Beach 6:  The Guru

Wave 3: The Hymn to the Guru of all Gurus

Introduction

This wave is a major wave. It contains what is known as dakshiNA-mUrti  ashTakam, a hymn of ten verses composed by Adi Sankara. It is a capsule version of the entire advaita vedanta.  A famous commentary called mAnasollAsa, by his disciple Sri Suresvaracharya  ( maNDana-miSra, was his earlier name before he took sannyAsa) is our main source for interpreting this hymn.  We give,  in the succeeding pages, for each verse,

1. the text in Sanskrit

2. THE  INIMITABLY CLOSE  ADAPTATION OF THE HYMN,
ALMOST IN THE SAME METRE,
IN TAMIL VERSE FORM, BY SAGE RAMANA
WHERE THE SINGLE WORD ADDED TO  EACH VERSE BY  RAMANA
IN HIS ADAPTATION , IS SHOWN IN RED

3. Translation in English, with the words corresponding to the addition by Ramana being  shown in red
and
4. Our own  explanations, with references to the scriptures and to parallel reading on this website

in that order. In addition, it is necessary to  announce the following

Warning: This hymn and the explanations that follow  may be difficult for the ordinary understanding  if the reader does not have already a vague familiarity with the contents of 
The Fundamental Urges of Man
and
The TIP of the Iceberg


A parallel reading of 
The  Advaitic school and  the message of One-ness

will help .

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