Guru Strotam


Source: Vmission, 12.07.2014

Transliteration, Word-Meanings and Translation by Swami Atmananda


Akhand-Mandalakaram vyaptam yena characharam. Tatpadam darshitam yena tasmai Shri Gurave Namah.

Agyan timir-andhasya Gyananjan Shalakaya. Chakshur-oonmeelitam yena tasmai Shri Gurave Namah.

Gurur-Brahma Gurur-Vishnu Gurur-Devo Maheshwarah. Guru-sakshat Para-Brahma tasmai Shri Gurave Namah.

Sthavaram jangamam vyaptam yat kinchit sacharacharam. Tatpadam darshitam yena tasmai Shri Gurave Namah.

Chinmayam Vyapi yat-sarvam trailokyam sacharacharam. Tatpadam darshitam yena tasmai Shri Gurave Namah.

Sarva-Shruti shiro-ratna virajit-padambujah. Vedantambuja Suryo yah tasmai Shri Gurave Namah.

Chaitanya Shashwatah shanto vyomatito niranjanah. Bindunaad kalatitah tasmai shri Gurave Namah.

Gyanshakti-samaroodhah tattwamala vibhooshitah. Bhukti-mukti -pradata cha tasmai Shri Gurave Namah.

Aneka-janma-sampraptah-karma-bandha-vidahine. Atma-gyan-pradanen tasmai Shri Gurave Namah.

Shoshanam bhavsindhoshcha gyapanam saarsampadah. Guroh-padodakam samyak tasmai Shri Gurave Namah.

Na Guror-adhikam tattvam na Guror-adhikam tapah. Tattva-gyanat-param nasti tasmai Shri Gurave Namah.

Man-naathah Shri Jagan-nathah Mat-guru-shri jagad-guruhu. Mad-atma sarva-bhutatma tasmai Shri Gurave Namah.

Gurur-adir-anadish-cha Guruh-param-daivatam. Guroh-parataram nasti tasmai Shri Gurave Namah.

Tvameva mata cha pita tvameva
tvameva bandhushcha sakha tvameva.

Tvameva vidya dravinam tvameva
tvameva sarvam mama-dev-deva.


My Salutations to that Guru who revealed to me that Truth, which is unfragmented, infinite, timeless divinity, and which pervades the entire universe – movable or unmovable.

My Salutations to that reverential teacher, who opened my eyes, by applying the divine collyrium of self-knowledge in my eyes, which had got blinded by the cataract of ignorance.

Guru himself is the creator, sustainer and the destroyer. He is verily the very transcendental divinity, (the timeless life-principle, which is the very essence of the creator etc.) My reverential salutations to that glorious teacher.

My Salutations to that reverential teacher, who revealed to me that which pervades everything in this world, whether animate-inanimate, or movable-immovable.

My salutations to that glorious Guru, who revealed to me that self- effulgent divinity (the pure unconditioned consciousness) which pervades all the three worlds, with all its movable and immovable objects.

My Salutations to that reverential teacher, who is like a sun for the blossoming up of the lotus like mantras of upanishads; and at whose lotus feet lie the beautiful flowers, symbolizing the best of jewels of vedas.

My Salutations to that reverential teacher, who is verily the eternal consciousness, which is of the nature of peace. He transcends space (& time), the concept of zero, the primordial sound and all parts.

My Salutations to that glorious Gurudev, who is established in Knowledge and Power, who is adorned with the garland-of -Knowledge and who grants both worldly prosperity and spiritual liberation.

My Salutations to that reverential teacher who by imparting the Self- Knowledge, has burnt away the very bondage of actions in a whiff, which had even though taken infinite lives to accumulate.

Even by the very sipping of the charanamruta (the water with which the feet of guru are washed), we get blessed by the eternal wealth (of liberating knowledge), and which dries up the endless ocean of seeking & the subsequent sorrows. My Salutations to the lotus-feet of that glorious Gurudev.

There is no higher truth than the Guru, no higher penance than (service to) the Guru, and there is nothing higher than Realisation of the Knowledge of the truth imparted by the Guru. My salutations to such a Gurudev, who is himself that very timeless truth (and who has taken up a form to bless his disciples like us with real knowledge).

My Lord is the Lord of Universe; My teacher is the teacher of the entire universe; and my Self is the Self of all. My salutations at the lotus-feet of such a Guru, who has revealed such knowledge to me.

The Guru is the beginning of the Universe, yet he himself is without a beginning, the Guru is the highest deity, and there is none higher than the Guru. My reverential salutations at the lotus-feet of such a Gurudev.

O God! You alone are my mother, my father, my brother, and my friend. You alone are the knowledge, my real wealth. You are everything for me. You are verily my God alone.


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