Recited by Viju Kulkarni in Shree Muktananda Ashram.
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The Gurorashtakam, or “Eight Stanzas on the Guru,” are verses in the Sanskrit language attributed to Adi Shankaracharya (CE 788–820), one of India’s most well-known philosophers and poet-saints. Tradition holds that he traveled throughout India on foot, expounding the doctrine of Advaita Vedanta, which teaches that the individual soul (atman) and the Supreme (Brahman) are one.
In the verses of the Gurorashtakam, Shankaracharya points out that neither beauty nor wealth nor fame, neither scriptural learning nor virtuous actions nor even yogic attainments are of any consequence if one’s mind is not steeped in devotion to the Guru.