गुर्वष्टकम् – Guru Ashtakam by Sankaracharya

शरीरं सुरुपं तथा वा कलत्रं
यशश्चारू चित्रं धनं मेरुतुल्यम्।
मनश्चेन्न लग्नं गुरोरंघ्रिपद्मे
ततः किं ततः किं ततः किं ततः किम्।।1।।

Shareeram Suroopam Thatha Vaa Kalatram,
Yasascharu Chitram Dhanam Meru Tulyam,
Manasche Na Lagnam Guro Ranghri Padme,
Tatah Kim, Tatah Kim, Tatah Kim, Tatah Kim……….1

The Body is handsome, the wife is attractive,
Fame spread far and wide, wealth is enormous and stable like Mount Meru;
But if the mind is not immersed in devotion to the lotus feet of the Guru
Really of what use is all these, what use, what use, what use?

Shri Adi Sankaracharya

कलत्रं धनं पुत्रपौत्रादि सर्वं
गृहं बान्धवाः सर्वमेतद्धि जातम्।
मनश्चेन्न लग्नं गुरोरंघ्रिपद्मे
ततः किं ततः किं ततः किं ततः किम्।।2।।

Kalatram Dhanam Putra Poutraadi Sarvam,
Gruham Bhaandavaa Sarva Mettadhi Jaatam,
Manasche Na Lagnam Guro Ranghri Padme,
Tatah Kim, Tatah Kim, Tatah Kim, Tatah Kim……….2

Wife, wealth, son, grandson, and the like,
House, relations and relations all are born in a great family;
But if the mind is not immersed in devotion to the lotus feet of the Guru
Really of what use is all these, what use, what use, what use?

षडंगादिवेदो मुखे शास्त्रविद्या
कवित्वादि गद्यं सुपद्यं करोति।
मनश्चेन्न लग्नं गुरोरंघ्रिपद्मे
ततः किं ततः किं ततः किं ततः किम्।।3।।

Shadangaadhi Vedo Mukhe Shastra Vidhyaa,
Kavitva Aadhi Gadhyam, Supadhyam Karoti,
Manasche Na Lagnam Guro Ranghri Padme,
Tatah Kim, Tatah Kim, Tatah Kim, Tatah Kim……….3

Expert in six parts of Vedas, knowledge of Scriptures on the lips,
With poetic skill, prose and beautiful verses he composes;
But if the mind is not immersed in devotion to the lotus feet of the Guru
Really of what use is all these, what use, what use, what use?

विदेशेषु मान्यः स्वदेशेषु धन्यः
सदाचारवृत्तेषु मत्तो न चान्यः।
मनश्चेन्न लग्नं गुरोरंघ्रिपद्मे
ततः किं ततः किं ततः किं ततः किम्।।4।।

Vidheseshu Maanyaha, Swadheseshu Dhanyaha,
Sadhaachaara Vrutteshu Matto Na Cha Anyaha,
Manasche Na Lagnam Guro Ranghri Padme,
Tatah Kim, Tatah Kim, Tatah Kim, Tatah Kim……….4

Well respected in foreign lands and affluent in the homeland,
with the thought ‘In righteous deeds and conduct, no one is like me’;
But if the mind is not immersed in devotion to the lotus feet of the Guru
Really of what use is all these, what use, what use, what use?

क्षमामण्डले भूपभूपालवृन्दैः
सदा सेवितं यस्य पादारविन्दम्।
मनश्चेन्न लग्नं गुरोरंघ्रिपद्मे
ततः किं ततः किं ततः किं ततः किम्।।5।।

Kshamaa Mandale Bhupa Bhupaala Vrindihi,
Sada Sevitam Yasya Paadaaravindam,
Manasche Na Lagnam Guro Ranghri Padme,
Tatah Kim, Tatah Kim, Tatah Kim, Tatah Kim……….5

The emperors and kings on this earth
have been incessantly serving one’s feet:
But if the mind is not immersed in devotion to the lotus feet of the Guru
Really of what use is all these, what use, what use, what use?

यशो मे गतं दिक्षु दानप्रतापात्
जगद्वस्तु सर्वं करे सत्प्रसादात्।
मनश्चेन्न लग्नं गुरोरंघ्रिपद्मे
ततः किं ततः किं ततः किं ततः किम्।।6।।

Yasho Me Gattam Dhikshu Dhaana Prataapaath
Jagadvastu Sarvam Kare Yatprasaadaath
Manasche Na Lagnam Guro Ranghri Padme,
Tatah Kim, Tatah Kim, Tatah Kim, Tatah Kim……….6

My reputation is spread in all directions owing to the glory of my charity
All worldly possessions are within my reach as the rewards of these virtues;
But if the mind is not immersed in devotion to the lotus feet of the Guru
Really of what use is all these, what use, what use, what use?

न भोगे न योगे न वा वाजिराजौ
न कान्तासुखे नैव वित्तेषु चित्तम्।
मनश्चेन्न लग्नं गुरोरंघ्रिपद्मे
ततः किं ततः किं ततः किं ततः किम्।।7।।

Na Bhoge, Na Yoghe, Na Vaa Vaajiraajaa,
Na Kaantaa Mukhe Naiva Vitteshu Chittam,
Manasche Na Lagnam Guro Ranghri Padme,
Tatah Kim, Tatah Kim, Tatah Kim, Tatah Kim……….7

Neither in indulgence nor in the discipline; in horses or in kingdoms
neither in the women’s enchanting face nor in riches the mind engrossed;
But if the mind is not immersed in devotion to the lotus feet of the Guru
Really of what use is all these, what use, what use, what use?

अरण्ये न वा स्वस्य गेहे न कार्ये
न देहे मनो वर्तते मे त्वनर्घ्ये।
मनश्चेन्न लग्नं गुरोरंघ्रिपद्मे
ततः किं ततः किं ततः किं ततः किम्।।8।।

Aranye Na Vaa Svasya Gehe Na Kaarye
Na Dehe Mano Vartate Me Tvanargye
Manasche Na Lagnam Guro Ranghri Padme,
Tatah Kim, Tatah Kim, Tatah Kim, Tatah Kim……….8

Not in the forest, not in one’s own house, not in work
not in the body, nor in the invaluable things my mind dwells;
But if the mind is not immersed in devotion to the lotus feet of the Guru
Really of what use is all these, what use, what use, what use?

गुरोरष्टकं यः पठेत्पुण्यदेही
यतिर्भूपतिर्ब्रह्मचारी च गेही।
लभेत् वांछितार्थ पदं ब्रह्मसंज्ञं
गुरोरुक्तवाक्ये मनो यस्य लग्नम्।।9।।

Phalasruti:
Gurorashtakam Yah Patetu PunyaDehee
Yatir Bhupatir Bhrahmachaari Cha Gehi
Labhed Vaancitaartham Padam Brahma Sanjnam
Manasche Na Lagnam Guro Ranghri Padme,

Result of reading: That pure one who recites this octad on Guru
whether be an ascetic, king, a brahmachari (celibate) or a householder
achieves the wishes परम पुरुषार्थम् for the highest state known as Brahman
by keeping his mind on the words of Guru.

— गुर्वष्टकम् – श्रीमद् शंकराचार्यविरचितम्
— Guru Ashtakam by Shri Adi Sankaracharya

Listen to the beautiful rendition of that song by Kuldeep M Pai & Surya Gayatri

ramayana heritage trip

today we had a heritage trip with the students of amrita vidyalayam from pulpally. visited 3 places connected with ramayana in wayanad – valmiki ashram where sita devi and her children lav & kush were living, jadayatta kav – where sita devi disappeared into the ground, and sita devi – lav & kush temple.

Valmiki ashram, pulpally
the ‘mandaram’ plant

at the valmiki ashram there is a flowering plant – mandaram (bauhinia acuminata), pink in colour – which will bloom throughout the year – at least 2 flowers will be there on any given day. the belief is that they represent lav & kush.

it was a beautiful trip. spending sufficient time in each place, we discussed the importance of valmiki and his work, about sri rama & sita devi and their understanding and practice of dharma.

at Sita Devi – Lav & Kush temple, pulpally, wayanad
at Sita Devi – Lav & Kush temple, pulpally, wayanad
at munipara, pulpally

i feel so blessed…

i was listening to the victory speech of prime minister narendra modi ji. he was speaking to the workers of bjp this evening at the party office after a landslide victory, for the second term to rule the country.
this is what he said:
“you, the people of india have given me more faith, so more responsibility. you have filled up the shoulder bag of this sadhu with hope, desires, and resolves..

i promise you, the people of india that
1.i will not misuse my power or do anything against the law. i may make mistakes while performing action. but i will not do anything which will not suit my position and the law.

2. i will not do anything for myself.

3. every second of my life and every cell of my body is dedicated to the people of india.
whenever you evaluate me, pls evaluate against these 3.”

am still finding it difficult to control the surge of emotions, the tears of joy within me. because i know these are not just words, being in power for the last 18 years he has been living that and he will continue to live.. that is modi ji

being a citizen of india, he is my prime minister … one with such a vision, purity in the heart and efficiency in the hands, culture and matured, selfless to the core, dedication of this level… i see the dawn of india becoming the viswa guru. am sure, it is not far away.
i feel blessed to have such a prime minister
vande maataram.

with acharya pradyumn

amritapuri ashram had a surprise visitor – acharya pradyumn-ji of aarsh gurukul – khanpur. acharya pradyumn-ji is a great scholar and teacher of vedas and sanskrit, guru of baba ramdev. i had a small but beautiful interaction with him.

he was repeating a message of amma “the creation and the creator are not two, but one” which she told to baba ramdev when they met. acharya pradyumn-ji was recollecting their meeting and repeating this like a mantra.. a wonderful acharya with wisdom and humility.. pranams to you maharaj!

be an instrument of transformation, take up #GitaChallenge

we all celebrate our birthdays as our special day in life. but there is a really special birthday. it’s not about a person but it’s about a book! yes. there is only one book in the world who’s birthday is celebrated – that is Bhagavad Gita as Gita Jayanthi. this year’s Gita Jayanthi falls on 18th of december (shukla paksha ekadashi of margashirsha). this is the day Sri Krishna Himself revealed secrets to arjuna about Himself and about the world in the battlefield of Kurukshetra.

#GitaChallenge
on the occasion of ‘Gita Jayanthi’ let us spread the awareness of ‘Gita 4 Life’ by being a part of ‘#GitaChallenge’. pick up any one sloka of your liking from the 700 slokas across 18 chapters of Gita. chant the sloka and say its meaning. along with if you can share your experience of how that particular sloka has helped/ guided/ transformed you in your life, by narrating the actual situation or problem. it should not be more than 3 minutes. recored the video and share it on social media with a hash tag #GitaChallenge. participate whole heartedly with a spirit of spreading the happiness which is shown by Bhagavad Gita.

also challenge your friends, teachers, parents, boss, leaders etc.

if you know any vegetable vendor, riksha wala, taxi wala, any karma-charis knows Gita, ask them to chant, record that and post it on your social media accounts. in that way anyone who knows gita become the pracharaks of gita. they tell the world how they have transformed. be an instrument of transformation in the hands of the Lord.
see more from here. 

feel joy in others joy…

my dear friends,
i wish you a very very Happy Diwali.

in this Diwali may you be able to bring light and laughter in the life of some one else also. let their eyes glitter with joy.
when you share, your happiness increases. a truly happy man is the one who feels joy in others joy and pain in others pain.

Be happy, Be healthy, Be helpful.

Love – Dhyanji 😁

watch this video and try to make someone happy. Happy Diwali once again..

guru sends you on the road to freedom

tomorrow is guru purnima. the day sage vyasa was born. vyasa is the one who organised vedas, so he is called veda vyasa. vedas are the very breath of the lord, its not separate from him. veda means knowledge, knowledge of the self, not separate from him.

we believe that the first guru is the lord himself – who is ever present, pleasant, peaceful .. so we chant sadasiva samarambham…

there were many sages and saints who were giving directions to humanity over the millenniums.. we dont know all of them, but one significant one we remember. he is shankaracharya. who was born in kerala, left his house at the age of 8 and took sannyas. he wrote commentaries on Gita, Upanishads and Brahmasutra establishing the supremacy of Advaita philosophy. he put down his pen at the age of 16!. we consider him somewhere in the middle of the parampara. afterwards, also we had so many acharyas ..i dont know all of them. but i know my acharya, my guru. so i member him. through my guru i login to that network to access to the divine which is ever present everywhere. on this auspicious day of guru purnima, we salute the guru parampara – the lineage of masters who gave us the wisdom of how to live in this world happily.

The Lord – SadaSiva gives a Satguru to help you to realise Him. the guru gives Sastra, which is the very breath of the Lord. through sastra, a sadhaka – a seekar – attains sakshatkar – realisation.

a guru makes you responsible for your growth. he questions your answers. more than obedience and discipline, he is looking for trust and humility. he is your guide and a pointer on your path.
guru sends you on the road to freedom by explaining about yourself and your nature to you and your relationship with the world.
he opens up your mind, helps you to return to your innocence.
walking beside you holding your hand he leads by example. even if the whole world rejects you, guru will not reject you. like a father, mother and friend he will be always there to help you to grow.

so let us offer our tributes, prayers at the feet of our satguru – Amma – Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi on this auspicious day of GuruPurnima, seeking for grace and guidance.

Hanuman and Sri Rama

यत्र यत्र रघुनाथकीर्तनं तत्र तत्र कृतमस्तकांजलिम्
वाष्पवारिपरिपूर्णालोचनं मारुतिं नमत राक्षसान्तकम्

Wherever praise of Lord Rama is sung,
With head bowed and folded palms in veneration, eyes filled with tears of devotion,
I salute that Maruti, who is the son of wind, who destroyed the demons.

Sri Rama asked Hanuman ji once…
Who are you?
he said
when i consider my self as body .. i am your servant
when i consider my self as jeeva.. i am your part
when i consider my self as atma .. i am yourself.
there is no confusion in this understanding.

such a disciple and a guru are not two, but one !! Jai Sri Ram !!

Davanagere Amrita Vidyalayam

27-30 nov 2017

visit to Davanagere Amrita Vidyalayam. had a wonderful time with the students. thanks for all your love and affection, interest and enthusiasm to lean values…

with Baba Ramdev

had a wonderful day with Baba Ramdev at Amritapuri.
His laughter, innocence, knowledge, leadership, humbleness, energy and his devotion to Amma is unique, admirable. soooo sweet and inspiring. i see the glory of the divine through him. “…तेजो अंशसम्भव …”

may Amma’s blessings be on him always to fulfill the divine work – to make Bharat into VishwaGuru.

lokah samastha sukhino bhavanthu