Q1. How many
verses are there in Guru Gita?
Guru Gita, a conversation between Shiva and Parvati,
is a revered scriptural text in the Siddha Yoga tradition. It is a part of the
Skanda Purana in which Goddess
Parvati asks Lord
Shiva how a person can achieve liberation from the material world. There are
many versions of the Guru Gita that are presented in around 100 to 400
verses. The most renowned version is the
one written by Swami Muktananda in which he chose 182 verses. Exotic India has
a wide collection of commentaries on Shri Guru Gita
by different authors that emphasize the importance of a bona fide spiritual
master in one’s life.
Q2. Who has
written Guru Gita?
Since Guru Gita is a sacred text that is a part of
the Skanda Purana (a Vedic scripture), it has been authored by Vyasadeva
who is the compiler of all Vedic literature. The Guru Gita is considered a
necessity for chanting in some Sampradayas such as the Siddha Yoga tradition.
There are many commentaries written on it by different spiritual Gurus, the
most famous being the Guru Gita written by Swami
Muktananda in which there are 182 verses.
Q3. What is
Shri Guru Gita?
Shri Guru Gita is considered a Vedic scripture
that is a part of the larger Skanda Purana. The text of the Guru Gita describes
a conversation between Lord Shiva and his consort Goddess Parvati. When the
Goddess asked the Lord how a conditioned soul can receive spiritual wisdom and
thus achieve liberation, he told her the necessity of approaching a spiritual
master (Guru) in order to get out of darkness (ignorance). This principle of
accepting a Guru and serving him by following his instructions is the key
wisdom of Guru Gita.
Q4. When was
the Guru Gita written?
Guru Gita is not an individual scriptural text but
is a part of the Skanda Purana
in which Lord Shiva converses with his consort Parvati Devi about the
importance of accepting the shelter of a Guru. The Vedic literature was
compiled by Srila Vyasadev, the literary incarnation of the Supreme Personality
of Godhead Krishna,
at the beginning of the age of Kali (Kaliyuga). It was then passed on to the
general people through disciplic succession (Guru-Shishya Parampara).
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