Guru Gita

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The Guru Gita (Song of the Guru) is a Hindu scripture that is said to have been authored by the sage, Vyasa. The verses of this scripture may also be chanted. The text is believed to be part of the larger Skanda Purana. There are several versions of the Guru Gita, varying from around 100 to over 400 verses.

In the Siddha Yoga tradition, the Guru Gita is considered to be an “indispensable text”.[1] Swami Muktananda chose 182 verses to create a unique version of the Guru Gita, which has its own melody for chanting. [2]

The text of the Guru Gita 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 and liberation. 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.[3][4] The text also gives the etymology of the word Guru, where the root gu stands for darkness, while the root ru stands for light. The term Guru is therefore explained as the remover of darkness, who reveals the light of the heart.[5]

In popular culture[edit]

The text was part of the 2010 film Eat,Pray, Love starring Julia Roberts. [6]

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  1. ^ Muktananda, Swami (1984). The Nectar of chanting: Sacred texts and mantras sung in the ashrams of Swami Muktananda: Sanskrit transliteration with English translations; SYDA Foundation; P xiv. ISBN 0914602160.
  2. ^ Muktananda, Swami (1984). The Nectar of chanting: Sacred texts and mantras sung in the ashrams of Swami Muktananda: Sanskrit transliteration with English translations; SYDA Foundation; PP 6-57. ISBN 0914602160.
  3. ^ Subodh Kapoor (2002). The Indian Encyclopaedia, Vol. 1. Genesis Publishing. p. 7796. ISBN 8177552570. 
  4. ^ "Guru Gita". Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  5. ^ John A. Grimes (17 October 1996). A Concise Dictionary of Indian Philosophy: Sanskrit Terms Defined in English. SUNY Press. pp. 133–. ISBN 978-1-4384-0499-8. 
  6. ^ "Eat Pray Love (2010) - Literature". IMDB. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 

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