This is the initiation ceremony performed for Maharishi's TM; it is a compilation of:
  • Trotakacharya's famous guru paramparA,
  • selected verses from the gurustotra that every Indian who studies with a guru knows by heart,
  • and a short middle verse used by Sanskrit students for recitation practice -- which invites Shiva and Shakti to take up residence in the performer's heart.


Many who became TM teachers are upset that the translation of this reflected the religious nature of TM, when it was supposed to be a science. This is the version and translation approximately as it appears in The Holy Tradition, the manual given only to TM teachers.


APAVITRAH PAVITRO VA    SARVA VASTHAN GATOPI VA
YAH SMARET PUNDARI-KAKSHAM    SA BAHYA-BHYANTARAH SHUCHIH

Translation:
Whether pure or impure, whether purity or impurity is permeating everywhere, whoever opens himself to the expanded vision of unbounded awareness gains inner and outer purity.

Avahanam
NARAYANAM PADMA-BHAVAM VASHISHTHAM    SHAKTIM CHA TAT PUTRA PARASHARAM CHA
VYASAM SHUKAM GAUDA-PADAM MAHANTAM    GOVINDA YOGINDRAM ATHASYA SHISHYAM
SHRI SHANKARA CHARYAM ATHASYA PADMA    PADAM CHA HASTAMALAKAM CHA SHISHYAM
TAM TROTAKAM VARTIKA KARAM ANYAN    ASMAD GURUN SANTATA MANATOSMI

SHRUTI SMRITI PURA-NA-NAM    ALAYAM KARUNA-LAYAM
NAMAMI BHAGAVAT PADAM    SHANKARAM LOKA SHANKARAM
SHANKARAM SHANKARACHARYAM    KESHAVAM BADARAYANAM
SUTRA BHASHYA KRITAU VANDE    BHAGAVAKTAU PUNAH PUNAH
YAD-DVARE NIKHILA NILIMPA PARISHAD    SIDDHIM VIDHATTE-NISHAM
SHRIMAT SHRI LASITAM JAGADGURU-PADAM    NATVATMA TRIPTIN GATAH
LOKA-GYANA PAYODA PATANA DHURAM    SHRI SHANKARAM SHARMADAM
BRAHMHANANDA SARASVATIM GURWVARAM    DHYAYAMI JYOTIR-MAYAM

AVAHANAM    SAMARPAYAMI SHRI GURU CHARANA KAMALEBHYO NAMAH
ASANAM    SAMARPAYAMI SHRI GURU CHARANA KAMALEBHYO NAMAH
SNANAM    SAMARPAYAMI SHRI GURU CHARANA KAMALEBHYO NAMAH
VASTRAM    SAMARPAYAMI SHRI GURU CHARANA KAMALEBHYO NAMAH
CHANDANAM    SAMARPAYAMI SHRI GURU CHARANA KAMALEBHYO NAMAH
AKSHATAN    SAMARPAYAMI SHRI GURU CHARANA KAMALEBHYO NAMAH
PUSHPAM    SAMARPAYAMI SHRI GURU CHARANA KAMALEBHYO NAMAH
DHUPAM    SAMARPAYAMI SHRI GURU CHARANA KAMALEBHYO NAMAH
DIPAM    SAMARPAYAMI SHRI GURU CHARANA KAMALEBHYO NAMAH
ACHAMANIYAM    SAMARPAYAMI SHRI GURU CHARANA KAMALEBHYO NAMAH
NAIVEDYAM    SAMARPAYAMI SHRI GURU CHARANA KAMALEBHYO NAMAH
ACHAMANIYAM    SAMARPAYAMI SHRI GURU CHARANA KAMALEBHYO NAMAH
TAMBULAM    SAMARPAYAMI SHRI GURU CHARANA KAMALEBHYO NAMAH
SHRI PHALAM    SAMARPAYAMI SHRI GURU CHARANA KAMALEBHYO NAMAH

Translation:
Invocation
To Lord Narayana, to lotus-born Brahma the creator, to Vashishtha to Shakti and his son, Parashar,
To Vyasa, to Shukadeva, to the great Gaudapada, to Govinda, ruler among the yogis, to his disciple,
Shri Shankaracharya, to his disciples Padma-Pada and Hasta-Malaka,
And Trotakacharya and Vartika-Kara, to others, to the tradition of our Masters, I bow down.

To the abode of the wisdom of the Shrutis, Smritis and Puranas, to the abode of kindness, to the personified glory of the lord, to Shankara, emancipator of the world, I bow down.

To Shankaracharya, the redeemer, hailed as Krishna and Badarayana, to the commentator of the Brahma Sutras, I bow down.
To the glory of the lord I bow down again and again, at whose door the whole galaxy of gods pray for perfection day and night.

Adorned with immeasurable glory, preceptor of the whole world, having bowed down to him we gain fulfillment.

Skilled in dispelling the cloud of ignorance of the people, the gentle emancipator, Brahmananda Sarasvati, the supreme teacher, full of brilliance, him I bring to my awareness.

Offering the invocation   to the lotus feet of Shri Guru Dev, I bow down.
Offering a seat   to the lotus feet of Shri Guru Dev, I bow down.
Offering an ablution   to the lotus feet of Shri Guru Dev, I bow down.
Offering cloth   to the lotus feet of Shri Guru Dev, I bow down.
Offering sandalpaste   to the lotus feet of Shri Guru Dev, I bow down.
Offering full rice   to the lotus feet of Shri Guru Dev, I bow down.
Offering a flower   to the lotus feet of Shri Guru Dev, I bow down.
Offering incense   to the lotus feet of Shri Guru Dev, I bow down.
Offering light   to the lotus feet of Shri Guru Dev, I bow down.
Offering water   to the lotus feet of Shri Guru Dev, I bow down.
Offering fruit   to the lotus feet of Shri Guru Dev, I bow down.
Offering water   to the lotus feet of Shri Guru Dev, I bow down.
Offering a betel leaf   to the lotus feet of Shri Guru Dev, I bow down.
Offering a coconut   to the lotus feet of Shri Guru Dev, I bow down.

Arartikyam
KARPURA-GAURAM KARUNA-VATARAM    SAMSARA-SARAM BHUJAGENDRAHARAM
SADA VASANTAM HRIDAYA RAVINDE    BHAVAM BHAVANI SAHITAM NAMAMI

ARARTIKYAM    SAMARPAYAMI SHRI GURU CHARANA KAMALEBHYO NAMAH
ACHAMANIYAM    SAMARPAYAMI SHRI GURU CHARANA KAMALEBHYO NAMAH

Translation:
Offering camphor light
White as camphor, kindness as incarnate, the essence of creation garlanded with Brahman, ever dwelling in the lotus of my heart, the creative impulse of cosmic life, to that, in the form of Guru Dev, I bow down.

Offering light&nbps;  to the lotus feet of Shri Guru Dev, I bow down.
Offering water   to the lotus feet of Shri Guru Dev, I bow down.

Pushpanjalim
GURUR BRAHMA GURUR VISHNUR    GURURDEVO MAHESHVARAH
GURUH SAKSHAT PARAM BRAHMA    TASMAI SHRI GURAVE NAMAH
AKHANDA MANDALAKARAM    VYAPTAM YENA CHARACHARAM
TAT PADAM DARSHITAM YENA    TASMAI SHRI GURAVE NAMAH
SHRI BRAHMANANDAM PARAM SUKHADAM    KEVALAM GYANAMURTIM
VISHVA-TITAM GAGANA SADRISHAM    TAT-TVAM-ASYADI LAKSHYAM
EKAM NITYAM VIMALAMACHALAM    SARVADHI SAKSHI BHUTAM
BHAVA-TITAM TRIGUNA SAHITAM    SADGURUM TAM NAMAMI
AGYANA TIMIRANDHASHYA    GYANANJANA SHALAKAYA
CHAKSHUR UNMILITAM YENA    TASMAI SHRI GURAVE NAMAH

PUSHPANJALIM    SAMARPAYAMI SHRI GURU CHARANA KAMALEBHYO NAMAH

Translation:
Offering handful of flowers
Guru in the glory of Brahma, Guru in the glory of Vishnu, Guru in the glory of the great Lord Shiva, Guru in the glory of the personified transcendental fullness of Brahman, to him, to Shri Guru Dev adorned with glory, I bow down.

The unbounded, like the endless canopy of the sky, the omnipresent in all creation, by whom the sign of that has been revealed, to him, to Shri Guru Dev, I bow down.

Guru Dev, Shri Brahmananda, bliss of the absolute, transcendental joy, the self-sufficient, the embodiment of pure knowledge which is beyond and above the universe like the sky, the aim of thou art that and other such expressions which unfold eternal truth, the one, the eternal, the pure, the immoveable, the witness of all intellects, whose status transcends thought, the transcendant along with the three gunas, the true perceptor, to Shri Guru Dev, I bow down.

The blinding darkness of ignorance has been removed by applying the balm of knowledge. The eye of knowledge has been opened by him and therefore, to him, to Shri Guru Dev, I bow down. Offering a handful of flowers to the lotus feet of Shri Guru Dev, I bow down.



(Further props to my mom, former TM teacher, for help with this info.)

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