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Shri Gurvastaka

Eight Prayers Glorifying the Spiritual Master

 

1

samsara-davanala-lidha-loka-

tranaya karunya-ghanaghanatvam

praptasya kalyana-gunarnavasya

vande guroh shri-caranaravindam

 

The spiritual master is receiving benediction from the ocean of mercy.  Just as a cloud pours water on a forest-fire to extinguish it, so the spiritual master delivers the materially afflicted world by extinguishing the blazing fire of material existence.  I offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of such a spiritual master, who is an ocean of auspicious qualities.

 

2

mahaprabhoh kirtana-nrtya-gita-

vaditra-madyan manaso rasena

romanca-kampasru-taranga-bhajo

vande guroh shri-caranaravindam

 

Chanting the holy name, dancing in ecstasy, singing, and playing musical instruments, the spiritual master is always gladdened by the sankirtana movement of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.  Because he is relishing the mellows of pure devotion within his mind, sometimes his hair stands on end, he feels quivering in his body, and tears flow from his eyes like waves.  I offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of such a spiritual master.

 

3

shri-vigraharadhana-nitya-nana-

srngara-tan-mandira-marjanadau

yuktasya bhaktams ca niyunjato ‘pi

vande guroh shri-caranaravindam

 

The spiritual master is always engaged in the temple worship of Shri Shri Radha and Krishna.  He also engages his disciples in such worship.  They dress the Deities in beautiful clothes and ornaments, clean Their temple, and perform other similar worship of the Lord.  I offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of such a spiritual master.

 

4

catur-vidha-shri-bhagavat-prasada

svada-anna-trptan hari-bhakta-sanghan

krtvaiva trptim bhajatah sadaiva

vande guroh shri-caranaravindam

 

The spiritual master is always offering Krishna four kinds of delicious food [analysed as that which is licked, chewed, drunk, and sucked].  When the spiritual master sees that the devotees are satisfied by eating bhagavat-prasada, he is satisfied.  I offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of such a spiritual master.

 

5

shri-radhika-madhavayor apara

madhurya-lila-funa-rupa-namnam

prati-ksanasvadana-lolupasya

vande guroh shri-caranaravindam

 

The spiritual master is always eager to hear and chant about the unlimited conjugal pastimes of Radhika and Madhava, and their qualities, names, and forms.  The spiritual master aspires to relish these at every moment.  I offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of such a spiritual master.

 

6

nikunja-yuno rati-keli-siddhyai

ya yalibhir yuktir apeksaniya

tatrati-daksyad ati-vallabhasya

vande guroh shri-caranaravindam

 

The spiritual master is very dear, because he is expert in assisting the gopis, who at different times make different tasteful arrangements for the perfection of Radha and Krishna conjugal loving affairs within the groves of Vrndavana.  I offer my most humble obeisances unto the lotus feet of such a spiritual master.

 

7

saksad-dharitvena samasta-sastrair

uktas tatha bhavyata eva sadbhih

kintu prabhor yah priya eva tasya

vande guroh shri caranaravindam

 

The spiritual master is to be honoured as much as the Supreme Lord, because he is the most confidential servitor of the Lord.  This is acknowledged in all revealed scriptures and followed by all authorities.  Therefore, I offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of such a spiritual master, who is a bona fide representation of Shri Hari [Krishna].

 

8

yasya prasadad bhagavat-prasado

yasyaprasadan na gitah kuto 'pi

dhyayan stuvams tasya yasa tri-sandhyam

vande guroh shri-caranaravindam

 

By the mercy of the spiritual master one receives the benediction of Krishna.  Without the grace of the spiritual master, on cannot make any advancement.  Therefore, I should always remember and praise the spiritual master.  At least three times a day I should offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of my spiritual master.

 

9

shrimad-guror astakam etad uccair

brahme muhurte pathati prayatnat

yas tena vrndavana-natha-saksat-

sevaiva labhya januso ‘nta eva

 

One who during the brahma-muhurta hour carefully recites these eight prayers glorifying the spiritual master will at the end of this life attain direct service to the Lord of Vrndavana.