Q: What is the Guru Paduka Stotram?
A: The GuruPaduka Stotram is a hymn that honors the presence of a Guru in one’s life. This hymn praises the many qualities of a learned master and how a seeker’s life transforms under a master’s guidance.
Adi Shankaracharya was traveling across the country in search of his Master when he came upon a cave on the banks of River Narmada. He saw the padukas or sandals of Govind Bhagavatpada outside the cave and immediately recognized them as his master’s. Having found the master that he had been searching for, he was filled with abundant joy. Honoring the paduka has been a part of Indian tradition as a way of showing respect to the lineage of masters who have preserved the knowledge for us.
Q: What are the benefits of chanting the Guru Paduka Stotram?
A: Chanting the Guru Paduka Stotram helps one invoke the Guru principle and imbibe the qualities of the learned masters.
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