Asthana vidwan (musician in residence) at the Ettayapuram Court.