Srivaishnavam  Parambaryam, Traditions &  The Culture that stands Class apart from others
Essence of Srivaishnavam Practices – Guru Mantram (Gurumantram)



By Dr. Satyavati Kandala

Faith is very essential to express Divinity. Where there is Faith, there is Love. Where there is  Love  there is Peace. Where there is Peace there is Truth. Where there is Truth there is Divinity. In the final verse of the Guru Gita Lord Shiva says to Parvati that he will tell her a Secret Mantra. Parvati becomes very alert and wonders which Mantra she will learn. With this Mantra one can  cross the ocean the world, and get liberated. This Mantra quickly gives success in life.

What is this Mantra?

It is GURU     –  This word is a Mantra. This beautiful Mantra is given in the concluding verse of  GURU GITA. It emphasizes that Guru is God

Brahmanandam parama sukhadam kevalam jnanamurtim

dvandvaateetam gagana sadrusam  tatvamasyadi lakshyam

ekam nityam vimala machalam sarvadheesaakshibuutam

bhaavaateetam triguna rahitam  sadgurum tam namaami.

Word by word meaning:

01.   Brahmanandam =  (He who is the source of) the eternal bliss (Brahma is derived from  the

02.   Parama sukhadam=  (the source of) supreme happiness

03.   kevalam jnana murtim = total personification of wisdom (Advaita darshanam jnanam means experience of   non-duality is true wisdom.

04.   dvandvaateetam  =(who is ) beyond the dualities of this material world such as happiness & sorrow,  good &  bad  merit & demerit etc.,)

05.   gagana sadrusham = (who is) as infinite as sky (formless)

06.   tatvamasyadi lakshyam. = Whose attention is always on the divine (who is the sole aspiration and  goal of life)

07.   ekam = Guru is one (who is unique)

08.     nityam = eternal

09.      vimalam = pure

10.  achalam = stead

11.  sarva dhee  saakshi bhuutam = witness (saakshi) in consciousness (dhee) in all  beings

      (sarva bhuutam)  (Who sees with the eyes of wisdom)

12.  bhaavaateetam = who is beyond emotions& thoughts

13.    triguna rahitam  =beyond the three gunas  (binding aspects of our nature) satva, rajas and

tamo guna. 

14. sadgurum tam namaami  = I salute (namaami) to that(tam)  Sadguru (Great Master)

“I salute to that Sadguru who is the source of eternal bliss, 

supreme happiness, who has true wisdom,

  who  is beyond the dualities, who is  infinite, 

whose attention is always on the divine, who is unique,

eternal,  pure, steady, and who sees with the eyes of wisdom

who is beyond thoughts and beyond  three gunas “.


TRS Iyengar

Born on Makara Uthiradam star, native of Mukkur and brought up in Ladavaram village near Arcot and now well settled in Mumbai for over five decades. Presently, at 70, trying to run this website without any commercial expectations or profit motive, just for the sake of our future generations to understand about Sanatana Dharma & Srivaishnavam sampradayam.Within my limited knowledge that I put it here, what I learnt from the world.

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