Suuta ! Suuta ! Maha Praagna, Nigamaagama Paaraga
Guru Swaruupam asmaakam, Bhruuhi Sarvamalaapaham
Oh Suta, Suta, Greatest Seer! You have reached the other shore of all knowledge! Please disclose to us the attributes of Guru, which destroy all sins,
Iti Sampraarthitah Suuto, Muni Sankhyaih Muhurmuhu
Kutuuhalena Mahatah, Provaacha Madhuram Vachah
Suta, who was thus prayed again and again by the assembly of sages, spoke sweet words as follows, with greatest pleasure.
Shrunudhwam Munayah Sarve, Shradhaya Parayaa Mudaa
Vadaami Bhavaroga ghnim, Geetaam Maatri Swaruupinim
I am reciting to you Guru Geeta, which is the form of Mother, and which destroys one’s afflictions. You all sages please listen with great attention and joy.
Puraa Kailaasa Shikhare, Sidha Gandharva Sevite
Tatra Kalpa Lataa Pushpa, Mandire Atyanta Sundare
Vyaaghrajine Samaaseenam, Sukaadi muni Vanditam
Bodhayantam Param Tatwam, Madhye Muni janam Kwachit
Pranamra Vadana Saswat, Namaskurvantam Aadaraal
Drishtwa Vismayaapannah, Paarvati Paripritchati
Once on the peak of mount Kailas - which is most beautiful like a palace of flowers and is adorned by celestial powers like Sidhas and Gandharvas - Shiva
was discoursing among the assembled sages about the supreme truth, seated well on a tiger skin and surrounded by worshipful sages such as Suka. Parvati, whose head is always bowed due to constant obeisance, implores Shiva thus in bewilderment.
Vidhi Vishnu Mahendraadhyai, Vandhya khalu Sadaa Bhavaan
Namaskaroshi Kasmai Twam, Namaskaraashraya Kila !
You are indeed being worshipped by Brahma, Vishnu, Indra etc. always. Then whom do you worship, when you are the object of all worship!
Kena Maargena Bho Swaamin!, Dehi Brahma Mayo Bhavet
Tat Kripaam Kurume Swaamin!, Namaami Charano Tava
Oh Lord! Kindly tell me that path by which soul attains union with God. Oh, Lord! I bow unto your feet.
Iti Sampraarthita Saswat, Mahaadevo Maheshwara
Aananda Bharita Swaante, Paarvatim idam Abhraveet
Shiva, the highest god, most pleased in his heart by these fervent prayers, told the following words to Parvati.
The glory of Guru
Mama Ruupasi Devi ! Twam, Atastal Kadhayaamite
Lokopakaaraka Prasno, Na Kenapi Kritah Punah
Oh Goddess! You are my nature. This question which is beneficial to the world has not been asked by anyone before. Therefore, I am revealing it to you.
Yo Guru Sah Shiva Prokto, Yah Shiva Sah Guru Smrita
Vikalpam Yasthu Kurveeta, Sah Naro Guru Talpaga
One who is termed as Guru is God. One who is understood as God is Guru. And the man who doubts this goes to sleep on the bed of Guru.
Durlabham Trishu Lokeshu, Tat Shrunushwa Vadaamyaham
Gurur Brahmavina Naanyal, Satyam Satyam Varaanane
Oh beautiful one! I will tell you that which is very rare in the three worlds. Please listen. There is no other truth than Guru God. This only is the truth.
Veda Shaastra Puranani, Cha Idihasaadikanicha
Mantra Yantraadi Vidyaashcha,Mohanochaadanaadikam
Shaiva Shaaktagaamaadeeni, Tyanyecha Bahavomataah
Apabhramshah Samastaanam, Jeevaanaam Bhraanta Chetasaam
Since the four Vedas, six sciences, eighteen Puranas, epics like Ramayana, Mahabharata, practices like Mantra, Yantra, Seduction, exorcism etc., spiritual cults like Shaiva, Shakteya, Sankhya etc. and many other paths together delude men, people are led astray.
Japah Tapo Vritam Teertham, Gyaano Daanam Tadhaiva Cha
Guru Tatwam Avignaaya , Sarvam Vyartham Bhavet Priye !
Oh, Dear! Japa (the recitation of mantra) Tapa (spiritual austerity) Vows, visiting of holy places and also the path of Knowledge and Meditation come to naught without knowing the truth of Guru.
Dehi Bhrahma Bhavedyasmaal, Twal Kripaartham Vadaami Tal
Sarva Paapa Vishudhaatma, Shri Guroh Paadasevanaal
I shall tell you for your compassion how a soul after freeing itself from all sins becomes purified and becomes godly. It is through service at the feet of the blessed Guru.
Swadeshikasyaiva Cha Naamakeertanam
Bhavet Ananthasya Shivasya Keertanam
Swadeshikasyeva Cha Naama Chintanam
Bhavet Ananthasya Shivasya Chintanam
The glorification of the holy name of one’s own Guru will verily become the glorification of the infinite God, and the contemplation of ones’ own Guru's name will verily become the contemplation of the God eternal.
Swaashramamcha Swajaatim Cha, Swa Keertim Pushti Vardhanam
Etal Sarvam Parityajya, Gurumeva Samaasrayet
A person should take refuge only in Guru, leaving aside everything such as ones’ own duty, own caste, own fame and desire for wealth.
GU - RU
Gukaarashcha Andhakaarohi, Rukaarah Teja Uchyate
Agyaana Graasakam Brahma, Gurureva Na Samshayah
The syllable 'Gu' means darkness and the syllable 'Ru' is called light. There is no doubt that Guru is the Supreme God who destroys ignorance.
Gurur Brahma Gurur Vishnu,Gurur Devo Maheshwarah
Gurureva Param Brahma,Tasmai Sree Gurave Namah
Guru is Brahma (the god of creation), Guru is Vishnu (the god of sustenance), Guru is the god Shiva (the god of annihilation), and Guru verily is the Supreme God. My salutations to that auspicious Guru!
Ekah Eva Paro Bandhuh, Vishame Samupasthite
Guru Sakala Dharmaatma, Tasmai Shree Guruve Namah
In the time of distress, there is indeed only one greatest friend, i.e. Guru, who exists as righteousness in all beings. My salutations to that auspicious Guru!
Taapatrayaagni Taptaanaam, Ashaanta Praaninaam Bhuvih
Gurureva Paraa Gangaa, Tasmai Shree Gurave Namah
For those tormented souls, who burn in the fire of threefold suffering- spiritual, temporal and destiny - Guru only is the supreme Ganges. My salutations to that auspicious Guru!
Shiverushte Gurustraata, Guraurushte Na Kashchanah
Labdwa Kulagurum Samyag, Gurumeva Samaashrayel
In the case of Shiva’s wrath, Guru is the savior. In the case of Guru’s wrath, there is no savior. Finding the Guru of human race, one should completely take refuge in Guru only.
Madhu Alabdho Yadhaa Bhringah, Pushpaal Pushpaantaram Vrijel
Gyaanalabdhah Tadhaa Shishyo, Guror Gurvaantaram Vrijel
Like the bee, not getting honey travels from flower to flower, so also a spiritual aspirant should seek Guru after Guru to gain divine knowledge.
Shri Guroh Paramam Ruupam, Vivekam Chakshuragratah
Manda Bhaagyaah Na Pashyanti, Andhaah Suryodayam Yadhaa
The unfortunate men do not see in front of their eyes the auspicious and supreme form of Guru with discrimination, just as the blind do not see the sunrise.
Abhyastai Kimu Deerghakala Vimalair, Vyaadhi Pradai Dushkaraih
Praanaayaama Shadaih Aneka Karanaih, Dukhaatmakai Durjayaih
Yasminnabhyutate Vinashyati Balee Vaayuh, Swayam Tatkshanaal
Praaptam Tat Sahaja Swabhaavam anisham, Sevetamekam Gurum
What with practices like Pranayama and several hundreds of other means that cleanse the soul prolonged, that produce afflictions, that are strenuous, miserable and unconquerable? On whose ascendance, the uncontrollable life force immediately becomes subdued on its own, only that Guru, who has attained the ever abiding form, should always be served.
Yagnino Na Mukhtaasyuh, Na Mukhtaah Yoginasthadhaa
Tapasa Apino Yukhtaah, Guru Tatwaal Paraang Mukhaah
Performers of the fire ritual are not liberated, likewise are the Yogis not liberated. Even though imbued with austerity, they are not liberated due to their apathy to the truth of Guru.
Namukhtaastu Gandharvaah, Pitru Yakshaastu Chaaranaah
Rishaya Sidha Devaadyaah, Guru Sevat Paraang Mukhaah
Gandharvas, Manes, Yakshas in the astral world, and Rishies, Sidhas and Gods are not liberated due to their indifference towards the service of Guru.
In the Guru Geeta 1st Chapter concluded