Guru is a Sanskrit term for a “mentor, guide, expert, or master” of certain knowledge or field. In ancient Indian traditions it has contextual meanings with significance beyond what teacher means in English. The guru is more than someone who teaches specific type of knowledge, and includes in its scope someone who is also a “counselor, a sort of parent of mind and Self, who helps mold values and experiential knowledge as much as specific knowledge, an exemplar in life, an inspirational source and who reveals the meaning of life.” And the guru mantra is a series of phrases, includes the name of a deity.
Derived from Sanskrit, gu means “darkness”; ru means “remover”; man means “to think”; and tra means “liberate.” The guru, therefore, is a remover of darkness, and the mantra is a means to liberation. This mantra seeks the help from Guru in form of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. When the Trinity combine their powers, you get a solid support to overcome problems in life. Basically by reciting this mantra with a sincere heart, you will see that the power that enlightens is all around you at all times. The mantra asks for the ability to see the guru in all names and forms, and even to acknowledge, love and serve the guru who you cannot see, who is beyond all visible forms. Although the guru is your own self, the inner guiding light.
Mantra In Hindi:
गुरुर्ब्रह्मा, गुरुर्विष्णु गुरुर्देवो महेश्वर:। गुरुर्साक्षात् परब्रह्म तस्मै श्री गुरुवे नम:।।
Mantra In English:
Gurur Brahma, Gurur Vishnu, Gurur devo Maheshwara, Gurur sakshat, Para-Brahma, tasmai shri guravay namah
This mantra is overall dedicated to Trimurti, the triple deity of supreme divinity that includes Lord Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva.
- Guru Brahma: Lord Brahma known as the creator, associated with creation, knowledge and Vedas.
- Guru Vishnu: Lord Vishnu known as the preserver, the supreme being who creates, protects and transforms the universe.
- Guru Devo Maheshwara: Lord Shiva known as the destroyer and deity of death and time. The force of destruction or transformation.
- Guru Sakshat: Guru that is nearby.
- Param Brahma: Guru that is beyond the beyond.
- Tasmai: To make offering to the Guru.
- Shri Guravay Namah: I bow down before Guru, remover of my darkness.
Lastly you can chant this mantra or listen while meditating.