following on the heels of the entry I wrote in July, around the time of Guru Purnima, about the nature of the Guru from my own experience... I'm honored to share the ancient the Guru Gita. it is a profound dialogue between Lord Dattatreya (through Shiva) and Parvati, Mother Divine, as Shiva explains the true nature & role of Guru to Mother. (& to humanity.)
(note the Guru Mantra translation is #32.)
thank you, Veda Vyasa Maharshi for writing this ancient conversation down, millenniae ago. this is the tale of self-realization. enjoy! Jai Guru Datta!
The Guru Gita
Hear now the hymn, The Guru Gita; sung by Lord Siva. It sings the song
of the Supreme Self manifesting as the Guru. The mantras that are the
source of all speech, power, and stable strength are its foundation.
Repeat this hymn each day to obtain the Guru’s grace.
Meditate on the Guru as seated in the crown of the head, surrounded by the sacred mantras, ham and sah, which abide in all beings and that are the cause of the universe.
The Guru, the source of the universe, freely chooses to appear in living form on earth.
on the feet of the Guru, who is Siva, who reveals the Supreme Truth as a
lamp removes darkness, who is eternal, all pervasive, and who is the
visible form of the Imperishable.
I sing this song to fulfill the four great values of life: prosperity, enjoyment, righteousness, and liberation.
The Guru Gita Begins
On the summit of Mount Kailash, the crest jewel of all mountains, the
axis of devotion and abode of oneness, the Goddess Parvati, Siva’s royal
wife, reverently bowed to Him and said . . .
Salutations to You, O Lord, God of gods, who is higher than the
Highest. O Guru of the universe, eternally Auspicious One! Great Lord,
initiate me in the knowledge of the Guru.
Please teach me the surest way for the embodied soul to become one with
the Absolute. At Your feet I pray: show your compassionate grace to me.
4. Lord Siva replied:
dear Goddess, You are my very Self! Because I love You, I will speak.
Your question, which has never been asked before, will be helpful to all
In the entire universe there is no knowledge more subtle and elusive. .
. Listen as I reveal this Truth to you: Apart from the Guru, there is
no other Brahman. O Beautiful One, what I say is true, it is the truth.
The wisdom of the highest scriptures, the doctrines of all sacred
texts, the epics of the gods and wise sagas of life, the science of
mantras, yantras, and so on, powerful incantations, the wisdom passed to
each generation, the sacred teachings of those who worship the Absolute
as Divine Father or Mother, and other revered works – all these
doctrines and creeds only bring the downfall of those whose minds are
restless and deluded.
Those who offer sacrificial rites, make vows, repeat mantras, or engage
in penance, pilgrimages, or charity, still go adrift without knowing
the nature of the Guru.
The Guru is not different from pure, unbounded consciousness, the Self.
This is the truth. Without a doubt, this is the truth. Knowing this,
the wise ceaselessly strive to realize the true nature of the Guru.
For the embodied soul, knowledge of the Self is veiled by a false
perception of the world born of ignorance. The one by whose light
Self-realization arises is known by the name, Guru.
All harmful desires and past deeds will be completely washed away by
service at the feet of the Guru. Thus, the embodied soul becomes one
with the Supreme. Have no doubt - the words I speak to you are true and
carry the grace that liberates one from ignorance and suffering.
To obtain all the benefits of bathing in all places of pilgrimage,
sprinkle pure water on your head with your mind focused on the Guru’s
Water from the ceremonial bathing of the Guru’s feet dries the mire of
sins, brings forth the radiance of intuitive insight, and perfectly
delivers one across the ocean of worldly illusion.
It washes away ignorance and puts an end to rebirth and karmas.
Therefore, one should drink the water of the Guru's feet to obtain
nonattachment and Self-realization.
Drink the holy water of the Guru's feet; take the food that the Guru
leaves to eat. Always meditate on the Guru’s form; constantly repeat the
mantra the Guru has given.
Any place where the Guru dwells is the holy land of Kashi; the water
that washes the Guru’s feet is the Ganges. The Guru is the Lord of the
Universe perceptible to the eyes. Indeed, the Guru is Brahma, the
17. Water that has been poured over the Guru's feet is the pilgrimage site, Gaya. It is the holy banyan tree,it is Akshaya, and Prayag, the meeting place of the sacred Ganges, Yamuna, and Saraswati Rivers. Salutations again and again to the Guru.
Always lovingly recollect the Guru's Divine form, constantly repeat the
mantra the Guru has given. Follow the Guru’s guidance with your mind
absorbed on nothing other than the Guru.
The Supreme Knowledge that resides in the mouth of the Guru can be
attained by the Guru's grace alone. Keep your Guru ever present in your
heart, just as a devoted wife keeps her husband there.
With your heart absorbed in nothing but the Guru, let go of attachments
to your status as student, spouse, parent, and to your social standing,
fame, and cravings for accumulating wealth.
It is true that those who direct all thoughts to Me alone achieve the
highest state. This supreme state can also be attained by whole-hearted
worship of the Guru - who is Siva manifest in human form.
From every corner of the universe, declarations of knowledge burst
forth from gods, their rivals, or from departed souls, but Supreme
Knowledge resides on the tongue of the Guru, and through devotion to the
Guru it is obtained.
23. Gu is the symbol for darkness; Ru, the remover of darkness. The Guru is Supreme Knowledge indeed, the swallower of darkness.
24. Gu is the symbol for ignorance born of misperception; Ru is the Supreme Knowledge that destroys ignorance.
Thus, the feet of the Guru are the highest goal, even difficult for the
gods to attain. Indeed, even celestial musicians and their followers
worship the Guru's feet.
26. For them and for everyone, there is surely no truth higher than the Guru. Therefore, the seeker of truth should offer seats, beds, clothes, ornaments, vehicles, and other things the Guru needs.
27 - 28.
Offer anything that pleases the Guru. More than that, offer your life by continually serving the Guru in thought, word, and deed.
Prostrate fully in front of the Guru without the least reservation.
Dedicate your body, senses, and life force to the Guru. When you
consecrate everything you call yours - even your spouse and your very
self - in the name of the Guru, it is blessed.
O beautiful One! Do not hesitate to live for the sake of the Guru and
the teachings. Those who live for the pursuit of pleasures, should
remember that the body is transitory, the residence of germs, foul
waste, toxins, and phlegm - and is reduced to ashes in the end.
Those who venture onto the tree of this fleeting world of change sink
into the ocean of torment at the end of their lives. Salutations to the
Guru, who surely saves all devotees from this fate.
The Guru is Brahma, the Guru is Vishnu, the Guru is Siva. Indeed, the
Guru is the Supreme Absolute. To that Guru I offer my reverent
The Guru is the cause of the universe, the bridge to cross over the
ocean of change, and the source of all knowledge. Salutations to the
Guru who is Siva.
Salutations to the Guru, who with the poultice of knowledge opens the
eyes of one who is blinded by the darkness of ignorance.
The Guru, who is the father, mother, family and Divine Light of
devotees, bestows realization of the limitations of worldly existence.
Salutations to the Guru.
36. My reverent salutations to the Guru who is the embodiment of the Absolute Truth, the Light by which that Truth is perceived, and whose Bliss reveals joy to all.
Salutations to the Guru, whose existence brings truth to all beings,
through whose form the Divine light - like the light of the sun - shines
on everyone, and in whose unconditional love, we come to love our
family and all beings more and more.
Salutations to the Guru, by whom this world is illumined, who perceives
all states of consciousness - waking, dreaming and dreamless sleep -
but who cannot be perceived by the mind.
Salutations to the Guru who is Truth, whose knowledge of the universe
sees through the illusory divisions that split it into fragments, and
who perceives no distinction between the universe and the Self.
Those who say they don't know the Absolute, know it. Those who say they
know the Absolute, know it not. Salutations to the Guru whose mind is
ever absorbed in the Absolute.
Salutations to the Guru, who is the cause of the universe although
appearing as an effect. In truth, the Guru is both the cause and effect.
Salutations to the Guru who reveals that this universe of countless
forms is in fact, one undifferentiated whole - a play of cause and
effect in which cause and effect are one.
Prostrations to the Guru whose lotus feet eradicate the suffering
brought by duality and who always protects seekers from all misfortunes
If Siva is angry with you, the Guru can save you, but if the Guru
becomes angry with you, even Siva cannot save you. Therefore, by all
means, take refuge in the Guru.
I offer my reverent praise and honor to the Guru's radiant feet, where
devotees' speech, mind, and intellect dwell, and which are the supreme
manifestations of Spirit and Nature.
46. The syllable 'gu' is that which is beyond the gunas – the subtle forces of Creation. ‘Ru' is that which is beyond rupa – all forms in Creation. The One who bestows the state beyond all forces and forms is said to be the Guru.
O Dear One! Though without three eyes, the Guru is Lord Siva, the
witness of all. Though without four arms, the Guru is Lord Vishnu, the
Preserver. Though without four faces, the Guru is Lord Brahma, the
Creator. This the scriptures declare.
I make these salutations with folded palms, to immerse myself in the
ocean of mercy that is the Guru, because it is by the Guru's grace that a
being is liberated from this universe of ceaseless change and the ever-turning wheel of birth and death.
The supreme form of the Guru is the nectar of immortality to one who
has eyes of discrimination. But, like the blind who cannot see the
sunrise . . . those who are idle, sluggish, or indifferent are
unfortunate for they cannot perceive this Divine form.
O Dear One! Every day and with all devotion, one should offer full
prostrations in the direction where the holy feet of the Guru abide.
O Noble One! The wise and the learned always offer handfuls of the
sweetest, most fragrant flowers in the direction of the revered and
blessed one - the Guru - who is free, fully awakened, and the witness to
the eternal drama of the creation and dissolution of the universe.
52. The Guru resides in the center of a sacred mandala surrounded by:
• the Guru’s spiritual lineage
• Siva, lord of the demi-gods and dissolver of the universe
• the three holy mountains where reside the essence of the Divine Mother
• the two principle qualities of the Supreme Lord: the power of manifestation and the power of self-awareness
• the goddesses who destroy intolerance, limitation, selfishness, and ignorance
• perfected saints and sages
• the great heroes and heroines of renown:
- who are triumphant in battle over evil
- who lend their protection in the performance of sacred ritual
- and who help overcome fear
• the sounds that have the power to create
• and the highest mantras.
Salutations to all those luminaries who attend the Guru.
What is the use of undeveloped seekers spending so much time practicing
hundreds of rounds of long deep breaths in order to regulate the life
force? These exercises can be uncomfortable and are difficult to master.
Indeed, such unguided practice can disperse the life force, causing
disorders. Instead, just serve your Guru constantly and you will attain
mastery over the life force naturally and spontaneously. It will become
regulated of its own accord.
To contemplate the form of your Guru is to contemplate infinite Siva.
Truly, whenever you utter your Guru's name, it is the same as chanting
the name of Lord Siva.
Even a few of the smallest specks of dust from the Guru’s feet form a
bridge strong enough to cross the ocean of fleeting worldly existence.
That Supreme Guru we honor, serve, and worship.
Upon receiving the Guru's benevolent grace, one should turn away from
the ways born of ignorance, and humbly open one’s heart to the Highest
Master to attain the most valued of wishes - Self-realization.
At the crown of the head - the gateway to Brahman - in the center of a
bright lotus, illumined by a circle of moonlight, are the lotus feet of
the Guru, which destroy the raging fires of worldly existence.
Reflect on the Guru as seated in the center of a thousand petaled-lotus
at the heart of a sacred triangle. The mantras of Brahma, Vishnu, and
Siva ring out from its corners; that of the Transcendent Self, on either
The Guru's glance creates all the worlds, makes everything flourish
completely, and perceives the essence of all Holy Scriptures. It
perceives that wealth does not lead to liberation, and it purifies
devotees of all deficiencies. The Guru’s vision beholds the Self in the
midst of ever-changing Nature and illumines the path to liberation.
The Guru's glance is the pillar that supports the stage where all
worlds are exhibited; it showers the nectar of compassion. It is the sum
total of creation, evolution, and dissolution. The Guru's glance
creates past, present, and future, and bestows the vision of sat - chit -
ananda: truth, knowledge, bliss absolute. May the Guru's Divine grace
always be on me!
O dear Parvati, I consider the word "Guru" to be the king of all
mantras. Pure as gold refined in fire, it has been thoroughly confirmed
by reason, meditation, prayer, and intellect. It protects one from death
day and night.
62. The Guru moves, but is ever still; is far away, yet near; both inside as well as outside of all things.
63. Know that this is the consciousness the Guru experiences:
have no birth, I am ageless, without beginning or end. I am endless
Consciousness and Bliss. I am smaller than the smallest, larger than the
am the supreme unseen primal cause, eternal, self-luminous, without
taint and craving. I exist beyond the limitations of space: immovable,
Gain knowledge of the Guru's divine nature through the revealed wisdom
of the scriptures, direct perception born of a clear, focused mind, the
revered teachings passed on by tradition, and by inference. And by
always being mindful of the Guru's guidance.
O great soul Parvati! Seeing that holiness resides in You, I will speak
to You now of the nature of the Guru, upon which one should always
67. Salutations to the Guru, who reveals this sacred universe in its fullness, permeated by all animate and inanimate objects.
Salutations to the Guru whose lotus feet are adorned with the most
splendid jewels of wisdom from the highest scriptures; who is the sun
whose light causes the lotus of knowledge to bloom into
By even a moment of loving remembrance of the Guru, wisdom arises
spontaneously. Without doubt, loving recollection of the Guru fulfills
all goals. Salutations to the Guru.
Salutations to the Guru, who is pure eternal consciousness and peace,
who is without flaw, beyond the limitations of space and time, who is
the primordial sound and the source of creation.
Truly, the Guru pervades all that changes and all that does not; all
that is animate and all that is not. Salutations to that Guru.
Salutations to the Guru, who, adorned with the garland of the Highest
Truth, rides the power of knowledge, and brings enjoyment in this life
as well as liberation.
73. Salutations to the Guru who incinerates the karma of countless lives through the power of Self-realization.
Salutations to the Guru. There is no truth greater than the Guru. There
is no path of self-discipline greater than service to the Guru; no
knowledge higher than knowledge of the Guru.
75. Cherish these thoughts while offering salutations to the Guru: My Guru is the support and protector of the universe and master of every plane of existence; my Self is the Self of all beings.
The root of meditation is the Guru’s form; the root of worship, the
Guru’s feet; the root of mantra, the Guru’s word; the root of freedom,
the Guru’s grace.
Salutations to the Guru who has no beginning but is the origin of all -
the supreme transcendent deity. There is nothing higher than the Guru.
The merit gained through baths and other sacred activities in the holy
waters of the seven seas can easily be attained in one-thousandth of a
drop of water from the Guru’s feet.
If you alienate Siva - who is the remover of faults and ignorance - by
your mistakes, the Guru will save you, but if you are alienated from the
Guru, no one can save you. Therefore, with all effort, take refuge in
There is nothing higher than the Guru. Indeed, the Guru is the entire
universe comprised of the qualities of Brahma, Vishnu, and Siva.
Therefore, one should worship the Guru.
There is nothing higher than the Guru. Through devotion to the Guru one
attains knowledge as well as the wisdom that liberates. Therefore, for
those who tread the path of devotion, the Guru is the perfect object of
Nothing exists which is higher than the Guru. Indeed, the scriptures
proclaim that if the mind meticulously analyzes every particle of
Creation, it can never fathom the fullness of the Guru. Truly, one
should always venerate the Guru with thought and speech.
It is purely by the Guru’s grace that Brahma, Vishnu, and Siva gain the
capacity to guide the creation, sustenance, and dissolution of the
universe. Perfection comes by serving the Guru.
Sages, Gods, demigods, celestial musicians, spirits of the ancestors of
the human race, sprites that attend the gods, and spirit-beings who
exist to praise the gods do not know the proper manner of serving the
Like pots on a potter's wheel, even ascetics, renunciates, and those
with profound knowledge and self-discipline continue to spin in the
emptiness of the world of change.
Departed spirits of ancestors, great heroes, seers, adepts who possess
supernatural powers or who have achieved mastery over the senses and
their objects - even gods, demigods and the celestial musicians who
attend them, cannot be free from the cycle of birth, death, and rebirth
if they turn their faces from serving the Guru.
O Supreme Goddess! Listen to the method of meditating on the Guru who
bestows all joys, grants all pleasures and all worldly fulfillment, as
well as liberation:
I remember the Guru, who is Supreme Brahman. I speak of the Guru, who
is Supreme Brahman. I bow to the Guru, who is Supreme Brahman. I serve
the Guru, who is Supreme Brahman.
I bow to the Truth-bearing Guru, who is the bliss of Brahman; who
bestows the highest joy; who is one without a second; the embodiment of
wisdom, beyond duality; who is infinite like the sky; who exemplifies
the great Vedantic proclamations, such as 'Thou art That;' who is One,
Eternal, Pure, Unshakable; the witness of all minds, beyond all changes;
and who is free from the bonds of nature.
I bow to the Guru who is Brahman, eternal and pure, who is beyond
perception and form and without taint, who is infinite knowledge,
consciousness, and bliss.
Meditate on the divine form of the Guru, seated on a throne in the
center of the lotus of the heart. Here, at the axis of the womb of
countless universes, the Guru, adorned with the jewel of Transcendental
Consciousness, shines like the crescent moon dripping the nectar of
immortality, and fulfills all righteous requests.
Visualize the Guru in white garments, anointed with pure fragrant
ointment, and adorned with flowers and pearls. With eyes that radiate
joy, the Guru’s gentle smile is a treasure-house overflowing with grace.
To the left, the Goddess Shakti abides. Seated close by, her garment
gently touches the Guru.
I always bow to the Guru, who exudes bliss, who is pure and bright,
whose nature is knowledge, and who is awake to the true Self. Lord of
Yogis, adorable and worthy of worship, the Guru is the physician who
cures the disease of the countless cycles of birth, death, and rebirth.
I bow to the Guru in whom the eternal cosmic processes of creation,
sustenance, dissolution, regulation, and grace are present.
As you arise each morning, repeat the Guru's mantra with your mind
fixed at the crown of your head. There, the Guru, the two-eyed,
two-armed god of peace abides, seated on a white lotus, granting the
boon of fearlessness.
There is nothing greater than the Guru, nothing greater than the Guru,
nothing greater than the Guru. There is nothing greater than the Guru.
This is the doctrine of Siva, the teaching of Siva, the declaration of
Siva. This is the solemn word of Siva.
The Guru is Siva. Without a doubt, the Guru is Siva. The Guru truly is
Siva. Be assured, the Guru is Siva. By my authority I proclaim this.
This is my teaching. This is my doctrine. This is my creed.
By meditating on the Guru in this manner, supreme knowledge bursts
forth spontaneously. Therefore, one should cultivate this understanding,
"I am liberated by the grace of the Guru."
One should purify the mind by following the path shown by the Guru. Do
not cling to things that are transient, which you have imagined to be
qualities of the Self.
100. The essential nature of objects, and the knower of objects - the mind - are worthy of being known. One should reflect on the truth that objects of awareness and awareness are identical. There is no other way to liberation.
O Great Goddess! Those who scorn the Guru even after hearing these
teachings go to a place of dreadful torment for as long as the sun and
Keep the Guru’s mantra, teachings, and spiritual presence in mind
through the duration of every birth; indeed, until creation's end. One
should never forget the Guru, even if one attains Self-realization.
Wise disciples should never utter what is not completely true or speak
discourteously or with disrespect in front of the Guru.
Those who speak to the Guru with egoism or anger, or engage in
arguments with the Guru, will lose what wisdom they have gained. They
will be reborn in a waterless land with no interest in the highest
Truth, or as spirits who oppose the Truth or, who are adversaries of
O Parvati! The Guru protects one from malicious interference from
envious ascetics, heretics, and even gods. The Guru also safeguards one
from fear at the time of death.
Even the gods, ascetics, and other beings that have the power to curse
are powerless in the presence of the Guru. There is no doubt that their
malicious interference ends and they soon perish by the intervention of
O Goddess! The two-syllable word, 'Guru' is the king of all mantras. It
is the essence of the highest scriptures and sacred wisdom, and leads
to the highest state.
Indeed, those who are devoted servants of the Guru can be regarded as
true renunciates even if they are ignorant of the scriptures. All others
are merely wearing renunciates' robes.
Just as one lamp lights another, the Guru awakens knowledge of the
eternal imperceptible Brahman, who appears as everything in creation,
but is itself without form or attributes.
110. Perceive the joyous Self through the gift of the Guru's grace. Knowledge of the Self arises through this path.
I bow to the Guru who is the creative power of the universe and who
permeates the entire the universe - all that moves and that is unmoving -
from a blade of grass to the highest Self.
I always bow to the Guru who is Existence, Knowledge, and Bliss, who is
beyond all multiplicity, eternal, complete, without form, without
attributes, and who abides in the Self.
Meditate on the Guru, who is beyond all beyonds and the bestower of
bliss, as residing in the center of your heart, pure and bright as
Have no doubt that as the image of a crystal is reflected in a mirror,
so also, reflected in a tranquil, clear, and one-pointed mind is the
bliss of the Self. Experience this as, "That Supreme Bliss I am.'
Listen as I describe the state that arises when meditating on the Self.
Reflect on it as all pervading knowledge and light, the size of a
thumb, residing in the heart.
116. 'I am beyond any efforts at conceptualization, I am not attainable by the mind, I am without name, form, and sound.' O Parvati, know this as Brahman, one's true nature.
As the fragrance of flowers and camphor is natural to them, as cold and
heat are natural phenomena, so is eternity natural to Brahman.
Having become one with Brahman, one may abide anywhere, firm in that
realization. Just as larvae unfold their true nature as bees by
incessantly meditating on the nature of a bee, one who meditates on the
Guru as Brahman becomes Brahman.
119. Meditating on the Guru in this manner, the disciple becomes one with Brahman, and is liberated from pinda, pada, and rupa: the force of creation, the movement of the life force, and matter. There is no doubt about this.
120. Parvati then asked:
Great Lord, please further define for me pinda, pada, and rupa. And
what is beyond rupa? Please explain this to me, O Great Lord, Source of
121. Siva said:
is the latent power of evolution within; pada, is breath and the life
force; and rupa is the subtle cause of all physical forms. Beyond rupa
is Brahman, the Pure.
O beautiful One! One experiences liberation when the Divine creative
power within is fully awakened, when the life force becomes utterly
still, and when one can hear within the mantra of the transcendent Self –
- repeating by itself. One no longer identifies with the physical form
and is liberated. But those who go beyond even all these are truly free.
Having become one with all there is, one can perceive the highest
Truth. There is nothing greater than the highest. All that exists has no
On having caught sight of the Highest Truth by the Guru's grace, one
should resolutely continue, maintain a tranquil, balanced mind, and
completely let go of all cravings and attachments.
Whatever you acquire or do not acquire, whether it is great or small,
enjoy it with a mind that is contented and without cravings.
The awakened ones say that having attained the all-knowing state, the
embodied soul becomes one with everything. Ever blissful and tranquil,
such a one rejoices everywhere.
Moreover, wherever the knower of Brahman lives, that place becomes a
vessel for all that is auspicious, good, and holy. O Goddess! Thus I
have described to you the characteristics of a liberated being.
I have also explained to you the proper course for knowing the true
nature of the Guru. And I have fully explained how devotion to, and
meditation on, the Guru bestows liberation.
O Great Self! I shall now speak of what can be accomplished by
recitation of the Guru Gita. This song is not meant for obtaining
fleeting, worldly gains, but to bring the highest benefit to all beings
in all the worlds.
Those who strive for worldly gain and who lack insight sink into the
ocean of worldly limitations and transitory existence, but knowers of
the Highest Truth are not bound by their actions, whatever they may be.
But if one reads or hears this Guru Gita with an attitude of devotion;
or if one even makes a copy of it and offers it to another, it produces
O Goddess, I have revealed to you the Song of the Guru, the essence of
Pure Truth. Without a doubt, regular repetition of this song destroys
the disease of transitory existence.
133. Repeat the Guru Gita in which every letter, every sound, every syllable is imperishable, radiant, and powerful. It is the highest of all mantras. All other mantras are not worth even one-sixteenth part of one letter of the Guru Gita.
Infinite and endless are the rewards obtained by repeating the Guru
Gita. Bondage from all past wrongdoings is destroyed and all hardships
come to an end. There is no doubt about this.
It removes the fears of time and death, and all misfortune. It erases
the fear of ghosts, demons, evil spirits, thieves, and wild beasts.
It destroys powerful, resistant diseases, bestows all prosperity and
makes perfection possible. More importantly, it subdues ignorance.
Repeat it always.
Repeating it while seated on cloth brings lack; on stone, disease; on
the earth, unhappiness; and on wood, it becomes useless.
Repeating it while seated on a black deerskin, one attains knowledge;
while on a tiger skin, the treasure of liberation. Sitting on sacred
kusha grass brings wisdom, and a seat of wool brings all attainments.
139. O Goddess, repeat this song with a one-pointed mind on an auspicious seat covered with a pure, spotless, wool blanket.
O Beloved, one should use a white seat for attaining peace, a red one
for self control, a black one to eliminate malevolent spirits, and a
yellow one to attract wealth.
Repeat the Guru Gita facing North to attain peace, East for
self-control. Face South to destroy all adversities, West to attain
The Guru Gita has the power to enthrall all creatures, and to liberate
them from bondage. One becomes the beloved of gods and rulers. All
planes of existence become one's dominion.
It has the power to subdue harmful attributes while increasing
beneficial ones; destroy the fruits of pain-bearing deeds while bringing
forth the fruits of deeds that are painless.
It brings to perfection all righteous acts. It removes the fear of the
influences of the planets, destroys bad dreams and makes good dreams
It bestows the highest peace under all circumstances, grants righteous
children to the barren, averts widowhood, and brings good fortune.
It grants long life, good health, wealth, children, and grandchildren. A
widow who repeats the Guru Gita without selfish desire gains
Even if she repeats it while harboring desire, she obtains
non-widowhood in the next birth. All fears, suffering, and obstacles
will be destroyed. All malicious interference will be removed.
It brings tranquility where obstacles and torment once prevailed. It
grants prosperity, the fulfillment of virtuous desires, righteousness,
and liberation. Without a doubt, one definitely obtains all that one
The Guru Gita is the Wish-fulfilling Cow for those who desire objects,
the Wish-fulfilling Tree for those who cherish all that can be imagined,
and the Wish-fulfilling Gem for those disturbed by anxious thoughts.
The Guru Gita creates auspiciousness in every way, and for everyone.
For those whose goal is liberation, who repeat it daily, the radiance
of liberation will be attained. Those who repeat it desiring enjoyments
will no doubt also attain the fruits of their desires.
151. The Guru Gita is repeated by devotees of the Divine Mother, the Sun-God, Lord Ganesha, Lord Vishnu, and Lord Siva. O Goddess, it brings all attainments. Without a doubt, this is the truth. What I say is true.
O beautiful One! Now I shall describe the places to repeat it to
achieve that which is longed for: at the sea, a riverbank, or in a
temple of Lord Vishnu or Lord Siva. . .
Or in a temple devoted to the Divine Mother, in any place made holy by
worship of the Divine, in an ashram, where cows reside, under the holy
banyan or gooseberry trees, in a garden of holy basil plants . . .
154. Or in any pure, clean place, repeat the Guru Gita regularly with your mind focused and at peace.
By reciting this Guru Gita in a cremation ground or other places that
inspire fear in most people, or near the root of a banyan or thorn-apple
tree, or close to a mango tree, one gains success.
As children are cherished by their parents, so too are disciples loved
and cared for by the Guru. Even those who are ignorant or dull reach
perfection in all righteous actions, initiations, vows, and challenging
disciplines. Others cannot.
The wise, who understand the nature of life, always bathe in the waters
of the Guru Gita to wash away the impurities of this fleeting world of
sense objects and desires, and to become free from the endless cycles of
The one whose knowledge of the Absolute Truth is constant and complete
is truly the Guru. There is no doubt that wherever the Guru dwells
becomes a holy place.
The Guru remains pure, holy, and immersed in Self-realization in every
place. Without a doubt, wherever the Guru stays, the multitude of gods
Recite the Guru Gita while seated in a meditation posture, while lying
down, walking, standing, speaking, riding a horse or elephant, whether
attentive and with devotion, or distracted and without feeling.
161. One who always repeats the Guru Gita is pure of mind and wise. By merely seeing such a one, rebirth is overcome.
Just as the water of a river merges with the water of the ocean, as
milk perfectly merges with milk, clarified butter with clarified butter,
the space within a pot with the space outside it, so too, the
individual self merges with the Supreme Self.
In this manner, the individual self of the wise one merges with the
Supreme Self. Day and night, and in every location, the wise one
delights in Oneness.
164. Thus, the Awakened One always dwells in Supreme Freedom, existing as the embodiment of devotion, and serving all.
O Parvati, all doubts are left behind. Such a one, truly free,
experiences both liberation and delight in this world. The Goddess of
Speech and Learning resides on the tip of the tongue of the realized
There is no doubt that anyone who repeats the Guru Gita will attain all
spiritual accomplishments, as well as worldly pleasures and liberation.
All I have said is the truth: the knowledge I have revealed is real and
worthy of being followed. O beautiful One, all I have said is true.
There is nothing like the Guru Gita. Nothing like the Guru Gita.
In all sacred traditions, God, the Absolute Reality, is One. And to be
steadfast in living a righteous life is one. To faithfully live by these
truths is the highest self-discipline. But there is nothing higher than
the Guru – no reality, no teaching, higher than the Guru.
Fortunate is the mother of one who has devotion to the Guru, fortunate
is the father, and fortunate are the family and ancestors. Blessed, too
is the earth where the Guru dwells. O Goddess, such devotion is truly
The body, senses, vital life force, wealth, close and distant
relatives, mother, father, family - O Goddess, have no doubt, the Guru
is all these.
O Goddess! Mantra repetition, vows, and rigorous disciplines practiced
through millions of births since the beginning of creation, only bear
fruit the moment the Guru is satisfied.
Those who do not serve the Guru are unfortunate even with knowledge and
powers gained through rigorous disciplines. O beautiful One! This is
Brahma, Vishnu, Siva, divine seers, ancestors, and celestial musicians,
singers of praise, and protectors of wealth . . . even realized beings
and great sages - none can succeed without the grace attained by
serving the Guru.
Those who constantly abide in devotion to the Guru have reached the
highest place of pilgrimage. Without such devotion, traveling to sacred
sites serves no purpose. O Goddess, all places of pilgrimage reside in
the big toe of the Guru's foot.
Abandon all unprincipled places, and all actions that do not bring
spiritual growth, and recite the Guru Gita. One attains endless rewards
and spiritual victory.
It is not conducive to success to repeat this hymn in an environment
that is inappropriate. One attains inferior fruits. By reciting the Guru
Gita when undertaking a journey, or when facing danger from an enemy in
battle, one attains success.
177. At death, it brings liberation. For the devoted disciple, every endeavor at every location is completed.
This doctrine -- mysterious, subtle, and hidden -- that I have
revealed to You, should not be disclosed casually to just anyone.
Protect it with every effort. I have revealed it to You because you are
dear to Me.
Our own divine sons, the gods, Lord Vishnu and others – they keep this
in their minds but do not speak it aloud. What I have taught you is
true. This teaching is true.
This doctrine should only be revealed to one whose mind is matured and
fully ready to hear the truth. O beloved, my very Self, impart this
doctrine only to one who is endowed with faith and devotion.
181. Never even think to impart the Guru Gita to one without devotion, a cheat, a rogue, a hypocrite, or one who lacks belief.
The Guru Gita can rescue seekers from the constant flux of worldly
illusion. This mantra is without fault, and is worshipped by Brahma and
the other gods. It eradicates adversity, pain, and the disease of
endless rebirths. I bow to the highest mantra, the Guru Gita, which
erases the greatest fear.
ends the Guru Gita, which occurs as a dialog between Lord Siva and the
Goddess Parvati in the latter portion of the Skanda Purana.
It is offered at the holy feet of the Revered Giver of Light, the Guru.