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1 SHREE GURU GITA 2 OPENING MANTRAS Om Namaha Parvaati-pataye Hara Hara Hara Mahaadev Om! Salutations to Paarvaati's spouse. Hara, Hara, Hara, Mahaadev! Namo'stvanantaaya sahasra-moortaye Sahasra-paadaa'kshi-shiroru-baahave Sahasra-naamne purushaaya saashvate Sahasra-kotee-yuga-dhaarine namaha Salutations to the infinite Lord, who has infinite forms, infinite feet, eyes, heads, thighs, and arms. Saluations to the eternal being of infinite names, who supports millions of cosmic ages. Om Namaha Shivaaya gurave Sac-chit-aananda-moortaye Nishprapanchaya shantaaya Niraalambaaya tejase Om, Salutations to the Guru, who is Shiva! His form is being, consciousness and bliss. He is transcendent, calm, free from all support, and luminous. Nityaanandaa gurave Shishya-samsaara-haarine Bhakta-kaaryaika-dehaaya Namaste chit-sad-aatmane Salutations to Muktananda [Vasudeva), the Guru, who rescues his disciples from the cycle of birth and death, who has assumed a body to meet the needs of his devotees, and whose nature is consciousness and being. Om saha naavavatu Saha nau bhunaktu Saha veeryam karavavahai Tejasvi naavadheetam astu Maa vidvishaavahai Om. May we, Guru and disciple, be protected together. May we enjoy the fruits of our actions together. May we achieve strength together. May our knowledge be full of light. May we never have enmity for one another. Om Shanti! Shanti! Shanti! Om Peace! Peace! Peace! 3 SHREE GURU PADUKA-PAN-CHAKAM Five Stanzas on the Sandals of Shree Guru 1. Om namo gurubhyo guru-paadukaa-bhyo Namah parebhyah para-paadukaa-bhyah, Aachaarya-siddhe-shvara-paadukaa-bhyo Namo namah shree-guru-paadukaa-bhyah. Om. Salutations to the Guru and the Guru's sandals. Salutations to the supreme [Guru] and to his supreme sandals. [Salutations] to the sandals of the spiritual teacher and the lord of Siddhas. Salutations again and again to Sri Guru's sandals. 2. Ain-kaara-hreen-kaara-rahasya-yukta Shreen-kaara-goodhaarthamahaa-vibhootyaa, Om-kaara-marma-prati-paadinee-bhyaam Namo namah shree-guru-paadukaa-bhyaam. Salutations again and again to Sri Guru's sandals, which are endowed with the mystery of (the seed letters) 'ain' and Vim' and with the great glory of the profound meaning of (the seed letter) 'shift', and which expound the secret of Om. 3. Ho-traagni-hau-traagni-havishya-hotru Homaadi-sarvaa-kruti-bhaasa-maanam, Yad brahma tad-bodha-vitaa-rinee-bhyaam Namo namah shree-guru-paadukaa-bhyaam. Salutations again and again to Sri Guru's sandals, which impart the knowledge of Brahman, who appears in all forms, such as Hotragni and Hautragni (the sacred sacrificial fires), the offerings, the priest, and the [ritualistic] sacrifice [itself]. 4. Kaamaadi-sarpa-vraja-gaarudaa-bhyaam Viveka-vairaagya-nidhi-pradaa-bhyaam, Bodha-pradaa-bhyaam druta-moksha-daabhayaam Namo namah shree-guru-paadukaa-bhyaam. Salutations again and again to Sri Guru's sandals, which serve as the Garuda, (the mantra against poison), to the mul- titude of serpents of desire and so on, which bestow the treasure of discrimination and dispassion, which grant true knowledge, and which give immediate liberation. 5. Ananta-samsaara-samudra-taara Naukaayi-taabhyaam sthira-bhakti-daabhyaam, Jaadyaabdhi-samsho-shana-vaadavaabhyaam Namo namah shree-guru-paadukaa-bhyaam. 4 Salutations again and again to Sri Guru's sandals, which are a boat to cross the endless ocean of the world, which bestow steadfast devotion, and which are a raging fire to dry the ocean of [spiritual] insensitivity. Om Shanti! Shanti! Shanti! Om Peace! Peace! Peace! 5 SHREE GURU GITA Song of the Guru Om asya shree-guru-gita-stotra-mantrasya bhagavaan sadaa-shiva rishih. Om. Lord Sadashiva is the seer of the mantras of this hymn, Sri Guru Gita. Naanaa-vidhaani chandaamsi shree-guru-paramaatmaa devataa. It's verse patterns are diverse. The Guru, the supreme Self, is it's deity. Ham beejam sah shaktih krom keelakam, shree-guru-prasaada-sid-dhyarthe jape viniyogah. Ham is it's seed letter, sah it's power, and krom it's nail. The purpose of repeating it is to win the Guru's grace. Atha dhyaanam. Now, meditation. Ham-saabhyaam pari-vrutta-patra-kamalair- divyair-jagat-kaaranair- vishvot-keerna-maneka-dehani-layaih svach-chhanda-maatmech-chhayaa Tad-dyotam pada-shaambhavam tu charanam deepaan-kura-graahinam pratya-kshaa-kshara-vigraham guru-padam dhyaayed-vibhum shaash-vatam. The Guru, who dwells in the lotus surrounded by the divine petals ham and sah, which reside in all beings and are the cause of the world, manifested the world in his own way and of his own free will. Meditate on the Guru, who reveals that, who is the expression of the Shambhava state (Shivahood), who illumines like the flame of a lamp, who is eternal and all-pervasive, and who is a visible form of all letters. 6 Mama-chatur-vidha-puru-shaartha-sid-dhyarthe jape viniyogah. I repeat the Guru Gita to realize the four goals of life: [dharma, righteousness: artha, wealth; kama, pleas- ure; moksha, liberation]. Soota uvaacha: 1. Kailaasa-shikhare ramye bhakti-sandhaana-naayakam, Pranamya paarvatee, bhaktyaa shankaram parya-pruch-chhata. Suta said: On the beautiful summit of Mount Kailas, Parvati, having bowed with reverence to Lord Shiva, who is the master of uniting one with devotion, asked: Shree devi-uvaacha: 2. Om namo deva devesha paraatpara jagad-guro, Sadaa-shiva mahaa-deva guru-deekshaam pradehi me. The Goddess said: Om. Salutations, Oh God, Oh Lord of Gods, Oh Higher than the highest, Oh Teacher of the Universe, Oh Benevolent One, Oh Great God, initiate me into the knowledge of the Guru. 3. Kena maargena bho svaamin dehee brahma-mayo bhavet, Tvam krupaam kuru me svaamin namaami charanau tava. Oh Lord, by which path can an embodied soul become one with Brahman, (absolute reality)? Have compas- sion on me, Oh Lord! I bow to your feet. Ishvara uvaacha: 4. Mama-roopaasi devi tvam tvat-pree-tyartham vadaa-myaham, Loko-pakaarakah prashno na kenaapi krutah puraa. 7 The Lord said: Oh Goddess, you are My very Self. Out of love for you, I will tell you this. No one has ever asked this question before, which is a boon to all mankind. 5. Durlabham trishu lokeshu tach-chhrunu-shva vadaa-myaham, Gurum vinaa brahma naanyat satyam satyam varaanane. [This knowledge] is difficult to obtain in the three worlds. Listen to it. I will reveal it to you. Brahman is nothing other than the Guru. 0 Beautiful One, this is the truth. This is the truth. 6. Veda-shaastra-puraanaani itihaasaa-dikaani cha, Mantra-yantraadi-vidyaash-cha smruti-ruch-chhaata-naadikam. The Vedas (ancient scriptures), the Shastras (religious books), the Puranas (texts of ancient legends), histor- ical accounts, and other [writings]; the science of mantra, yantra (mystic diagrams) and so on; the Smritis (traditional code of laws), magic incantations, and so on. 7. Shaiva-shaaktaa-gamaadeeni anyaani vividhaani cha, Apa-bhramsha-karaaneeha jeevaanaam bhraanta-chetasaam. The Shaiva and Shakta treatises and other various texts, bring about in this world the downfall of those whose minds are deluded. 8. Yajno vratam tapo daanam japa-steertham tathaiva cha, Guru-tattva-mavijnaaya moodhaaste charate janaah. Those people are fools who engage in sacrificial rites, vows, penance, japa, charity, and also pilgrimages without knowing the Guru principle. 9. Gurur-buddhyaa-tmano naanyat satyam satyam na samshayah, Tallaa-bhaartham prayat-nastu kartavyo hi manee-shibhih. 8 The Guru is not different from the conscious Self. Without doubt, this is the truth, this is the truth. Therefore, wise men should make an effort to seek Him. 10. Goodha-vidyaa jagan-maayaa dehe chaajnaana-sambhavaa, Udayo yat-prakaashena guru-shabdena kathyate. Maya--the creator of the world, the veiled knowledge born of ignorance--resides in the body. He by whose light [true knowledge] arises is known by the word "Guru." 11. Gurumoortim smarennityam gurunaama sadaa japet, Guroraajnaam prakurveeta guror-anyanna bhaavayet. Always remember the Guru's form. Constantly repeat the divine name given by the Guru. (Always) follow the Guru's commands. Think of nothing other than the Guru. 12. Ananyaash-chinta-yanto maam sulabham paramam padam, Tasmaat-sarva-prayat-nena guro-raaraa-dhanam kuru. The supreme state is easily attained by those who think of nothing else but Me. Therefore, strive to the utmost to propitiate the Guru. 13. Gukaara-stvandha-kaarash-cha rukaaras-teja uchyate, Ajnaana-graasakam brahma guru-reva na samshayah. The syllable 'gu' is darkness, and the syllable 'ru' is said to be light. There is no doubt that the Guru is indeed the supreme knowledge that swallows [the darkness of] ignorance. 14. Gukaarah prathamo varno maayaadi-guna-bhaasakah, Rukaaro dviteeyo brahma maayaa-bhraanti-vinaa-shanam. The first syllable gu represents the principles such as maya, and the second syllable ru, the supreme knowl- edge that destroys the illusion of maya. 9 15. Gurur-brahmaa gurur vishnur- guru-devo maheshvarah, Gurureva para-brahma tasmai shree-gurave namah. The Guru is Brahma. The Guru is Vishnu. The Guru is Lord Shiva. The Guru is indeed Parabrahman. Salu- tations to Sri Guru. 16. Hetave jagataa-meva samsaaraar-nava-setave, Prabhave sarva-vidyaanaam shambhave gurave namah. Salutations to the Guru, who is Shiva, who is the only cause of the universe, who is the bridge to cross the ocean of the world, and who is the master of all knowledge. 17. Ajnaana-timiraan-dhasya jnaanaan-jana-shalaakayaa, Chakshu-runmeelitam yena tasmai shree-gurave namah Salutations to Sri Guru who, with the collyrium stick of knowledge, opens the eyes of one who is blinded by the darkness of ignorance. 18. Yat-satyena jagat-satyam yat-prakaashena bhaati tat, Yadaa-nandena nandanti tasmai shree-gurave namah. Salutations to Sri Guru, by whose reality the world is real, by whose light it is illumined, and by whose joy people are joyous. 19. Yasya sthityaa satya-midam yadbhaati bhaanu-roopatah, Priyam putraadi yat-preetyaa tasmai shree-gurave namah. Salutations to Sri Guru, by whose existence the world exists, who shines through the form of the sun, and by whose love sons and others are dear to us. 10 20. Yena chetayate heedam chittam chetayate na yam, Jaagrat-svapna-sushup-tyaadi tasmai shree-gurave namah. Salutations to Sri Guru, who illumines this [world] but whom the mind cannot illumine. [He also illumines] the waking, dreaming and deep sleep states. 21. Yasya jnaanaa-didam vishvam na drushyam bhinna-bhedatah, Sadeka-roopa-roopaaya tasmai shree-gurave namah. Salutations to Sri Guru, whose only form is Truth and by whose knowledge this world will no longer be per- ceived as divided by differences. 22. Yasyaa-matam tasya matam matam yasya na veda sah, Ananya-bhaava-bhaavaaya tasmai shree-gurave namah. One who [thinks he] knows not, he knows; one who [thinks he] knows, he knows not. Salutations to Sri Guru, whose thinking has no other thoughts [but those of the Absolute]. 23. Yasya kaarana-roopasya kaarya-roopena bhaati yat, Kaarya-kaarana-roopaaya tasmai shree-gurave namah. Salutations to Sri Guru, who appears as the effect [the universe] of which he is the cause. He is the cause as well as the effect. 24. Naanaa-roopa-midam sarvam na kenaa-pyasti bhinnataa, Kaarya-kaaranataa chaiva tasmai shree-gurave namah. All this [the universe] appears in various forms, but there is no difference [in Him] from anything. It is merely [an illusion of] cause and effect. Salutations to Sri Guru, [who reveals this truth]. 11 25. Gukaaram cha gunaa-teetam rukaaram roopa-varjitam, Gunaateeta-svaroopan cha yo dadyaat-sa guruh smritah. The syllable 'gu' is that which transcends all attributes, and the syllable 'ru' is that which is without form. The Guru is said to be the one who bestows the state that is beyond attributes [and form]. 26. Atri-netrah sarva-saakshee achatur-baahu-rachyutah, Achatur-vadano brahmaa shree-guruh kathitah priye. Oh Dear One, it is said that Sri Guru is [Shiva], the witness of all, but without three eyes; he is Vishnu with- out four arms; he is Brahma without four faces. 27. Ayam mayaan-jalir-baddho dayaa-saagara-vruddhaye, Yadanu-grahato jantush- chitra-samsaara-mukti-bhaak. I fold my hands [in salutation] so that the ocean of [the Guru's] compassion may increase. By his grace a mortal being is liberated from the diversified world. 28. Shree-guroh paramam roopam viveka-chakshusho-mrutam, Manda-bhaagyaa na pashyanti andhaah sooryo-dayam yathaa. The supreme form of Sri Guru is nectar to one who has the eye of discrimination. Those who are unfortunate cannot perceive this, just as the blind cannot see the sunrise. 29. Abhya-staih sakalaih sudeergha-manilair- vyaadhi-pradair-dushkaraih praanaayaama-shatai-raneka-karanair- duhkhaa-tmakair-durjayaih, Yasmin-nabhyudite vinashyati balee vaayuh svayam tat-kshanaat praaptum tat-sahajam sva-bhaava-manisham sevadhva-mekam gurum. 12 [What is the use of] practicing for so long all those hundreds of windy pranayamas, which are difficult and bring diseases, and the many yogic exercises, which are painful and difficult to master? Constantly serve only one Guru to attain that spontaneous and natural state. When it arises, the powerful prana immediately stills of its own accord. 30. Svade-shika-syaiva shareera-chintanam bhave-danan-tasya shivasya chintanam, Svade-shika-syaiva cha naama-keertanam bhave-danan-tasya shivasya keertanam. To contemplate the form of one's own Guru is to contemplate infinite Shiva. To sing the glory of the Guru's name is to sing the glory of infinite Shiva. 31. Yasmaa-danugraham labdhvaa mahada-jnaana-mutsrujet, Tasmai shree-deshikendraaya namash-chaa-bheeshta-siddhaye. Receiving his grace one gives up great ignorance. Salutations to the highest Guru for the attainment of the object of desire. 32. Akathaadi-trirekhaa-bje sahasra-dala-mandale, Hamsa-paarshva-trikone cha smaret-tan-madhyagam gurum. In the round space of the thousand-petaled lotus, there is a triangular lotus, which is formed by the three lines beginning with a, ka, and tha, and which has ham and sah on two sides. One should remember the Guru, who is seated in its center. 33. Sakala-bhuvana-srushtih kalpitaa-sheshapushtir nikhila-nigama-drushtih sampadaam vyartha-drushtih, Avaguna-pari-maarshtis- tat-padaar-thaika-drushtir bhava-guna-para-meshtir- moksha-maargaika-drushtih. 13 34. Sakala-bhuvana-ranga- sthaapanaa-stambha-yashtih sakaruna-rasa-vrushtis- tattva-maalaa-samashtih, Sakala-samaya-srushtih sat-chidaa-nanda-drushtir nivasatu mayi nityam shree-guror-divya-drushtih. May the divine glance of the Guru ever dwell upon me. It creates all the worlds. It brings all nourishment. It has the viewpoint of all holy scriptures. It regards wealth as useless. It removes faults. It remains focused on the Ultimate. It is the highest ruler of the three gunas, which constitute the world. Its only goal is [to lead others on] the path of liberation. It is the central pillar supporting the stage of all the worlds. It showers the nectar of compassion. It is the aggregate of all tattvas (principles of creation). It creates all time. It is Sac- chidananda. 35. Agni-shuddha-samam taata jvaalaa-pari-chakaa-dhiyaa, Mantra-raaja-mimam manye harnisham paatu mrutyutah. Oh Dear One, [having been thoroughly tested] by the intellect, which shines like a flame, I consider this, the greatest of the mantras (the Guru Gita), to have been purified in the same way [as gold is purified] in fire. 36. Tadejati tannai-jati tad-doore tat-sameepake, Tadanta-rasya sarvasya tadu sarvasya baahyatah. It, (the Guru principle), moves and moves not. It is far as well as near. It is inside everything as well as out- side everything. 37. Ajo-hama-jaro-ham cha anaadini-dhanah svayam, Avikaarash-chidaa-nanda aneeyaan-mahato mahaan. [Thus the Guru knows]: "I am unborn. I am free from old age. My being is without beginning or end. I am unchangeable. I am consciousness and bliss, smaller [than the smallest], greater than the greatest. 14 38. Apoorvaanaam param nityam svayam-jyotir-niraa-mayam, Virajam paramaa-kaasham dhruva-maananda-mavyayam. "I am beyond all primeval things. I am everlasting, self-luminous, taintless, and completely pure. I am the supreme ether. I am immovable, blissful, and imperishable." 39. Mananam yad-bhavam kaaryam tad-vaadami mahaamate, Saadhu-tvam cha mayaa drushtvaa tvayi tishthati saampratam. Oh One of great intelligence, seeing your piety, I will now tell you how to contemplate Him. 40. Akhanda-mandalaa-kaaram vyaaptam yena charaa-charam, Tat-padam darshitam yena tasmai shree-gurave namah. Salutations to Sri Guru, who has revealed that state which pervades the entire sphere of this universe, which is comprised of animate and inanimate objects. 41. Yasya smarana-maatrena jnaana-mutpadyate svayam, Ya eva sarva-sampraaptis- tasmai shree-gurave namah. Salutations to Sri Guru, by merely remembering whom, knowledge arises spontaneously. He is all attain- ments. 42. Chaitanyam shaashvatam shaantam vyomaa-teetam niranjanam, Naada-bindu-kalaateetam tasmai shree-gurave namah. Salutations to Sri Guru, he is Consciousness, which is eternal, peaceful, stainless, and transcends the sky. He is beyond nada (primordial sound), bindu (ultimate point), and kala (manifestation of the world). 15 43. Staavaram jangamam chaiva tathaa chaiva charaa-charam, Vyaptam yena jagat-sarvam tasmai shree-gurave namah. Salutations to Sri Guru, who pervades this entire world, consisting of the movable and immovable, and also the animate and inanimate. 44. Jnaana-shakti-samaa-roodhas- tattva-maalaa-vibhoo-shitah, Bhukti-mukti-pradaataayas tasmai shree-gurave namah. Salutations to Sri Guru; he is firmly established in the power of knowledge and is adorned with the garland of tattvas. He grants worldly fulfillment as well as salvation. 45. Aneka-janma-sampraapta sarva-karma-vidaahine, Svaatma-jnaana-prabhaa-vena tasmai shree-gurave namah. Salutations to Sri Guru, who by [imparting] the power of Self-knowledge, bums up all the karmas acquired through countless lifetime. 46. Na guro-radhikam tattvam na guro-radhikam tapah, Tattvam jnaanaat-param naasti tasmai shree-gurave namah. Salutations to Sri Guru. There is no truth higher than the Guru, no austerity greater than [service to] the Guru, no truth greater than the knowledge [of Him]. 47. Mannaathah shree-jagan-naahto mad-guru-strijagad-guruh, Mamaatmaa sarva-bhootaatmaa tasmai shree-gurave namah. Salutations to Sri Guru. My Lord is the Lord of the universe. My Guru is the Guru of the three worlds. My Self is the Self of all beings. 16 48. Dhyaana-moolam guror-moortih pooiaa-moolam guroh padam, Mantra-moolam guror-vaakyam, moksha-moolam guroh kripaa. The root of meditation is the Guru's form. The root of worship is the Guru's feet. The root of mantra is the Guru's word. The root of liberation is the Guru's grace. 49. Dhyaanam shrinu mahaadevi sarvaananda-pradaa-yakam, Sarva-saukhya-karam nityam bhukti-mukti-vidhaa-yakam. Oh Great Goddess, listen to the [method of] meditation [on the Guru], which grants all joys, always brings all happiness, and gives worldly fulfillment as well as liberation. 50. Shreemat-para-brahma gurum smaraami Shreemat-para-brahma gurum vadaami, Shreemat-para-brahma gurum namaami Shreemat-para-brahma gurum bhajaami. I remember Sri Guru who is Parabrahman. I speak of Sri Guru who is Parabrahman. I bow to Sri Guru who is Parabrahman. I worship Sri Guru who is Parabrahman. 51. Brahmaa-nandam parama-sukhadam kevalam jnaana-moortim dvandvaa-teetam gagana-sadrusham tattva-masyaadi lakshyam; Ekam nityam vimala-machalam sarvadhee-saakshi-bhootam bhaavaa-teetam tri-guna-rahitam sad-gurum tam namaami. I bow to the Sadguru, who is the bliss of Brahman and the bestower of the highest joy. He is absolute. He is knowledge personified. He is beyond duality, [all-pervasive] like the sky, and the object of (the great Upan- ishadic statement) "Thou art That." He is one. He is eternal. He is pure. He is steady. He is the witness of all thoughts. He is beyond all modifications [of mind and body] and free from the three gunas. 17 52. Nityam shuddham niraa-bhaasam niraa-kaaram niranjanam, Nitya-bodham chidaa-nandam gurum brahma namaa-myaham. I bow to the Guru who is Brahman, eternal and pure. He is beyond perception, formless, and without taint. He is eternal knowledge, consciousness, and bliss. 53. Aananda-maananda-karam prasannam jnaana-svaroopam nijabodha-yuktam, Yogeendra-meedyam bhavaroga-vaidyam shreemad-gurum nitya-maham namaami. I always bow to Sri Guru, who is bliss, who exudes delight, and who is cheerful. His very nature is knowl- edge and he is aware of his own Self. He is highest among yogis, and adorable. He is the physician for the disease of worldly existence. 54. Yasmin-srushti-sthiti-dhvamsa- nigrahaa-nugrahaa-tmakam, krutyam pancha-vidham shashvad- bhaasate tam namaa-myaham. I bow to Him, (the Guru), in whom the five types of functions ---- creation, sustenance, dissolution, control, and the bestowal of grace---are constantly revealed. 55. Guru-darshita-maargena manah-shuddhim tu kaarayet, Anityam khandayet-sarvam yatkin-chidaatma-gocharam. One should purify one's mind by following the path shown by the Guru. Whatever transient things are ascribed to the Self should be discarded. 56. Jneyam sarva-svaroopam cha jnaanan cha mana uchyate, Jnaanam jneya-samam kuryaan- naanyah panthaa dvitee-yakah. The essential nature of everything is worthy of being known. it is said that the mind is knowledge (because knowledge is obtained through the mind). One should consider knowledge to be identical with the object of knowledge. There is no way other than that (to liberation]. 18 57. Hun-kaarena na vaktavyam praajnaih shishyaih kathan-chana, Guro-ragre na vaktavyam- asatyam cha kadaa-chana. Wise disciples should never speak egotistically and should never tell a lie before the Guru. 58. Munibhih pannagair-vaa-pi surairvaa shaapito yadi, Kaala-mrutyu-bhayaa-dvaapi Guru rakshati paarvati. Oh Parvati, the Guru protects one if he is cursed by sages, snake demons, or even Gods, and also [frees one] from the fear of time and death. 59. Mantra-raaja-midam devi guru-ritya-kshara-dvayam, Smruti-vedaartha-vaakyena guruh saak-shaat-param padam. Oh Goddess, this word "Guru", composed of two letters (gu and ru), is the greatest of mantras. According to the words of the Vedas and Smritis, the Guru is the highest reality itself. 60. Nityam brahma niraa-kaaram nirgunam bodhayet param, Sarvam brahma niraa-bhaasam deepo deepaan-taram yathaa. Just as one lamp lights another lamp, [the Guru] imparts the knowledge that everything is Brahman ---- the Brahman that is imperceptible, eternal, highest, without form, and without attributes. 61. Guroh krupaa-prasaadena aatmaa-raamam niree-kshayet, Anena guru-maargena svaatma-jnaanam pravartate. 62 Aabrahma-stamba-paryantam paramaatma-svaroopakam, Sthaavaram jangamam chaiva Pranamaami-jagan-mayam. 19 I bow to [the Guru, who is] the highest being and who is of the form of this world, from Brahma to a blade of grass, [everything] movable and immovable. 63. Vande-ham sach-chidda-nandam bhedaa-teetam sadaa gurum, Nityam poornam niraa-kaaram nirgunam svaatma-sansthitam. I always bow to the Guru who is Sacchidananda; who transcends all differences; who is eternal, perfect, without form, and without attributes; and who is established in his own Self. 64. Paarat-para-taram dhyeyam nitya-maananda-kaarakam, Hrudayaa-kaasha-madhya-stham shuddha-sphatika-sannibham. The Guru, who is higher than the highest, who always bestows bliss, and who is seated in the center of the space of the heart, [shining] like a pure crystal, should be meditated upon. 65. Sphatika-pratimaa-roopam drushyate darpane yathaa, Tathaa-tmani chidaa-kaaram aanandam so-ha-mityuta. Just as the image of a crystal is seen in a mirror, so the bliss, which is Consciousness, [is reflected] in the Self and [the realization comes]. "Indeed, I am That." 66. Angushtha-maatra-purusham dhyaaya-tash-chinmayam hrudi, Tatra sphurati bhaavo yah shrunu tam kathayaa-myaham. Listen, I shall speak to you of the feeling that arises when one meditates on the thumb-sized Person in the heart, who is Consciousness. 67. Agocharam tathaa-gamyam naama-roopa-vivarjitam, Nih-shabdam tad-vijaa-neeyaat svabhaavam brahma paarvati. 0 Parvati, know that the nature of Brahman is beyond perception, beyond understanding, without name and form, and without sound [and other attributes perceptible by the senses]. 20 68. Yathaa gandhah sva-bhaavena karpoora-kusu-maadishu, Sheeto-shnaadi sva-bhaavena tathaa brahma cha shaashvatam. As fragrance is natural in flowers, camphor, and other things, and as cold and heat are natural [in water and fire], so is Brahman eternal. 69. Svayam tathaa-vidho bhootvaa sthaatavyam yatra-kutra-chit, Keeta-bhramara-vat-tatra dhyaanam bhavati taadrusham. After becoming [aware that one is] like That, (Brahman), one may live anywhere. [Then] wherever one is, one's meditation [on the Guru] becomes like that of the worm on the wasp. 70. Guru-dhyaanam tathaa krutvaa svayam brahma-mayo bhavet, Pinde pade tathaa roope mukto-sau naatra samshayah. By meditating on the Guru, one himself becomes Brahman. There is no doubt that one is liberated in pinda, pada, and nipa. Shree paarvati uvaacha: 71. Pindam kim tu mahaa-deva padam kim samudaa-hrutam, Roopaa-teetam cha roopam kim eta-daa-khyaahi shankara. Sri Parvati said: Oh Great God, what is pinda? What is known as pada? What are rupa and tupatita? Oh Shankara, explain this to me. Shree mahaadeva uvaacha: 72. Pindam kundalinee-shaktih padam hamsa-mudaa-hrutam, Roopam bindu-riti-jneyam roopaa-teetam niranjanam. 21 Sri Mahadeva said: Pinda is Kundalini Shakti. Hamsa (spontaneous repetition of ham-sa) is pada. Know rupa to be the bindu (blue point), and rupatita is the pure One [beyond the three]. 73. Pinde muktaa pade muktaa roope mukta varaanane, Roopaa-teete tu ye muktaas te muktaa naatra samshayah. Oh Beautiful One, they are liberated in pinda [whose Kundalini is awake]. They are liberated in pada [who hear spontaneous repetition of Ham-sa]. They are liberated in rupa [who have envisioned the blue pearl]. But they are undoubtedly liberated who are liberated in rupatita [who experience the transcendental state beyond form]. 74. Svayam sarva-mayo bhootvaa param tattvam vilokayet, Paraat-para-taram naanyat sarvam-etan-niralayam. Becoming one with everything, a person should perceive the highest truth. There is nothing higher than the highest. All this is without [any particular] abode [because it is all-pervasive]. 75. Labdham vaa-tha na labdham vaa svalpam vaa bahulam tathaa, Nishkaa-menaiva bhoktavyam sadaa santushta-chetasaa. Whether you attain it or you do not attain it, whether it is great or small, it should always be enjoyed without desire and with a contented mind. 76. Sarvajna-pada-mityahur- dehee sarva-mayo budhaah, Sadaa-nandah sadda shanto ramate yatra-kutra-chit. The wise say the all-knowing state is that in which the embodied soul becomes one with everything. (Then], ever-blissful and ever-tranquil, he rejoices wherever he may be. 77. Yatraiva tish-thate so-pi sa deshah punya-bhaajanam, Muktasya lakshanam devi tavaagre kathitam mayaa. 22 Wherever He lives, that place becomes an abode of merit. Oh Goddess, I have described to you the charac- teristics of a liberated one. 78. Anena-yad-bhavet-kaaryam tad-vadaami mahaamate, Loko-pakaarakam devi laukikam tu na bhaavayet. Oh One of great intelligence, I shall now tell you the things that are accomplished by this (recitation of the Guru Gita). Oh Goddess, [the powers accruing from this] should not be used for selfish gains, but for the welfare of people. 79. Laukikaat-karmano yaanti jnaana-heenaa bhavaar-navam, Jnaanee tu bhaavayet-sarvam karma nish-karma yat-krutam. The ignorant ones who work for selfish ends sink into the ocean of worldly existence, whereas a knower of Truth considers all the actions he does to be non-action. 80. Idam tu bhakti-bhaavena pathate shrunute yadi, Likhitvaa tat-pradaa-tavyam tat-sarvam saphalam bhavet. If one reads and hears this [Guru Gita] with devotion, he should make a copy to give to others-this will all bear fruit. 81. Guru-Gita-tmakam devi shuddha-tattvam mayoditam, Bhava-vyaadhi-vinaa-shaartham svayameva japet-sadaa. Oh Goddess, I have told you the pure truth in the form of the Guru Gita. One should always repeat it oneself to overcome the disease of worldly existence. 82. Guru-gita-ksharaikam tu mantra-raaja-mimam japet, Anye cha vividhaa mantraah, kalaam naarhanti shodasheem. 23 Even one letter of the Guru Gita is a supreme mantra. One should repeat it. All other mantras of diverse kinds are not worth even one-sixteenth part of it. 83. Ananta-phala-maapnoti guru-gita-japena tu, Sarva-paapa-prasha-manam sarva-daaridrya-naashanam. Surely, by repeating the Guru Gita one obtains endless rewards. It destroys alI sins, and ends all privations. 84. Kaala-mrutyu-bhaya-haram sarva-sankata-naashanam, Yaksha-raakshasa-bhootaanaam chora-vyaaghra-bhayaa-paham. It delivers one from the fear of time and death. It puts an end to all misfortunes. It removes the fear of spirits, demons, ghosts, thieves, and tigers. 85. Mahaa-vyaadhi-haram sarvam vibhooti-siddhidam bhavet, Athavaa mohanam vashyam svayameva japet-sadaa. It eradicates all major diseases. It confers prosperity and superhuman powers or the ability to captivate and control others. One should always repeat it to oneself. 86. Mohanam sarva-bhootaanaam bandha-moksha-karam bhavet, Deva-raaja-priyakaram sarva-loka-vasham bhavet It, (the repetition of the Guru Gita), attracts all beings and brings release from bondage. It gains the affec- tion of Indra (the lord of heaven) and brings control over all the worlds. 87. Asiddham saadhayet-kaaryam navagraha-bhayaa-paham, Duh-svapna-naashanam chaiva susvapna-phala-daayakam. It accomplishes unfinished tasks, delivers one from the fear of [harm from the] nine planets, puts an end to bad dreams, and makes good dreams come true. 24 88. Sarva-baadhaa-prasha-manam dharmaartha-kaama-moksha-dam, Yam yam chin-tayate kaamam tam tam praapnoti nish-chitam. It removes all hurdles and grants [the four goals of life]: righteousness, wealth, pleasure, and liberation. One definitely obtains whatever desire he may entertain. 89. Kaamitasya kaama-dhenuh kalpanaa-kalpa-paadapah, Chintaa-manish-chinti-tasya sarva-mangala-kaarakam. [The Guru Gita] is the wish-fulfilling cow for one who has desires. It is the wish-fulfilling tree that makes fantasies come true. It is the wish-fulfilling gem for one's thoughts. It brings good luck in every way. 90. Moksha-hetur-japen-nityam moksha-shriya-mavaap-nuyaat, Bhoga-kaamo japedyo vai tasya kaama-phala-pradam. One whose goal is liberation should repeat it regularly. He attains the splendor of liberation. One who repeats it with the desire for enjoyment will, indeed, get the fruit of his wish. 91. Atha kaamya-jape sthaanam katha-yaami varaanane, Saagare vaa saritteere thavaa hariharaalaye. Oh Beautiful One, now I shall describe the places to repeat it for the fulfillment of desires: on the seashore, on a river bank, or in a temple of Vishnu or Shiva; 92. Shakti-devaalaye goshthe sarva-devaalaye shubhe, Vate cha dhaatree-moole vaa mathe vrindaavane tathaa. In a shrine of Shakti, in a cowshed, in all holy temples of Gods, in an ashram, under a banyan tree or a dhatri tree, or in a thicket of tulsi plants. 25 93. Pavitre nirmale sthaane nityaa-nushthaa-natopi-vaa, Nirve-danena maunena japa-metam samaa-charet One should repeat it in silence and with detachment in a clean and pure place, whether one recites it daily or for a certain number of times. 94. Samsaara-mala-naa shaartham bhava-paasha-nivrut-taye, Guru-gitam-bhasi snaanam tattva-jnah kurute sadaa. One who knows the Truth always bathes in the waters of the Guru Gita to wash away his worldly impurities and to become free from the snares of worldly existence. 95. Sa eva cha guruh saakshaat sadaa sad-brahma-vittamah, Tasya sthaanaani sarvaani pavitraani na samshayah. He, (the devoted disciple), himself becomes the Guru. [Then] he is always the foremost among the knowers of Brahman. There is no doubt that for him all places are holy. 96. Sarva shuddhah pavitro-sau sva-bhaavaad-yatra tishthati, Tatra deva-ganaah sarve kshe-tre peethe vasanti hi. He is holy and pure in all respects. Whatever region or dwelling he happens to live in becomes inhabited by the multitude of Gods. 97. Samudre cha yathaa toyam ksheere ksheeram ghrute ghrutam, Bhinne kumbhe yathaa-kaashas- tathaa-tmaa para-maatmani. Just as water [merges] in the ocean, milk in milk, ghee in ghee, the space [inside the pot in the space out- side] when a pot is broken, so the individual soul [merges] in the universal soul. 26 98. Tathaiva jnaanee jeevaatmaa para-maatmani leeyate, Aikyena ramate jnaanee yatra tatra divaa-nisham. In the very same way, the realized soul is merged in the highest Self. Day and night, wherever he may be, the realized being delights in his identity [with the supreme Being]. 99. Evam vidho mahaa-muktah sarvada vartate budhah, Tasya sarva-prayatnena bhava bhaktim karoti yah. 100. Sarva-sandeha rahito mukto bhavati paarvati, Bhukti-mukti-dvayam tasya jihvaagre cha sarasvatee. A wise person, fully liberated, always lives in this manner. 0 Parvati, one who serves Him wholeheartedly and with deep devotion is relieved of all doubts and is liberated. Both worldly enjoyments and liberation come to him. Saraswati (the goddess of speech and learning) [dwells] on the tip of his tongue. 101. Anena praaninah sarve guru-gita-japena tu, Sarva-siddhim praapnu-vanti bhuktim muktim na samshayah. There is no doubt that by repetition of the Guru Gita all beings do, indeed, obtain all powers, pleasures, and liberation. 102. Satyam satyam punah satyam dharmyam saankhyam mayoditam, Guru-gita-samam naasti satyam satyam varaanane. It is the truth. It is the truth. It is always the truth that the knowledge revealed by me is worthy of being fol- lowed. There is nothing like the Guru Gita. Oh Beautiful One, this is the truth. This is the truth. 103. Maataa dhanyaa pitaa dhanyo dhanyo vamshah kulam tathaa, Dhanyaa cha vasudhaa devi guru-bhaktih sudur-labhaa. 27 Blessed is the mother [of a devoted disciple], blessed is the father, blessed is the family and ancestry. Blessed is the earth [on which he walks]. Oh Goddess, [such] devotion to the Guru is very rare. 104. Japena jaya-maapnoti chaananta-phala-maapnuyaat, Heena-karma tyajan-sarvam sthaanaani chaadha-maani cha. By abandoning all mean actions and degraded places and reciting [the Guru Gita], one obtains success and endless rewards. 105. Japam heenaa-sanam kurvan heena-karma-phala-pradam, Guru-gitaam prayaane vaa sangraame ripu-sankate. 106. Japan-jaya-mavaapnoti marane mukti-daayakam, Sarva-karma cha sarvatra guru-putrasya sidyati. Repetition [of the Guru Gita] on an improper asana bears [the same] fruit as mean actions. While on a jour- ney, on a battlefield, or in the face of a dangerous enemy, one obtains success by repeating the Guru Gita. At the time of death it brings liberation. All the actions of the Guru's son, (a devoted disciple), are accom- plished everywhere. 107. Ateeva-pakva-chittaaya shraddhaa-bhakti-yutaaya cha, Pravaktavya-midam devi mamaa-tmaa-si sadaa priye. Oh Goddess, explain it only to one whose mind is fully matured and who is endowed with faith and devotion. Oh Beloved, you are my very Self forever. 28 108. Samsaara-saagara-samu-ddhara-naika-mantram brahmaa-dideva-muni-poojita-siddha-mantram, Daari-drya-duhkhaa-bhava-roga-vinaasha-mantram vande mahaabhaya-haram guru-raaja-mantram. I bow to the Gunuraj mantra, (the Guru Gita), which removes the great fear [of transmigration]. It is the only mantra that rescues one from the ocean of the world. It is the perfected mantra worshipped by sages and Gods, such as Brahma and others. It is the mantra that puts an end to privations, miseries, and the dis- ease of mundane existence. Iti shree-skanda-puraane Uttara-khande eeshvara-paarvatee-samvaade Guru-gita samaaptaa Shree gurudeva chara-naar-pana-mastu. Thus ends the Guru Gita, which occurs in the dialogue between Shiva and Parvati in the latter portion of Sri Skanda Purana. This is offered at the feet of Sri Gurudev 29 SADGURU KI ARATI Wave Lights to the True Guru Arati Karu Sadguru Kee Karu Sadguru Kee Pyaare Guruvara Kee Arati Karu Guruvaara Kee (2x) Let me perform arati for the true Guru. Let me perform for the true Guru, for the beloved best of Gurus. Let me perform arati for the best of Gurus. 1. Jaya gurudeva amala avinaashee Jnaanroopa antara ke vaasee (2x) Paga-paga para dete prakaasha Jaise kirane dinakara kee Arati karu guruvara kee Hail, divine Guru, pure indestructible, dwelling within us in the form of knowledge, illuminating every step like the rays of the sun. Let me perform arati for the best of Gurus. 2. Jaba se sharana tumhaaree aaye Amrta se meethe phala paaye (2x) Sharana tumhaaree kyaa hai chaayaa Kalpavriksha taruvara kee Arati karu guruvara kee When we first came to your refuge, we obtained the sweet fruit of eternal life. Your shelter is like the shade of he wish-fulfilling tree in heaven that grants all one's desires. Let me perform arati for the best of Gurus. 3. Brahmajnaana ke poorna prakaashaka Yogajnaana ke atala pravartaka (2x) Jaya guru-charana-saroja mitaa dee Vyathaa hamaare ura kee Aarti karu guruvara kee He fully reveals the knowledge of the Godhead; he is an expert exponent of the knowledge of yoga. Hail the dust of the guru's lotus feet, which has removed the pain from our hearts. Let me perform arati for the best of Gurus. 30 4. Andhakaara se hame nikaalaa Dikhalaayaa hai amara ujaala (2x) Kaba se jaane chaane rahe the Khaaka suno dara-dara kee Aarti karu guruvara kee He has led us out of darkness; he has shown us the immortal flame. Listen, for so long we were (fools) going around from door to door just picking up dust. Let me perform arati for the best of Gurus. 5. Sanshaya mitaa viveka karaayaa Bhavasaagara se paara laghaayaa (2x) Amara Pradeepa Jalaakara kara dee Nishaa doora isa tana kee Aarti karu guruvara kee He has made us develop discrimination, he has removed our doubts and brought us across the sea of birth and death. Having lit the lamp of eternal life, he has removed the night from our bodies. Let me perform arati for the best of Gurus. 6. Bhedo beeca abheda bataayaa Aavaagamana vimukta karaayaa (2x) Dhanya hue hama paakara dhaaraa Brahmajnaana nirjhara kee Arati karu guruvara kee He has revealed the undifferentiated in the midst of differences. He as delivered us from transmigration. We are fortunate to have obtained the clear stream of knowledge of Godhead. Let me perform arati for the best of Gurus. 7. Karo kripaa sadguru jaga-taarana Satpatha-darshaka bhraanti-nivaarana (2x) Jaya ho nitya jyoti dikhalaane Vaale leelaa-dhara kee Arati karu guruvara kee Give us your Grace true Guru, to help us cross over the world. Show us the True Path, dispel wrong ideas. Hail to the One who has revealed the Eternal Light and whose existence is a Divine Play. Let me perform arati for the best of Gurus 31 8. Nityaananda (Muktaananda) he sadguru daataa Shaktipaata ke divya pradaataa (2x) Kara ke vaasa ganeshapuree Bhava-baadhaa hara lee jana kee Arati karu guruvara kee Oh Nityaananda/Muktaananda, you are the true Guru, the giver, the divine bestower of shaktipaat. Having take up your abode at Ganeshpuri, you have delivered people from the obstacle of (the cycle of) birth and death. Let me perform arati for the best of Gurus. Om caitanyam shaashvatam shaantam Vyomaateetam niranjanam Naada-bindu-kalaatam Tasmai shreegurave namah Om. The Guru is consciousness, eternal, peaceful, beyond space, stainless. He is beyond naada-bindu- kalaa. I bow to that Guru. Sadgurunaath Mahaaraj Ki Jai Hail the true Guru 32 UNIVERSAL PRAYER 1. Durjanah sajiano bhooyaat saiianah shaanti-maapnuyaat, Shaanto muchyeta ban-dhebhyo muktash-chaanyaan vimochayet. May the wicked become good; may the good obtain peace; may the peaceful be freed from bonds; may the freed set others free. 2. Svasti praiaa-bhyah pari-paala-yantaam nyaay-yena margena maheem mahee-shaah, Go-brahma-nebhyah shubham-astu nityam lokaah samastaah sukhino bhavantu. Blessings on the subjects of those who are ruling, and may these great Lords rule the earth in a just man- ner; may good always be the lot of cows and Brahmins; may all people be happy. 3. Kaale varshatu parjanyah pruthivee shasya-shaalinee, Desho-yam kshobha-rahito brahmanaah santu nir-bhayaah. May it rain at the right time; may the earth have store-houses full of grain; may this country be free from dis- turbances; may Brahmins be free from persecution. 4. Sarve bhavantu sukhina sarve santu niraa-mayaah, Sarve bhadraani pash-yantu maa kash-chid-duhkha-bhaag-bhavet. May all be happy; may all be healthy; may all see only auspicious sights; may no one have a share in sor- row. 5. Sarva-staratu durgaani sarvo bhadraani pash-yatu, Sarvah kaamaa-navaap-notu sarvah sarvatra nandatu. May everyone surmount his difficulties; may everyone see only auspicious sights; may everyone have his desires fulfilled; may everyone everywhere be glad. 33 6. Svasti maatra uta pitre no astu svasti gobhyo jagate puru-shebhyah, Vishvam subhootam suvi-datram no astu jyogeva drushyema sooryam. May blessings fall on our mother and father; blessings on the cows, the fields, the workers; may everything of ours flourish and be an aid to knowledge; and long may we see the sun. Om Shanti! Shanti! Shanti! Om. Peace! Peace! Peace! 34 JYOTA SE JYOTA Prayer Jyota se iyota jagaavo Sadguru iyota se iyota jagaavo (Refrain ) Meraa antara timira mitaavo Sadguru iyota se iyota jagaavo. Light my lamp from your lamp, Oh Sadguru, light my lamp from your lamp. Remove the darkness covering my heart. 1. He yogeshvara he inaaneshvara (2x) He sarveshvara he parameshvara (2x) Nija krupaa barasaavo Sadguru iyota se iyota jagaavo. (Refrain ) Oh Lord of yoga, Oh Lord of knowledge, Oh Lord of all, Oh Supreme Master. Shower your grace upon us. 2. Hama baalaka tere dvaarape aaye (2x) Mangala darasa dikhaavo Sadguru iyota se iyota jagaavo. We, your children, have come to your door. Show us your auspicious form. 3. Sheesha ihukaaya karen teree aaratee (2x) Prema-sudhaa barasaavo Sadguni iyota se jyota jagaavo. (Refrain) We worship You, bowing our heads low. Shower the nectar of your love upon us. 4. Antara men yuga yuga se soee (2x) Chiti-shakti ko jagaavo Sadguru iyota se iyota jagaavo. (Refrain) It has been sleeping within us for ages. Awaken that Chiti Shakti. 35 5. Saachee iyota jage hrudaya men (2x) So-ham naada jagaavo Sadguru iyota se iyota jagaavo. (Refrain) The true flame is alive in our hearts. Awaken us to the So-ham music. 6. Jeevana Muktaananda/Vaasudeva avinaashee (2x) Charanana sharana lagaavo Sadguru iyota se iyota jagaavo. (Refrain) Oh Imperishable Muktananda/Vasudeva! Let our lives be dedicated to the shelter of your feet. 7. Tvameva maalaa cha pitaa tvameva Tvameva bandhush-cha sakhaa tvameva Tvameva vidyaa dravinam tvameva Tvameva sarvam mama deva deva. You are the mother, You are the father, You are the brother, You are the friend. You are knowledge, You are wealth. You are my all in all, Oh God of Gods. 8. Doora karo duhkha darda saba Dayaa karo bhagavaan Mana mandira men ujjvala ho Teraa nirmala inaan. Remove all my cares and sorrows. Be merciful, Oh Lord! May the temple of my mind be illumined by your pure knowledge! 9. Jisa ghara man ho aaratee Charana-kamala chita laaga Tahaan hari vaasaa kare Jyota anata jagaaya. In every home where lights are waved to you and where your lotus feet are adored, there dwells Lord Had in His infinite glory. 10. Jahaan bhakla keertana kare Bahe prema dariyaaya Tahaan hari shravana kare Satya loka se aaya. 36 Wherever devotees sing your names and praises, and streams of love flow, there Lord Hari descends from His own true realm to listen. 10. Saba kuchha diyaa aapa-ne Bhenta karoon kyaa naatha Namaskaara kee bhenta karoon (2x) Jodoon main donon haatha. You have given me everything. What shall I offer to you, Oh Master? I offer salutations, with folded hands. Om poorna-madah poorna-midam Poornaat poorna-mudachyate Poornasya poorna-maadaaya Poorna-mevaa-va-shishyate. Om. That is perfect. This is perfect. From the perfect springs the perfect. If the perfect is taken from the per- fect, only the perfect remains. Om Shanti! Shanti! Shanti! Om. Peace! Peace! Peace! Sadgurunath Maharaj ki Jay Hail the true Guru, the venerable Lord.