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Guru Ashtakam with Meaning

Posted by kathavarta on February 21, 2009

SHAREERAM SUROOPAM THATHA VAA KALATRAM,
YASASCHARU CHITRAM DHANAM MERU TULYAM,
MANASCHE NA LAGNAM GURO RANGHRI PADME,
TATAH KIM, TATAH KIM, TATAH KIM, TATAH KIM……….1

Body is handsome, wife is attractive, fame spread far and wide, wealth enormous and stable like Mount Meru; but of what consequence are all these, if the mind is not riveted in devotion to the lotus feet of Guru? Really of what use is all this, what use, what use?

KALATRAM DHANAM PUTRA POUTRAADI SARVAM,
GRUHAM BHAANDAVAA SARVA METTADHI JAATAM,
MANASCHE NA LAGNAM GURO RANGHRI PADME,
TATAH KIM, TATAH KIM, TATAH KIM, TATAH KIM……….2

Wife, wealth, son, grandson, and the like, house, relations, even if all these are there fate is certain, of what consequence is one’s life if his mind is not devoted to the feet of Guru? Ascertain, what use is any possession, person or object? Of what use, of what use, of what use indeed?

SHADANGAADHI VEDO MUKHE SHASTRA VIDHYAA,
KAVITVA AADHI GADHYAM, SUPADHYAM KAROTI,
MANASCHE NA LAGNAM GURO RANGHRI PADME,
TATAH KIM, TATAH KIM, TATAH KIM, TATAH KIM……….3

All the Vedas are mastered and ever present on the lips; likewise, knowledge of all the sciences is well gained. The ability to write prose or verse is also present. Even then, of what ultimate benefit is all this, if one’s mind does not devoutly rest on the feet of Guru? By whose grace along can one’s soul be liberated? Of what use, of what use, of what use indeed?

VIDHESESHU MAANYAHA, SWADHESESHU DHANYAHA,
SADHAACHAARA VRUTTESHU MATTO NA CHA ANYAHA,
MANASCHE NA LAGNAM GURO RANGHRI PADME,
TATAH KIM, TATAH KIM, TATAH KIM, TATAH KIM……….4

I am honoured well even in far off places, held in high esteem in my own locality; in good conduct and noble deeds there is no one to excel me. If one has occasion to think like this, of what avail is it if the mind is not steeped in devotion and humility towards the feet of the Guru from whom alone can flow wisdom and immortality?

KSHAMAA MANDALE BHUPA BHUPAALA BRINDIHI,
SADA SEVITAM YASYA PAADAARAVINDAM,
MANASCHE NA LAGNAM GURO RANGHRI PADME,
TATAH KIM, TATAH KIM, TATAH KIM, TATAH KIM……….5

Your feet may be worshipped constantly even by the great kings and emperors of the world for reason of your greatness and scholarship; but of what real consequence is that if the mind is not graced by the blessing of unflinching devotion to the Guru, by whose loving ‘touch’ alone can redemption and peace be realized?

YASHO ME GATTAM DHIKSHU DHAANA PRATAAPAATH
JAGADVASTU SARVAM KARE YATPRASAADAATH
MANASCHE NA LAGNAM GURO RANGHRI PADME,
TATAH KIM, TATAH KIM, TATAH KIM, TATAH KIM……….6

Of what avail if one has enough merits to think my fame has already spread in several places due to my unique generosity and a result, all things of the world stand within my easy reach? For, the virtue and quality that count ultimately is only one’s unflinching loyalty and devotion towards the Guru whose blessings are the ultimate factor for realization of Truth by a devoted seeker.

NA BHOGE, NA YOGHE, NA VAA VAAJIRAAJAA,
NA KAANTAA MUKHE NAIVA VITTESHU CHITTAM,
MANASCHE NA LAGNAM GURO RANGHRI PADME,
TATAH KIM, TATAH KIM, TATAH KIM, TATAH KIM……….7

The mind may have turned away from external delights through dispassion and from attainments like Yogic concentration, possessions like horses and the like, the enchanting face of the beloved, in short, the entire wealth of the earth; yet it will be of no real merit if the mind is not absorbed in piety and devotion to the feet of Guru. Bereft of this devotion, of what benefit is anything, of what benefit, of what benefit?

ANARGYAANI RATNAANI BHUKTAANI SAMYAK
SAMA LINGITA KAMINI YAAMINEESHU
MANASCHE NA LAGNAM GURO RANGHRI PADME,
TATAH KIM, TATAH KIM, TATAH KIM, TATAH KIM……….8

Even if I find in my possession precious stones or pearls and well decorated and dressed lovable bride, yet if my mind is not absorbed in devotion to the lotus feet of the Guru, of what use is any other possession?

(Another version of Shloka no.8 :-
ARANYE NA VAA SVASYA GEHE NA KAARYE
NA DEHE MANO VARTATE ME TVANARGYE
MANASCHE NA LAGNAM GURO RANGHRI PADME,
TATAH KIM, TATAH KIM, TATAH KIM, TATAH KIM……….8

The mind may have lost its charm to live in forests, and likewise in the house; may have lost all desire to achieve whatever; even the concern for the body’s welfare may have been outlived; the most invaluable treasure of the world may not hold any allurement. Even then, of what avail are all these if the supreme devotion to the Guru is not held by the aspirant? Determine, of what use? of what use?

Phalasruti:
GURORASHTAKAM YAH PATETU PUNYADEHEE
YATIR BHUPATIR BHRAHMACHAARI CHA GEHI
LABHED VAANCITAARTHAM PADAM BRAHMA SANJNAM
MANASCHE NA LAGNAM GURO RANGHRI PADME,

Result of reading:
Whoever reads, studies and recites this Ashtaka on Guru and remains devoted and attentive to the sayings of the Guru, he, no matter if he is a holy person, ascetic, king, neophyte, or householder, attains his coveted object, namely the supreme abode of Brahman, the unassailable seat of immortality.
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7 Responses to “Guru Ashtakam with Meaning”

  1. Aruna said

    Thanks a lot for posting the meanings of the Guru Ashtakam. In deep gratitude to you and to my Guru – Paramahamsa Nithyananda (www.dhyanapeetam.org)
    Regards,
    Aruna

  2. Amazing and thks a ton… for the meaning…

    So much Information…

    Gratitude to my Guru Paramahamsa Nityananda, and to you.

    Thanks

    K.R.Krishna

  3. Ravi Kiran said

    Well there are Gurus all around, everyone teaches something which would help you to grow as the person.

    So i believe everyone is a guru taking from my Child to my grandparents / Parents to Relative. Friends in Office to Friends at College.

    I dont believe in 1 Guru..

    Ravi

  4. Raghu pillai said

    Thanks a lot for this meaning of guru ashtakam

  5. Bharathi Rajan said

    Thank you very much.
    & Thanks to my beloved guru ” Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev”

    Pranam,
    Bharathirajan

  6. Excellent!! My favourite Stotra!! Thanks for the posting.

  7. dr.kv krishna said

    Presentation on the 10 Adi Gurus (Primordial Masters) of the Void area of the subtle system. The 10 Adi Gurus who incarnated were…

    Shri Raja Janaka – King of Mithila and Father of Shri Sita, wife of Shri Rama (India c. 8000 BC).

    Shri Abraham – Forefather of the 12 tribes of Israel (Israel c. 2000 BC).
    Shri Zarathustra – Instituted Monotheism and fire worship (Persia c. 1800 BC).
    Shri Moses – Founder of Jewish law (Egypt c. 1250BC).
    Shri Lao-Tsu – Author of Tao Te Ching (China b. 604 BC).
    Shri Confucius – Taught ethics and compiled I Ching (China b. 549 BC).
    Shri Socrates – Founder of Greek philosophy (Greece b. 431 BC).
    Shri Mohammed – Founder of Islam (Arabia d. 632 AD).
    Shri Guru Nanak – Founder of the Sikhs (India b. 1469 AD).
    Shri Shirdi Sai Baba – Prophesied Shri Mataji’s birth (India c. 1840-1918 AD).

    these were the incarnations of adi guru dattatrya..
    and sri jesus–the christ was the combined incarnation of sri ganesha and sri maha vishnu tatva..
    and the complete incarnation of ADI SAKTHI is SRI MATAJI NIRMALA DEVI…who established yoga on earth that is sahajayoga.
    this is not a thinking or openion, but a fact varified by thousands of real saints..
    so ppl it is the time to get awakened.

    .http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5RpGl_257U&feature=related
    may god bless u all.
    dr. kv krishna MD

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