Guru Stotram or Guru Vandanam is a prayer addressed to a teacher or Guru. This Stotram praises Guru as God and salutations are made for the various qualities of an ideal Guru. Guru stotram is very popular with one of its stanzas “Guru Brahma Guru Vishnu Guru Devo Maheshwara”. It is also popular with the starting verse “Akhanda Mandalakaram”. Get Sri Guru Stotram in English Pdf Lyrics here and chant it with devotion to worship your Guru or to get an ideal guru in life.
Guru Stotram in English – Akhanda Mandalakaram – Guru Brahma Guru Vishnu
akhaṇḍamaṇḍalākāraṃ vyāptaṃ yēna carācaram |
tatpadaṃ darśitaṃ yēna tasmai śrīguravē namaḥ ‖ 1 ‖
Meaning: Salutations are to that guru who showed me the abode, the one who is to be known, whose form is the entire universe and by whom all the movable and immovable are pervaded.
ajñānatimirāndhasya jñānāñjanaśalākayā |
cakṣurunmīlitaṃ yēna tasmai śrīguravē namaḥ ‖ 2 ‖
Meaning: Salutations are to that guru who opened the eye of one blind due to the darkness (cover) of ignorance with a needle coated with the ointment of knowledge.
gururbrahmā gururviṣṇuḥ gururdēvō mahēśvaraḥ |
gururēva parambrahma tasmai śrīguravē namaḥ ‖ 3 ‖
Meaning: Salutations to that guru who is the Creator, Sustainer, and Destroyer, who is the limitless one.
sthāvaraṃ jaṅgamaṃ vyāptaṃ yatkiñcitsacarācaram |
tatpadaṃ darśitaṃ yēna tasmai śrīguravē namaḥ ‖ 4 ‖
Meaning: Salutations are to that guru who showed me the one to be known, who permeates whatever is movable, immovable, sentient, or insentient.
cinmayaṃ vyāpiyatsarvaṃ trailōkyaṃ sacarācaram |
tatpadaṃ darśitaṃ yēna tasmai śrīguravē namaḥ ‖ 5 ‖
Meaning: Salutations to that teacher who showed me (by teaching) the One to be known, who is but Awareness, and who is the pervader of all three worlds comprising the sentient and insentient.
tsarvaśrutiśirōratnavirājita padāmbujaḥ |
vēdāntāmbujasūryōyaḥ tasmai śrīguravē namaḥ ‖ 6 ‖
Meaning: Salutations are to that guru who is the Sun to the lotus of Vedanta and whose lotus feet are made radiant by the jewel of all Srutis (Upanishads).
caitanyaḥ śāśvataḥśāntō vyōmātītō nirañjanaḥ |
bindunāda kalātītaḥ tasmai śrīguravē namaḥ ‖ 7 ‖
Meaning: Salutations are to that guru who is Awareness, changeless (beyond time), who is peace, beyond space, pure (free from likes and dislikes), and who is beyond the manifest and the unmanifest (Nada, Bindu, etc.).
jñānaśaktisamārūḍhaḥ tattvamālāvibhūṣitaḥ |
bhuktimuktipradātā ca tasmai śrīguravē namaḥ ‖ 8 ‖
Meaning: Salutations are to that guru who is rooted in the knowledge that is power, adorned with the garland of Truth, and who is the bestower of the joy of liberation.
anēkajanmasamprāpta karmabandhavidāhinē |
ātmajñānapradānēna tasmai śrīguravē namaḥ ‖ 9 ‖
Meaning: Salutations are to that guru who by bestowing the knowledge of the self burns up the bondage created by accumulated actions of innumerable births.
śōṣaṇaṃ bhavasindhōśca jñāpaṇaṃ sārasampadaḥ |
gurōḥ pādōdakaṃ samyak tasmai śrīguravē namaḥ ‖ 10 ‖
Meaning: Salutations are to that guru; the perennial flow of wisdom from the one rooted in the vision of the sruti, dries up totally to the ocean of transmigration (samsara) and reveals the essence of all wealth (the freedom of want).
na gurōradhikaṃ tattvaṃ na gurōradhikaṃ tapaḥ |
tattvajñānātparaṃ nāsti tasmai śrīguravē namaḥ ‖ 11 ‖
Meaning: There is nothing superior to the knowledge of Truth, nothing higher than the Truth, and there is no purifying austerity better than the Truth; salutations to that guru.
mannāthaḥ śrījagannāthaḥ madguruḥ śrījagadguruḥ |
madātmā sarvabhūtātmā tasmai śrīguravē namaḥ ‖ 12 ‖
Meaning: Prostrations to that guru who is the Lord of the Universe, my Teacher, who is the Teacher of the Universe, who is the Self in me, and the Self in all Beings.
gururādiranādiśca guruḥ paramadaivatam |
gurōḥ parataraṃ nāsti tasmai śrīguravē namaḥ ‖ 13 ‖
Meaning: Salutations are to that guru who is the beginning and the beginningless, who is the highest Deity and to whom there is none superior.
tvamēva mātā ca pitā tvamēva
tvamēva bandhuśca sakhā tvamēva |
tvamēva vidyā draviṇaṃ tvamēva
tvamēva sarvaṃ mama dēva dēva ‖ 14 ‖
Meaning: O God of all gods, you alone are my mother, father, kinsman, friend, the knowledge and wealth. You are everything to me.