Friday, July 10, 2009

How to Behave in front of Guru – Guru Gita


हुंकारेण न वक्तव्यं प्राज्ञशिष्यै कदाचन |

गुरुराग्रे न वक्तव्यमसत्यं तु कदाचन ||

Wise disciples should never speak egoistically and should never tell a lie before the Guru. (60)

अद्वैतं भावयेन्नित्यं सर्वावस्थासु सर्वदा |

कदाचिदपि नो कुर्यादद्वैतं गुरुसन्निधौ ||

At all times and under all conditions one should feel the non duality of the Self but one should never have this feeling with his Guru. (62)

गुरौ सति स्वयं देवी परेषां तु कदाचन |

उपदेशं न वै कुर्यात् तदा चेद्राक्षसो भवेत् ||

When the Guru is present one should never give teaching to others. If one does so, one becomes a demon. (65)

न गुरुराश्रमे कुर्यात् दुष्पानं परिसर्पणम् |

दीक्षा व्याख्या प्रभुत्वादि गुरोराज्ञां न कारयेत् ||

When the Guru is present one should not intoxicate himself or waste time in the Guru’s ashram. It is prohibited to initiate disciples, give lectures, show off and order the Guru in the Guru’s ashram. (66)

नोपाश्रमं च पर्यंकं न च पादप्रसारणम् |

नांगभोगादिकं कुर्यान्न लीलामपरामपि ||

One should not stretch legs in the front of the Guru, nor indulge in personal luxuries, nor gratify the senses. (67)

गुरुणां सदसद्वापि यदुक्तं तन्न लंघयेत् |

कुर्वन्नाज्ञां दिवारात्रौ दासवन्निवसेद् गुरौ ||

One should never ignore the words of the Guru, be it just or unjust. Carrying out his behests, one should live, day and night like a servant, with the Guru. (68)

अदत्तं न गुरोर्द्रव्यमुपभुंजीत कहिर्चित् |

दत्तं च रंकवद् ग्राह्यं प्राणोप्येतेन लभ्यते ||

One should never enjoy the wealth not given by the Guru. Those which are given by Him, one should enjoy like a servant. One may thereby attain vital force. (69)

पादुकासनशय्यादि गुरुणा यदभिष्टितम् |

नमस्कुर्वीत तत्सर्वं पादाभ्यां न स्पृशेत् क्वचित् ||

Sandals, seats, beds etc; and the other articles used by the Guru should never be touched by one’s feet. One should prostrate to the articles used by the Guru. (70)

गच्छतः पृष्ठतो गच्छेत् गुरुच्छायां न लंघयेत् |

नोल्बणं धारयेद्वेषं नालंकारास्ततोल्बणान् ||

While the Guru walks, the disciples should follow him. He should never cross the Guru’s shadow. He should not wear precious dress, ornaments etc. (71)

एक एवाद्वितीयोऽहं गुरुवाक्येन निश्चितः ||

एवमभ्यास्ता नित्यं न सेव्यं वै वनान्तरम् ||

अभ्यासान्निमिषणैव समाधिमधिगच्छति |

आजन्मजनितं पापं तत्क्षणादेव नश्यति ||

On the advice of the Guru, if one meditates with firm determination on the principle of “I am one without duality” need not resort to forest for penances, and the constant practice of the above principle brings about samadhi and his sins are burnt instantaneously. (94 & 95)

तस्मात्सर्वप्रयत्नेन सर्वसंगविवर्जितः |

विहाय शास्त्रजालानि गुरुमेव समाश्रयेत् ||

Therefore discarding all kinds of contacts with people, by all possible means, giving up all conflicts of the scriptures; one should take refuge in the Guru. (103)

ज्ञानहीनो गुरुत्याज्यो मिथ्यावादी विडंबकः |

स्वविश्रान्ति न जानाति परशान्तिं करोति किम् ||

The Guru devoid of Knowledge, who indulges in falsehood and who is full of vanity should be abandoned. Because when he is not able to find peace for himself, how is he to bestow peace on others? (104)


No way of Escape for a Disciple how has abandoned is/her Guru

अपि संपूर्णतत्त्वज्ञो गुरुत्यागी भवेद्ददा |

भवेत्येव हि तस्यान्तकाले विक्षेपमुत्कटम् ||

Even though one is the knower of the entire truth (knower of all shastras); if he is a Guru Tyagi (abandoner of the Guru) he will face, at the time of death, great distraction. (64)


एकाक्षरप्रदातारं यो गुरुर्नैव मन्यते |

श्वनयोनिशतं गत्वा चाण्डालेष्वपि जायते ||

He who does not respect and honor the Guru, such a man takes innumerable births in wombs like that of a dog, and ultimately takes birth in the womb of a Chandala. (202)

गुरुत्यागाद् भवेन्मृत्युर्मन्त्रत्यागाद्यरिद्रता |

गुरुमंत्रपरित्यागी रौरवं नरकं व्रजेत् ||

By abandoning one’s Guru, one goes to death, by renouncing the Guru mantra, one endures poverty. The abandoner of the Guru and Mantra go to the hell known as Raurava. (203)

मंदभाग्या ह्यशक्ताश्च ये जना नानुमन्वते |

गुरुसेवासु विमुखाः पच्यन्ते नरकेऽशुचौ ||

The unfortunate, the weak, those who have turned their faces against the service of the Guru, who do not believe in this teaching, suffer in terrible hells. (150)

गुरुं त्वंकृत्य हुंकृत्य गुरुसान्निध्यभाषणः |

अरण्ये निर्जले देशे संभवेद् ब्रह्मराक्षसः ||

One who speaks to the Guru in rude or insulting manner or who wins arguments with Him is born as a demon in a jungle or in a waterless region. (61)


Offline Source: Discourse on Guru Gita by Swami Ishwarananda of Chinmaya Mission

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1 comment:

bhattathiri said...

Excellent one.
ndian Vedic contribution is a reservoir of Vibrant Information and Harmonious Creativity. May the Womb of Nature Embrace all with Tranquil Blessings from this day forward. Let this attract one's attention affecting them Positively. It is a Sanctuary of the Self , a Creative Venue which serves as an Enduring Expression of Lightness, where a peaceful Atmosphere with Sunlight Flows and serene atmosphere prevail.
In the storm of life we struggle through myriads of stimuli of pressure, stress, and muti-problems that seek for a solution and answer. We are so suppressed by the routine of this every life style that most of us seem helpless. However, if we look closely to ancient techniques we shall discover the magnificent way to understand and realize the ones around us and mostly ourselves. If only we could stop for a moment and allow this to happen. May all beings be happy (Loka Samastha Sukhino Bhavanthu)
The ancient Hindu philosophy of keepiing mind and body for the well being, has entered the managerial, medical and judicial domain of the world. Today it has found its place as an alternative to the theory of modern management and also as a means to bring back the right path of peace and prosperity for the human beings. Let me bow to Indian Maharishi Veda Vysa with folded hands who helped in removing the impurities of the mind through his writings on Vedas, impurities of speech through his writings on puranas, and impurities of body through his writings on other sacred texts.
The Holy Gita is the essence of the Vedas, Upanishads. It is a universal scripture applicable to people of all temperaments and for all times. It is a book with sublime thoughts and practical instructions on Yoga, Devotion, Vedanta and Action. It is profound in thought and sublime in heights of vision. It brings peace and solace to souls that are afflicted by the three fires of mortal existence, namely, afflictions caused by one's own body (disease etc), those caused by beings around one ( e.g. wild animals, snakes etc.), and those caused by the gods (natural disasters, earth-quakes, floods etc).

Mind can be one's friend or enemy. Mind is the cause for both bondage and liberation. The word mind is derived from man to think and the word man derived from manu (Sanskrit word for man).

"The Supreme Lord is situated in everyone's heart, O Arjuna, and is directing the wanderings of all living entities, who are seated as on a machine, made of the material energy."

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