Guruve Deivam

Thanks to Shri Subramaniam Kothandaraman for sending this outstanding video….In Stanza 3, Adi Sankara rules out any confusion one might have on the need for a guru. Mahaperiyava has insisted the same point that Bagawan Ramanar says that Guru is none other the Ishwaran.

Please pass on this wonderful link on Guru Ashtakam composed by Shri Shri Shri Bhagawadpada Adi Shankarcharya.

The following quotes on GURU are taken from the book “Talks with Ramana Maharishi”.

D.: What is Guru’s Grace? How does it work?

M.: Guru is the Self.

D.: How does it lead to realization?

M.: Isvaro gururatmeti … (God is the same as Guru and Self …). A person begins with dissatisfaction. Not content with the world he seeks satisfaction of desires by prayers to God; his mind is purified; he longs to know God more than to satisfy his carnal desires. Then God’s Grace begins to manifest. God takes the form of a Guru and appears to the devotee; teaches him the Truth; purifies the mind by his teachings and contact; the mind gains strength, is able to turn inward; with meditation it is purified yet further, and eventually remains still without the least ripple. That stillness is the Self. The Guru is both exterior and interior. From the exterior he gives a push to the mind to turn inward; from the interior he pulls the mind towards the Self and helps the mind to achieve quietness. That is Grace. Hence there is no difference between God, Guru and Self.

D: Is a Guru necessary?

M.: So long as you consider yourself as an individual, a Guru is necessary to show to you that you are not bound by limitations and that your nature is to be free from limitations.


Categories: Upanyasam


9 replies

  1. dear mr. mahesh! the slokas with meaning are excellent. everyone must make them by heart and recite everyday.
    thanks a lot.

    madras 64
    23 nov 2013

  2. Interesting inputs. Let me also try to mail some articles for posting over here.
    Can I have the mail ID please. Jaya Jaya Shankara Hara Hara Shankara

    Balasubramanian NR

  3. Here is what Swami Vivekananda on GURU.———.The soul can receive impulses from another soul and from nothing else.We may study books all our lives.We may become very intellectual but, in the end,we find that we have NOT devoloped at all spiritually.This inadequacy of books to quicken spiritual growth is the reason why, although everyone of us i(including this writer) can speak wonderfully on spiritual matters, when it comes to action and the living of a TRULY SPIRITUAL life,we find ourselves WOEFULLY DEFICIENT. To quicken the spirit, the impulse MUST come from another SOUL. The PERSON from whom such impulse comes is called the GURU.

  4. Yes. Very True. The starting of the video “Even if you have studied the Vedas with its six limbs.. what is the use”. I don’t know where the shloka is taken from, but there is a very very similar verse said by Adi Shankaracharya in his Vivekachoodamani verse 58.

    वाग्वैखरी शब्दझरी शास्त्रव्याख्यानकौशलम् |
    वैदुष्यं विदुषां तद्वद्भुक्तये न तु मुक्तये ||५८||

    Meaning: “In the same way, speech alone, even a deluge of words, with
    scholarship and skill in commenting on the scriptures, may achieve
    some personal satisfaction but not liberation.”

  5. We are greatful forthe services

  6. Radhe Krishna. Satguru charanaravindham Smarami. Hara Hara Sankara. Hara Hara Sankara, Jaya Jaya Sankara. Hara Hara Sankara, Jaya Jaya Sankara. Hara Hara Sankara, Jaya Jaya Sankara.

  7. Dear mahesh and other devotees, I have a question regarding the powerful mantra Periyava gave to a devotee who had cancer, the Guruvayurappan sloka. Is it only for cancer or can i chant it for other conditions like diabetes etc? Please let me know. Thank you. (Sorry for posting this on the wrong thread, I thought I’ll use the most recent post).

  8. Meaning of this shloka is really wonderful. Everyone should learn this shloka. I wanted to byheart & wanted to recite this shloka daily.Thanks.
    Lakshmi narendran

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