O mother! Neither do I know any incantation nor any system of worship, nor do I know how to pray. Neither am I aware of the means of invocation, nor do I know the art of meditation. Neither am I versed in your various forms, nor do I know how to weep in distress. But one thing I know for certain is that merely following you destroys all sorts of afflictions and distress.
O Redeemer of all, Blessed Mother! I do not know ritual worship, neither do I have enough money for that. Since I am lazy by nature, I cannot perform worship in the right way. All these shortcomings might have allowed mistakes to creep into my service to you. Please forgive me for them as it is possible to have a bad child, but it is not in the mothers nature to be bad (like a kindhearted mother forgives the mistakes of her careless child, please do so in my case).
O Mother! You have countless simple-hearted and worthy children save myself, who is very naughty and fickle minded. Indeed you will rarely have a child as bad as I am. Oh Shive! Your forsaking me is not meet for you as a mother – For there can be a bad child, but it is impossible to have a bad mother.
O Mother of the World! Never did I offer service at your feet. Goddess! Neither did I offer any large sum of money to you. Still your affectionate grace upon me is caused by the fact that there can be a bad child, but never a bad mother.
O Mother Parvati who begot Lord Ganesh! I remained busy in different kinds of work for all these eighty-five years and have not been able to render true service to the gods. Hence I cannot expect any help from them. In such a situation if you don't shed your grace upon me, who else can grant me shelter?
O Mother Aparna! Even if the sound of one of the vowels of your incantation falls into the ear of a pariah, it makes him converse in sweet language, and if it falls into the ear of a pauper, gets enough wealth to make him roll in luxuries for years! If this is the reward of hearing just one part of the incantation, who can assess the fruits of chanting the full mantra?
O Bhavani! He who powders his body with the ash of burnt bodies, whose food is poison, who is unclad, and who has tendril hair on his head and the serpent king Vasuki encircling his neck, who has a skull bowl in his hand for begging, this Lord of mortal beings and animals has ‘Lord of the World’ as one of his epithets. How could he get such an exalted status? Is it not the result of his marrying you?
O Moon-faced Mother I do not desire liberation or worldly riches, nor do I yearn to acquire scientific knowledge or to get pleasure. My only request to you is to make me pass my life chanting the names of you and your spouse Lord Shiva.
O Mother Shyama! I could never perform your worship with elaborate ritual. My harsh language has made me commit all sorts of sins. Still you take pains to come and shed your grace upon me Mother! This gesture of yours is quite meet of you as my mother! Only so kindhearted a mother can provide shelter to such an undeserving child as myself.
O Mother Durga! O Grand Goddess, Ocean of kindness! I am remembering you because difficulties are all around me. I did not pray before this. Please don't consider this prayer of mine as my wickedness because of the child who is suffering from hunger and thirst remembers only the Mother. O Goddess Mother, it is no surprise if you continue to shed your grace upon me, for notwithstanding the continuous crimes of her children, the mother never neglects them.
O Grand Goddess there is no greater sinner then I am and no greater redeemer of sins than you. Realizing this, do whatever you deem right.
Devyaparadhaksamapana Stotram - Older version (1996)
Neither do I know chants nor do I know methods, nor do I know how to make prayer.
I don't know how to invoke you nor how to meditate, I have no knowledge of any songs.
I don't know any signs (mudras) and I don't know the method of imploring deep pleading.
But I know one thing for sure, if I follow you (within the folds of your love) I will be released from all my troubles.
O, Kind Mother (the Liberator of all without discrimination), I don't know the method of doing puja and I am also lazy by nature.
I also do not have the capacity to do the right kind of prayer,
With all these shortcomings, if there have been any mistakes, please overlook them.
Because a son can be bad, however, it is not in the Mother's nature to be bad.
O, Mother, on this earth you have many good sons and daughters but out of all
these I am the most bad child of yours 0, Goddess, you have forsaken me
because I have not concentrated on you, this is not reasonable, Because a son
can be bad, however, it is not in the Mother's nature to be bad.
O, Mother of the Universe, I have never rubbed your feet or done any sort of
service, I have not given you wealth, but even strangely enough, you are
bestowing your grace on undeserving me Because a son can be bad, however, it
is not in the Mother's nature to be bad.
O, Paravati Ma, Mother who has given birth to Ganesh, while I do prayers to
other gods, I remain busy with different kinds of works, all gods have left
me because I 'm eighty-five years, and I can not give them all the prayers. I
am despaired and I can not expect any help from them. If you also leave me at
this time where shall I go for support except to you?
O, Mother! If anybody hears even a word of your chant, the result is--even
the meanest man can utter the sweet pronunciation of this chant like honey
and he becomes a very proficient speaker, The poorest man, you will find
suitable work for him (The poorest man enjoys millions of pieces gold ) When
even a word of your chant has such a result, the ones who are doing it
regularly and methodically, we can not fathom what the result will be, and
who is that mortal who can know it?
O, Goddess, Bhavani, the Adi-Goddess, the one who rubs his body with ashes
and whose fool is poison, and the one whose body is nude, and has matted hair
and a necklace of cobras and a hung skull in his hands as an alms bowl, gets
that name of Jagadeesh (the Lord of the World) what is the reason for this?
How did he get such an immanent position? It is only because of the union
with you, and by this his importance has increased
O, the Mother whose countenance is like the moon! I do not have any desire
for deliverance (moksha), I do not have any desire for worldly wealth. I do
not have any craving for knowledge. I also do not want happiness. . . so I
have this prayer that the rest of my life may pass in uttering all the names
of the Goddess.
O, Mother! Shayam, (the blue-bodied one), I could not do methodically your
puja or prayer with various religious articles (demeaning oneself before the
Godgess). Always my meditation was not crystal clear because it had the
hurdness. What fault did I have with all these shortcomings? You bestow on me
the greatest grace which is only deserving of you. such a merciful mother can
give shelter to such an undeserving son.
O, Mother! Durga! The ocean of mercy! I am remembering you because I have got
all around me the difficulties. I did not pray before this. Kindly don't
consider this prayer of mine as my wickedness, because the child who is
suffering from hunger and thirst, only remembers the Mother.
O, Mother of the universe. I am not surprised, because of your complete
grace. A son may do fault after fault, but the mother never ignores him.
O, Mahadevi, Great Goddess, there is no sinner like me on the earth and there
is no other person condoning the sins except you. Knowing all this, you do
whatever you think is reasonable.