Grace of the Guru

Lets begin by thanking the Guru with Adi Shankara’s famous poem Guru Paduka Stotram, because without his grace it will be an endless search in this infinite time and space and besides life is very short, isn’t it? One might read all the spiritual literature available in the planet while it takes just a glance of the Guru to lift you from ignorance.

Shankaracharya - A Painting by Raja Ravi Varma
Shankaracharya – A Painting by Raja Ravi Varma

courtesy of Sounds of Isha


Guru Paduka Stotram of Adi Shankara

अनंत संसार समुद्र तार नौकायिताभ्यां गुरुभक्तिदाभ्यां।

वैराग्य साम्राज्यद पूजनाभ्यां नमो नमः श्री गुरु पादुकाभ्यां॥१॥

The crossing of this Endless ocean of samsara is enabled

by the boat that is sincere devotion to Guru

Showing me the way to the valuable dominion of renunciation,

O dear Guru, I bow to thy holy sandals.

कवित्व वाराशि निशाकराभ्यां दौर्भाग्यदावांबुदमालिक्याभ्यां।

दूरीकृतानम्र विपत्तिताभ्यां नमो नमः श्री गुरु पादुकाभ्यां॥२॥

Like a full moon for the ocean of the Knowledge,

Like down pour of water to put out the fire of misfortunes,

Removing the various distresses of those who surrender to them,

O dear Gurudev, I bow to thy holy sandals.

नता ययोः श्रीपतितां समीयुः कदाचिदप्याशु दरिद्रवर्याः।

मूकाश्च वाचसपतितां हि ताभ्यां नमो नमः श्री गुरु पादुकाभ्यां॥३॥

Those who prostrate to the blessed padukas of their Guru

become possessors of great wealth

and overcome the curse of their poverty very quickly.

To such padukas my infinite prostrations.

नाली कनी काशपदाहृताभ्यां नानाविमोहादिनिवारिकाभ्यां।

नमज्जनाभीष्टततिब्रदाभ्यां नमो नमः श्री गुरु पादुकाभ्यां॥४॥

Attracting us to the Lotus-like feet of our Guru,

removing all kinds of desires borne out of ignorance,

fulfilling all the desires of the disciple who bows humbly

To such padukas I humbly offer my obeisance.

नृपालिमौलि ब्रज रत्न कांति सरिद्विराज्झषकन्यकाभ्यां।

नृपत्वदाभ्यां नतलोकपंक्ते: नमो नमः श्री गुरु पादुकाभ्यां॥५॥

Shining like a precious stone adorning the crown of a king

They stand out like a beautiful damsel in a river infested with crocodiles

They raise the devotees to the state of sovereign emperors,

To such padukas I humbly offer my obeisance.

पापांधकारार्क परंपराभ्यां पापत्रयाहीन्द्र खगेश्वराभ्यां।

जाड्याब्धि संशोषण वाड्वाभ्यां नमो नमः श्री गुरु पादुकाभ्यां॥६॥

Shining radiantly like the Sun, effacing the endless darkness of the disciples sins,

Like an eagle for the snake like three-fold pains of Samsara

like a conflagration of fire whose heat dries away the

ocean of ignorance

To such supreme padukas of my Gurudev, I humbly surrender.

शमादिषट्क प्रदवैभवाभ्यां समाधि दान व्रत दीक्षिताभ्यां।

रमाधवांघ्रि स्थिरभक्तिदाभ्यां नमो नमः श्री गुरु पादुकाभ्यां॥७॥

They endow us with the glorious six qualities like Shama,

They vow to bless the intiated ones with the ability to go into samadhi.

Blessing the devotees with permanent devotion for the feet of Lord Vishnu(Ramaadhava)

To such divine padukas I offer my prayers.

स्वार्चा पराणामखिलेष्टदाभ्यां स्वाहासहायाक्ष धुरंधराभ्यां।

स्वान्ताच्छ भावप्रदपूजनाभ्यां नमो नमः श्री गुरु पादुकाभ्यां॥८॥

Fulfilling all the wishes of the disciples,

Who are ever-available and dedicated for Sewa,

Awakening the sincere aspirants to the divine state of self realization,

Again and again prostrate to those Padukas of my Poojya Gurudev

कामादिसर्प व्रजगारुडाभ्यां विवेक वैराग्य निधि प्रदाभ्यां।

बोध प्रदाभ्यां दृत मोक्ष दाभ्यां नमो नमः श्री गुरु पादुकाभ्यां॥९॥

They are like an eagle for all the serpants of desires,

Blessing us with the valuable treasure of discrimination and renunciation,

Granting us the knowledge to get instant liberation from the shackles of the life,

My prostrations to those holy Padukas of my Guru.


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