Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Guru Stotram - Salutations to all Great Spiritual Masters



1. Brahmanandam Parama Sukhadam Kevalam Jnanamurtim
Dvandvathitam Gaganasadrisham Tatvamsyadi Lakshyam,
Ekam Nityam Vimalamachalam Sarvadhee Sakshibhutam
Bhavatitam Trigunarahitam Sad Gurum Tam Namami.

2. Yasyantarnadimadhyam Na Hi Karacharanam Namagotram
Na Sutram No Jatirnaiva Varnam Na Bhavati Purusho No Napumsam Na Cha Stri,
Nakaram No Vikaram Na Hi Janimaranam Nasti Punyam Na
Papam No Tattvam Tatvamekam Sahajasamarasam Sad Gurum Tam Namami.

3. Gururbrahma Gururvishnur Gururdevo Mahesvarah,
Guruh Sakshat Parambrahma Tasmai Shri Gurave Namah.

4. Chaitanyam Shashvatam Shantam Vyomatitam Niranjanam,
Nadabindu kalatitam Tasmai Shri Gurave Namah.

5. Ajnana Timirandhasya Jnananjana Shalakaya,
Chakshurunmilitam Yena Tasmai Shri Gurave Namah.

6. Akhanda mandalakaram Vyaptam Yena Characharam,
Tatpadam Darshitam Yena Tasmai Shri Gurave Namah.

7. Sthavaram Jangamam Vyaptam Yat Kinchit Sacharacharam,
Tvampadam Darshitam Yena Tasmai Shri Gurave Namah.

8. Chinmayam Vyapitam Sarvam Trailokyam Sacharacharam,
    Asitvam Darshitam Yena Tasmai Shri Gurave Namah.

9. Yatsatyena Jagat Sarvam Yat Prakashena Bhanti Yat,
    Yadanandena Nandanti Tasmai Shri Gurave Namah.

10. Na Guroradhikam Tatvam Na Guroradhikam Tapah,
      Na Guroradhikam Jnanam Tasmai Shri Gurave Namah.

11. Gurureko Jagat Sarvam Brahma Vishnu Shivatmakam,
       Guroh Paratharam Nasti Tasmat Sampujayet Gurum.

12. Yasya Deve Parabhaktih Yatha Deve Tathagurau,
       Tasyaite Kathita Hyarthah Prakashante Mahatmanah.

13. Mannathah Shrijagannathah Madguruh Srijagadguruh,
      Mamatma Sarvabhutatma Tasmai Shri Gurave Namah.

14. Dhyanamulam Gurormurtih Pujamulam Guroh Padam,
      Mantramulam Gurorvakyam Mokshamulam Guroh Kripa.

15. Om Namah Shivaya Gurave Satchidananda Murtaye,
      Nishprapanchaya Shantaya Niralambaya Tejase.

16. Ajnanamulaharanam Janma karma nivaranam,
     Jnanavairagya Siddhyartham Guroh Padodakam Pibet.

17. Nityam Suddham Nirabhasam Nirakaram Niranjanam,
      Nityabodham Chidanandam Gurum Brahma Namamyaham.

18. Nidhaye Sarva Vidyanaam Bhishaje Bhavaroginam,
      Gurave Sarvalokanam Dakshinamurtaye Namah.

19. Om Namo Brahmadibhyo Brahmavidya Sampradaya-
      Kartribhyo Vamsarishibhyo Mahadbhyo,
      Namo Gurubhyah Sarvopaplavarahitah
      Prajnanaghanah Pratyagartho Brahmaivahamasmi.

20. Om Naraayanam Padmabhavam Vasishtam
      Saktim Cha Tatputra Parasaram Cha,
      Vyasam Sukam Gaudapadam Mahantam
      Govindayogindra Mathasya Shishyam.

21. Sri Sankarachaaryamathasya
      Padmapadam Cha Hastamalakamcha Shishyam,
     Tam Trotakam Vartikakaramanyan
     Asmadgurun Santatamanatosmi.

22. Sruti smriti purananam Alayam Karunalayam,
      Namami Bhagavadpadam Shankaram Lokasankaram.

23. Sankaram Sankaracharyam Kesavam Baadarayanam,
      Sutrabhashya Kritau Vande Bhagavantau Punah Punah.

24. Isvaro Gururatmeti Murtibhedha vibhagine,
     Vyomavad Vyapta Dehaya Dakshinamurthaye Namah.


MEANING OF GURUSTOTRAM

1. I Prostrate to that Sadguru, the Brahman, who is bliss, who is the giver of supreme happiness, who is absolute knowledge who is beyond the pairs of opposites, who is vast like the ether, who is
attainable through assertions like “Tat Twam Asi”, who is one, eternal, pure and changeless, who is the witness of all the states of the mind, who transcends modifications, who is devoid of the three modes (of Prakriti).

2. I prostrate to that Sadguru, who has no beginning, no middle, no end, no hands, no feet, no name, no lineage, no class, no caste, no colour, who is neither male nor female, who has no form, no change, no birth, no virtue, no vice, no elements of creation, who is the one Truth, who is the natural homogeneous Essence.

3. I prostrate to that Sri Guru, who is himself Brahma, Vishnu and God Maheshwara, and who is verily the Supreme Absolute Itself.

4. I prostrate to that Sri Guru, who is pure Consciousness, eternal, peaceful, beyond ether,
spotless and beyond sound, space and time.

5. I prostrate to that Sri Guru, who has opened with the collyrium stick of knowledge, the eyes of him who was rendered blind by the darkness of ignorance.

6. I prostrate to that Sri Guru, who pervades the movable and the immovable universe as an unbroken  infinitude of form, and who has shown the state of That (Brahman).

7. I prostrate to that Sri Guru, who pervades the whole universe constituting of beings, sentient and
insentient, movable and immovable and by whom is shown the truth of the word “That” (Brahman).

8. I prostrate to that Sri Guru, who pervades as consciousness of beings, movable and immovable in three worlds and by whom is revealed the truth of the word “Art” in the Mahaavaakya: “That thou Art”.

9. I prostrate to that Sri Guru, due to whose existence the world exists, whose effulgence illumines
the world, and whose Bliss is the happiness of all beings.

10. I prostrate to that Sri Guru, who is the eternally true, austere and absolute knowledge personified.

11. The Guru alone is the whole world including the worlds of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. Nothing exists that is superior to the Guru. Hence the Guru is to be worshipped.

12. He whose devotion to the Lord is supreme, and who has as much devotion to the Guru as to the Lord, unto him, one with that high soul, the meaning of the sacred texts stand revealed.

13. I prostrate to that Sri Guru, my Lord, who is the Lord of the entire universe, who is my Guru and world teacher, the Indweller in me as well as the universe.

14. The form of the Guru is the basis of meditation, the feet of the Guru are the basis of worship, the
words of the Guru are the basis of Mantra, the Grace of the Guru is the basis of liberation.

15. Om. Prostration to the Guru, who is Shiva (bliss and auspiciousness), who is the embodiment of
Existence-Knowledge-Bliss, who is beyond world-consciousness, who is peaceful, without any support and self-effulgent.

16. The sacred waters used for washing the feet of the Guru should be drunk for the sake of destruction of the root of ignorance, for removing birth and death and the effects of Karma, and for the attainment of knowledge and dispassion.

17. I prostrate to that Guru, who is the eternally pure Brahman, free from reflection, formless,
taintless, eternally awake as pure conciousness and bliss.

18. I prostrate to that Sri Dakshinamurti, who is the abode of all knowledge, who is the physician to those afflicted with the disease of worldly existence, and who is the Guru of all the worlds.

19. Salutations to Brahman, to the holy sages that have given us the Brahma vidya; Salutations to the
great Masters of Divine Knowledge and to all the masters that have awakened the Divine Wisdom in us. Om I am Brahman.

20. Salutations to Brahma, Vasishtha, Shakti, Parasara, Vyasa, Suka, Gaudapada the majestic,
Govindapada, the mighty Yogin whose disciple was the effulgent Shankara.

21. And his great disciples Padmapaada, Trotaka, Hastaamalaka, and Suresvara who wrote a wide
commentary of Shankara’s Advaita.

22. Salutations to Master Shankara, Bhagavadpaada, the bestower of felicity and unity on humanity, and the repository of all the wisdom, contained in the sacred scriptures. He is the manifestation of compassion.

23. Salutation to Shankara who has explained the mystic lore handed down to us by Baadaraayana (Vyasa). Let us adore Him again and again – Aum Bhagavaan Shankara.

24. I prostrate to Sri Dakshinamurti who manifests in three different forms as God, Guru and Self, and whose body is all-pervading like the sky.



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