by Candice Stein

The Guru Mantra is absolutely essential. No mantra, healing or teaching practice should be started without making the connection to the Guru through this mantra. Making the links to the Guru, the Guru’s Guru and so on is called Guruparampara. The line of energy goes through the entire lineage and ends at the Godhead or ‘Paramaguru’. In this way whatever we suck from others during healing or teaching does not stay with us but is passed on to our Guru. Then we are not responsible for experiencing the negativity. It is ‘washed’ by the Guruparampara. ~ Sri Kaleshwar


ఓం గురు బ్రహ్మా గురు విష్ణు

Oṁ Guru Brahmā Guru Viṣṇu

Guru is Brahma, Guru is Vishnu


గురు దేవో మహేశ్వరః

Guru Dēvō Mahēśvaraḥ

Guru is Lord Maheshwara


గురు సాక్షాత్ పర బ్రహ్మాం

Guru Sākṣāt Para Brahmāṁ

Guru is verily the supreme reality


తస్మై శ్రీ గురువేన నమః

Tasmai Srī Guruvēna Namaha

Splendid prostrations to the Guru.


Mantras Are Formulas for Pulling In, Connecting To, and Aligning With God’s Energy

Guru sakshat, para brahma, tasmai shri guravay namah. Our creation is that Guru (Brahma - the force of creation). The duration of our lives is that guru (Vishnu - the force of preservation). Our trials, tribulations, illnesses, calamities and the death of the body is that Guru (Devo Maheshwara - the force of destruction or transformation). There is a Guru nearby (Guru Sakshat) and a guru that is beyond the beyond (Param Brahma). I make my offering (Tasmai) to the beautiful (Shri) remover of my darkness, my ignorance. (Guru) It is to you I bow and lay down my life at your feet (Namah).

Guru is the remover of darkness. "Gu" means darkness, and "Ru" means remover. Darkness refers to what obscures the light of awareness. Guru is the enlightenment principal that aids one in the realization of the true Self, the whole Self, and the holy Self. The Guru removes avidya, or ignorance, which is a case of mistaken identity. Mistaken identity is when you think you are your personality, mistaking your body/mind container for who you are and ignore who you really are. It is when you feel separate from the whole.


The Sadguru Opens Our Eyes

Excerpt from 'Sri Sai Satcharitra by Hemadpant, a Mondern Rendering' by Monika Penukonda


All the things that we see in the universe are nothing but a play of Maya, the creative power of the Lord. These things do not really exist. What really exists is the Absolute. Just as we mistake a rope, garland, or a stick for a serpent on account of darkness, we always see the phenomena—things as they appear outwardly—and not that which underlies all the visible things. It is only the sadguru that opens the eyes of our understanding and enables us to see things in their true light and not as they appear. Let us, therefore, worship the sadguru and pray to him to give us the true vision, which is nothing but God vision, God realization.



Candice Stein

is a full-time student and volunteer staff member at the Divine Lineage Healing Center in Laytonville, CA.






  1. I enjoyed the richness in refreshing my memory about this powerful clearly stated...thank you....

  2. Thank you for bringing the meaning of the guru mantra alive and reminding of Swami's recommended use of the mantra and why. Very useful article❣️

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