GURU VANDANA
 
Gurur-Brahmaa Gurur-Vishnuh
Gurur-Devo Maheshwarah
Gurur Saakshaat Param Brahma
Tasmai Shri Gurave Namah
Sanskrit to English Word Meaning
Guruh (spiritual) Teacher; Brahmaa is Brahma; Guruh Teacher; Vishnuh is Lord Vishnu; Guruh Teacher; Devo Maheshwarah Lord Parameshwara. (Shiva); Guruh Teacher; Saakshaat real; Param Brahma is the Supreme Brahman; Tasmai to that; Shri Gurave noble Teacher; Namah - salutations
Translation
Salutations to that noble teacher who is Brahma, Vishnu and Lord Parameshwara; and who is verily the Supreme Brahman.
Akhanda-mandalaakaaram
Vyaaptam Yena Charaacharam
Tatpadam Darsitam Yena
Tasmai Shree Gurave Namah
Sanskrit to English Word Meaning
Akhanda the entire; Mandalaakaaram cosmos; Vyaaptam is pervaded; Yena by whom; Charaacharam the animate and the inanimate; Tatpadam that state or that goal; Darsitam is indicated; Yena by whom; Tasmai to that; Shree Gurave noble teacher; Namah prostrations
Translation
Prostrations to that noble teacher by whom that state is indicated which pervades the entire cosmos, everything animate and inanimate.
sarve bhavantu sukhinah ~ sarve santu niramayah
sarve bhadrani pasyantu ~ ma kascid duhkhabhag bhavet
Sanskrit to English Word Meaning
sarve all; bhavantu may be; sukhinah happy; sarve all; santu may be; niramayah free from disease; sarve all; bhadrani prosperity; pasyantu may enjoy; ma not; kascid anybody; duhkhabhag one who experiences sorrow; bhavet may be
Translation
May all be happy. May all be free from disease. May all enjoy prosperity. May none experience sorrow.
asato ma sadgamaya ~ tamso ma jyotirgamaya
mrtyorma amrtam gamaya ~ om santih santih santih
Sanskrit to English Word Meaning
asato from unreal; ma me; sad to the real; gamaya lead; tamasah from darkness; ma me; jyotih to light; gamaya lead; mrtyoh from death; ma me; amrtam to immortality; gamaya lead; om santih santih santih om peace, peace, peace

Translation
Lead me (by giving knowledge) from the unreal to the real; from darkness (of ignorance) to light (of knowledge); from death (sense of limitation) to immortality (limitlessness, liberation). Om peace, peace, peace.

Brief Explanation
These are prayers for the prosperity and welfare of all humanity. To achieve anything in life, one has to make an effort and await the results. In addition, many unknown factors and laws influence the outcome of that effort. By praying to the Lord one acknowledges these laws as the natural order inseparable from the Lord, and one acknowledges the Lord as the giver of all results of actions. Finally, the last prayer is from a seeker committed to a life of truth, seeking knowledge and freedom.



 
 
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