The Guru Gita (Song of the Guru) is a Hindu scripture authored by the sage, Vyasa, it is also used as chanting. The 352-verses text is a part of the larger Skanda Purana. It describes a conversation between the Hindu God, Lord Shiva and his wife, the Hindu Goddess Parvati, in which she asks him to teach her about the Guru. Shiva answers her by describing the Guru principle, the proper ways of worshiping the Guru and the methods and benefits of repeating the Guru Gita. The text also gives the etymology of the word Guru, where the root gu stand for darkness, while the root ru stands for its removal. Thus giving the meaning of term as remover of darkness, ignorance of the heart.