Guru Gita

Last Updated: October 19, 2018

Definition - What does Guru Gita mean?

The "Guru Gita," translated as, the "Song of the Guru," is a collection of verses taken from the sacred Hindu scripture, "Skanda Purana." The text is believed to have been written by Vyasa, the revered Indian sage, and it recounts a conversation between Lord Shiva and his consort and disciple, Goddess Parvati.

In the Siddha tradition of yoga, this “indispensable text” is invoked with regularity as a devotional chant during meditation.

Yogapedia explains Guru Gita

Within the sacred words of the "Guru Gita," Lord Shiva describes the principles of the guru, the "remover of darkness," to the goddess, Parvati, and, through this explanation, offers all yoga disciples a guide for spiritual meditation and a foundation for liberated existence.

Swami Muktananda, founder of the Siddha yoga tradition, invoked the "Guru Gita" as both a mantra to be musically chanted and a scripture to be studied; the words themselves are an epistle to the self-realization that the Divine resides in all people and in all things.

"For the embodied soul, knowledge of the Self is veiled by a false perception of the world born of ignorance. The one by whose light Self-realization arises is known by the name, Guru." (Verse 10)

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