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Gurv-ashtakam by Sankara
« on: July 20, 2008, 05:49:20 PM »
Gurv-ashtakam, as the name implies, is the eight-verse composition
of Sankara in praise of the Guru.  It describes the greatness of  the Guru's in nice words.

A sample,

Verse 1, "Though your body be comely and ever remain in perfect
health, Though your name be unsullied and mountain-high you
hoarded gold, Yet if the mind be not absorbed in the Guru's
lotus feet, What will it all avail you?  What indeed, will it all avail?"

Verse 2, "Though the lore of the Vedas take up its dwelling on
your tongue, Though be learned in scriptures, gifted in writing
prose and verse, Yet if the mind be not absorbed in the Guru's
lotus feet, What will it all avail you?  What indeed will it all avail?"

Verse 8, "Though if you be ready to dwell in the forest as at home,
No more attached to work, untrammelled by an ugly form,
Yet if the mind be not absorbed in the Guru's lotus feet,
What will it all avail you? What indeed, will it all avail?"

The verses remind us of Murugnar's RAMANA PADA MALAI.  We
also think about Kavyakanta Ganapati Muni, Maharajah of Mysore
and Sankarananda Bharati, who came to Bhagavan with various
feats to their credit but could not absorb in the Self, till they reach the feet of Bhagavan.

Arunachala Siva.