guru ashTakam

Guru ashtakam is a devotional Sanskrit Sloka written by Adi Sankaracharya.

It is addressed to Guru, the teacher.

shareeraM suroopaM tathaa vaa kalatraM,
Yashashchaaru chitraM dhanaM meru tulyaM,
manashchenna lagnaM guroranghri padme,
tataH kiM tataH kiM, tataH kiM tataH kiM. 1

ಶರೀರಂ ಸುರೂಪಂ ತಥಾ ವಾ ಕಲತ್ರಂ,
ಯಶಶ್ಚಾರು ಚಿತ್ರಂ ಧನಂ ಮೆರು ತುಲ್ಯಂ,
ಮನಶ್ಚೆನ್ನ ಲಗ್ನಂ ಗುರೊರನ್ಘ್ರಿ ಪದ್ಮೆ,
ತತಃ ಕಿಂ ತತಃ ಕಿಂ, ತತಃ ಕಿಂ ತತಃ ಕಿಂ. ೧

Meaning:

Even if you have a pretty men, a beautiful wife,
Great fame and mountain like money,
If your mind does not bow at the Teacher’s feet,
What is the use? What is the use? And What is the use?

kalatraM dhanaM putrapoutraadhi sarvaM,
gRuhaM baaMdhavaaH sarvametaadhi jaathaM,
manashchenna lagnaM guroranghri padme,
tataH kiM tataH kiM, tataH kiM tataH kiM. 2

ಕಲತ್ರಂ ಧನಂ ಪುತ್ರಪೌತ್ರಾಧಿ ಸರ್ವಂ,
ಗೃಹಂ ಬಾಂಧವಾಃ ಸರ್ವಮೆತಾಧಿ ಜಾಥಂ,
ಮನಶ್ಚೆನ್ನ ಲಗ್ನಂ ಗುರೊರನ್ಘ್ರಿ ಪದ್ಮೆ,
ತತಃ ಕಿಂ ತತಃ ಕಿಂ, ತತಃ ಕಿಂ ತತಃ ಕಿಂ. ೨

Meaning:

Even if you have a wife, wealth, children grand children.
House , relations and are born in a great family,
If your mind does not bow at the Teacher’s feet,
What is the use? What is the use? And What is the use?

ShaDaMgaadi vEdo mukhe shastra vidhyaa ,
kavitwaadi gadhyaM, supadhyaM karOti,
manashchenna lagnaM guroranghri padme,
tataH kiM tataH kiM, tataH kiM tataH kiM. 3

ಷಡಂಗಾದಿ ವೇದೊ ಮುಖೆ ಶಸ್ತ್ರ ವಿಧ್ಯಾ ,
ಕವಿತ್ವಾದಿ ಗಧ್ಯಂ, ಸುಪಧ್ಯಂ ಕರೋತಿ,
ಮನಶ್ಚೆನ್ನ ಲಗ್ನಂ ಗುರೊರನ್ಘ್ರಿ ಪದ್ಮೆ,
ತತಃ ಕಿಂ ತತಃ ಕಿಂ, ತತಃ ಕಿಂ ತತಃ ಕಿಂ. ೩

Meaning:

Even if you are an expert in six angas and the four Vedas, And an expert in writing good prose and poems,
If your mind does not bow at the Teacher’s feet,
What is the use? What is the use? And What is the use?

vidEsheshu manyaH, swadEsheshu danyaH,
sadaachaara vRutteshu matto na chaanyaH,
manashchenna lagnaM guroranghri padme,
tataH kiM tataH kiM, tataH kiM tataH kiM. 4

ವಿದೇಶೆಶು ಮನ್ಯಃ, ಸ್ವದೇಶೆಶು ದನ್ಯಃ,
ಸದಾಚಾರ ವೃತ್ತೆಶು ಮತ್ತೊ ನ ಚಾನ್ಯಃ,
ಮನಶ್ಚೆನ್ನ ಲಗ್ನಂ ಗುರೊರನ್ಘ್ರಿ ಪದ್ಮೆ,
ತತಃ ಕಿಂ ತತಃ ಕಿಂ, ತತಃ ಕಿಂ ತತಃ ಕಿಂ. ೪

Meaning:

Even if you are considered great abroad, rich in your own place, And greatly regarded in virtues and life,
If your mind does not bow at the Teacher’s feet,
What is the use? What is the use? And What is the use?

kShamaamaMDale bhoopa bhoopala vRuMdaiH,
sadaa sevitaM yasya padaaraviMdaM,
manashchenna lagnaM guroranghri padme,
tataH kiM tataH kiM, tataH kiM tataH kiM. 5

ಕ್ಷಮಾಮಂಡಲೆ ಭೂಪ ಭೂಪಲ ವೃಂದೈಃ,
ಸದಾ ಸೆವಿತಂ ಯಸ್ಯ ಪದಾರವಿಂದಂ,
ಮನಶ್ಚೆನ್ನ ಲಗ್ನಂ ಗುರೊರನ್ಘ್ರಿ ಪದ್ಮೆ,
ತತಃ ಕಿಂ ತತಃ ಕಿಂ, ತತಃ ಕಿಂ ತತಃ ಕಿಂ. ೫

Meaning:

Even if you are a king of a great region,
And is served by kings and great kings,
If your mind does not bow at the Teacher’s feet,
What is the use? What is the use? And What is the use?

yasho me gatam dikShu daana prathapaa,
jagadwasthu sarvaM kare yatprasaadat,
manashchenna lagnaM guroranghri padme,
tataH kiM tataH kiM, tataH kiM tataH kiM. 6

ಯಶೊ ಮೆ ಗತಮ್ ದಿಕ್ಷು ದಾನ ಪ್ರಥಪಾ,
ಜಗದ್ವಸ್ಥು ಸರ್ವಂ ಕರೆ ಯತ್ಪ್ರಸಾದತ್,
ಮನಶ್ಚೆನ್ನ ಲಗ್ನಂ ಗುರೊರನ್ಘ್ರಿ ಪದ್ಮೆ,
ತತಃ ಕಿಂ ತತಃ ಕಿಂ, ತತಃ ಕಿಂ ತತಃ ಕಿಂ. ೬

Meaning:

Even if your fame has spread all over,
And the entire world is with you because of charity and fame, If your mind does not bow at the Teacher’s feet,
What is the use? What is the use? And What is the use?

na bhOge, na yOge, na vaa vaajiraajou,
na kaMtaa mukhenaiva vitteshu chitraM,
manashchenna lagnaM guroranghri padme,
tataH kiM tataH kiM, tataH kiM tataH kiM. 7

ನ ಭೋಗೆ, ನ ಯೋಗೆ, ನ ವಾ ವಾಜಿರಾಜೌ,
ನ ಕಂತಾ ಮುಖೆನೈವ ವಿತ್ತೆಶು ಚಿತ್ರಂ,
ಮನಶ್ಚೆನ್ನ ಲಗ್ನಂ ಗುರೊರನ್ಘ್ರಿ ಪದ್ಮೆ,
ತತಃ ಕಿಂ ತತಃ ಕಿಂ, ತತಃ ಕಿಂ ತತಃ ಕಿಂ. ೭

Meaning:

Even if you do not concentrate your mind,
On passion, Yoga, fire sacrifice,
Or a happy life with your wife,
Or in the affairs of wealth,
If your mind does not bow at the Teacher’s feet,
What is the use? What is the use? And What is the use?

araNye na vaa swasya gehe na kaarye,
na dehe mano varthathe me tvanarghye,
manashchenna lagnaM guroranghri padme,
tataH kiM tataH kiM, tataH kiM tataH kiM. 8

ಅರಣ್ಯೆ ನ ವಾ ಸ್ವಸ್ಯ ಗೆಹೆ ನ ಕಾರ್ಯೆ,
ನ ದೆಹೆ ಮನೊ ವರ್ಥಥೆ ಮೆ ತ್ವನರ್ಘ್ಯೆ,
ಮನಶ್ಚೆನ್ನ ಲಗ್ನಂ ಗುರೊರನ್ಘ್ರಿ ಪದ್ಮೆ,
ತತಃ ಕಿಂ ತತಃ ಕಿಂ, ತತಃ ಕಿಂ ತತಃ ಕಿಂ. ೮

Meaning:

Even if your mind stays away in the forest,
Or in the house, Or In duties or in great thoughts
If your mind does not bow at the Teacher’s feet,
What is the use? What is the use? And What is the use?

Palastuti:

gurOr ashTakaM yaH paTet puNya dehi,
yathir bhoopathir, brahmachaaree cha gehi,
labhet vaMchitartham paadaM brahma saMgaM,
gurOr uktha vaakye, mano yasya lagnaM

ಗುರೋರ್ ಅಶ್ಟಕಂ ಯಃ ಪಟೆತ್ ಪುಣ್ಯ ದೆಹಿ,
ಯಥಿರ್ ಭೂಪಥಿರ್, ಬ್ರಹ್ಮಚಾರೀ ಚ ಗೆಹಿ,
ಲಭೆತ್ ವಂಚಿತರ್ಥಮ್ ಪಾದಂ ಬ್ರಹ್ಮ ಸಂಗಂ,
ಗುರೋರ್ ಉಕ್ಥ ವಾಕ್ಯೆ, ಮನೊ ಯಸ್ಯ ಲಗ್ನಂ

Result of reading:

That blessed one who reads this octet to the teacher,
Be he a saint, king, bachelor or householder
If his mind gets attached to the words of the teacher,
He would get the great gift of attainment of Brahman.

Audio/Video Link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XwRlP93adCc

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