The Spiritual Master (Guru Astaka)

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Another set of 8 verses that glorify the qualities of the Spiritual Master. Just as any other tradition, the glorification of one's Spiritual Master everyday surely brings about tremendous benefits to the soul, thereby winning the favor of the Supreme Lord Himself. The Spiritual Master is considered the transparent via-media between the Lord and us (individual souls).

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sansara-davanala-lidha-loka-
tranaya karunya-grhanaghanatvam
praptasya kalyana-gunarnavasya
vande guroh sri-caranaravindam

The spiritual master is receiving benediction from the ocean of mercy. Just as a cloud pours water on the forest fire to extinguish it, so the spiritual master delivers the materially afflicted world by extinguishing the blazing fire of material existence. I offer my
respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of such a spiritual master, who is an ocean of auspicious qualities.

mahaprabhuoh kirtana-nrtya-gita-
vaditra-madyam-manaso rasena
romanca-kampasru-tarango-bhajo
vande guroh sri-caranaravindam

Chanting the Holy Name, dancing in ecstasy, singing, and playing musical instruments, the spiritual master is always gladdened by the sankirtana movement of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Because he is relishing the mellows of pure devotion within his mind, sometimes his hair stands on end, he feels quivering in his body, and tears flow from his eyes like waves. I offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of such a spiritual master.

sri-vigraharadhana-nitya-nana
srngara-tan-mandira-marjanadau
yuktasya bhatams ca niyunjato 'pi
vande guroh sri-caranaravindam

The spiritual master is always engaged in the temple worship of Sri Sri Radha and Krishna. He also engages his disciples in such worship. They dress the Deities in
beautiful clothes and ornaments, clean Their temple, and perform other similar worship of the Lord. I offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of such a spiritual master.

catur-vidha-sri-bhagavat-prasada-
svadv-anna-trptan hari-bhakta-sanghan
krtvaiva trptim bhajatah sadaiva
vande guroh sri-caranaravindam

The spiritual master is always offering Krishna four kinds of delicious food [analyzed as that which is licked, chewed, drunk, and sucked]. When the spiritual master sees that the devotees are satisfied by eating bhagavat-prasada, he is satisfied. I offer my respectful
obeisances unto the lotus feet of such a spiritual master.

sri-radhika-madhavayor apara-
madhurya-lila guna-rupa-namnam
prati-ksanasvadana-lolupasya
vande guroh sri-caranaravindam

The spiritual master is always eager to hear and chant about the unlimited conjugal pastimes of Radhika and Madhava, and Their Qualities, Names, and Forms. The spiritual master aspires to relish these at every moment. I offer my respectful obeisances unto the
lotus feet of such a spiritual master.

nikunja-yuno rati-keli-siddhyai
ya yaibhir yuktir apeksaniya
tatrati-daksyad ati-vallabhasya
vande-guroh sri-caranaravindam

The spiritual master is very dear, because he is expert in assisting the gopis, who at different times make different tasteful arrangements for the perfection of Radha and Krishna's conjugal loving affairs within the groves of Vrndavana. I offer my most humble obeisances unto the lotus feet of such a spiritual master.

saksad-dharitvena-samasta-sastrair
uktas tatha bhavyata eva sadbhih
kintu prabhor yah priya eva tasya
vande guroh sri-caranaravindam

The spiritual master is to be honored as much as the Supreme Lord, because he is the most confidential servitor of the Lord. This is acknowledge in all revealed scriptures and followed by all authorities. Therefore I offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of such a spiritual master, who is a bona-fide representative of Sri Hari [Krishna].

yasya prasadad bhagavat-prasado
yasyaprasadan na gatih kuto 'pi
dhyayan stuvams tasya yasas tri-sandhyam
vande guroh sri-caranaravindam

By the mercy of the spiritual master one receives the benediction of Krishna. Without the grace of the spiritual master, one cannot make any advancement. Therefore, I should always remember an praise the spiritual master. At least three times a day I should offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of my spiritual master.

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from Illuminize, released September 9, 2009

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