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Gurvaṣṭakam

The body is beautiful and also the consort. The glory is variegated and beautiful. The wealth is comparable to Mount Meru. But if there is no mental devotion in the lotus-feet of preceptor, then what, then what, then what, then what?[1]

The consort, the wealth, the sons and grandsons, the home, the relatives, and all these are indeed coming into existence. But if there is no mental devotion in the lotus-feet of preceptor, then what, then what, then what, then what?[2]

The Veda with all six parts, the knowledge-treatise, and the state of poetic prowess resides in the mouth. One composes beautiful prose and poetry. But if there is no mental devotion in the lotus-feet of preceptor, then what, then what, then what, then what?[3]

In foreign countries, one is respected. In own country, one is noble. One is always engrossed in the circle of righteous duties, and nothing else. But if there is no mental devotion in the lotus-feet of preceptor, then what, then what, then what, then what?[4]

Ones lotus-feet may always be served by the group of kings in meeting halls. But if there is no mental devotion in the lotus-feet of preceptor, then what, then what, then what, then what?[5]

In all directions, the glory of me can be gone by the power of donation. By the grace in my hands, all worldly objects are available. But if there is no mental devotion in the lotus-feet of preceptor, then what, then what, then what, then what?[6]

The mind is not in pleasures, not in Yoga, not in knighthood, not in the face of beauties, and not even in the business. But if there is no mental devotion in the lotus-feet of preceptor, then what, then what, then what, then what?[7]

My mind is not present in forest, or in personal deeds, in duties, in body, or in trifle things. But if there is no mental devotion in the lotus-feet of preceptor, then what, then what, then what, then what?[8]

He whose mind is devoted to the statements of preceptor, and who reads these eight cantos of Guru, attains all the desired wishes and finally Brahman state — whether he is virtuous one, or a sage, or a king, or a Brahmacārī, or a married person.[9]

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Poet: Ādi Śaṅkara

Book: Bṛhatstotraratnākaraḥ

Translator: Animesh Kumar

Submitter: Animesh Kumar

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