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Monday, September 5, 2011

Guru Stotra

5th September is celebrated as TEACHERS DAY in INDIA in fond rememberence of our great  Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan birthday

 Teachers play important role in one's life and so with me specially my respected Madam Dr Sangeeta Sharma to whom I always remain indebted for her guidance, her vision and her dedication for the profession. Thank You Madam and all other teachers who always teach me to be a good human being.

 Dedicated to ALL GURUS :Guru Stotra
  1. Guru Brahma Gurur Vishnu
    Guru Devo Maheshwaraha
    Guru Saakshat Para Brahma
    Tasmai Sree Gurave Namaha
    Meaning:Guru is verily the representative of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. He creates, sustains knowledge and destroys the weeds of ignorance. I salute such a Guru.
  2. Akhanda Mandalaakaaram
    Vyaaptam Yenam charaacharam
    Tatpadam Darshitam Yena
    Tasmai Sri Gurave Namaha.

    Meaning: Guru can guide us to the supreme knowledge of THAT which pervades all the living and non-living beings in the entire Universe (namely Brahman). I salute such a Guru.
  3. Agnyaana Timiraandhasya
    Gnyaana Anjana Shalaakayaa
    Chakshuhu Unmeelitam Yenam
    Tasmai Sri Gurave Namaha.
    Meaning: A Guru can save us from the pangs of ignorance (darkness) by applying to us the balm of knowledge or awareness of the Supreme, I salute such a Guru.
  4. Sthaavaram Jangamam Vyaaptam
    Yatkinchit Sacharaa Charam
    TatPadam Darshitam Yena
    Tasmai Sri Gurave Namaha.
    Meaning: That Guru who can enlighten us about the all pervading consciousness present in all the three world or states (of Jaagrath, Swapna and Sushupti ... activity, dream and deep sleep state), I salute such a Guru.
  5. Chinmayam Vyaapi Yatsarvam
    Trailokya Sacharaa Charam
    TatPadam Darshitam Yena
    Tasmai Sri Gurave Namaha.
    Meaning: That revered Master who directs my attention to the ONE divinity existing in all that is inert (immobile) as well as that which is active (mobile), I salute such a Guru.
  6. Sarva Sruti Shiroratna
    Viraajita Padambujaha
    Vedaantaambuja Sooryo Yah
    Tasmai Sri Gurave Namaha.
    Meaning: That Guru who is the ocean of the Srutis (Vedas), the Sun of knowledge (who can destroy our ignorance with these rays), I salute such a Guru.
  7. Chaitanyah Shaashwatah Shaantho
    Vyomaateeto Niranjanaha
    Bindu Naada Kalaateetaha
    Tasmai Sri Gurave Namaha.
    Meaning: That Guru who is the representative of the unchangeable, ever present, peaceful spirit, who is one pointed and beyond the realm of space and time, whose vision is always enchanting, I salute such a Guru.
  8. Gnyaana Shakti Samaaroodah
    Tatwa Maalaa Vibhooshitaha
    Bhukti Mukti Pradaaneyna
    Tasmai sri Gurave Namaha.
    Meaning: The one who is an ocean of knowledge, who is always in Yoga (in unison With God) who is adorned by the knowledge of the God principle, the One Who can liberate us from this mundane existence, I salute such a Guru.
  9. Aneka Janma Sampraapta
    Karma Bandha Vidaahine
    Atma Gnyaana Pradaaneyna
    Tasmai Sri Gurave Namaha.
    Meaning: The one who can help us free from the chain of karma accumulated over several lives, by teaching us the knowledge of the self (Atma Gnyaana), I salute such a Guru.
  10. Shoshanam Bhava Sindhoscha
    Gnyaapanam Saarasampadaha
    Guror Padodakam Samyak
    Tasmai Sri Gurave Namaha.
    Meaning: The one who can help us cross this ocean of life, the one who can reveal to us the Divine, I adore his Paadukaas (hold on to his feet), I salute such a Guru.
  11. Na Guror Adhikam Tatwam
    Na Guror Adhikam Tapaha
    Tatwa Gnyaanaat Param Naasti
    Tasmai Sri Gurave Namaha.
    Meaning: There no greater principle than the Guru; there is no greater penance than the Guru; There is no greater knowledge than meditation on such a Guru. I salute such a Guru.
  12. Mannaathah Sri Jaganaatho
    Madguruhu Sri Jagad Guruhu
    Madh Atma Sarva Bhootaatma
    Tasmai Sri Gurave Namaha.
    Meaning: The Lord of the world is my Lord and the Guru of the World is my Guru, the SELF in me is the same which is present in all (the same divinity inherent in all beings). I salute such a Guru (who gives me this insight).
  13. Guroraadi Anaadischa
    Guruh Parama Daivatam
    Guroh Parataram Naasti
    Tasmai Sri Gurave Namaha.
    Meaning: The Guru has neither beginning nor end; the Guru is the ultimate God (in the visible form). There is nothing beyond this Guru principle, and I salute such a Guru.

Dhyaanamoolam Gurur Moorthihi
Poojamoolam Guroh Padam
Mantramoolam Guror Vaakyam
Moksha Moolam Guru Krupa.
Meaning: The Guru's form is the best to meditate upon; the Guru's feet are the best for worship; the Guru's word is the mantra; the Guru's Grace is the root of liberation.

Brahmaanandham Parama Sukhadam
Kevalam Jnaana Murthim
Dhvandhvaa Theetham Gagana Sadhrisham
Tathvam Asyaadi Lakshyam
Ekam Nithyam Vimalam Achalam
Sarvadhee Saakshi Bhutham
Bhavaatheetham Thriguna Rahitham
Sadhgurum Tham Namaami.
Meaning: This sloka tries to describe the qualities of a true Guru. A real Guru has the following qualities. He experiences the supreme Bliss of Brahmaananda (transcedental divine bliss). He enjoys and confers changeless supreme happiness. He is beyond space and time (there is nothing higher than him). He is the embodiment of wisdom which is the basis for all types of knowledge. He transcends the pair of opposites (such as happiness and sorrow, gain and loss). He is more Omnipresent than space itself. He is the very embodiment of the Divine principle, which is the inner meaning of the four great pronouncements Prajnaanam Brahma, Aham Brahmasmi, Thath Thvam Asi and Ayam Aathma Brahma. He is One without a second (ekam). He never changes under any circumstances (nithyam). He is without any type of impurity (vimalam). He is steady and motionless(achalam). He is the witness of everything. He transcends mental comprehension and verbal explanation. He is beyond the three gunas (sathva, rajas and thamas). I offer my humble salutations to such a Guru who possesses all these qualities.
[The meaning of this Sloka is discussed in great detail in the Guru Poornima Discourse delivered by Bhagavan Baba on July 14, 1992]

On Lord Dakshinamoorthy
Gurave Sarva Lokaanaam
Bhishaje Bhava Roginaam
Nidhaye Sarva Vidyaanaam
Dakshina Moorthaye Namaha
Meaning: I salute God Dakshina Moorthy (Shiva in Guru form) who is the Guru of all the worlds, the One who cures the disease of worldly existence and who is wealth of all knowledge.

On Guru Shankaraachaarya
Shruthi Smruthi Puraanaam
Aalayam Karunaalayam
Namaami Bhagavat Paadam
Shankaram Loka Shankaram.
Meaning: I prostrate before Shanakara Bhagavatpada who is the house of all knowledge, the Shrutis, Smrutis and Puranas (all the Vedic texts).

On Guru Vyaasa
Namostutey Vyaasa Vishaala Buddhe
Phullaaravinda Yatapatra Netra
Yena Twaya Bhaarata Tailapoorna
Prajwaalito Gyaana Mayah Pradeepaha
Meaning: Salutations unto Thee, O Vyasa of broad intellect and with eyes large like petals of full blown lotuses, by whom the lamp of knowledge filled with the oil of Mahabharata has been lighted.

On Guru Shirdi Sai
Namah Sree Sai Naathaaya
Mohatandra Vinaashine
Gurave Buddhi Bodhaaya
Bodha Maatra Swaroopine
Meaning: I worship Lord Sainath, the destroyer of attachment, the Guru who preaches discrimination (sharpen the intellect).

On Guru Raghavendra
Poojyaaya Raaghavendraaya
Sathya Dhrama Vrataayacha
Bhajataam Kalpa Vrikshaaya
Namathaam Kaamadhenave
Meaning: I prostrate before the venerable Guru Raghavendra who is always professing Truth and Righteousness, the One who is like the kalpavriksha (wish fulfilling tree) and kamadhenu (celestial cow indicating prosperity) to the devotees (meaning He is a boon giver).

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