Sri Guru Gita – 20 March 2014 – Episode 90

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    • Archana Penukonda on March 27, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    Jaya Guru Datta. English summary:

    Here, they are pausing the stotras in praise of the Guru and talking about what needs to be done to experience that change in heart. We already discussed that Sadguru alone can cause a change a heart, that he alone has the capability to do so. Here, in simple words, they are talking about how such a heart-changing message should be received.

    Sarva sruti siroratna nirajita padambujam |
    Vedantambuja suryabham sri gurum saranam vrajet ||

    Obeisance to Sadguru to whose lotus feet the Vedas hold the holy camphor light and who is like the sun for the lotuses of Vedanta or the Upanishads.

    Since the Vedas are offering prostrations at his feet, the light shining from the diamonds decorating the heads of the Vedas are falling on the Guru’s feet giving the appearance of offering the holy camphor light at the Guru’s feet. They are teaching us as a principle here that for complete realization of knowledge, there is no other way except surrender at the Guru’s feet. Here, Lord Shiva is explaining in this manner.

    The stotras in praise of the Guru resume here.

    Caitanyam sasvatam santam mayatitam niranjanam |
    Nada bindu kalatitam tasmai sri gurave namaha ||

    The dynamic spirit is eternal, serene, beyond all illusion, and unaffected by anything. It is beyond Omkara, beyond anything that can be comprehended or conceptualized. Obeisance to the Sadguru who is of the form of this dynamic spirit.

    Sthavaram jangamam ceti yatkincijjagati tale |
    Vyaptam yasya cita sarvam tasmai sri gurave namah ||

    Obeisance to such Sadguru whose dynamism pervades everywhere among movable and immovable objects. Sthavaras include the immovable beings, trees etc. Jangamas are the mobile ones.
    Jaya Guru Datta.

    • Archana Penukonda on January 23, 2016 at 7:02 pm

    The above summary is from a different episode. The following is the correct summary for this episode. Apologies for any confusion.

    Jaya Guru Datta. English summary:

    Jaya Guru Datta.
    If we analyze the meaning of the previous 3 slokas, what do we see? We see that TAT is indivisible, that TVAM is small, that TVAM merges into TAT and becomes one. This is a very great principle. The essence of all scriptures is in this. To help us understand this easily, let’s look at an example.

    Say, there are two people Venkayya and Subayya. They have different names, but they are both human beings. Let’s assume one’s from Vijaywada and the other’s from Mysore. Although these are two different towns, both people live on earth. One speaks gently, the other speaks brashly. But, they both speak with their tongue. One eats vegetarian food, the other eats something else, but both are putting food in their stomach.

    Analyzing in this manner, even though we see a few differences between the two, if we broaden our minds and take a higher level perspective, we can see that they are both living on earth, they are both eating alike, talking and living as human beings. That means, there are no differences between them when viewed from that angle. But, for everyday affairs, we have to refer to them as two different people – Venkayya and Subayya. In reality, however, this small difference merges into the indivisible because they are both human beings and there is no difference between them. The TVAM and TAT are similar to this. Becoming one is what is ASI. Let’s examine this from a different angle.

    The sun, stars, time and yugas are all illuminated. We can see them all. Why can we see them? How do we see them? We should think carefully. Because, you, the one who is seeing, is illuminated, all these things are illuminated. If that is the case, why do we see darkness? Because you also have darkness in you, you can see darkness. When you are really awake, when you are completely illuminated, there is no darkness. Everything is illuminated. This may sound like a stubborn argument, but think about it carefully, analyze it and meditate on it. Only then will you realize the truth in it. This is the meaning of the term ASI. Only the Guru is capable of teaching this concept. Here, teaching doesn’t mean theorizing or lecturing on the subject or just talking for 2-3 hours. “He can say whatever he wants to, he is a Guru. He knows everything, so whatever he says is the word of God”. True, while that may be the case, that may not be the right approach to talk or teach. So, how should one talk?

    The teaching should cause a change in heart. When the Guru talks, we will feel a change in our heart. Others may talk for 2 hours, or 3 hours or even 6 hours while standing. But, only Guru has the capability to move you, to bring a change in heart. Obeisance to such a Guru.

    Jaya Guru Datta.

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