Guru mantras for the Grace of Enlightened Beings to guide us
along our spiritual path to Moksha
In mantra tradition, guru occupies the highest place. A guru worthy of such worship is an awakened personality capable of leading you to the ultimate goal, moksha (ultimate liberation, salvation, enlightenment). Most gurus eager to be called guru do not have the quality of a real guru (sadguru). A sadguru can transform you merely by his/her presence. His fragrance purifies you. He is above the dualities of pain and pleasure, insult and praise, heat and cold, life and death. His self-love equals love for others. You feel one with him as there is no dividing wall called ego between you and him provided that you, too, are free of ego. Only a qualified pupil (satshisya) recognizes a sadguru. So instead of seeking a guru, what about trying to be satshisyas and waiting for the moment to come? Till then, let your own buddhi (discerning intellect) and all the sadgurus who lived before us be your guide. Om Sarvebhyo Gurubhyo Namah!
Video: Sachidaananda; Singers: Uma Mohan and Gayatri
Author: Shankaracharya; Text and meaning (courtesy of celextel.org)
Even if you have all worldly knowledge, weath, and fame, if your mind doesn't bow to guru's lotus feet, what's the use? This ashtakam (panegyric of 8 strophes) is written in bhujanga-prayatam metre (four 12-syllabled phrases of four short-long-long syllable groups). Its moral for our daily life is that we should lower ourselves to soar high in the spiritual sky. We should repeatedly ask "tatah kim (then what)?" whenever our small ego feels big and proud of our worldly knowledge and successes. What's the use of my possessions and appearances if my happiness is dependent on exterior conditions and my mind is at the mercy of worldly pains and pleasures? We should rise above the capricious sway of our small ego.