Guru Brahma Guru Vishnu Mantra
Definition - What does Guru Brahma Guru Vishnu Mantra mean?
Guru Brahma Guru Vishnu mantra is a mantra that honors the Hindu gods and teachers Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. It may also be used more widely to revere and invoke the support of all spiritual gurus. In yogic tradition, a great deal of importance is placed upon the relationship between a student and their guru. The Guru Brahma Guru Vishnu mantra recognizes the value of the gurus’ teachings in finding a connection with divinity. It is ultimately an expression of gratitude for all spiritual teachers and the guidance they give in overcoming ignorance to find enlightenment and awakening.
Yogapedia explains Guru Brahma Guru Vishnu Mantra
This mantra is also sometimes called Guru Brahma Guru Vishnu Guru Devo Maheshwara. Maheshwara refers to Lord Shiva, thus completing the holy trinity of the Hindu gods. Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva also represent the three stages of life and the three elements of the self. The full mantra acknowledges each of these stages, then states devotion to the guru who removes darkness and ignorance.
In recognizing that Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva represent elements of the self, the mantra also invokes the spiritual teachings that are embedded in the self, helping to connect with the individual's inner teacher. In this way, the Guru Brahma Guru Vishnu mantra is considered by some to be a self-empowering mantra.