5. Guru Dhyaanam: गुरुध्यानम्
Guru Dhyaanam: Traditionally in ancient times, the Guru or teacher was one who imparted a practical, holistic, material knowledge/wisdom to the seeker or student and was typically a teacher in all aspects of human life. A material as well as a spiritual teacher. (Starting with your mother, father, elders in the family, and then moving on to your school teachers etc, any or all of these are considered GURUs. The word guru literally means huge/big large/enormous/Great. It is opposite of the word Laghu which means small, tiny, little etc. Guru means someone who is much wiser, knowledgeable, intelligent and from whom who learn, receive inspiration on all aspects of life, living, birth and beyond.
SO By closing your eyes, and folding your hands in prayer pose, try to connect with Your guru by paying mental respects. It could be your mother, father, your teacher, or anyone you consider to be your true inspiration. It could be more than one in some cases. That’s Ok. The one who has imparted knowledge and wisdom to you and continues to do so. Does not necessarily have to be on this earth at present. Taking names of all forms of the highest Gurus say the following mantra.
This audio includes the first four steps of shlokas.
गुरुर्ब्रह्मा गुरुर्विष्णु गुरुर्देवो महेश्वर
गुरुर्शाक्षात परब्रह्म तस्मैश्रि गुरवे नमः
निधये सर्व विद्यनां विशजेभवरोगिनां
उरवे सर्व लोकानाम् दखिना मूर्तये नमः
Gurur Brahma Gurur Vishnu, Gurur devo Maheshvara
Gurur shaakshaat para Brahma,Tasmai shri guruve namah.
Nidhaye sarva vidyanaam, Vishaje bhava roginaam
Urave sarva lokaanaam, dakshinaa murtaye namah.
4. Kalash Pooja