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Guru Gita - 3
« on: June 07, 2009, 02:52:35 PM »
Verse 58 of Guru Gita:

Gurur brahma gurur vishnur guru devo maheswara
Gurus sakshat para brahmah tasmai sri guruve namah.

Guru is Brahma. Guru is Vishnu.  Guru is Great God Maheswara.
Guru alone is verily the Supreme Brahman.  Therefore
prostrations to him, the Guru.

This is one of the oft quoted verses in Sanskrit. On the
dualistic plane, the Guru is identified with the highest
triune of Gods, representing the creation, sustenance
and dissolution principles.  But the Guru is verily Parabrahman.
To such a guru, the seeker pays his obesiance.

Guru is therefore considered to possess all the attributes
normally ascribed to God.  This is elaborated in Verse 65.

Verse 65 of Guru Gita:-

Nirgunam Nirmalam Shantam Jangamam sthiramevacha
Vyptam yena jagat sarvam tasmai sri guruve namah:

He who pervades the entire world, inclusive of the movable
beings and the immovable Nature, who is beyond the gunas,
faultless, staintless, peaceful, that Sadguru I worship.

Verse 81 of Guru Gita:-

Gurur madhye stitham viswam viswanathe stitho guru
Gurur viswam nachanyo'sti tasmai sri guruve namah:

This universe is situated in the Guru and the Guru is
in the midst of this world.  This world itself is Guru [nothing
else].  Therefore, prostrations to the Guru.

The first rated disciple takes the world itself as the guru.
He sees his guru everywhere. He sees all with guru-buddhi.
Just as Jnani feels Sarvam Brahmamayam, the ideal disciple
feels Sarvam Gurumayam.

The uninitated who tend to identiy the Guru with his body
may look upon this verse as mere respectful tributes to the
Guru, devoid of truth, but Bhagavan Ramana sets at rest
any notions of this kind.

See for this clarification, Talks No. 612 of 19.1.1939 of
Munagala Venkatramaiah.  The Sanskrit saying seen here
is originally from the closing verse of [Talk 18] of Sri
Sankara's Sri Dakshinmoorthy Stotram.  Isvaro gururtameti...
The Self is the god and the Guru.  The Guru is thus manifest
as God and as human being.  This clearly urges us to place
our full faith in these manifold depictions of the Guru's

(Source: Mountain Path, April - June 2009 and also Guru
Gita, published by Divine Life Society, Rishikesh.)

Arunachala Siva.


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Re: Guru Gita - 3
« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2009, 09:42:20 AM »
Suppose our parent's advice is against the Guru's advice, which one are we to follow? Along with the saying "Guru brahma....." we also have "Mata Pita .....".  Can we ignore our parents advice and follow the Guru? I myself have this predicament and feel guilty either way.


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« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2009, 12:15:11 PM »
Dear mmohan,

Mother's love should be respected and for this sake she
is God.  But mother's advice need not be followed if you
get convinced that Guru's advice is paramount.  Swami
Vivekananda respected his mother but he took to SRK, and
his [Guru's] advice.  If Mother Azhagamma had been consulted
prior hand, she would not have given permission to Bhagavan
Ramana to leave Madurai for Arunachala.  For Him, Arunachala
was His Guru.  But Bhagavan Ramana respected His mother
and conferred her deliverence, as a priceless compensation.

Arunachala Siva.