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Monday, June 14, 2010

Guru-nectar in Kaṭha Upaniṣad and Viśva-sāra Tantra

Some nice Guru-verses were added to (pages 8/9 and 15 of) my anthology 'The glories of the (one) Guru' on my website.


uttiṣṭhata jāgrata prāpya varān nibodhata kṣurasya dhārā nisitā duratyaya durgaṁ pathas tat kavayo vadanti

“Get up! Wake up! Seek the guidance of an illumined teacher and realize the Self. Sharp like a razor's edge, the sages say, is the path, difficult to traverse. “ (Kaṭha Upaniṣad 1.3.14)



gu-kāraś cāndhakāraḥ syāt 
ru-kāra tan nirodhakah
andhakāra nirodhitvāt 
gurur ityabhidhīyate.

'The syllable Gu indicates darkness (nescience) and Ru indicates removal of darkness (nescience). One who removes darkness - ignorance - is called Guru.”


gu-kāraś cāndhakāraḥ syāt
ru-kāras teja ucyate,
ajñāna nāśakam brahma 
gurur eva na saṁśayaḥ

(Viśva-sāra-tantra)

"The syllable 'Gu' signifies darkness-ignorance and 'Ru' signifies light. Therefore, it is undoubtedly true that self-effulgent Para-brahma, whose light removes darkness-ignorance, is Guru.”

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