अज्ञानतिमिरान्धस्य  ज्ञानाञ्जनशालाकया ।
चक्षुरुन्मीलितं  येन  तस्मै  श्रीगुरवे  नमः ॥

Ajnyaana-Timira-Andhasya Jnyaana-[Aa]n.jana-Shaalaakayaa |
Cakssur-Unmiilitam Yena Tasmai Shrii-Gurave Namah ||

Every conference Sharath starts with a short stance. Its part of a stotra that salutes the Guru. Its beautiful.

Narasimhan explained the meaning:

Who removes the Darkness of ignorance from our blind eyes with the collyrium of Light and knowledge.
By whom our eyes are opened, I bow to that Guru.