The Guru Gita (Song of the Guru) is a Hindu scripture that is said to have been authored by the sage Vyasa

The verses of this scripture may also be chanted

The text is part of the larger Skanda Purana

There are several versions of the Guru Gita, varying from around 100 to over 400 verses

Another view is that Guru Gita is part of Viswasara Tantra

In the Siddha Yoga tradition, the Guru Gita is considered to be an “indispensable text”; few other traditions also share that view

Muktananda chose 182 verses to create a unique version of the Guru Gita, which has its own melody for chanting

The text of the Guru Gita describes a conversation between the Hindu God, Lord Shiva and his wife, the Hindu Goddess Parvati, in which she asks him to teach her about the Guru and liberation

Shiva answers her by describing the Guru principle, the proper ways of worshiping the Guru and the methods and benefits of repeating the Guru Gita

The text gives an etymology of the word Guru, where the root gu stands for darkness, while the root ru stands for light

The term Guru is therefore explained as the remover of darkness, who reveals the light of the heart