Mata Amirtanandamayi: “We must take birth in love, lead this life in love and at last get merged in love. This life of ours must be with this high objective. But, the truth is, there is no end for love. Guru-disciple relationship helps us to rekindle this awareness in us and this relationship helps us to realize our goal...
"Satguru is an embodiment of pure love. It is love that sustains life on this earth. It is love that sustains all the things and beings. The love of a mother for her child is the most purest form of love that human mind could imagine. But remember, the greatest form of love is the one between a Guru and the disciple... All our actions must be born out of pure love. If and only if our actions spring out of such pure love, the actions become an offering to Guru. If not the actions will merely remain just as actions. It won’t become karma yoga...While the actions that are performed as an expression of love, will help us evolve spiritually and such actions will become an offering to Guru. Such actions will purify us and this is real devotion. Right now, we have forgotten this love which is our essential nature. Does any of you remember this? And this is the reason for all our problems"
Source: Guru Purnima Message, 2005: http://www.amritapuri.org/4863/guru-purnima-celebrations.aum
Guru Paduka Stotram, also known as Guru Paadukabhyam, is a great devotional prayer written by Adi Shankaracharya. This devotional prayer is dedicated to the Sandals of the Teacher (Guru).
Guru Paduka Stotram Lyrics – Adi Shankara’s Guru Paadukabhyam Devotional Song Lyrics
Anantha samsara samudhra thara naukayithabhyam guru bhakthithabhyam,
Vairagya samrajyadha poojanabhyam, namo nama sri guru padukhabyam. 1
Salutations and Salutations to the sandals of my Guru, which is a boat, which helps me, cross the endless ocean of life, which endows me, with the sense of devotion to my Guru, And by worship of which, I attain the dominion of renunciation.
Kavithva varasini sagarabhyam, dourbhagya davambudha malikabhyam,
Dhoorikrutha namra vipathithabhyam, namo nama sri guru padukhabyam. 2
Salutations and Salutations to the sandals of my Guru, which is the ocean of knowledge, resembing the full moon, which is the water, which puts out the fire of misfortunes, and which removes distresses of those who prostate before it.
Natha yayo sripatitam samiyu kadachidapyasu daridra varya,
Mookascha vachaspathitham hi thabhyam, namo nama sri guru padukhabyam. 3
Salutations and Salutations to the sandals of my Guru, which makes those who prostate before it, Possessors of great weath, even if they are very poor, and which makes even dumb people in to great orators.
Naleeka neekasa pada hrithabhyam, nana vimohadhi nivarikabyam,
Nama janabheeshtathathi pradhabhyam namo nama sri guru padukhabyam. 4
Salutations and Salutations to the sandals of my guru which attract us, to lotus like feet of our guru which cures us, to the unwanted diseases and which helps fulfil the desires of those who salute.
Nrupali mouleebraja rathna kanthi sariddha raja jjashakanyakabhyam,
Nrupadvadhabhyam nathaloka pankhthe, namo nama sri guru padukhabyam. 5
Salutations and Salutations to the sandals of my guru which shine like gems on the crown of a king which shine like a maid in the crocodile infested stream and which makes the devotees attain the status of a king.
Papandhakara arka paramparabhyam, thapathryaheendra khageswarabhyam,
Jadyadhi samsoshana vadaveebhyam namo nama sri guru padukhabyam. 6
Salutations and Salutations to the sandals of my guru which is like a series of Suns,driving away the dark sins which is like the king of eagles,driving away the cobra of miseries, and which is like a terrific fire drying away the ocean of ignorance.
Shamadhi shatka pradha vaibhavabhyam, Samadhi dhana vratha deeksithabhyam,
Ramadhavadeegra sthirha bhakthidabhyam, namo nama sri guru padukhabyam. 7
Salutations and Salutations to the sandals of my guru which endows us, with the glorious six qualities like shama, which gives the students, the ability to go into eternal trance and which helps to get perennial devotion to the feet of Vishnu.
Swarchaparana makhileshtathabhyam, swaha sahayaksha durndarabhyam,
Swanthachad bhava pradha poojanabhyam, namo nama sri guru padukhabyam. 8
Salutations and Salutations to the sandals of my guru whih bestows all desires of the serving disciples who are ever involved in carrying the burden of service and which helps the aspirants to the state of realization
Kaamadhi sarpa vraja garudabhyam, viveka vairagya nidhi pradhabhyam,
Bhodha pradhabhyam drutha mokshathabhyam, namo nama sri guru padukhabyam. 9
Salutations and Salutations to the sandals of my guru which is the garuda, which drives away the serpent of passion which provides one with the treasure of wisdom and renunciation which blesses one with enlightened knowledge and blesses the aspirant with the speedy salvation.