गुरुर्ब्रह्म गुरुर्विष्णुर्गुरुर्देवोमहेशवरः । गुरुर्साक्षात् परब्रह्म तस्मै श्री गुरवे नमः​

gururbrahma gururviṣṇurgururdevomaheśavaraḥ | gurursākṣāt parabrahma tasmai śrī gurave namaḥ​

This is a very famous shloka, and it has a very similar shloka in guru gita. But not exact, is there any original source for this?

  • Some books I have say that it is from Viswasara Tantram. The whole text of this Tantram is now lost.
    – Rickross
    Commented Jul 20, 2022 at 12:37
  • The following website also states the same (that it is from Viswasara Tantram) -- greenmesg.org/stotras/gurudeva/guru_stotram.php
    – Rickross
    Commented Jul 20, 2022 at 12:41
  • Ok you can state that as an answer if you want Commented Jul 20, 2022 at 12:52
  • But don't have more references than just that website .. so making my answer a Community Wiki.
    – Rickross
    Commented Jul 20, 2022 at 13:23
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    @SwamiVishwananda how can a shloka not be in sanskrit and be in english?, I am sorry for my negligence . Commented Jul 21, 2022 at 5:15

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As per some books that I have, the said Shloka is part of a Guru Stotram. This Stotram is originally from Viswasara Tantram. At present, this text is lost as a whole. Only some portions of it are preserved as quotes in some other texts like Brihat Tantrasara etc.

The Green Message website also confirms the same.

Guru Stotram - In sanskrit with meaning

  • from Vishwasara Tantram (also many slokas are found in Guru Gita)

श्री गुरुस्तोत्रम्: गुरुर्ब्रह्मा गुरुर्विष्णुर्गुरुर्देवो महेश्वरः Sri Guru Stotram: Gurur Brahma Gurur Vishnu Gurudevo Maheshwara

गुरुरेव परं ब्रह्म तस्मै श्रीगुरवे नमः ॥१॥ Gurur-Brahmaa Gurur-Vissnnur-Gururdevo Maheshvarah |
Gurure[-I]va Param Brahma Tasmai Shrii-Gurave Namah ||1||

Meaning: 1.1: The Guru is Brahma, the Guru is Vishnu, the Guru Deva is Maheswara (Shiva), 1.2: The Guru is Verily the Para-Brahman (Supreme Brahman); Salutations to that Guru.

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