Mercury day poetry: Shankaracharya’s ‘Thy Guru’s Feet’

Our trip home is about to start, and so it seems appropriate to be thinking about gurus and teachers and learning.

Here’s a short poem by one of the great gurus: Shankaracharya. It’s titled, “Thy Guru’s Feet.”

Thy body may be beautiful and glow with flawless health,
Thy fame colossal and thou mayest have won to fabulous wealth,

But if to the Guru’s feet thy heart untethered still remain,
Then all thou hast achieved on earth is vain, is vain, is vain.

Thou mayest be deep-versed in all that scripture have to tell
A beacon of light, a master of prose and verse delectable,

But if to the Guru’s feet thy heart untethered still remain,
Then all thou hast achieved on earth is vain, is vain, is vain.

That about sums it up.

Posted by Steve