Today's Beautiful Gem: `The Guru' from the Guru
Gita of Skanda Purana.
gurureva na sams'ayah:
"gukArah: prathamo varNo
rukAro dvitIyo brahma
"yasyaamatam tasya matam
matam yasya na veda sah:
tasmai s'rIgurave namah:
"gukAram ca guNAtItaM
yo dadyAt guruh: smrutah:
pUjAmUlaM guroh: padam
mokSamUlaM guroh: kRpA
tasmai s'rIgurave namah:"
"His abode is kAs'i;
| The water of his feet is Ganga;
| The Guru is Visvesvara (of kAs'i);
| He is ordained to be the liberating mantra.
| "The syllable _gu_ is darkness;
| The syllable _ru_ is light;
| Ignorance is swallowed by the knowledge
| of Guru; no doubt about this!
| "The first syllable _gu_
| represents qualities such as mAya;
| The second syllable _ru_
| represents knowlede that destroys mAya.
| "One who thinks he knows not, he knows.
| One who thinks ke knows, he knows not.
| His thinking is only about the Absolute,
| Accept my salutations to you, O Guru!
| "The syllable _gu_ transcends all attributes;
| The syllable _ru_ is devoid of form;
| The Guru bestows the state
| beyond form and attributes.
| "The root of meditation is the Guru's form;
| The root of worship is the Guru's feet;
| The root of mantra is the Guru's word;
| The root of moksha is the Guru's grace.
| "The Guru is Brahma; the Guru is Vishnu;
| The Guru is Lord Siva;
| The Guru is indeed Parabrahma;
| Accept my salutations to you, O Guru!"
Note: The fifth day of September (President Radhakrishnan's birthday) is
celebrated as the Teachers' Day in India. Interestingly, boys and girls
in this country meet their teachers this week after their summer holidays.
Om s'aantih: Peace! - J. K. Mohana Rao