Guru Gita Program

Note: This program will be not be held starting on Saturday, December 7 through Saturday, January 26. It will resume again on each Saturday starting on February 1, 2020.

The Guru Gita is a devotional chant sung in Sanskrit, an ancient, energy-filled language and is a marvelous text on the esoteric significance of the inner Guru and the Guru disciple relationship.

The chant and the meditation that follows last about an hour and is held at 10:00 AM every Saturday morning at Kashi Nivas. There is no charge to attend and chanting books are provided. Guests are invited to bring a small photo or murti of their Guru to place on the altar during the program. 

If a cancellation for this weekly program should occur, a notice will appear in the Events Calendar.

Historical Background

The Guru Gita is a part of a larger text, the Skanda Purana, compiled between the 6th and 15th centuries. It takes the form of a dialogue between Lord Shiva, Lord of the Universe and His Royal Consort, the Goddess Parvati. It begins with Parvati observing Shiva expounding the Supreme Truth to the sages.

She is astonished when she sees that while the sages were bowing to her husband, He in turn was reverently bowing to someone else. "O, My Lord, You are the teacher of the entire world, the one Supreme Being. You are fit above all to receive prostrations. To whom do You bow? I am amazed at this. Please, enlighten me!" The great Lord’s response was simple, direct, and startling: “It is to the Guru I bow.” Hearing this, Parvati asked Shiva to explain the nature of the Guru, and for the sake of humanity, to reveal the path by which seekers can unite with the Absolute. In response to Her request, Lord Shiva sang the Guru Gita to her.