Guru Shakti

Guru Ashtakam


Guru Ashtakam

Guru is a tacher and a master of religious doctrine or experiential wisdom. The guru is seen as the one who "dispels the darkness of ignorance". Guru Ashtakam was written by Shri Adi Shankaracharya and tells about the necessity of the Guru and attaching our mind to the Lotus Feet of the Guru. One must practice this stotram everyday to grow the knowledge and wisdom in one's mind.

गुरोरष्टकं

शरीरं सुरूपं तथा वा कलत्रं, यशश्चारु चित्रं धनं मेरु तुल्यम् ।
मनश्चेन लग्नं गुरोरघ्रिपद्मे, ततः किं ततः किं ततः किं ततः किम् ॥ 1 ॥
One's vesture may be superb, one's consort likewise, one's reputation
resplendent and renowned, and one's riches like unto Mount Meru; but if
one's mind be not centred upon the lotus feet of the Guru,
what then, what then, what then?

कलत्रं धनं पुत्र पौत्रादिसर्वं, गृहो बान्धवाः सर्वमेतद्धि जातम् ।
मनश्चेन लग्नं गुरोरघ्रिपद्मे, ततः किं ततः किं ततः किं ततः किम् ॥ 2 ॥
Wife, wealth, sons, grandsons and all such; home and kindred; the host of
all these things may be there; but if one's mind be not centred upon the
lotus feet of the Guru, what then, what then, what then?

षड़ङ्गादिवेदो मुखे शास्त्रविद्या, कवित्वादि गद्यं सुपद्यं करोति ।
मनश्चेन लग्नं गुरोरघ्रिपद्मे, ततः किं ततः किं ततः किं ततः किम् ॥ 3 ॥
The Vedas with their six limbs and the knowledge of all sciences may be
on one's lips; one may possess the poetic gift and may compose fine prose
and poetry; but if one's mind be not centred upon the lotus feet of the
Guru, what then, what then, what then?

विदेशेषु मान्यः स्वदेशेषु धन्यः, सदाचारवृत्तेषु मत्तो न चान्यः ।
मनश्चेन लग्नं गुरोरघ्रिपद्मे, ततः किं ततः किं ततः किं ततः किम् ॥ 4 ॥
I am honoured in other lands and I am prosperous in my homeland; in the
paths of righteous conduct there is none who surpasses me; thus one may
think; but if one's mind be not centred upon the lotus feet of the Guru,
what then, what then, what then?

क्षमामण्डले भूपभूपलबृब्दैः, सदा सेवितं यस्य पादारविन्दम् ।
मनश्चेन लग्नं गुरोरघ्रिपद्मे, ततः किं ततः किं ततः किं ततः किम् ॥ 5 ॥
One may be constantly extolled and one's presence highly honoured by
hosts of emperors and rulers of this world; but if one's mind
be not centred upon the lotus feet of the Guru, what then,
what then, what then?

यशो मे गतं दिक्षु दानप्रतापात्, जगद्वस्तु सर्वं करे यत्प्रसादात् ।
मनश्चेन लग्नं गुरोरघ्रिपद्मे, ततः किं ततः किं ततः किं ततः किम् ॥ 6 ॥
My repute has travelled in all directions through my philanthropy and
prowess; all the things of this world are in my hands as rewards for my
virtues; but if one's mind be not centred upon the lotus feet of the Guru,
what then, what then, what then?

न भोगे न योगे न वा वाजिराजौ, न कन्तामुखे नैव वित्तेषु चित्तम् ।
मनश्चेन लग्नं गुरोरघ्रिपद्मे, ततः किं ततः किं ततः किं ततः किम् ॥ 7 ॥
Consciousness cannot be confined to enjoyment or to yoga, nor
indeed to multitudes of steeds, neither to the face of the beloved
nor to riches; yet if one's mind be not centred upon the lotus
feet of the Guru, what then, what then, what then?

अरण्ये न वा स्वस्य गेहे न कार्ये, न देहे मनो वर्तते मे त्वनर्ध्ये ।
मनश्चेन लग्नं गुरोरघ्रिपद्मे, ततः किं ततः किं ततः किं ततः किम् ॥ 8 ॥
My mind does not dwell upon the forest nor even upon my home,
nor in what is to be accomplished, not upon the body, nor upon
what is auspicious; yet if one's mind be not centred upon the
lotus feet of the Guru, what then, what then, what then?

गुरोरष्टकं यः पठेत्पुरायदेही, यतिर्भूपतिर्ब्रह्मचारी च गेही ।
लमेद्वाच्छिताथं पदं ब्रह्मसञ्ज्ञं, गुरोरुक्तवाक्ये मनो यस्य लग्नम् ॥ 9 ॥
Whoever, hallowed by holy merit, ponders the above octad extolling the
Guru, whose mind is centred upon the words of the Guru, whether such a
person be an ascetic, sovereign, student or householder, attains
the desired goal, the consummation of union with brahman.

Some Useful Links
Sidhashram Punchkam
Sidhashram Stotram 
Shri Guru Paduka Stotram


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