RamanaAshram Prayers – Guru Stuti Meaning

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Sri Guru Stuti

1. That is the Truth which the wise realize as the Self, the residuum
left over on withdrawing from external objects, with or without
form (ether, air, fire, water and earth), by a careful application
of the scriptural injunction ‘not this, not this’ – Thou art That!

2. That is the Truth which, after generating the fundamentals
(ether, air, fire, water and earth), and entering the world, lies
hidden beneath the five sheaths, and which has been threshed
out by the wise with the pestle of discernment, just as the grain
is recovered by threshing and winnowing the chaff – Thou
art That!

3. Just as wild horses are broken-in by whipping and stabling
them, so also the unruly senses, straying among objects, are
lashed by the whip of discrimination, showing that objects are
unreal, and are tethered by the rope of pure intellect to the
Self by the wise. Such is the Truth – Thou art That!

4. The Truth has been ascertained by the wise to be the substratum
which is different from the waking, dream and deep sleep states,
and from its own expanded modes, which indeed are held
together by it like the flowers strung together on a garland
– Thou art That!

Sri Guru Stuti*

1. Neti-neti yadi vakka nide-dittu murtta murttam
Edume tallar killa edaissuva svarupa maga
Vodarun sadu vanor ullattil kollu vargal
Adimei ariva nanda avvastu vandro nidan

2. Uttiyan kutti-nale umiye num aindu kosam
Buddhi-yar pirittup pinnarp porundi-dum arisi polum
Ettinai sattukkal kandu idayattil anuba vippar
Astamil nitta siddha avvastu vandro nidan

3. Pori-galam parigal tammaip pulan-galil vilangun dosha
Arivenun kasai yaditte ahamugak kayittral Irttav
Arivari arijnar ettil anaitton-drayp pinit tiruppar
Ariporut katIta mana avvastu vandro nidan

4. Pukkali nindru verayp porun-didun sutti rampol
Jakki-ra madi yana sar-vattum vera dana
Sakshiya nokki yadais sattukkal agatta naivar
Akkamu nikka milla avvastu vandro nidan

Viruttam metre, having six-words per line

5. That is the Truth which the scriptures show to be the primal
cause of all, elucidating the point clearly by such texts as
‘Purusha is all this’ and ‘like gold in ornaments of gold’

– Thou art That!

6. The Truth has been forcefully proclaimed by the scriptures in
such texts as ‘He who is in the sun, is in man.’

‘He who shines in the sun, shines in the right eye,’

– Thou art That!

7. What pure brahmins seek so eagerly by the recitation of the
Vedas, by religious gifts, by earnest application of their hard-
earned knowledge and by renunciation, is the Truth

– Thou art That!

8. That is the Truth which the valiant have gained by seeking,
with controlled mind, with abstinence, penance, etc, and by
diving into the Self. Realizing it, they are considered to be
heroes with their highest purpose accomplished. That is the
transcendental Satchidananda1 after gaining which there is
nothing more to worry about since perfect peace reigns

– Thou art That!

5. Kataka maku-dadi yavun kana-kame yaguma pol
Jada chitta mulagam yavun chattrume binna mindri
Sudarumav vadiva yendru chottri-dum vedam yadai
Adinadu mudi villada avvastu vandro nidan

6. Inanilit tanuvil yana ilangu-van ekane yendru
Anisa-mum veda vadi ayinor muyarchi yodum
Inimai-yai eduttu raippar ettat-tuvattai nandrai
Anartta-mil edartta mana avvastu vandro nidan

7. Arumarai vakki nale ahatti-nir shraddai yodum
Arun-tavam yagan danam adinal aranga lale
Arumarai yavargal ettai arin-dida avavu gindrar
Arumaraip porulai nindra avvastu vandro nidan

8. Santi muda lana vuttru santa-tan tannar tannil
Aynde-dai arijnar kandav arivinba meyya endru
Mindela mudittolir-var migu bavak keda nitte
Azhndari tatva mana avvastu vandro nidan

*1. Being-Consciousness-Bliss.

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