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

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lokah samastha sukhino bhavanthu