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Saturday 15 December 2018
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Sri Guru Vandana

Do you know the song which is sung every morning at ISKCON temples during Guru-puja? Read and listen to the Sri Guru Vandana song.

Prabhupada

Srila Prabhupada said that because the spiritual master enlightens the disciple with divya-jnana, transcendental knowledge, the disciple feels obliged and thus worships the spiritual master.

By preforming Guru-puja, we are directly worshipping the representative of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and Sri Sri Radha-Krishna.

Sri Guru Vandana is a prayer written by Srila Narottama dasa Thakura from Prema-bhakti-chandrika.

Text 1

sri-guru-charana-padma, kevala-bhakati-sadma,
bando mui savadhana mate
jahara prasade bhai, e bhava toriya jai,
krishna-prapti hoy jaha haite

The lotus feet of our spiritual master are the abode of pure devotional service. I bow down to his lotus feet with great care and attention. My dear brothers! It is through the grace of our spiritual master that we can cross over this material existence and attain Krishna.

Text 2

guru-mukha-padma-vakya, chittete koriya aikya,
ar na koriho mane asha
sri-guru-charane rati, ei se uttama-gati,
je prasade pure sarva asha

Make the teachings emanating from the lotus mouth of our spiritual master one with your heart, and do not desire anything else.  Attachment to his lotus feet is the best way to make spiritual advancement. His mercy fulfills all desires for spiritual perfection.

Text 3

chakhu-dan dilo jei, janme janme prabhu sei,
divya jnan hride prokashito
prema-bhakti jaha hoite, avidya vinasha jate,
vede gay jahara charito

He who has given us the gift of transcendental vision is our lord, birth after birth. It is by his mercy that divine knowledge is revealed within our hearts, bestowing pure love for Krishna and destroying ignorance. The Vedic scriptures sing of his character.

Text 4

sri-guru karuna-sindhu, adhama janara bandhu,
lokanath lokera jivana
ha ha prabhu koro doya, deho more pada-chaya,
ebe jasha ghusuk tribhuvana

O spiritual master, O ocean of mercy and friend of the fallen! O universal teacher and life of all people! Be merciful unto us, O master, and give us the shade of your lotus feet. May your glories now be proclaimed throughout the three worlds.