Saturday, July 24, 2010

GurvaShtakam


GurvaShtakam
GurvaShtakam is in Sanskrit and it is a beautiful creation of Shri Adi Shankaracharya. This stotra indicates how Guru’s advice is important in our life. Guru Poornima is on 25th July 2010 and hence I am uploading this stotra to remember Guru. Anything we acquire in this world by our intelligence and knowledge like money, property, luxuries, gold and/or anything; we think essential to live our worldly life, is not so worthy as the Guru’s advice. We go on accumulating the things, money etc. which never comes with us when we die. Accumulating and acquiring the things creates sorrow/pain and then again protecting the things, creates a fear in mind that somebody may snatch it from me. Thus we become unhappy and worried and peace is lost. If we live according to the Guru’s advice it will certainly help us to live happily and peacefully. Guru’s teaching, advice will help us to move on to the spiritual path and take us to the Brahma Pada. Every spiritual person has an ambition of reaching to the Brahma Pada. It is believed that Brahma Pada is such a place where peace and happiness lives together. However it is very essential to have a Guru of that power (caliber), who can lift us to a higher spiritual level.
Our first Guru is our mother. Then Father is also our Guru. In ancient days after thread ceremony at the age of 8th, we were sent to the Guru’s house where we have to stay for 12 years, learn everything from the Guru, whatever he teaches us. Then come back to home and live our normal life. These 12 years in Guru’s house we learn everything from him. However Gurus were very selective in imparting the knowledge to the student according to the student’s capabilities. Fortunate students learn the real meaning of the life from the Guru. The secret principles of spirituality were also taught to them.
The meaning of the every stanza of GurvaShtakam is as under.
1 He himself is very handsome. His wife is also beautiful. He has got every thing including Money, Success. He is good orator, writer and very popular leader. (If his mind is not concentrated on the feet of Guru then everything is useless.) However having the entire above, if he is not working as per his Guru’s advice then there is no use of having everything.
2 He has a wife, son, daughter, Relatives, abundant money and property. However having the entire above, (If his mind is not concentrated on the feet of Guru then everything is useless.) if he is not working as per his Guru’s advice then there is no use of having everything.
3 He has knowledge of all the Vedas. He has learnt everything. Knowledge of the sciences and arts is on his tongue. He is a good writer and a poet. (If his mind is not concentrated on the feet of Guru then everything is useless.) However having the entire above, if he is not working as per his Guru’s advice then there is no use of having everything.
4 He is well known and respected in foreign countries as well as in own country. He is having a good humor. He is a gentle man and has a pride of it. (If his mind is not concentrated on the feet of Guru then everything is useless.) However having the entire above, if he is not working as per his Guru’s advice then there is no use of having everything.
5 He is a king of the world. All other kings are respecting him. They are serving him as their king. However having the entire above, (If his mind is not concentrated on the feet of Guru then everything is useless.) if he is not working as per his Guru’s advice then there is no use of having everything.
6 He has become very famous because of his valour and generosity. His name is spread in all directions. However having the entire above, (If his mind is not concentrated on the feet of Guru then everything is useless.) if he is not working as per his Guru’s advice then there is no use of having everything.
7 Now he can’t enjoy even if he is having a beautiful wife, money. He now dislikes’ the pleasures, stud, wars. He has become desire less and absolutely not wanting anything now. However having the entire above, (If his mind is not concentrated on the feet of Guru then everything is useless.) if he is not working as per his Guru’s advice then there is no use of having this displeasure of everything.
8 He can’t enjoy in his house or in the forest. He can’t concentrate on any work now. He now doesn’t have any liking for his body. His mind is completely detached from everything. However having the entire above, (If his mind is not concentrated on the feet of Hari then everything is useless.)if he is not working as per his Guru’s advice then there is no use of having everything.
9 We are righteous and fortunate and hence we have born as a man /woman. Anybody a king, a bachelor, Sannyasi or a normal person recite this GurvaShtakam every day with faith, concentration and devotion will go to the Brahma Pada after his death.
Thus here completes GurvaShtakam created by Adi Shankaracharya.
Thought for the Day
Man has two great spiritual needs. One is for forgiveness. The other is for goodness.
---Billy Graham
Success
The contemporary form of true greatness lies in a civilization founded on the spirituality of work.
GurvaShtakam








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