The verse a salutation often used at the beginning or end of traditional Indian philosophical texts. It pays homage to the great philosophers and scholars Śaṅkara (Adi Shankaracharya), Keśava (Lord Krishna), and Bādarāyaṇa (Veda Vyasa). It acknowledges their contributions to the formulation and explanation of philosophical concepts through their writings. Here's the translation of the verse:
śaṅkaraṃ śaṅkarācāryaṃ keśavaṃ bādarāyaṇam |
sutra bhāśya kṛtau vande bhagavantau punaḥ punaḥ ||
Meaning: Salutations again and again to Lord Shiva in the form of Sri Sankaracharya and Lord Vishnu in the form of Veda Vyasa, who were the authors of sutra and bhasya.
This Shloka is often recited as a mark of respect and gratitude for these eminent philosophers who have significantly shaped the understanding of various philosophical systems in India.