śrīguru pādukā stōtram


A humble offering at Swamiji’s lotus feet! The chants are a composition by Jagadguru Adi Shankaracharya on the greatness of Guru’s Padukas. It is called Guru Paduka Stotram. The text with meaning is as below.


 

ananta saṁsāra samudra tāra

naukāyitābhyāṁ guru bhakti dābhyām |

vairāgya sāmrājyada pūjanābhyāṁ

namō namaḥ śrīguru pādukābhyām ||        

Let us salute the Padukas (sandals) of the Guru which bestow upon us devotion to the Guru and supreme detachment which act as a boat that takes us across the endless ocean of birth and end of life.

kavitva vārāśi niśākarābhyāṁ

dourbhāgya dāvām budamālikābhyām |

dūrī kr̥tā namra vipattitābhyāṁ

namō namaḥ śrīguru pādukābhyām ||

Let us salute the Padukas of the Guru which act as the moon to the ocean of one’s poetic prowess, and also as a cluster of dense clouds that extinguish the fire of one’s misfortunes which destroy the difficulties of those devoted to them.

natā yayōḥ śrīpatitāṁ samīyuḥ

kadācidapyāśu daridra varyāḥ |

mūkāśca vācaspatitāṁ hi tābhyāṁ

namō namaḥ śrīguru pādukābhyām ||

Let us salute the Padukas of the Guru by worshiping which, the poorest of the poor become supremely wealthy in this life and even a dumb person becomes a great orator.

nālīkanīkāśa padāhr̥tābhyāṁ

nānā vimōhādi nivārikābhyām |

namajjanābhīṣṭa tatipradābhyāṁ

namō namaḥ śrīguru pādukābhyām ||

Let us salute the Padukas of the Guru which destroys all our attachments and desires, and which fulfills the aspirations of those that bow to the preceptor.

nr̥pāli mauli vraja ratna kānti

sarid virājan jhaṣa kan’yakābhyām |

nr̥patva dābhyāṁ natalōka paṅktēḥ

namō namaḥ śrīguru pādukābhyām ||

Let us salute the Padukas of the Guru which shine like (a pair of) fish in the river of effulgent gems that adorn the crowns of kings (who bow before them) and which grant kingship to those who salute them.

pāpāndhakārārka paramparābhyāṁ

tāpatrayāhīndra khagēśvarābhyām |

jāḍyābdhi samśōṣaṇa vāḍavābhyāṁ

namō namaḥ śrīguru pādukābhyām ||

Let us salute the Padukas of the Guru which act as a row of many suns that destroys the darkness of ignorance and as the Lord of eagles that slays the serpents of sufferings (three types) and which become the fire that dries up the ocean of diseases.

śamādi ṣaṭka prada vaibhavābhyāṁ

samādhi dāna vrata dīkṣitābhyām |

muktēhē hētusca sthira bhakti dābhyāṁ

namō namaḥ śrīguru pādukābhyām ||

Let us salute the Padukas of the Guru which have the glory of granting the six qualities (that qualify an aspirant to pursue the spiritual path), which are bound by the pledge to grant the state of Samadhi (the highest state of Divine communion) that which causes liberation and bestows unwavering devotion to the feet of the Lord.

svārcā parāṇām akhilēṣṭa dābhyāṁ

svāhā sahāyākṣa dhurandharābhyām |

svāntāccha bhāva prada pūjanābhyāṁ

namō namaḥ śrīguru pādukābhyām ||

Let us salute the Padukas of the Guru which fulfil all the aspirations of those who worship them at all times and which are the first among those that grant us pure joy and help, and which are worthy of worship since they bestow upon us purity of thought.

kāmādi sarpavraja gāruḍābhyām

vivēka vairāgya nidhi pradābhyām |

bōdha pradābhyāṁ druta mōkṣadābhyāṁ

namō namaḥ śrīguru pādukābhyām ||

Let us salute the Padukas of the Guru, which are like the eagles for the serpents (six inner enemies) led by desire, and grant us the treasure of discrimination and detachment and bestow upon us wisdom and liberation.

 


Source: Sri Sathya Sai Official Strotram Tutor


Artwork – Nitya Gunturu

Credits : Kondala Rao

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